The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is the keeper of our legacy. Since 1849, it has managed and protected our nation's natural resources to benefit all Americans, past, present and future. The Department's vision for a 21st century Interior includes:
The DOI workforce is passionate about its mission, highly skilled, knowledgeable and dedicated to public service. In order to carry out our vast mission, we need scientists, engineers, park rangers, support personnel and more.
This guide provides an overview of the bureaus and offices that comprise DOI and describes the different opportunities available to you.
Then explore the opportunities DOI has to offer!
DOI protects and manages the nation's natural resources and cultural heritage. It provides scientific data and other information about those resources, and it honors its trust responsibilities and special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives and affiliated island communities.
By joining any of its offices and bureaus, you can help DOI achieve the following:
For more information, visit www.doi.gov.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) provides services to 1.9 million Americans and manages 55 million acres of surface as well as 57 million acres of subsurface mineral estate held in trust for American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives. Established in 1824, it is the oldest bureau in DOI.
You can help BIA achieve the following:
For more information, visit www.bia.gov.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administers over 245 million surface acres and 700 million acres of subsurface mineral estate throughout the nation – mostly in 12 western states, including Alaska. It manages public land resources for various uses, such as energy development, livestock grazing, recreation and timber harvesting. BLM also protects a wide array of natural, cultural and historical resources, many of which are found in its 27 million-acre National Landscape Conservation System.
You can help fulfill BLM's multiple-use mission through the following activities:
For more information, visit www.blm.gov.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) manages the exploration and development of the nation's offshore resources. It seeks to appropriately balance economic development, energy independence and environmental protection through oil and gas leases, renewable energy development, as well as environmental reviews and studies.
You can help BOEM achieve the following:
For more information, visit www.boem.gov.
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) works to promote safety, protect the environment and conserve offshore resources through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement.
You can help BSEE achieve the following:
For more information, visit www.bsee.gov.
The Bureau of Reclamation manages a variety of programs, initiatives and activities to help the western states meet their water needs and balance the multitude of uses for water. It is the largest wholesale supplier of water in the nation, bringing water to over 31 million people and providing irrigation water for 10 million acres of farmland.
You can help the Bureau of Reclamation achieve the following:
For more information, visit www.usbr.gov.
The National Park Service (NPS) helps tribes, local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations revitalize their communities, preserve local history and celebrate our heritage. It currently safeguards nearly 400 places and shares their stories with over 275 million visitors every year.
You can help NPS achieve the following:
For more information, visit www.nps.gov.
The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) is responsible for protecting the nation and the environment from the adverse effects of surface coal mining operations and for ensuring that the land is restored to beneficial use. It is also charged with reclaiming lands and water that were degraded by mining operations before 1977.
You can help OSMRE achieve the following:
For more information, visit www.osmre.gov.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is dedicated to the conservation and protection of fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats. It is responsible for implementing some of our nation's most important environmental laws, including the following:
You can help FWS achieve the following:
For more information, visit www.fws.gov.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is the nation's largest agency dedicated to water, earth, biological science and civilian mapping. It collects, monitors and analyzes data to provide a scientific understanding of the conditions and issues pertaining to our nation's natural resources.
The diversity of USGS's scientific expertise enables it to carry out large-scale multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely and relevant scientific information to resources managers, planners and other customers related to:
You can help USGS achieve the following:
For more information, visit www.usgs.gov.
DOI protects America's natural resources and heritage, honors our cultures and tribal communities, and supplies the energy to power our future. Serving our nation in the fulfillment of this important mission requires a vast workforce to provide support activities related to acquisitions, budget/finance, human resources management, information technology, policy, facilities and logistics.
Opportunities at the headquarters level exist in the following offices:
You can help DOI succeed in the following fields:
For more information, visit www.doi.gov.
Employers use the resume for three purposes:
Your resume is therefore very important, and you must develop it with care to summarize your experience and qualifications. Your resume is the first impression you give to an agency.
Keep the following principles in mind when creating your resume:
Words are powerful. They should communicate your skills and qualifications to the hiring manager. The best way to identify keywords is to review the job announcement. Pay close attention to the following sections:
Human resource professionals review hundreds of resumes for each position, so you must sell yourself quickly. Tell your story, but don't write an autobiography. Use concise language that communicates your critical experience and any information that targets the following:
Experience should reflect the type of work you were assigned, your quantifiable accomplishments and the results you achieved. Quantify this information using the following:
Remember that human resources specialists will first view your resume to determine your qualifications. They may not be familiar with military terms, industry jargon and common acronyms in your field. If you must use a professional acronym or abbreviation, such as for a certification, spell out what it means.
Writing up one resume and simply forwarding it to every position would put you at a disadvantage, so create different resumes tailored to each occupation for which you plan to compete.
Remember that applying for a job is very much a competition and that your resume is your introduction to the organization. You have to put effort into your job search and set yourself apart!
Write down the titles of your previous jobs, internships and any community activity as well as the skills they demanded and your achievements within the position. These will comprise the skeleton of your resume.
Your Federal resume should include the following information:
Note: If you are eligible for Veterans preference or for a non-competitive appointment under a special hiring authority, indicate it on the top of your resume just below your name.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) encourages job-seeking Veterans to ask for consideration under as many hiring authorities as they are eligible. If applicable, Veterans should also indicate their preference through the competitive examining process.
By law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in military campaigns or in specified periods and were discharged under honorable conditions are entitled to get preference in the following circumstances:
There are three hiring authorities specific to Veterans:
For more information, visit the following websites:
Veterans can contact DOI by phone at 1-877-227-1969 or by e-mail at VEP_HR@ios.doi.gov.
By removing barriers and increasing employment opportunities, the Schedule A Appointing Authority improves the Federal Government's ability to hire persons with severe physical, psychiatric or intellectual disabilities.
Eligible persons may be appointed to a temporary, time-limited or permanent position. The position of a person appointed under this authority may be noncompetitively converted to a permanent competitive service appointment upon two years of satisfactory service.
To be eligible for Schedule A appointing, candidates must show proof of disability, including appropriate documentation issued by any of the following:
If you have a disability and need assistance applying for a job, contact the human resources office listed in the job announcement or your local vocational rehabilitation (voc-rehab) office.
For more information, visit the following websites:
DOI manages America's backyard. It's our job to make sure that backyard is available for all our youths to enjoy. To this end, the Youth in the Great Outdoors initiative employs, educates and engages young people from all backgrounds so that they can explore, preserve and connect with our nation's natural and cultural heritage.
Through DOI's employment and educational opportunities, youths can have a key role in accomplishing the following:
For more information, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together, we can transform the lives of millions of young Americans while preparing the next generation of conservation and community leaders.
USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov) is the U.S. Government's official job website. It provides access to the following to help you in your Federal job search:
Job postings are updated hourly and made available in a variety of formats to ensure accessibility for those with differing physical and technological capacities. You can search for jobs by location, job category or agency, and you can complete your application online and submit it directly to the agency.
For more information, visit DOI at the following addresses:
You can also follow the DOI on the following pages:
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