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Understanding the SOFA agreement between the U.S. and Italy will set realistic expectations for career opportunities during your time in Sigonella. The only job opportunities for dependents can be found on the installation, as dictated by the SOFA. Job openings are fairly limited, so it is important to start looking for job opportunities before PCSing and soon after you arrive.


Civilian General Schedule (GS) Positions: Full-time, appropriated fund positions periodically become available at various commands on the installation. It is suggested to regularly search for new openings.

Non-appropriated fund (NAF)Positions: Positions support installations through services in Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) and Fleet and Family Service Center (FFSC). Hours range from regular, full-time to flexible part-time with varying employment benefits. Search and for new openings.

DoDEA-Europe: These schools offer full-time positions, substitute teachers, administrative staff and educational aids. Visit

Navy Exchange (NEX): Apply at

Defense Commissary Agency (DECA): Jobs at commissaries.

Non-profit organizations: The USO, Navy Marine Corps Relief Society and American Red Cross all have offices on base. They periodically hire full- and parttime employees.

Defense Contractors: Job opportunities in technology, management, accounting and administration are available with contracting firms. Contact the Contracting Department for more information.

Note: Check websites and offices for new openings frequently – a job can be posted one day and stay posted for only 48 hours. Contact the Fleet and Family Support Center’s Employment Specialist for Sigonella employment assistance.


With limited employment options for dependents at Sigonella, many choose to volunteer at organizations on base to apply their skills, give back to the community and add to their resumes. Volunteering can even help you gain experience and network to land a paid position in the future.

Start making connections

Visit FFSC, MWR, the American Red Cross and the USO.

Reach out to various offices on the installation that align with the career field you’re interested in. It’s possible that they need volunteers or are willing to let people shadow them.


Taking the time to advance your education can help you excel in the future. Educational opportunities on the installation come with a variety of programs at universities partnered with the DoD.

University of Maryland Global Campus

Offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs. Online, face-to-face and hybrid courses.

Central Texas College

Offers primarily associate degrees and practical training. The Advanced Skills Education Program develops leadership qualities within noncommissioned and junior officers. Online distance education classes.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Offers certifications, undergraduate and graduate degrees. Face-to-face and online courses.

Please note that programs are subject to change from in-person to online only. Talk to the school’s representatives to see what options there are for you.


  • Take Italian classes and explore Sicily outside the “triangle” to enjoy the culture.

  • Start DIY projects you’ve always wanted to do.

  • Spend time in the gym and establish healthy habits.

  • Travel, travel, travel! Living in Italy means traveling between other European countries is easier than ever.

  • Contribute your articles to for a chance to get published online and in various magazines.

Find what works for your goals and dreams - whether you land a great job, volunteer with an amazing organization, further your education or find other ways for personal enrichment. What matters is utilizing your time in Italy to benefit your future to the best of your ability.

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Tamala Malerk is a writer and editor with Stars and Stripes Europe. She has been with SSE since April 2022 writing articles all about travel, lifestyle, community news, military life and more. In May 2022, she earned her Ph.D. in History and promises it is much more relevant to this job than one might think.

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