Employment Assistance Program (A&FRC)
Via Capt A. Barbarisi
Area F, Bldg 1431
Aviano, Italy 33081

Phone 011-39-0434-305407
Phone (DSN) 314-632-5407
Fax 011-39-0434-30-5794
Fax (DSN) 314-632-5794

Mon – Fri: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sat, Sun, Holidays, most Family Days: closed

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Employment Opportunities

Aviano provides unique challenges for spouses seeking employment as the job market is limited to on-base employment only. Employment opportunities consist of federal positions (GS), AAFES, Non-Appropriated Funds (NAF), DECA, DoDDs, on base bank/credit union, and various opportunities with contractors. For spouses interested in the GS system, it is not uncommon to wait six months or longer to find a position. Volunteering with an organization is a great way to add to your resume and gain the experience needed for the job you want.

There are temporary teaching substitute/assistant positions available through DoDDs, however, full-time teaching positions can be scarce, but possible depending the current hiring climate of DoDDs. Professional licensed positions in the medical profession can be obtained mostly through independent contractors, Sterling Medical being the largest employer.

The Employment Preparation Program at Aviano offers individual assistance on the entire employment process from resume compilation to interviewing for the position. Job seekers are encouraged to attend an employment workshop or schedule an individual appointment by contacting the Airman and Family Readiness Center at DSN 632-5407.

Employment Training

The Airman and Family Readiness Center regularly conducts employment training for those seeking positions at Aviano. They also publicize information about job opportunities. For more information, or to register for a class, please call 632-5407

Italian Regulation

Employment for military spouses is governed by the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), which prohibits non-European citizens (military members, civilian employees and their family members) from working on the Italian economy. This also prohibits the operation of home-based businesses.

The visa issued to family members to accompany the military member to Italy is called a mission visa; it does not provide the right to work on the Italian economy for family members. With a mission visa, US citizen family members can only hold GS or NAF jobs on base. Please note, if the family member is a citizen of a non-NATO country, which includes many Far East/Asian countries, they cannot hold a GS, NAF or local national job on base due to the U.S.-Italy SOFA agreement. Non-NATO country citizen dependents will have no employment opportunity on base (only exception is bagging at the Commissary).

If a family member is interested in obtaining employment off-base, they must apply for a work visa and receive the work visa prior to arrival in Italy. Note Consequences: Should a family member decide to obtain a work visa, then they will not be issued a mission visa and once in Italy, will be subject to the normal taxes and responsibilities under Italian labor law.

Military Personnel Flights will only process Mission Visas and do not facilitate in obtaining Work Visas.

Major Employers

  • Army and Air Force Exchange System (AAFES) -- DSN 314-632-2076; Commercial: 0434-55-5468/25-3087
  • Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) -- DSN 314-632-7647; Commercial: 0434-30-7647/30-7648
  • Department of Defense Dependents Schools -- DSN 314-634-8428; Commercial: 0444-71-8428/71-8038
  • Non-Appropriated Funds (NAF) -- DSN 314-632-5747; Commercial: 0434-30-5747
  • Civilian Personnel Office (CPO) -- DSN 314-632-7291; Commercial: 0434-30-7291


The Volunteer Resource Program assists in recruitment, training and recognition of installation volunteers. Aviano promotes a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for both active duty military and family members throughout the installation. Volunteering is not only an opportunity to share your talents with the community, but can also be a great step toward seeking permanent employment while keeping your skills sharp. To view volunteer opportunities on base please visit website. For any questions or concerns regarding volunteering, please call 632-5407.

In addition to opportunities through the Volunteer Resource Program, the American Red Cross provides volunteer opportunities and training. American Red Cross volunteers assist in the Medical Clinic, provide help during family emergencies, teach and learn life saving skills, work on special projects, assist in office operations and serve as volunteer leadership. 

Transition Assistance Program

If you are going to be separating or retiring from the military while overseas, contact the Aviano Transition Assistance Program. The trained staff can assist with all aspects of preparation for returning to the civilian workforce. The employment emphasis is primarily for federal or civilian stateside employment; however, information can be obtained about employment with the federal government at an overseas location. The Transition Assistance Program can not assist with employment on the local Italian economy due to SOFA restrictions. Please contact (DSN) 632-6005 for more information.

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