Next Steps for Job Seekers
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In these webinars, our national Forest Service recruiters walk through several topics such as eligibility, applications, USAJOBS, resumes, and more. Note: you may be prompted to download the free Microsoft Teams application.
- Tips for Job Seekers
- How to Write a Federal Resume
- Hiring Qualifications & Eligibilities
- Navigating USAJOBS.gov
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Virtual Job Seeker Consultations
The National Strategic Recruitment Team offers virtual consultations to help job seekers start their federal careers with the Forest Service. Our 30-minute voice and video chats are available through the Microsoft Teams application (available for free download to your preferred device). We'll help you learn about current career opportunities and find resources for creating federal resumes, navigating USAJOBS, and understanding hiring eligibilities and qualifications. Please look through our bios below, then book a virtual consultation with a national recruiter today!
National Strategic Recruitment Team Biographies
- Chris Stockdale, Lead National Recruiter
Chris currently serves as the Supervisor and Lead National Recruiter for the USDA Forest Service’s National Strategic Recruitment Team. In this role, Chris ensures our agency’s recruitment efforts are aligned with its mission and goals, in addition to the workforce needs of the regions, stations, and offices we serve. He grew up in southern Illinois, right outside of Shawnee National Forest. The Forest Service value that resonates most with him is Service – from his service in the military, to his time as a K-12 educator, and now with a career in the federal government – he’s dedicated all of his adult life to serving others. Chris joined the National Strategic Recruitment Team in 2020 after a 15-year career in education – in this role he can use his strengths as an educator to assist others in successfully getting started in their Forest Service career.
- Kelly De Hoyos, Senior National Recruiter
Kelly currently serves as a Lead Human Resources Specialist and Senior National Recruiter for the USDA Forest Service’s National Strategic Recruitment Team. In this role, as the operational lead of the team, Kelly is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities of the team, ensuring that assigned tasks are completed in a timely and efficient manner. She first came to the Forest Service in 2010 as an Intern with the Executive Project Management Office within Human Resources Management (HRM) located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has worked in many areas of HRM to include Process Improvement, Data Quality Management, and Recruitment and Placement. She is a seasoned staffer and has spent the majority of her career on the National Pathways Team where she filled Intern and Recent Graduate positions all over the United States. She is a subject matter expert on the Pathways Programs, merit, Schedule A, and veteran hiring authorities, as well as the hiring process which is what lead her to the recruitment team. Kelly completed her Master’s of Business Administration in 2011 at the University of Phoenix with concentrations in HRM and Healthcare Management. She grew up in the mountains just east of Albuquerque and moved into the city after she graduated high school. Her values drive her to always lead from the heart and to deliver exceptional, solutions-focused service to others.
- Marilyn Grubbs, Senior National Recruiter
Marilyn currently serves as the Infrastructure Strike Team Lead and Senior National Recruiter for the USDA Forest Service’s National Strategic Recruitment Team. In this role, Marilyn leads the team to build innovative daily operations practices and collaborate with communities and partners to hire a diverse workforce. She has always enjoyed helping others by finding what their strengths and values are and discovering how those fit in with possible careers and life goals. She started her journey with the Forest Service in 2015 after leaving a medical career. She became a Pathways Intern in Policy and has worked in Workers Compensation, Recruitment, the National Pathways Team, the Expedited Hiring Team, and most recently the National Fire Team within Human Resources Management (HRM) located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Marilyn is a New Mexico native and completed a Master’s of Business Administration in 2019 from Eastern New Mexico University. Her values and dedication to public service drive her to help others care for the land and serve the people.
- Stephen Thomas, Senior National Recruiter
Stephen currently serves as a Strike Team Lead and Senior National Recruiter for the USDA Forest Service’s National Strategic Recruitment Team. In this role, Stephen leads a diverse team of recruitment staff that focuses on national hiring events and works closely with his team to meet Forest Service recruitment needs. Stephen is from Chattanooga, Tennessee where he attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville as a Forestry major. Go Vols!! He speaks with potential applicants and advises hiring managers frequently. He is passionate about bringing on a new and more diverse workforce. Stephen has been employed by the Forest Service for 23 years. For the past 13 years prior to joining the national team, he has served as a Recruitment Liaison Specialist in the Pacific Southwest region (Region 5). The Forest Service has allowed Stephen the opportunity to work in several other capacities. He has been a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Planner writing environmental documents, worked on a Timber Marking Crew, served as a member on 2 Hotshot Crews, and he was on a Forest Service Regular Hand Crew. His favorite part of working for the Forest Service has been recruiting. He truly enjoys helping others be successful and meet their career goals. He finds it rewarding when he can guide others to a career with the Forest Service and contribute to the diversity of the organization.
