Be clear about where you are in your life stage and what office you'll be working for in choosing whether this is a good fit. Each office within the Department has a different culture; some grind hard and expect non-stop hours, others are more balanced. Some are staffed mostly by political appointees and (young) staffers who approach work as a sprint, others have more career staff who take a marathon/long-term approach.
Job Satisfaction Level
6 paid / 6 unpaid
Leave was "paid" but had to use sick or vacation (annual) leave, no separate pool for maternity leave.
Depends on the supervisor and office- have experienced discrimination as a woman and parent but have also experienced a supportive environment.
Provide additional opportunities to grow into other jobs within the organization. Allow for more part-time and job sharing positions.