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Applying for Forest Service Jobs

Ever noticed that some job openings only accept applications for short periods of time? If the agency has an urgent need for a job to be filled, the application window can shorten down to 5 days to speed up the hiring process.


Navigating USAJOBS Webinar

In this webinar, national Forest Service recruiters will walk through USAJOBS and the application process. Note: you may be prompted to download the free Microsoft Teams application.


USAJOBS is the Federal Government’s official employment site, managing the hiring process for thousands of Federal agencies across the United States and around the world. The Forest Service accepts all job applications on

Creating an USAJOBS Account

An account on USAJOBS allows you to track job openings, add searchable information for recruiters, and streamline the application process. To create an account, visit and click “Create Profile” on the front page. You will be walked through a series of steps to create your account, including providing an email address and a password, confirming your email, and setting up a second authentication key. Use an email address that you will always have access to (not a work or school email).

Setting Up Your USAJOBS Profile

After signing in for the first time, you can start setting up your profile. USAJOBS will take you through a survey, getting information about which hiring authority you may fall under, general contact information, citizenship status, and education.

Under the Documents section, you can add resumes, cover letters, transcripts, or any other documents needed for job applications. If you already have a resume, upload the document; if not, visit our Building a Federal Resume webpage. You can also use the USAJOBS Resume Builder tool, which can also be found under the Resumes section of your profile. Your resume can be made searchable for federal recruiters looking for potential job applicants.

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

Searching for Jobs

Using the search bar on the front page of USAJOBS, you can search for certain jobs, career fields, or federal agencies. You can use words like “Forest Service,” “forester,” and “communication” to find positions in your field. You can also enter city, state, zip code, or country into the location bar. If you are searching broadly for jobs, use generic keywords and leave the location search bar blank.

If you filled out the Preferences section in your profile, the search will automatically populate with your choices and filter out jobs that do not fall into those requirements. Search parameters can be added or edited using the Filters box on the right side. The Top Filters tab shows search options like departments, agencies, pay, grade levels, job series, and hiring paths/authorities. The More Filters tab shows search options like relocation assistance, work schedule, appointment type, security clearance, and travel percentage. Once you have selected all of your filters, you can choose to “Save Search” using the notification that appears at the top of the page.

Applying for Jobs

After clicking on a job opening, you’ll find information like “How to Apply,” “Eligibility Requirements,” and “Required Documents.” Read all of this information carefully to find out if you qualify for the job. This area will
also identify citizenship requirements.

If you would like to apply for the job later, note the close date and click “Save” below the Apply Now button. You can access this job opening at any time from your Profile, under “Home.”

If you qualify and you are interested, click “Apply Now” on the right side of the job opening page. You will prompted for application information, including uploading a Federal resume, uploading any additional required
, personal information, and how you heard about the job. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, TXT, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

You will then be redirected to the agency’s hiring site. Complete the hiring questionnaire. Review your application and all your documents carefully and submit. You will receive an email from USAJOBS confirming your application was received.

Checking Your Application Status

It often takes 2 weeks for Human Resources to review applications. You can find updates about the job in your Profile in “Home” under “Applications”. If you have not received any notifications after 2 weeks, call the Forest Service HR Contact Center at 1-877-372-7248, select Option 2, and follow the prompts. The HR Contact Center is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(MT) and closed on all Federal holidays.

Official Documents

For more information on official transcripts, SF-50s, performance appraisals, and more, visit our Official Documents webpage.

Applying Using Hiring Authorities

There are many different hiring authorities that the Forest Service uses to hire employees. Check out our Eligibility webpage for information on different hiring authorities and required documents to qualify.


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.

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