- Jeffrey Huffman, Senior National Recruiter
Jeff currently serves as a Strike Team Lead and Senior National Recruiter for the USDA Forest Service’s National Strategic Recruitment Team. In this role, Jeff leads a diverse team of recruitment staff that focuses on national hiring events and works closely with his team to meet Forest Service recruitment needs. His previous work background includes a variety of experiences. He has been a proud veteran of the United States Air Force, a talented educator for social change, and an expert in providing prevention resources and support to military servicemembers and their families. With a Bachelor's degree in Human Resources and a Master's degree in Mass Communication, he often engages local communities, colleges, universities, and military bases in recruitment efforts to help students, veterans, and those seeking employment transition into viable Forest Service careers. His love of nature began at a young age, camping and hiking in and around the hills and forest of Hoosier National Forest in south central Indiana. His passion for serving others and for stewardship of nature are great assets for recruiting the next generation of public servants of the Forest Service.
- Alejandro Fajardo, National Recruiter
Alejandro currently serves as a Human Resources Specialist and National Recruiter for the USDA Forest Service’s National Strategic Recruitment Team based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He began his career with the Forest Service in 2010 as a seasonal Wildland Firefighter. As a Firefighter, he served as a crew member for Engine and Hotshot Crews for the Cibola and Lincoln National Forests. He left the Forest Service after a few seasons of Wildland Fighting to work in the private sector and obtain a degree in Business Administration. He returned in 2019 as a Human Resources Assistant in the Processing Department, and shortly after transitioned to the National Strategic Recruitment Team. The value of diversity resonates with him. As a Mexican American it is important to him to see people from underserved communities have the same opportunity to serve the great outdoors as he did. As a recruiter he gives people the tools to simplify the application process and increase applicant’s opportunities of gaining employment with the agency.
- Ebonie Goree, National Recruiter
Ebonie currently serves as a Human Resources Specialist and National Recruiter for the USDA Forest Service’s National Strategic Recruitment Team. In this role, Ebonie helps to connect with diverse communities and partners, build out innovative daily operations practices, and supports colleagues in the completion of recruitment tasks. Ebonie began her career as a Human Resources Assistant on the Recruitment Team in 2021. She became a Human Resources Specialist later that year. Ebonie graduated in 2019 with her Master’s in Psychology with a concentration in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Ebonie is originally from Mississippi and is currently living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is driven by her value to foster a diverse environment, whether it be ideas, perspectives, or experiences.
- John "JB" Brown Jr., National Recruiter
JB currently serves as a Human Resources Specialist and National Recruiter for the USDA Forest Service’s National Strategic Recruitment Team. In this role, JB trains new team members and forms networking relationships with various academic institutions and professional organizations. JB started his career in the Forest Service in 2016 after serving in the United States Air Force. He has a diversified portfolio of work experience within the agency and has served as part of the National Temporary Employment Team, Personnel Security, and now the National Strategic Recruitment Team. He has also worked for the Department of Veteran Affairs as an Intern. Throughout his career, JB has gained a vast wealth of experience and knowledge in Law Enforcement, Community Relations, Recruiting, and Staffing, as well as an understanding of the Veterans and Schedule A hiring authorities. JB is originally from New York and now resides in Albuquerque, NM. His commitment to seeing others become the best version of themselves is what JB values most.
- Jody Benavides, National Recruiter
Jody currently serves as a Human Resources Specialist and National Recruiter for the USDA Forest Service’s National Strategic Recruitment Team. She is new to the team but has been with the Forest Service for 6 years. She is learning how to recruit a diverse workforce and learning to help applicants simplify the application process when applying to careers within the agency. Jody started her career with the Forest Service as a Human Resources Assistant in the Pay and Leave Department in 2017 after working in Indian Gaming for 20 years. She started off as a Pathways Intern and 2 years later she moved into a Human Resources Specialist position in Pay and Leave. Jody is a California native but grew up on the Isleta Reservation located south of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She actively takes part in her Native American traditions. She completed her Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 2015 from the University of Phoenix. Jody’s core value is safety in every way: physical, psychological, and social.
