i want to help you get a job with the forest service.
Applying to USAjobs.gov is the only way I know of to get a federal job with the USFS, NPS, etc. There's thousands of job openings on USAjobs.gov every day... but the span between January and April is referred to as "hiring season." I want to help you follow your passion for the environment and land a job that fits with you.
I get several emails a week from people wanting to find out how to be a Wilderness Ranger. These people are so incredibly passionate about our wild lands, but once I start talking with them I figure out that they're way more inclined to go for wildlife biology or forestry. So why do they want to drop all of that and become a Wilderness Ranger?
It looks cool. That's mostly all people can muster up when I ask them why they want it. Most of them can't tell the difference between the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service. Even more don't know the difference between big 'W' Wilderness and little 'w' wilderness. I'm not saying these people are underqualified... but they have skills and interests that are way more useful in other sciences.
Here are a few things I want you to think about and do to your resume before you apply to USAjobs.gov this coming hiring season. After you do these things, you can email me with your resume (details at the end of this post on how I want it emailed to me)
- Consider your strengths and weaknesses. Are you more inclined to go for Natural Resource Management or Hydrology? Do you have interests in any particular field or agency? Make a small list of the things you're interested in.
- Consider what you're qualified for. Do you have work experience that sets you up for success in your field of interest? Do you have volunteer experience? Education that makes you stick out from the rest? Make a list of these things you've worked so hard on. Be proud of them.
- Think about how far you're willing to travel for a seasonal position for a federal agency. Most all of the positions you'll be applying for are seasonal positions (April/May-September/October) and not all of them will provide housing.
- *Note that permanent jobs within the Forest Service or Park Service are extremely hard to get and take a lot of seasons working as a seasonal to obtain.
- Put together your past. I want your job history and volunteer history for the past 4-5 years, dates when you were employed, what the address of the job was, who your supervisor was, their contact info, and whether or not they can be contacted. This isn't for me-- this is for your future employer.
- Summarize your experiences with these jobs. Don't skimp on the details. I want to know what skills you needed to perform tasks within the job and what you were doing. Bulleted lists work best for this part.
- *Always remember to list work and volunteer history separately, and begin with the most recent and list down to the least recent.
- What are your skills and certifications? This is a crucial part to your resume. Put it at the end just before your references.
- Come up with some professional references. You'll need their work addresses, emails, phone numbers, and job titles. This is crucial because hiring managers will contact these references.
- THIS RESUME WILL BE 1-4 PAGES. DON'T TRY TO FIT IT ALL ON ONE PAGE!
Our wild lands need more people fighting for them. If you need help going over your resume for outdoor sciences and educational jobs, I'll help you. After you've checked off the list I just wrote, I want you to send me an email containing these things:
- Subject of the email must be: RESUME
- Word document of your resume. I'm going to re-format it and change a lot of things so that it's more appealing to a hiring manager... so make sure you have a saved copy for yourself. The copy I'll send back will be totally different.
- A small list of the jobs you're interested in applying for.
- Anything that I need to know before diving in.
- If you're wanting to become a Wilderness Ranger, just know that the job is much harder than others to obtain. You'll need to clarify that with me - I'm not saying you need to prove yourself to me, but Wilderness is very special to me and I will take extra care with your resume if I believe you're in it for the right reasons.
Since it's the busy holiday season and I have a life of my own that requires a lot of attention, I won't get around to fixing up your resume immediately. I'm hoping to tackle at least 1 per day, so just let me know if there's an urgency and I'll try to do my best to accommodate that.
Oh yeah, and if you're happy with the work I'm doing with your resume or you just want to buy me a cup of coffee, feel free to send a couple dollars my way via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org. I figure that since I can't work because of my heart condition, I may as well help others get their dream jobs. But work is work and although I'm happy to help you for free, computer work gets tiring and coffee costs $! ;)