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Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act Basics

This new hiring authority allows individuals to compete for permanent positions that are advertised on USAJOBS as ‘open to agency employees only’, if they have 24 months of service in time-limited (temporary or term) appointments within land management agencies. The Land Management Agencies are:

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
  • Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
  • Bureau of Reclamation (BOR)
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
  • National Park Service (NPS)
  • U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

Eligibility must include all of the following:

  • Candidates must have 24 months of service in time-limited (temporary or term) appointments within a land management agency; and
  • First appointment of 24 months of service period must have been a competitive time-limited appointment (i.e.- critical need appointments don’t count because they are ‘excepted service’); and
  • These time-limited appointments were without a break in service of two or more years;
  • Each period of service received an acceptable performance rating (EPAP); and
  • Most recent date of separation with a land management agency was no more than two (2) years ago; and
  • Most recent separation was not based upon misconduct or an unacceptable level of performance (e.g. - fully successful rating or higher).

Pre-Application Steps

1. Combine ALL SF-50s for EACH employment period that you are using to prove your 24 month period of eligible employment with a Land Management Agency.

  • Save with the file name “LMWFA SF50s.pdf”
  • Ensure the file is 3mb or less in size
  • Upload this file into your USAJOBS profile

2. Combine ALL “Signature Page Only” EPAPs for EACH employment period that you are using to prove your 24-month period of eligible employment with a Land Management Agency.

  • Save with the file name “LMWFA EPAPs.pdf”
  • Ensure the file is 3mb or less in size
  • Upload this file into your USAJOBS profile

Land Management Additional Notes

If you’re missing an EPAP, provide a Memorandum signed by the supervisor that documents an eligible performance rating (see sample).

If you’re missing SF50(s) and are a current NPS Employee, try to access your eOPF via Bison Connect. Otherwise, contact Bob Harshaw at or 303-985-6865.

If you’re missing SF50(s) and are a former NPS Employee, send an email request to: . Include your name, the last four digits of your social security number, and a USPS mailing address to receive the documents. Do not include your date of birth or your full social security number.


An Easy To Understand Glossary of Federal Government Employment Terms

The federal government has a language all its own. You're not alone if you think you need a translator to understand the definition of employment terms such as "status candidate" or "publictrust designation."
To make things easier, this glossary of employment terminology will help you understand the federal government's language used in multipage USAJOBS ( position announcements.

Career and career-conditional employee: These are permanent federal employees who at somepoint already competed for a permanent position. Permanent federal career status is automatically gained upon completion of the mandatory three-year career-conditional period. Certain federal jobopenings limit applications from career and career conditional employees.

Competitive civil service: Most federal government civil service jobs fall under this category.Positions are filled through a fair, open and merit-based process, unless excepted by statue, Executive Order or OPM (Office of Personnel Management) action.

Declaration for Federal Employment: This form (OF-306), which is provided during the application process or before employment begins, documents a candidate's fulfillment of the two requirements for federal employment: US citizenship and, for men born after December 31, 1959, compliance with US Selective Service registration. It is also used to help determine an applicant's suitability (i.e. - criminal history) for federal employment.

Excepted service: Positions not covered by certain competitive civil service personnel rules andregulations. For example, employees who serve at the discretion of the current presidential administration -- commonly referred to as "Schedule C" employees -- are excepted because theyhave policy-determining responsibilities or serve a key administration official. Students selected under SEEP (Student Temporary Employment Program, Student Career Experience Program) are referred to as "Schedule B" employees.

Federal resume: There is no mandated form, although some vacancy postings will refer to it. It issimply a resume that contains all the information required to apply for a federal job, including personal information, education, work experience, and job-related skills and training. Refer to the form OF-510 (Applying for a Federal Job) for instructions.

Form C or FX 1203: An optical scan form, a bubble sheet like the SAT, on which applicants mark answers to employment questionnaires if required for the application process. Some agencies have applicants answer these questions online.

General Schedule (GS) pay: The general pay scale system for white-collar jobs in the federal government. Positions are identified by GS level, from GS-1 to GS-15.

Knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs): The necessary characteristics of an applicant qualified fora particular job. Most job postings ask applicants to write a short supplemental essay describing specific skills and experiences that match those desired for the position. These KSAs are generally used to rate/rank the applicants, which makes a detailed response to them critical.

Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612): This OPM form is the closest thing toa federal resume and can be used as part of your application for virtually any federal job.

Public trust designation: A position that requires an applicant to undergo a background check.

Qualifications Standards Operating Manual: The federal government's published guide to qualifications required for General Schedule positions (white collar).

Questionnaire for National Security Positions (SF-86): Used for background checks of applicants for national security positions requiring a security clearance, this form includes questions about educational background, past and current employers, police records, financial situation, and drugand alcohol usage. Similar forms include an SF-85 and SF-85P.

Superior academic achievement: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university will qualify an individual for a GS-5 level position in many occupations. Superior academic achievement, defined as graduation in the upper third of one's college class, a GPA of B or better or membership in a nationally recognized honors society, like Phi Beta Kappa, will qualify for a GS-7 level position in many occupations.

Status candidates: Job applicants who currently work for the federal government or certain former federal employees.

Temporary or TERM position: Appointments used to fill non permanent positions. Temporary positions are filled for one year or less; employees do not receive benefits. TERM employment may last from one to four years, and employees generally have the same benefits as permanent employees.

Upward Mobility Program: Agencies can use this program to groom talent by creating or restructuring positions to be filled by promising entry-level applicants who will then be offered training and other career-development opportunities.

Veterans' preference: In the competitive process, some military veterans receive preferential consideration, typically by having 5 or 10 points added to their scores during the examination process. See the VetGuide for details (


Current Job Opportunites

Applications for jobs with the National Park Service are accepted via USAJOBS, the federal government's official source for job listings and employment information. The jobs listed below are drawn from USAJOBS; clicking on any of them will take you to the detailed job announcement on that site. Learn more about working for the National Park Service.

Last updated: December 31, 2023

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