- Jessica "Jess" Trimble, National Recruiter
Jess currently serves as a Human Resources Specialist and National Recruiter for the USDA Forest Service’s National Strategic Recruitment Team. In this role, Jess shares her story and the expertise she has gained in the federal workforce to help potential applicants realize their dream career with the Forest Service. Jess started her journey with the Forest Service in 2016 after leaving a career in marketing. She became a Student Conservation Association Intern with the Recreation Crew at the Skykomish Ranger District on the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. She continued working seasonally with trails and visitor services before moving to Alaska to take a permanent position with the National Park Service. She then relocated back to Washington state to be a Human Resources Assistant with the National Park Service and rejoined the Forest Service with the Recruitment Team in January 2022, working remotely from her home in Index, Washington. When not at work, Jess can be found hiking, splitboarding, and climbing in the Cascade mountains surrounding her home. Her dedication to conservation is rooted in her passion for exploring the outdoors and building meaningful connection to the land and people we serve.
- Angela Hill, National Recruiter
Angela currently serves as a Human Resources Specialist and National Recruiter for the USDA Forest Service’s National Strategic Recruitment Team. In this role, Angela will be assisting with recruitment efforts and helping to provide a great experience as she assists candidates through their career search. While Angela is new to the Forest Service as of April 2022, she shares many years of recruitment experience from working in various industries such as healthcare and hospitality. Angela has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising from the City College of New York and received her Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Liverpool. Angela is a Florida native and loves any chance to enjoy the sunny outdoors through walks in the parks, on the beach and hiking trails. Angela’s passion is to help people through their career search and connecting with them on a personable level as they achieve their goals and dreams of being part of the Forest Service.
- Jocelyn Garcia, National Recruiter
Jocelyn currently serves as a Human Resources Assistant and National Recruiter for the USDA Forest Service’s National Strategic Recruitment Team. In this role, Jocelyn assists with the administrative duties of the hiring events, responds to inquiries from the team shared email, and reaches out to future Forest Service candidates from the Job Seeker Database through a Forest Service Friday weekly email. Jocelyn joined the Recruitment Team based out of Albuquerque, NM in October 2021 after working in the medical field as a phlebotomist. Jocelyn is a New Mexico native where she attended Central New Mexico Community College and received her Associate’s degree in Business in the Fall of 2017 along with other certificates of completion. She is currently attending the University of Phoenix for her Bachelor’s degree in Business with a Human Resource certificate. She is set to graduate in April 2023. Jocelyn is dedicated in providing excellent customer service and helping applicants find the right path to become part of the Forest Service.
- Casey Allen, National Recruiter
Casey currently serves as a Human Resources Assistant and National Recruiter for the USDA Forest Service’s National Strategic Recruitment Team. In this role, Casey responds to inquiries from the team shared email, reaches out to future Forest Service candidates from the Job Seeker Database through a Forest Service Friday weekly email, assists in data collection and manipulation, and assists with various administrative duties for hiring events and recruitment. Casey joined the Recruitment Team in April 2022 after working as a Recruiter for a non-profit for 6 months learning the ins and outs of recruiting. Casey is a Missouri native where she attended the University of Central Missouri and received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in May 2021. Investing in relationships is one of the Forest Service values that resonates with Casey the most. She believes being invested in every relationship allows her to better understand the people she works with and provide individualized assistance.
- Alejandro Pacheo, National Recruiter
Alejandro currently serves as a Human Resources Assistant and National Recruiter for the USDA Forest Service’s National Strategic Recruitment Team. In this role, Alejandro is responsible for managing inquiries from the team shared email, connecting with future Forest Service candidates using the Job Seeker Database weekly email, assists in data collection and manipulation, and assists with various administrative duties pertaining to hiring events and recruitment efforts. Alejandro joined the Recruitment Team in March 2022 after serving in the United States Navy for 8 years and later attending the University of South Florida, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in Political Science. Alejandro strives to offer guidance and information in the most efficient way possible, ensuring success and peace of mind for applicants.
