Apply for a Forest Service Job

Follow the steps below to help you with the application process (click the arrow to expand for more information). Thoroughly read the job announcement, it will list everything required to apply for the position. You must include all required information as listed in the USAJOBS announcement to be considered for the position.

(If you already have an account, skip to Step 2)

You must create a login.gov account to sign in to USAJOBS. The service login.gov offers secure and private online access to government programs. To create a login.gov account, visit Login.gov – Help.

Sign in to USAJOBS using your login.gov information.

Before you can apply for a job, you must create a USAJOBS profile and complete all of the required fields. Verify your information is up-to-date before starting an application.

Select Create Profile. Follow the steps to complete your contact, citizenship, and experience information.

You should complete the Preferences section to improve your job search results. 

You can search for jobs by keyword or location, or use a Saved Search.

You can save a search to help you look for jobs in your area of interest. You can sign up to receive daily, weekly, or monthly email notifications. Watch this short video on how to save a search.

Carefully review the job announcement, including the How to Apply and Required Documents sections.

Resumes should be tailored to each job you are applying for. You can save up to five resumes to your account.

Upload Resume Instructions

Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, TXT, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

Resume Builder Instructions

Go to the Documents top menu item and verify you are in the Resumes section. Select Upload or build resume and follow the instructions.

Carefully review the job announcement Required Documents section. Upload all required documents by selecting Documents from the top menu, select Other (Resumes will be the default selection). Follow the directions for uploading.

  1. Find the job you want to apply to and open the job announcement.
  2. Select Apply.
  3. Select Resume – select the resume you want to submit. Select Save & Continue.
  4. Select Documents – select the document(s) you want to submit as part of your application. Make sure you include all required documents. Select Save & Continue.
  5. Review Package – review resume and documents for accuracy. Check the certification button acknowledging that you have reviewed your resume and document(s). Select Save & Continue.
  6. Complete Include Personal Information page. Select Save & Continue.
  7. Read the certification statement, if you agree, check the certification button, then select Continue to Agency Site. You will leave USAJOBS and be sent to the Forest Service application system.
  8. Complete Personal Security Information and select Continue.
  9. Verify Biographic Information and select Continue.
  10. Complete Eligibilities information and select Continue.
  11. Complete Preferences information and select Continue. This page may not appear if the job announcement is advertised with one grade, series, and location.
  12. Complete Assessment statements and select Continue.
  13. Assign Documents you uploaded in USAJOBS to the accepted documents field. You can upload any documents you may have missed.
  14. Review & Submit your application information. You can review each section and make any changes needed. A green checkmark indicates the entire section is complete. There are sub-sections within each section, which will also display a green checkmark or a red X for incomplete. Once you verify your application is complete and accurate, check the certification box. Select Submit Application.

From the USAJOBS Home page, under the Application section, click the plus sign (+) next to the application you want to review.


Helpful Tips

Use the tips below to help you with the application process. Before you get started, read the entire job announcement, it will list everything required to apply for the position. You must include all required information as listed in the USAJOBS announcement to be considered for the position. What should I include in my federal resume has many tips.

  • Customize your resume to make sure it matches your competencies, knowledge, skills, and experience to the duties listed in the job announcement. Leave out experience that isn’t relevant.
  • Use reverse chronological order to list your experience (start with your most recent experience and work your way back).
  • Include dates (start and stop), hours worked per week, work schedule, title, series and grade (if applicable), level of experience, and examples for each relevant work experience.
    • Temporary seasonal work experience must be separated by month and year for each period of service. Do not combine multiple work periods into years such as “worked seasonal during the summers of 2010-2015.”
  • Include qualifications you have that are specifically listed in the qualifications section. Use the same words that are in the announcement if you have that skill.
  • Your resume and responses to the Assessment section must verify you have the required qualifications. You can preview the assessment questionnaire by reviewing the Requirements – How you will be evaluated section of the job announcement.
  • Spell out acronyms
  • Be honest
  • Write clear and concise statements
  • Use active verbs
  • Proofread your resume

College transcripts must be included if the job announcement states that education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or if education is being used as a substitute for specialized experience.

  • Education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university.
  • An unofficial copy is acceptable to include in the application.
  • An official transcript is required prior to receiving a final job offer.
    • If you are a current employee and previously submitted official college transcripts, you can get a copy from your electronic Official Personnel File (eOPF) by following the steps below:
      1. Login to ConnectHR
      2. Under My Links, select eOPF
      3. Select Accept
      4. You will receive a pop-up notification that reads, “The webpage you are viewing is trying to close the tab. Do you want to close this tab?” Click “Yes”. (If it takes you back to the ConnectHR page, minimize the page and eOPF will open behind it).
      5. Click on “My eOPF” to access your personnel file.

Most foreign education is not accredited by an accrediting body that is recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. If not accredited, you must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service. To be acceptable, the foreign credential evaluation must include/describe:

  • The type of education received;
  • The level of education in relation to the U.S. education system and state that its comparability recommendations follow the general guidelines of the U.S. National Council for the Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials;
  • The content of the educational program earned abroad and the standard obtained;
  • The status of the awarding foreign school's recognition and legitimacy in its home country's education system; and
  • Any other information of interest such as what the evaluation service did to obtain this information, the qualifications of the evaluator, and any indications as to other problems such as forgery.

For a list of private organizations that evaluate foreign education, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services website.

Current and former federal employees must submit the most recent non-award SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action showing they are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade held.

This information may not always be on the same, most recent SF-50; so additional SF-50s will need to be submitted to make sure your qualifications, including time-in-grade requirements, can be evaluated accurately. For example, you may have previously held a position on a permanent basis at a higher grade than your current position. You will need to submit a SF-50 for this position showing your highest grade.

If your application does not include a SF-50 with the required information, your application may be considered incomplete, resulting in non-referral.

Current and former federal employees must submit a recently completed performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable.

  • Do not submit the entire performance plan. Submit only the appraisal showing your rating.
  • If you do not include the performance appraisal or a statement indicating why it is unavailable, your application may be considered incomplete, resulting in non-referral.
  • Make sure all documents needed for your application package are uploaded and open without error by carefully reviewing the Review & Submit page of the application.
  • To update an application:
    1. Login to your USAJOBS account.
    2. Under the Application section, click the plus sign (+) next to the application you want to review.
    3. Select Update Application. Follow the prompts to navigate to your application package. If you have added or replaced documents, you must go to the Documents section. 

Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act

The Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides temporary employees of federal land management agencies opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. If you are/were a temporary employee of a land management agency and are interested in applying for permanent positions under this Act, refer to the Applicant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). It is recommended to request the required documentation as soon as possible. All required documents are to be submitted in your application.


Required Documents When Using a Hiring Authority

When applying to job openings and claiming a Hiring Authority, you must submit specific documents in addition to the required documents listed on the job opportunity announcement. Please refer to the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide for specific required documentation. 


Questions? Contact Us!

Human Resources Management is here to help. Contact us with questions about your application by calling 1-877-372-7248, select Option 2, and follow the prompts. The Contact Center is open from 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (MST) Monday through Friday, and closed on all federal holidays.

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