Leadership Corner

Regional Open Continuous Recruitment announcements posted to USAJobs

March 22nd, 2019 at 11:45AM

Robert Velasco, Acting Deputy Chief Business Operations

For over 100 years, the USDA Forest Service has brought people and communities together to answer the call of conservation and to provide service to the American people. Our success is directly tied to our workforce—and our workforce is the living embodiment of the agency and everything it stands for. We strive to have a qualified, diverse workforce that implements our agency’s core values of service, interdependence, conservation, diversity and safety, as well as USDA’s Strategic Goals, to deliver mission results to the American people now and into the future. 

We are always seeking innovative ways to hire for entry level and highly skilled positions. Right now we are in a place where hiring is critical to meet our mission and serve the people. There is no one size fits all when it comes to hiring for our future workforce, and all hiring emphasizes the interdependence of our employees in identifying the tension in the system and solving challenges together. Over the years, we’ve employed many different hiring strategies such as: single vacancy job announcements, group vacancy job announcements, centralized hiring events, and student hiring events. This year we have returned to the use of Regional Open Continuous Recruitment job vacancy announcements based on an idea developed by line officers and Human Resources Officers during a hiring summit held last summer.

Starting the week of March 18, Regional OCRs were posted on USAJOBS where they will remain open for up to six months. The benefit of using OCRs is to allow hiring managers to have more immediate access to pools of qualified candidates. Hiring managers are strongly encouraged to maximize use of OCRs to accelerate the hiring process and help meet our mission critical work. The list of Regional OCR job vacancy announcements includes the top 20 most frequently filled positions in the agency. To use an OCR, hiring managers just need to submit a request through the Hiring and Workforce Planning Tool (via ConnectHR). If you have questions about using the Regional OCRs or are in need of more information, please contact your respective Human Resources Service Team.

Hiring is an activity very much rooted in the Forest Service values of service and interdependence. In order to attract and maintain the workforce we need, we must all work together. Decisions about hiring – the types of jobs to fill, where the positions will be located, and how many jobs will be filled – are made by agency leaders at all levels. Once our leaders determine and submit their hiring priorities, HR prepares an agency-wide plan for USDA approval. HR then works with those leaders to determine the best recruitment strategy and ultimately fill each and every job. HR’s National Collective and Recruitment Hiring Team can provide hiring managers with recruiting materials and strategies.

While much has changed since 1905, when the Forest Service was created, our mission remains relevant and important to us and the public we serve. If you know somebody interested in working for the Forest Service, tell them that additional information can be found on the Forest Service website. We also encourage them to apply to our OCRs or any of our vacancies which are posted on USAJOBS.   


Qualified candidates interested in working for the Forest Service – an agency whose motto is: “Caring for the Land and Serving People.”