- Shawn Tillman, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities Program Manager
Shawn currently serves as the Veterans and Persons with Disabilities Program Manager for the USDA Forest Service’s National Talent Acquisition Team, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In this role, as the agency’s Selective Placement Program Coordinator (SPPC), Shawn assists applicants and personnel to help them understand and utilize Special Hiring Authorities available to them while navigating the federal employment process. He works in partnership with the National Strategic Recruitment Team to identify and recruit diverse, highly qualified Veterans and Persons with Disabilities needed to meet our agency’s mission and goals. Shawn is a combat veteran having served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the United States Army, 82nd Airborne Division. He obtained degrees from the University of New Mexico, with concentrations in Finance, Accounting, and Human Resources Management. Upon completion of his degrees, he worked for Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Endo-Surgery, as a Finance and Budget Analyst and Human Resource Generalist. He began his career with the Forest Service in June 2014. Since that time, he has served in multiple positions, to include, Employee Relations Assistant and Specialist, Regional Recruiter for the Southwestern region (R3), detailed District Ranger, and now our Veterans and Persons with Disabilities Program Manager. The Forest Service value that resonates most with Shawn is Service and he strives to use his knowledge and skills to improve the lives of others.
- Jason Gaffney, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities Program Specialist
Jason is currently on the Veterans and Persons with Disabilities Program for the USDA Forest Service’s National Talent Acquisition Team, he is located in Weymouth, Massachusetts. In this role, he serves as one of the agency’s Selective Placement Program Coordinators (SPPC). Jason assists applicants and personnel understand and utilize Special Hiring Authorities available to them while navigating the federal employment process. He works in partnership with the National Strategic Recruitment Team to identify and recruit diverse, highly qualified Veterans and Persons with Disabilities needed to meet our agency’s mission and goals. He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wayland Baptist University, with concentrations in Business and Human Resources Management. Jason is currently pursuing a master’s degree In Public Administration from Columbia Southern University. He originally began his career with the Forest Service in March 2012 as a student intern. Upon completion of the Pathways Program, he served as a Human Resources Assistant on the National Temporary Hiring Team and as a Supervisor on the Personnel Actions Request Team. He transitioned out of the Forest Service in 2018 moving to Massachusetts, working as a Human Resources Generalist in a large Healthcare system in Boston, then served as a Corporate Human Resources Director for a network of Substance Abuse treatment facilities. Jason has returned to the Forest Service as a HR Specialist on our Veterans and Persons with Disabilities Team. He believes “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them” Walt Disney.
Hiring Terminology Glossary
Confused by federal hiring terminology? Check out the glossary below to get definitions for the most common words, acronyms, and phrases.
Any department or independent establishment of the federal government, including a government-owned or controlled corporation, which has the authority to hire employees in the competitive, excepted, and senior executive service.
A person being hired for a position in an agency.
- Appointing Officer
A person having power by law, or by duly delegated authority, to make appointments (for example, hire applicants).
A person being hired for a position in an agency.
Any personnel action that brings an individual onto the rolls (staff) of an agency.
- Appointment Types
The federal government offers several types of employment to suit the unique needs of a diverse and dynamic workforce. Examples include Multiple, Permanent, Temporary, Student, and others.
- Career Appointment
A professional position that a government employee achieves after working as a career-conditional appointment for three consecutive years within government. As a career appointment, the individual gains competitive status and greater job stability.
- Career Conditional
A term used to describe an employee's status within the federal government. It includes permanent employees in the competitive service who have not completed three years of substantially continuous service to become a full career employee.
- Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)
The program is intended for federal employees who are being laid off and have been given special preference to find another position in a different part of their agency or at an agency that isn’t downsizing the same type of position.
- Civil Service
A category of employment that includes all employees in the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of the Unites States government, excluding military employees, political appointees, and elected officials.
- Competitive Appointment, Service, and Status
A category of employment that includes most federal civilian positions and employees. The public can be hired into a competitive appointment and will therefore enter competitive service status upon hiring.
Competitive status is a person's basic eligibility for assignment (such as, by transfer, promotion, reassignment, demotion, or reinstatement) to a position in the competitive service without having to compete with members of the public in an open competitive examination. When a vacancy announcement indicates that status candidates are eligible to apply, career employees and career-conditional employees who have served at least 90 days after competitive appointment may apply. Once acquired, status belongs to the individual, not to a position.
- Direct Hire Authority
A hiring authority that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) can give to federal agencies for filling vacancies when a critical hiring need or severe shortage of candidates exists. This gives hiring managers’ authorization to make job offers to applicants without having to go through the full application process. Direct hire authority can be used for permanent, nonpermanent, or group positions for grades GS-1 through GS-15.
Under the General Schedule (GS), this term refers to jobs listed under GS-1 through GS-7 pay scales. Most jobs from the GS-1 to GS-4 levels are clerical and administrative. GS-5 is reserved for those with a bachelor's degree, GS-7 for those with some graduate education or superior academic achievement, and GS-9 for those with a Graduate degree.
