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What Am I Eligible For?

Screenshot of the Forest Service's Eligibilities and Qualifications webinar in the Microsoft Teams Live Event environment
Hiring Eligibilities & Qualifications Webinar

In this one hour pre-recorded webinar, national Forest Service recruiters cover various hiring eligibilities and qualifications.


Student & Recent Graduates

Are you a high school student, undergraduate, postgraduate, or recent graduate? The Pathways Programs offer rewarding careers in Federal public service for America's students and recent graduates. 


Individuals who have served in active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and separated under honorable conditions may be eligible for various special hiring authorities. Veterans must provide acceptable documentation of their preference and/or appointment eligibility, including a copy of their DD-214 “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.”

Individuals with Disabilities (Schedule A)

Schedule A helps individuals with special circumstances get appointed to Forest Service positions, allowing everyone the opportunity to make a lasting impact and help sustain the Nation's forests and grasslands. The Schedule A hiring authority is used to hire individuals with severe physical disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, and intellectual disabilities.

Current & Former Land Management Agency Employees

The Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) is a hiring authority open to current and former temporary (1039 appointments) and term employees of certain Federal land management agencies to apply for permanent positions announced under merit promotion procedures, as long as they meet eligibility requirements.

Resource Assistants Program (RAP)

The Forest Service Resource Assistants Program (RAP) is a rigorous and immersive, paid internship for individuals who are interested in conservation, natural and cultural resources, environmental management, research and development, or other career opportunities with land management agencies. The program emphasizes the engagement of current students, recent graduates, and underrepresented populations in natural and cultural resources work as Resource Assistants.​

Public Lands Corps (PLC)

Public Lands Corps (PLC) is a work and education program that allows individuals aged 16-30 opportunities to work on the rehabilitation and restoration of public lands. Successful completion of a qualifying PLC project and at least 640 hours of work may qualify applicants for a permanent position in the Forest Service.

General Public

Can't see a category above that applies to you? Click here to learn about job opportunities open to most U.S. Citizens.

USAJOBS Eligibilities FAQs

Don't see what you're looking for on this page? Check out the USAJOBS Eligibilities FAQs for more information.


Please direct questions about career opportunities and applications to Human Resources Management at 1-877-372-7248 (select Option 2 and follow prompts). The Contact Center is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MST) Monday through Friday and closed on all federal holidays.

You can also find specific information related to Forest Service jobs on our Next Steps page, including our jobs resource directory, our webinar schedule, or contact information for our recruiters.