Working at the Department of National Defence

Why work at DND?

Civilian employees of the Department of National Defence (DND) work some of the most exciting and fulfilling jobs in the Public Service. Whether it’s servicing cutting-edge military equipment, developing strategic defence policies, or gathering top secret defence intelligence, you will find the career that is right for you with DND.

An aerial view of the Carling Campus, the new home of DND.

Work environment

The Department employs over 20,000 civilian employees in over 40 locations across Canada and abroad, making it one of the largest federal government departments in Canada. DND has made health and wellness a priority for both its civilian and military employees, and has built a diverse and inclusive workforce that is welcoming of individual differences. It is committed to providing support and tools that contribute to the physical and mental health of the DND community. 

The new National Defence headquarters is located in Ottawa at a secure, state-of-the-art facility combining the latest technology with green, open workspaces that promote a healthy work-life balance. The complex includes its own fitness facilities, recreational spaces, and a number of amenities and food concessions.

With so many locations to choose from and nearly 70 different types of career opportunities, working at DND means flexibility and mobility that few employers can offer, as well as the chance to contribute to international peace and security.


DND was ranked one of the top employers in Canada, and with good reason. DND offers a career’s worth of opportunities all in one place, so you can gain experience in a multitude of positions and build the career that is right for you. Our employees make a difference here in Canada and in operations throughout the world. They are motivated, always looking to expand their skills and want meaningful work that has a positive impact on Canada’s security both at home and abroad.  

Learning and career development

Our people are our greatest resource and we invest to ensure that they have the career and learning opportunities they need. We offer a wide range of development programs and resources including career guidance, webinars, events and access to countless online courses which allow you to build your skills anytime, from anywhere. With a focus on developing our community, employees are also encouraged to participate in DND’s mentoring program, where they can learn from each other and grow in their professional career.

We encourage you to take every opportunity to expand your knowledge, network with colleagues and learn new skills that improve both your professional and personal development.

Balancing work and life

The success of Canada’s Defence depends on our people. DND places a strong emphasis on work-life balance and building a healthy, respectful workplace for all. We value our employees and strive to create a high performing workforce that is representative of the population we serve. 

Canada’s new Defence Policy: Strong, Secure, Engaged outlines the commitment to support DND’s military members, their families, and all civilian employees. We have a number of programs and services in place to balance your professional and personal lives. This may include a variety of alternative work arrangements such as flexible schedules and telework, to further support our employee’s physical and mental well-being.

Ready to get started?  Join our team of professionals and make your career happen with DND. 


Hear what our employees have to say!

"I help employees and managers understand the processes of extended sick leave, work related injuries and illnesses and return to work. I'm proud of the positive impact I make in the lives of employees and managers here at National Defence."

Jill Hooper, Disability Manager Advisor 


"As a Disability Management Advisor, my role is to be an impartial support for ill, injured or impaired employees and their managers. I am proud to make a difference in people's lives."

Noémie Sincennes Labrecque, Disability Manager Advisor


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