Who can become a Cascadia Service Officer?

To be eligible, the Cascadia Department of Bioregional Affairs requires that you be:

  • A Cascadian on the date you submit your registration package

  • At least 18 years old and no older than 99 years of age on the day you submit your registration

  • At least 18 years old and not yet 100 on the day you are appointed as a Cascadian Service Officer

  • Available for domestic Cascadian, or worldwide assignments, depending on where you live or would like to serve.

  • If you are not yet 18, contact us about becoming a junior Cascadia Service Officer.

What is a Cascadia Service Officer?

The mission of a Cascadian diplomat in the Foreign Service is to promote peace, support prosperity, and protect the Cascadian bioregion and it's citizens, while advancing the interests of Cascadia abroad. If you’re passionate about public service and want to represent Cascadia around the world, a challenging and rewarding career is waiting for you. The opportunity to work and experience cultures, customs and people of different nations is truly a career unlike any other.

While all U.S. diplomats are expected to communicate U.S. foreign policy, and interact effectively with host country governments to help advance American interests worldwide, each officer must choose a career track with a specific focus.

  • Consular Officers facilitate adoptions, help evacuate Americans, combat fraud to protect our borders, and fight human trafficking. Consular Officers touch people’s lives in important ways, often reassuring families in crisis.

  • Economic Officers work with foreign governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other USG agencies on technology, science, economic, trade, energy, and environmental issues both domestically and overseas.

  • Management Officers are resourceful, creative, action-oriented “go to” leaders responsible for all embassy operations (large or small) from real estate to human resources, from budget to security.

  • Political Officers analyze host country political events and must be able to negotiate and communicate persuasively and effectively with all levels of foreign government officials.

  • Public Diplomacy Officers engage, inform, and influence opinion leaders, local non-governmental groups, the next generation of leaders, academics, think tanks, government officials, and the full range of civil society in order to promote mutual understanding and support for U.S policy goals.

To learn more about being a Foreign Service Officer and the different career tracks please visit The State Department’s Foreign Service Officer information website.

Steps to Become a Foreign Service Officer

  1. Choose a Career Track

  2. Register for the FSOT

  3. Take the FSOT

  4. Submit a Personal Narrative

  5. Take the Oral Assessment

  6. Clearances – Medical & Security

  7. Final Review Panel

  8. The Register

For more information on these steps please visit the Department’s 8 Steps to Becoming a Foreign Service Officer website.

The Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT)

The Foreign Service Officer Test measures your knowledge, skills and abilities, including writing skills that are necessary to the work of a Foreign Service Officer. The FSOT is administered online at designated Pearson Vue Professional Test Centers throughout Canada (Edmonton, Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal) and takes about three hours to complete. It includes three multiple-choice sections:

  • Job knowledge: Questions will cover a broad range of topics including, but not limited to, the structure and workings of the U.S. Government, U.S. and world history, U.S. culture, psychology, technology, management theory, finance and economics, and world affairs.

  • English expression

  • A biographic information section that asks you to describe your work style, your manner of interacting and communicating with others, and your approach to other cultures.

In addition, you will be given 30 minutes to write an essay on an assigned topic. You must pass the multiple-choice tests to have your essay graded.

 

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New Diplomat Onboarding Workflow 

The following tasks are steps that will get you up to speed with the operations of the Cascadian Diplomat Corps, and will connect you to the resources that you need to participate fully with it. There are associated instructions and  tutorials. We understand that everyone is busy, so complete these tasks in your own time, but don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or get stuck. 

Upon completion, you’ll be fully recognized as an Attaché of the Cascadian Diplomatic Corps, ready to contribute to our online media, propose a project, or join a department in our combined work towards a vibrant and thriving Cascadia. 


#1 - Read & sign the Diplomat Pledge

Takes about 10 minutes 

This document codifies the commitments of being a Cascadian Diplomat. In the spirit of diplomacy, we seek to represent the Cascadia movement as a whole, and to ever pursue points of collaboration and positivity above those of exclusion or contempt. 


#2 - Complete the Diplomat Contact Details Form

Less than 5 minutes time

This simple step adds your contact details to our Cascadian Diplomat Roster, allowing us and other Diplomats to communicate with you. Please be sure to use an email address that you plan on using for both your Squarespace log-in (our web portal), and for receiving communication from Department of Bioregion administrators and other Diplomats.

Note - Your contact details will be reserved for internal use only, meaning only other Cascadian Diplomats will be able to access them. They will not be circulated by us to the general public.

 

#3 - Fill out the New Diplomat Bio form. 

Takes between 15 & 25 minutes. 

This online form gives you a chance to introduce yourself to the Diplomatic Corps and the Cascadian community as a whole. Your responses will be added to our website as a personal bio page. This is also where your blog posts will live as as an anthology of your work with the Department of Bioregion. The form requests a profile image that can be included with your bio to represent you. We’re looking for an image to act as a head shot, but we’re not too stuffy about it. It can be an artistic rendering of you, an avatar of you, or a simple photo. It’s your choice. So long as it doesn’t include text, and uses neutral or Cascadian themes, it’s good by us

#4 - Set up a Squarespace account, and familiarize yourself with the blogging feature.

Depending on your prior experience, can take from 15 to 50 minutes. 

Squarespace is the platform that we use to manage the Department of Bioregion website. You should have received an  email inviting you to be a contributor to our Squarespace site. Once logged in, you will be able to participate as a contributor and blogger. 

Note - Squarespace doesn’t have a trust inducing auto-save function, so we recommend you compose documents in a reliable text editor and then copy and paste your work into Squarespace. 

Here’s a tutorial of how to create a blog post using Squarespace on a desktop computer. 

If it’s more convenient, or you’re more comfortable using an iPhone for blog writing, CLICK HERE to download the Squarespace app from the App Store.

Unfortunately, Squarespace App is not currently compatible with Android devices. 

#5 - Set about writing your first blog post. 

Could take between 30 minutes to an hour. 

Your first published piece as a Cascadian Diplomat will be to introduce yourself in a blog post written in the third person. Here are a couple of examples of successful introduction posts. 


Note - Be particularly attentive to the Title,  Category and Tags fields of your blog post. The Title field should read “Introducing New Diplomat (Insert your name here).” The Category field for your Diplomat Intro post should be New Diplomat and the tag for this post should be your name, so my only tag would be Trevor V. Owen as a for instance. Once you’re done writing and adding any relevant photos and quotes, save the post as Needs Review, and a Senior Diplomat will review it and schedule the post for publishing. 

Sign into the Department of Bioregion Google Drive.

Familiarize yourself with the taxonomy and content of our shared drive, as this is where much of the day to day work of the Diplomatic Corps gets done. You’ll find: 

  • Diplomatic Resources where:

    • Manuals & Handbooks, 

    • Forms & Templates,

    • Policies & Guidelines

    • Visual Resources

are archived for your use both as a diplomat and a representative of the Cascadian movement. 

  • Embassies provides a list of geographic centers of Department of Bioregion organizing. Each Diplomat is a member of their nearest Embassy, a reflection of the local and decentralized nature of the Cascadia movement. Here you can find: 

    • Campaigns carried out by each respective Embassy

    • Group Projects being undertaken by that Embassy 

    • Past Meeting Minutes 

    • A Diplomat Contact List for that Embassy