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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 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 select "Submit" at the bottom when you are finished.  Once you

       submit your form, you are  automatically logged into your USAJOBS account.

Step 3   RESUME:  You must build a resume with the USAJOBS Resume Builder BEFORE                  applying. Select “Build New Resume” then follow the steps to build your 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. 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:  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 Online”, link at the right side of the page.  Select your USAJOBS                  resume 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 in to

                 "My  Account", find the vacancy you applied to, under the Status Column, it will

                  indicate your status. If you select "More Information" it will direct you to another

                  screen, where comments are posted concerning the status of job you applied to.

                  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. 
    • Find the 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” 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, select theFinished” button and you will be redirected back to My Account; then your updates have  been 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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