How to Apply

  • Print and read the entire announcement and instructions.
  • Complete the application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the cut-off date or closing date of the announcement.
  • Assistance is available during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday).
  • Applying online is highly encouraged.
Situation Resolution

If Applying Online Poses a Hardship

877-372-7248 Option 2

Contact FS HRM Contact Center  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.

Reasonable Accommodation

877-372-7248 Option 2

Contact FS HRM Contact Center

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants living with disabilities on a case-by-case basis.

Step 1 - Create a USAJobs.gov account or login

Step 2 - Create or upload a resume at USAJOBS

Consider customizing 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 U.S. Forest Service Southwestern Region Application” to continue.

Step 4 - Submit a Complete Application Package

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 with required information
  • College transcripts
  • DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) and/or SF-15 Application
  • SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action
  • Annual Performance Appraisal
  • Certification of Disability
  • Proof of Eligibility
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation
  • IQCS Master Record

Required Documents in Detail

Resume that includes the following information:

  • Job information for which you are applying
  • Personal information
  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Other qualifications (including IQCS Master Record)
  • Read more about what to include on your resume.

College Transcripts

  • Required if education is a basic qualification 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

  • Required 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

  • Submit 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

  • Submit 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

  • Required 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.
  • You can review additional information at: Federal Employment of People with Disabilities.

Proof of Eligibility

  • Submit if you are eligible for appointment based on service in the Peace Corps, Vista, Action Cooperative, or another special authority.

CTAP/ICTAP Documentation

  • Required 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.

  • Submit if an IQCS Master Record in 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. To add, rather than replace, upload both the old and new documents. 

Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) Hiring

Important Note for Merit Promotion Announcements: Under the Area of Consideration for Merit announcement, all regions will be including the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) for eligible applicants. Learn more about the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) including the required documentation.

Public Land Corps Act of 1993

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. Learn more about the Public Land Corps Act of 1993 including the required documentation.

Additional Tips

  • Vacancy Announcements on USAJobs will give examples of the specialized experience for each position advertised.
  • Ensure your resume matches the listed specialized experience requirement in plain language.
  • This should be listed under a work experience that shows title, series, grade and time period performed so that HR can properly credit.
  • Ensure all SF-50’s showing on-boarding /off-boarding and performance for each time period or statement as to why missing that time period is properly loaded into USA Jobs.
  • Read more about what to include on your resume.


Key Contacts

Fire Hire
Karin Frost-Madrid
Regional Work Force Planning and Training Specialist

333 Broadway Blvd. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 842-3206
Fax: (505) 842-3806

Forest Contacts

Southwest Engine Academy
Mat Rau
SWEA Coordinator

Fire Management Contacts

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