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Careers at NLRB

Field Examiner Positions at the NLRB

the work of a field examiner (general counsel):

Field examiners act on behalf of the General Counsel by investigating charges of unfair labor practices, recommending appropriate actions or remedies, conducting elections to determine union representation preferences, and acting as hearing officers in contested representation matters.

Field Examiners are also called upon to:

  • Contact parties involved in allegations of unfair labor practices
  • Investigate matters underlying the allegations
  • Conduct hearings when unions have filed petitions to represent employees
  • Coordinate and oversee secret-ballot elections to determine employee preference for representation

Each case you are assigned is an opportunity to make a difference. You will need to be able to investigate, analyze, research, and objectively evaluate issues of fact and law while effectively dealing with a diverse group of people.

As an NLRB Field Examiner, you will gather and assess facts in order to determine whether a charge is meritorious. Meeting and talking with employees, supervisors, labor union officials, personnel officers, directors of industrial relations, and attorneys representing labor and management will provide you with in-depth knowledge of the situation. You then work with the parties involved to come to a settlement, recommend to your Regional Director that the charge be dismissed, or propose litigation.

Please check periodic NLRB vacancy announcements posted in if you are interested in applying for a position as a Field Examiner with the National Labor Relations Board.

For information about our Honors Program, which is available for recent law school graduates, Click here.


applying for a position:

To apply for positions, you must provide a complete Application Package on USAJOBS , which includes 1) Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, 2) Your resume and 3) Any other documents needed to verify your qualifications or eligibility (see the required documents section).

If you have never applied through USA Jobs for a position with the Federal Civil Service, you will need to create a USA Jobs account. To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.



  • Your level of education and work experience will determine your salary and level of responsibility for which you qualify. NLRB looks for work experience in labor-management relations or a related field, and/or an educational background in subjects such as:
    • Labor relations
    • Industrial relations
    • Personnel administration
    • Business administration
    • Economics
    • Labor economics
    • Labor law
    • Political science
    • Accounting
    • Law
  • Copy of undergraduate, graduate and law school transcripts (as applicable). An official transcript will be required, prior to your first day. Education must be accredited by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Applicants can verify accreditation here.

    All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.(Note: If you are selected for this position based on education,) You must meet all qualification requirements. (Required - if applicable) All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, here. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.


    special instructions for foreign education:

    If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in accredited U.S. education programs; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

    For further information regarding Foreign Education, please click here.



Applicants are requested to submit a writing sample of a legal document of their choice - of no more than 10 pages.


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