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Application Tips and Webinars

Check out our collection of short videos on common application questions and advice from our recruiters.


  • USAJobs Vacancy Announcements

  • Specialized Experience

  • How to Start Your Job Search

  • Veterans Hiring Authorities

  • Education Requirements

  • The Pathways Program

  • Five Interview Tips

  • Five Tips for your

    Forest Service Application

  • Military Spouse Hiring


Join us for live webinars to help you through the application process and get your questions answered by a Human Resources Specialist. 

Note: You may be prompted to download the free Microsoft Teams application. All webinars will be available to watch on-demand after the date and time listed. 

Watch a Recorded Webinar

  • How to Write a Federal Resume

  • Hiring Eligibilities and Qualifications

  • Tips for Job Seekers

  • Navigating USAJobs


How to Apply

For most Forest Service jobs, you must apply at For special programs such as certain internships or for special hiring authorities such as certain veterans, the application process options may differ. Be sure to read the information on those programs carefully.

  1. Create a USAJOBS Account

    Visit and select “Create Profile” on the front page. Use an email address that you will always have access to, not a work or school email

  2. Enter Your Eligibility Information

    USAJOBS will take you through a survey to gather information about which hiring authority you may fall under, contact information, citizenship status, and education.

  3. Add or Create a Resume

    Under the Documents section, you can add resumes. If you don't have a resume, visit the Building a Federal Resume webpage for tips. You can also use the resume builder tool within USAJOBS. Find it under the Resumes section of your profile. 

  4. Add other Documents:

    Some jobs require other documents such as transcripts, proof of performance, veteran paperwork, or other. This varies by job. Review the job announcement carefully and visit the Official Documents page for more information.

    You can also fill out the Preferences section of your profile to select the types of jobs you are looking for, including work locations and schedules.

  5. Search for Jobs

    Use the search bar on the front page of USAJOBS to search for certain jobs, career fields, agencies, locations, or more. If the Preferences section in your profile is complete, the search automatically populates with your choices.

    You can adjust the Filters box on the right. The Top Filters tab shows search options like departments, agencies, pay, grade levels, job series, and hiring authorities. The More Filters tab shows search options like relocation assistance, work schedule, appointment type, security clearance, and travel percentage. Once you select your filters, you can choose Save Search at the top of the page.

  6. Apply for Jobs

    Select a job opening, and you’ll find information like how to apply, eligibility requirements, and required documents. Read this information carefully to find out if you qualify for the job.  If you would like to apply for the job later, note the close date and select Save below Apply Now. You can access this job opening at any time from your profile.

  • If you qualify and you are interested, select Apply Now, and follow the steps.

  • You will then automatically go to the agency’s hiring site. Complete the questionnaire, review your information carefully, and submit. You will receive an email from USAJOBS confirming your application.

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