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


After you apply for a position, you can check on the status of your application.  USAJOBS also provides you with an opportunity to establish criteria to identify the types of jobs you are interested in, and will then notify you with an email message when that kind of job is open and accepting applications.



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All the following steps must be completed successfully to apply to DOI FIRE Announcements.


Step 1   Go to:  www.usajobs.gov


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

     To Create an Account you are asked to fill out a short form with basic personal information

     and click Submit at the bottom when you are finished.  When you submit your form, you are

     automatically logged into your USAJOBS account.

Step 3   RESUME:  You must create a resume BEFORE applying for a job.  Click on “Build New   

               Resume” follow the steps to create your online resume.  On the last tab, ‘Finishing Up’, select  

               the “Save for Later”, 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.

     Click here for more information on Resumer Builder.

Step 4   FIND VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT:  To find the vacancy announcement you want to

                apply to, click on “Search Jobs” (Drop-down menu at top right-hand corner of the website),

                select ‘Search Jobs-Main Page’ then type in either the Announcement Number or City/State

                or Zip Code in the correct blocks on USAJOBS.


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 Online”, link at the side of the page.  Select your USAJOBS resume

               to submit with your application and answer the vacancy questions.  At the end you will click  

               Finished” and be redirected back to ‘My Account’ on USAJOBS, where you can track your 



Step 7   SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION:  Submit required supporting documentation that applies

               to you.  Click here for Faxing/Uploading Instructions.

     You must complete the entire application process and be redirected back to

     USAJOBS to successfully apply to a vacancy announcement.  Your application status

     in USAJOBS will be "Resume Received", when we have received your application.

Step 8  Check your Application Status.  Click on "Application Status " after you are logged in to "My

              Account", select "View all Applications" at the bottom of the the pop-down screen, then find

              the vacancy you applied to, under the Application Status column, it will indicate your status,

              "Resume Received" means we have received your application.  If you select "More   

               Information" it will direct you to another screen, where we post comments as to if you qualify

               or not.  You will be notified through e-mail if you are referred.



      At the USAJOBS website, click on “Help” (bottom of page), select “Tutorials” and select the specific

      Tutorial that you need help with.  You can view the Tutorials interactive or download document.


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. 
    • Find the job vacancy announcement once you have logged on to “My Account
    • Select “Application Status ”
    • Click on the “Announcement Title”; this will bring up the vacancy announcement.
    • Click on “Apply Online” at the bottom of the screen; as if you are going to apply again.
    • The system will display your responses and you may edit these responses, up until the closing date.
    • Once you updated your answers to the vacancy questions and click through all screens, it will have a “Finished” button, select it and you will be redirected back to My Account; now your updates will be submitted.

       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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