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It's easy to create, edit, and store your FIRES online application for seasonal wildland fire jobs.



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Follow the steps below to apply to Fires Vacancy Announcements


Step 1   Go to:  www.usajobs.gov


Step 2   Select Sign in (top right hand corner) or Create an Account (top left hand corner)

      To Create an Account you are asked to fill out a short form and select "I agree.       Create Account." Once submitted, you will be asked to confirm your account by

      logging into your e-mail and clicking the link sent to you. After confirming your            account, you must complete your profile in USAJOBS before applying to                        vacancies.

Step 3   RESUME:  You must build a resume with the USAJOBS Resume Builder BEFORE                  applying. Select “Documents” on the left hand side of the screen. Then click “Upload                  or build resume" and follow the steps to build your resume. On the last tab, 'Finishing                  Up', select the "Save Work Experience", this saves your resume.

                 You can store up to 5  resumes in USAJOBS. You have now completed the                     registration and resume information process, but still need to APPLY.  We DO NOT

                 accept uploaded resumes. All resumes must be built with USAJOBS Resume Builder

                 for FIRES Vacancy announcements.

       Click here for more information on USAJOBS Resume Builder.

Step 4   FIND VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT:  Click on "Home" and then select "Search                  Jobs", then select either, "Basic Search" or "Advanced Search" and fill in the blocks                  with the information you are searching for. Once complete, select "Search" and then                  you will see the list of open  vacancy announcements.


Step 5   REVIEW VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT:  Review the announcement thoroughly.  The                  announcement describes who is eligible to apply, what experience and/or education

                 are required and what supporting documentation you need to fax/upload with

                 your application. Your resume and documentation must support your responses

                 to the vacancy questions.


Step 6   APPLY:  Click “Apply”, link at the right side of the page.  Select your USAJOBS                  resume you would like to submit with your application and answer the vacancy                                   questions. 


Step 7   SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION:  Submit required supporting documentation that                  applies to you. Follow the Faxing/Uploading Steps. Then click "Finished" and

                 be redirected back to "My Account" on USAJOBS, where you can track

                 your application.

       You must complete the entire application process and be redirected back        to USAJOBS to successfully apply to a vacancy announcement. 

Step 8   APPLICATION STATUS:  Select "Application Status " once you are logged into

                 "My  Account", find the vacancy you applied to, on the right hand side it will indicate                  you status. Click the "+" to see more application details. You can filter your application                  by status. You will be notified through e-mail if you are referred.


TIP:          At the bottom of the page select Help/FAQs


Updating Your Application:


       Vacancy Questions

  • You have until the closing date of a job vacancy to edit your answers to the vacancy questions.  You MUST complete all steps below in order for your updated information to be received. 
    • Sign into your USAJOBS account.
    • Go to your Applicaitons and find the application you would like to update.
    • Click the “+” icon to see all of the application details.
    • Review the Closing Date - you can no longer update the application if the job is closed.
    • Click "Update Application."
    • You will be sent to the "Review" of the USAJOBS application process and then click "Continue to Agency Site" - this is the final step in the USAJOBS application system.
    • Complete the remaining steps of your application in the agency application system.
    • Click "Submit" in the agency application system - your application will not be updated until you submit.

       Resume/Personal Information

You may edit your personal information and resume at anytime during the open period of the announcement. After you edit your personal information or resume in "My Account" you must REAPPLY to the open vacancy announcement and complete the application process to overwrite the previously submitted information.


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