- Excepted Service
Federal or civil service positions not in the competitive service or Senior Executive Service. Excepted service positions have been excepted from the requirements of the competitive service by law, Executive Order, or OPM regulation. Excepted service agencies set their own qualification requirements and are not subject to the appointment, pay, and classification rules in title 5, United States Code.
A non-competitive category of employment for which agencies can use a streamlined hiring process rather than the regular competitive process to meet a special or critical hiring need. Agencies use this process to hire individuals with specific backgrounds or for hard-to-recruit occupations, such as attorneys, chaplains, and medical doctors. Excepted service positions are not always posted on USAJOBS.gov. Schedule A and C appointments are considered a part of excepted service. OPM explains Excepted Service Appointing Authorities in more detail.
- Federal Wage System (or Wage Grade or WG)
The job-grading and pay system that applies to most trade, craft, and labor positions in agencies subject to 5 United States Code (U.S.C.) 5342. Under this system, pay is adjusted according to the rates paid by private industry for similar jobs in the same area. Included are federal employees in recognized trade or craft or skilled mechanical crafts, occupations, and other persons, including foremen or supervisors, in positions where trade, craft, or labor experience or knowledge is the main requirement.
- General Schedule (or GS Pay Scale or GS Level)
Federal pay system that covers more than 1.2 million employees; GS was established under the Classification Act of 1949, as amended.
A federal pay system geared toward white-collar jobs, which are typically office-related professional, administrative, and managerial positions with yearly salaries. This system consists of 15 levels, beginning with GS-1 and continuing up to GS-15. Your GS level will depend on several factors, from your education and experience to the job itself.
- Hiring Managers
Individuals who work to fill open positions at the department or office they oversee. Hiring new employees isn’t their sole function, but rather a duty added to their regular job, which could be anything from botanist to accountant. Often the hiring manager will be the direct supervisor of the new employee.
- Hiring Authorities (or Hiring Paths)
The federal government offers hiring authorities to help hire individuals that represent our diverse society. Agencies use these paths to tell us who they’re looking for when they’re hiring—whether it’s a current federal employee, a veteran, or a recent graduate. There are many different hiring authorities.
- Merit Promotion Program (or Merit Staffing Program or Merit Status Candidate)
The system under which agencies consider an employee for vacant positions based on personal merit. Vacant positions are usually filled through competition with applicants (current competitive service employees) being evaluated and ranked for the position based on their experience, education, competencies, and performance.
For the Forest Service, this includes current permanent Forest Service employees with competitive status; Land Management eligibles whose last appointment was with the Forest Service; ICTAP/CTAP/RPL eligible candidates; Peace Corps & AmeriCorps VISTA; Public Land Corps; Resource Assistants; and VEOA eligible candidates.
- Non-Competitive Appointment
Jobs open to select candidates, as opposed to the public – typically those who have been a federal employee for at least three years. Under this authority, hiring managers may hire candidates without having to go through the full application process. USAJOBS.gov job announcements specify whether a position is competitive or non-competitive under the “Who May Apply” title.
- Permanent Appointment
A permanent appointment is an appointment to a position that is not a temporary or time-limited appointment.
- Preference (or Veterans' Preference)
Veterans' preference applies to all new appointments in both the competitive and excepted service. Veterans' preference does not guarantee veterans a job and it does not apply to internal agency actions (often called Merit actions) such as promotions, transfers, reassignments, and reinstatements. Not all veterans are considered veterans for the purpose of federal civilian employment, and not all active-duty service qualify for veterans' preference.
There are basically two types of preference eligibles, disabled (10-point preference eligible) and non-disabled (5-point preference eligibles). Refer to title 5, United States Code, Section 2108 for additional information on veterans’ preference and preference eligibles. Visit the Department of Labor's Veterans' Preference Advisor to determine your preference eligibility.
- Presidential Management Fellows (PMF)
An entry level leadership development program for advanced degree candidates; visit www.pmf.gov.
- Pathways Program
Three excepted service programs tailored to recruit, hire, develop, and retain students and recent graduates. The programs include the Internship Program, the Recent Graduates Program, and a reinvigorated Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program.
- Qualification Standards
A description of the minimum requirements necessary to perform the work of a particular occupation. These minimum requirements may include specific job-related work experience, education, medical or physical standards, training, security, and, or licensure. They are not designed to rank candidates, identify the best qualified for a particular position, or substitute for an analysis of an applicant's knowledge, skills, and abilities or competencies.
