What is a land management agency?

Land management agencies include:

• The Department of Agriculture's Forest Service

• The Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Reclamation.


If you're a current or former land management employee, who worked in a term or temporary job, you may be eligible to apply to merit promotion jobs at any federal agency.

To apply to a merit promotion job, you must apply within two years of your last term or temporary job and meet all of the following conditions:

  • You worked for a land management agency. Refer to the list of land management agencies above.
  • Your job was a term or temporary job in the competitive service.
  • You worked for a land management agency for more than 24 months—it doesn't have to be continuous, as long as there's no break of two or more years.
  • You received acceptable performance ratings throughout your term or temporary employment.
  • You did not leave your job due to misconduct or performance.

How do I know a job is open to the Land Management workforce?

In the job announcement look for the This job is open to section. Look for the Land and base management icon: Land and base management

You can also select the Land & base management filter in search. Read the job announcement to see if the jobs is open to land management employees.