How to Apply

You must complete the application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on August 29, 2018, for the Fall Fire Hire event and October 15, 2018, for the Spring Fire Hire event. Applicants will not need to recertify their application in USAjobs after August 29, 2018, for the Spring Fire Hire event unless there is a change/update to their application. Assistance is available during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be received no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

Step1 – Create a USAJOBS account

(If you do not already have one) at It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

Step 2 - Create a Resume with USAJOBS or upload a Resume into your USAJOBS account.

You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

Step 3 - Click "Apply Online"

Follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required. You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.

Two Firefighters Sitting Down

USDA Forest Service photo by Andrew Mitchell

Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act

Important Note: Under the Area of Consideration for the identified WFAP GS-5 Merit announcement, Region 3 will be including the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) for eligible applicants. So, along with Forest Service-wide applicants already in a career or career-conditional appointments, temporary employees who meet the LMWFA eligibility requirements may also apply to the merit announcement. For this Act, a time-limited competitive appointment is either a temporary appointment or a term appointment defined as:

  • Temporary Appointment is a competitive nonpermanent appointment for a period not to exceed 1-year (may be extended up to a maximum of 1 additional year for a total of 24 months of service). This includes 1039 appointments.
  • Term Appointment is a competitive nonpermanent appointment for a period of more than 1-year but not more than 4 years.
  • Excepted service temporary appointments do not count toward eligibility for this Act.

Eligibility Criteria:

Appointed to the initial time-limited appointment under open, competitive examination (e.g., OPM competitive list of eligible, Demonstration Project Authority, Delegated Examining, etc.); and

  • Must have served in a specific land management agency/agencies under 1 or more
  • time-limited appointment(s) for more than 24 months (without a break in service of two or more years); and
  • The performance was at an acceptable level throughout the (more than) 24 months of
  • employment; and
  • Most recent separation was for reasons other than misconduct or performance
  • Applicants MUST provide the following to prove eligibility:

Documentation of Service Time eligibility:

Copies of their Notification of Personnel Action(s) (SF-50s) showing the employee has served in appropriate appointment(s) for a period/periods that total more than 24 months without a break in service of two or more years. (Include initial hire actions, extensions, conversions and termination/separation SF-5Os for each period of work). Failure to provide proper documentation in order to determine eligibility may result in the applicant being not LMWFA Eligible.

Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act Applicants (LMWFA):

  1. Documentation of Service Time eligibility: Copies of their Notification of Personnel Action(s) (SF-50s) showing the employee has served in appropriate appointment(s) for a period/periods that total more than 24 months without a break in service of two or more years. (Include initial hire actions, extensions, conversions and termination/separation SF-50s for each period of work).
  2. Documentation of Acceptable Performance for Service Time:
    • Performance rating(s) showing an acceptable level of performance for period(s) of employment counted towards their eligibility, signed by their supervisor(s); or
    • If documentation of a rating does not exist for one or more periods, a statement from the employee’s supervisor(s) or other individuals in the chain of command indicating an acceptable level of performance for the period(s) of employment counted towards their eligibility; or
    • Applicants who do not provide a performance appraisal (1) above) or other performance documentation (2) above) for any period that they are using to qualify for eligibility under the LMWFA, shall provide:
      • a stated reason as to why the appraisal/documentation is not available
      • a statement that their performance for all periods was at an acceptable level, their most recent separation was for reasons other than misconduct or performance, and they were never notified that they were not eligible for rehire based on performance.
      • This shall be accepted in lieu of providing copies of the performance appraisals.

Land Management Agencies are defined as:

  • USDA:
    • Forest Service
  • Department of Interior agencies:
    • Bureau of Land Management
    • National Park Service
    • Fish and Wildlife Service
    • Bureau of Indian Affairs
    • Bureau of Reclamation

Public Land Corps:

Important Note: The Public Land Corps (PLC) Act of 1993, provides authority for the Federal government to utilize and expose youth to public service by hiring young adults (ages of 16 to 30) to perform needed conservation activities and assist the Federal government with natural resources. The PLC allows qualified individuals to apply through internal merit vacancy announcements to permanent positions and are provided career-conditional appointments if selected. On December 16, 2016, the PLC Act of 1993 was amended to (a) increase the age limit for participants, and (b) extend eligibility period.

To be eligible for the PLC noncompetitive hiring status, the candidate must meet the following criteria:

  1. Served as a qualified participant between the age of 16-30 (inclusive), on an appropriate conservation project completing a minimum of 640 hours of satisfactory service that included at least 120 hours through PLC
  2. Meet OPM Qualification Standards and any other qualification requirement(s) stated in the vacancy announcement for the position for which they are applying (including any selective placement factors, positive education requirements, physical requirements, etc.).

Eligibility for non-competitive hiring status under this authority continues for not more than two years after completion of Public Land Corps service.

Public Lands Corps - Certificate of Eligibility for Noncompetitive Hiring Status showing completion of required service under this program.


The following documents must be submitted to constitute a complete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure that all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, delays in the mail service etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents will result in elimination from consideration.

  • Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience; and, 5) other qualifications (including IQCS Master Record).
  • College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or you are substituting education for specialized experience. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application, however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required.
  • DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) and/or SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference if claiming Veterans’ Preference or eligibility for appointment under the VRA, VEOA, or 30% Disabled Veterans hiring authority.
  • SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action if you are a current or former Federal employee that will verify your federal status, position title, series, and grade. FSA County employees must provide the most recent notification of Personnel Action (Form SF-50-B or FSA-50) that verifies permanent status. Also provide the SF- 50 that reflects the highest grade level held on a permanent basis or the full performance level of your current position, whichever is higher.
  • Annual Performance Appraisal if you are a current Federal employee. Submit the most recently completed annual performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) which identifies the employee's official rating of record, signed by the supervisor, or a statement advising why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.
  • Certification of Disability if you are eligible for appointment based on a disability under the Schedule A hiring authority. This certification can be documented by a counselor from a State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency or the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service of the Department of Veterans Affairs; by a statement or letter on a physician/medical professionals’ letterhead stationary; or by statements, records, or letters from a Federal Government agency that issues or provides disability benefits. The certification must verify the applicant has a severe disability, is eligible under a Schedule A appointment authority, and he or she is able to perform the essential duties of the position. The certification must also describe any needed reasonable accommodation. Review additional information.
  • Proof of Eligibility if you are eligible for appointment based on service in the Peace Corps, Vista, Action Cooperative, or another special authority.
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation if separated from Federal service or pending separation based on a reduction in force (RIF) or other management workforce reduction action. Proof of eligibility must include a separation notice or Certificate of Expected Separation, SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action or most recent SF-50 (that is not an award), and latest performance appraisal (dated within the last 18 months) or a statement advising why one is unavailable.
  • IQCS Master Record showing your training and qualifications for the position. If an IQCS Master Record is not available, some form of documented proof of training and qualifications will be needed for most positions.

NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document.