- Reemployment Priority List (RPL)
A list of career and career-conditional employees an agency has separated because of (1) reduction in force or (2) compensable injury or disability where recovery takes more than one year from the time the employee began receiving compensation to return to non-temporary employment after assignment to other civilian employment. This other employment may be with the Foreign Service, public international organizations, or other agencies in the executive branch or overseas. Employees on the reemployment priority list are entitled to reemployment consideration.
- Relocation Bonus
A one-time payment of up to 25 percent of basic pay to a current federal employee who relocates to accept a hard-to-fill position.
- Seasonal Employee
An employee who works on an annual recurring basis for periods of less than 12 months (2,087 hours) each year.
- Schedule A (or Individuals with Disabilities) Hiring Authority
If you're an individual with a disability, you can apply and compete for any job for which you are eligible and meet the qualifications, but you also may be eligible for a special hiring authority. Visit USAJOBS.gov for more information on this hiring authority.
- Senior Executive Service (SES)
The Senior Executive Service (SES) is comprised of the people charged with leading the continuing transformation of government. These leaders possess well-honed executive skills and share a broad perspective of government and a public service commitment which is grounded in the Constitution. The keystone of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, the SES was designed to be a corps of executives selected for their leadership qualifications. Members of the SES serve in the key positions just below the top Presidential appointees. SES members are the major link between these appointees and the rest of the federal workforce.
Positions beyond the highest level of the General Schedule, GS-15. Such positions involve heightened managerial and policy-making skills and responsibility and are set apart from most other positions in the competitive service.
- Special Hiring Authority
Special permission is given to federal hiring managers to bypass the regular hiring process for certain qualified applicants. Qualified applicants include those hired through Pathways Programs; those with veterans’ preference; AmeriCorps or Peace Corps alumni; and individuals with disabilities. This list is not all-inclusive, and other special hiring authorities may be used at the agency’s discretion. Visit USAJOBS.gov for more information on this hiring authority.
- Temporary Appointment
An appointment lasting one year or less, with a specific expiration date. Typically used to fill a short-term position due to reorganization, abolishment, or the completion of a specific project or peak workload; or to fill positions that involve intermittent (irregular) or seasonal (recurring annually) work schedules.
An appointment lasting one year or less, with a specific expiration date. Temporary appointments are typically used to fill a short-term position due to reorganization or to fill positions that involve irregular or seasonal work schedules.
- Term Appointment
An appointment lasting more than one year but less than four years, with a specific expiration date. Term appointments may be used for project work; extraordinary workload; scheduled abolishment of a position; reorganization; uncertainty of future funding; or contracting out of the function.
Nonpermanent position like a temporary appointment. Term appointments begin with a trial year during which the employee can be let go. After the trial year, the position can last up to four years beyond the initial start date
Official government website that posts virtually all government job openings found at USAJOBS.gov. Jobseekers can post up to five federal resumes and apply for jobs directly from the site. The USAJOBS.gov Resource Center provides additional information about this site.
- Vacancy Announcement (or Job Announcement)
Job opening posted on USAJOBS.gov to give notice to the public. Like a want-ad, the job or vacancy announcement lists the conditions specific to the position and explains how to apply.
- Veterans Hiring Authority
If you’re a Veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and were separated under honorable conditions, you may be eligible for veterans’ preference, as well as other veteran specific hiring options. Visit USAJOBS.gov for more information on this hiring authority.
- Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)
A special hiring authority, which gives eligible veterans access to positions that otherwise may have only been available to current competitive service employees. In VEOA appointments, preference eligibles and Veterans are not accorded preference, but they are allowed to compete for job opportunities that are not offered to other external candidates. A VEOA eligible who is selected will be given a career or career-conditional appointment
- Work Schedule (or Tour of Duty)
Several work schedules exist – alternative, flexible, fixed and compressed.
The National Strategic Recruitment Team offers virtual consultations to assist job seekers to start their federal careers with the Forest Service. Our 30-minute voice and video chats are available through the Microsoft Teams application (available for free download to your preferred device). We'll help you learn about current career opportunities and find resources for creating federal resumes, navigating USAJOBS, and understanding hiring eligibilities and qualifications. Book a virtual consultation with a national recruiter today!
You may also contact Human Resources Management at 1-877-372-7248 (select Option 2 and follow prompts). We're open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time and closed on all federal holidays.