FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — (March 3, 2023) Applications are being accepted for temporary summer positions at Fort Leonard Wood for everything from lifeguards to large tractor operators.

The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation is looking to fill positions for recreation aids, lifeguards and laborers to work at places, such as the Piney Valley Golf Course, Rec Plex and Lake of the Ozarks Recreation Area.

“Our summer hire jobs start and end on different timeframes depending on the job and location of the position. However, many of our summer hires are high school and college students. Therefore, we will work around school schedules,” said Megan O’Donoghue, FMWR director.

O’Donoghue said most of FMWR’s seasonal summer hire jobs provide a chance for on-the-job experience and personal growth.

“We often offer summer hire employees the opportunity to stay on the rolls and pick up a few shifts throughout the year if needed and then when summer rolls around those employees are placed back on the schedule,” O’Donoghue said.

Experience is always good, O’Donoghue added, but it is not a requirement to be selected for employment.

“We realize that for a lot of our summer hires, this is their first job, so it is always good to select references that can speak to the applicant’s character, such as teachers, a coach or clergy,” O’Donoghue said. “Often, when applying for a first job, someone may think they don’t have the experience or skills. However, they should look at things like volunteering, babysitting and participation in clubs or sports. These can show skills, teamwork and reliability.”

Applicants do not need to be affiliated with the military to work for FMWR — if hired, employees will get a Common Access Card, which authorizes access to the installation, O’Donoghue said.

FMWR’s summer hire positions start at $15 an hour, but, according to O’Donoghue, being paid isn’t the only perk to working for FMWR.

“FMWR equals fun. As an FMWR employee, you have access to all FMWR facilities beyond the one where you work — the fitness centers, golf course, bowling alley, Rec Plex, Outdoor Adventure Center, Lake of the Ozarks Recreation Area and more,” O’Donoghue said. “FMWR employees make up a network of professionals, who all work together to provide important programs and services that contribute to the quality of life on the installation.”

Call the Nonappropriated Fund Human Resources Office at 573.596.0283 for more information on seasonal FMWR jobs.

Just like FMWR, the Directorate of Public Works is also accepting applications for summer hire positions.

According to Debbie Pendleton, a DPW human resources specialist, the temporary positions are for jobs working on post from March 15 to Nov. 15.

“We have already made some selections, but we have several more positions open,” said Kendall Smith, chief of DPW’s Municipal Services Branch, who noted there are three tractor operator leader positions, three large tractor operator positions, 15 laborer positions and 21 tractor operator positions currently open. “We are looking for people with experience with grounds maintenance or tractor operations. It doesn’t have to be strictly on-the-job experience; if the applicant has volunteer experience or things like that, it will count as well.”

The pay is between $13.61 an hour and $20.90 an hour, depending on the job description. Pendleton said these positions are all part-time, and if teenagers ages 16 and 17 want to work on post for the summer, they can with their parent’s permission.

Same as with working for FMWR, applicants do not have to be affiliated with the military to apply or be accepted, Smith said.

“Installation access will be part of their in-processing. They will be issued an ID card they can use to come to work,” Smith said.

For more information about seasonal DPW jobs, call 573.596.3113.

Visit USA Jobs, the federal government’s official jobs website, to view and apply for both DPW and FMWR summer hire jobs.










About Fort Leonard Wood

Fort Leonard Wood is a thriving and prosperous installation that has evolved from a small basic training post more than 80 years ago to a premier Army Center of Excellence that trains nearly 80,000 military and civilians each year.

Fort Leonard Wood is home to the U.S Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and three U.S. Army schools: the U.S. Army Engineer School; U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School; and the U.S. Army Military Police School. In addition to training engineer, CBRN and military police specialties for the Army, Fort Leonard Wood also provides gender-integrated in-processing and Basic Combat Training for new Soldiers.

Fort Leonard Wood also hosts and trains with the largest Marine Corps Detachment and Air Force Squadron on any Army installation as well as a large Navy construction detachment.

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