Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Federal Hiring Authority Certifications


  • Resource Assistants Program (USDA Forest Service)


The Resource Assistant hiring authority is designed to facilitate learning experiences for participants while they accomplish vital agency work. RAs may acquire two-year hiring eligibility to apply to USFS merit announcements after 960 hours of satisfactory work and possessing an Associate's degree or higher. Applicants for RAP must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents over 17 years old. Preference is given to individuals enrolled in institutions of higher education, especially minority-serving institutions.
  • Public Land Corps (USDA Forest Service and National Park Service)


The Public Land Corps program provides the opportunity for young people between the ages of 16 and 30 to work on conservation projects on public lands. Participants must successfully complete 640 hours that include at least 120 hours on federal lands through the PLC. PLC members are not federal government employees, but those who successfully complete the PLC requirements are then eligible to use a noncompetitive hiring status for two years.


  • Direct Hiring Authority (Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service)


Direct Hiring Authority is a unique internship opportunity within the Department of the Interior. The objective is to build a pathway to employment in the DOI for exemplary students in higher education. These rigorous internships require specialized expertise and typically are available to upper-level undergraduate or graduate students or recent graduates. Interns who successfully complete the internship requirements become eligible to be non-competitively hired by the DOI for two years from the date of their degree. Successful completion of the internship does not guarantee that the participant will be hired into a federal position.