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Employment in the U.S. Embassy

Citizens of the United States of America

Most Americans who work in the embassy and the Barcelona consulate are permanent employees of agencies in the United States, which assign them here for periods of two to four years from Washington: Foreign Service officers and staff of the Departments of State, Commerce, and Agriculture, and the Public Affairs Section;  military personnel; law enforcement officers from the FBI and DEA; etc. To learn more about a career in the Foreign Service, visit the careers page of the Department of State, or write to:

Recruitment Division (SA-15, 7314)
Bureau of Human Resources
Department of State
Washington, DC 20520

The Department of State annually sponsors internships where highly qualified college or university juniors, seniors and graduate students have the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the American foreign affairs agencies by working in an embassy. For more information, visit the State Department's internships page or write to:

Intern Coordinator
U.S. Department of State
P.O. Box 9317
Arlington, VA 22219

To explore other permanent employment opportunities with the Federal Government, you should write directly to the agency that interests you. You can find more information about federal agencies and departments through our Basic Facts page, especially under the Cabinet and Other Agencies.

Locally hired staff are Spanish citizens and other residents in Spain.  As for  American citizens, only those who are residents of Spain and have a work permit may apply by sending an ”Application for Employment as a Locally Employed Staff or Family Member (DS-174)”, which is available in the website of the Embassy with a cover letter and any other requirements stated in the vacancy announcements, to one of the following addresses:”

(from the U.S.)
American Embassy Madrid
Office of Human Resources
PSC 61 Box 26
APO AE 09642

(within Spain)
American Embassy
Office of Human Resources
c/ Serrano, 75
28006 Madrid

Citizens of Spain and other Countries

Spaniards and legal residents of Spain who are interested in working at the American Embassy or the Consulate General in Barcelona should  send a resumé with a cover letter to:

American Embassy
Office of Human Resources
c/ Serrano, 75
28006 Madrid

The Department of State is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Department policy dictates that there shall be no discrimination among its employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, age or sexual orientation.  The U.S. Mission in Spain upholds and abides by these provisions as set out in law and seeks to ensure that all position selections are made consistent with these policies.

U.S. Mission in Spain Hiring Statement

Employees are selected on the basis of qualifications that include education, experience, training, skills, or other requirements necessary to satisfactorily perform the duties of the advertised position

Vacancy Announcements

Vacancy Announcements are made available via embassy e-mail, embassy intranet and via the embassy website.

Vacancy Announcements cover:

  • Eligible Employment Categories

  • Scope of Duties, Responsibilities and Qualifications

  • Selection Criteria

  • Work/residence Permits

  • Application Process

  • Embassy Contact Information

  • Required Security and Medical Clearances

  • Opening and Closing Date

Due to the volume of responses, individual acknowledgements regarding receipt of applications cannot be made.  Only those applicants who are invited for an interview will be notified regarding the status of their applications.

Offers of employment are conditional:  employees are required to serve a six-month probationary period upon employment. During this time the employee must demonstrate his/her qualifications and general suitability for continued employment. During the probationary period, appointments may be terminated at any time.

Employment in Spain for Americans

To work in Spain, you must have valid working papers. For information on the proper procedures, please write to:

Embassy of Spain
2375 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20037

To explore possible elementary and secondary school teaching jobs in Spain, please communicate directly with the schools on our list of English-speaking schools.  

Vacancies

You can find in this section the current vacancies in the Embassy. Please, visit this page frequently for an updated information.

All those candidates who wish to apply for any of the vacant positions in the Embassy please complete the DS-174 form. Thank you.

Vacancies

  • You can find in this section the current vacancies in the Embassy. Please, visit this page frequently for an updated information.

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