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Employment Opportunities

Hiring procedures on Naval Station Rota, Spain fall under the guidelines of both the NATO Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), and the Defense Cooperation Agreement between Spain and the United States. A strict adherence is maintained to the ratio of seven Spanish employees for every three U.S. employees. In real terms, this means that jobs are available, but extremely limited. Both agreements and Spanish Labor Law make off-base employment virtually non-existent. Navy families who rely on two incomes in CONUS should anticipate financial changes at Rota. Most of the available jobs are part-time, intermittent, with flexible schedules. Most of the available positions are for clerks, cashiers, food service personnel, sales clerks, and recreational aids. The wages vary, but many are as low as $8.00 an hour.

The majority of jobs require that an applicant be command sponsored and a U.S. citizen or a citizen of another NATO country (except Spain). This means that if a foreign national has a green card granting them permission to work in the United States and has a social security number they can obtain employment through Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) and Navy Exchange (NEX). Military spouses are given job preference. A clear understanding of military spouse preference regulations is essential to conducting an effective job search.

Employers on Base

There are five main employers on the base; Human Resources Office (HRO), Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR), the Navy Exchange (NEX), Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) and Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS). Vacancy announcements for MWR and HRO positions are posted at MWR, HRO, and the Coastline (base newspaper). DeCA announcements can be found at the civilian personnel web site. Announcements for DoDDS are posted at the Elementary and High School. A majority of job announcements are centrally located at the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC). It is recommended that applicants actively follow-up all job prospects, since many organizations do not routinely advertise their positions.

Alternative employment opportunities do exist. MWR operates a home care provider program, allowing spouses to provide day care in their homes if they reside in base housing. Home-based business opportunities exist and are approved on a case-by-case basis.

The Family Employment Readiness Program (FERP) Manager is available to answer your questions and assist you with your job search. The FERP Manager is located at the FFSC, Bldg 3293, Phone 011-34-956-82-3232, DSN 314-727-3232.

Volunteer Opportunities

In addition the FFSC, Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) and American Red Cross (ARC) all coordinate separate volunteer programs. You may register as a volunteer at the FFSC if you are a U.S. citizen or family member of U.S. personnel. Volunteerism plays a vital role on the Naval Station, and is an excellent way to learn new skills, network, market yourself and enhance your career. Volunteer experience can be used on any resume or job application, and therefore really pays off in the long run.

Volunteer opportunities are numerous as NMCRS is almost entirely staffed by volunteers. Positions include receptionist, caseworker, Thrift Shop worker, layette knitter or crocheter, volunteer Visiting Nurse and many others. Childcare and mileage are reimbursed. ARC has volunteers throughout the community including the hospital, library and schools.

The Volunteer Coordinator is available to answer your questions and assist you in any way possible. The Volunteer Coordinator is located at the FFSC, Bldg 3293, Phone 011-34-956-82-3232, DSN 314-727-3232.

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