4 Reasons Veterans Should Pursue an Outdoor Career

4 Reasons Veterans Should Pursue an Outdoor Career


Today as we recognize our Veterans who selflessly served our country, Life in the Wildlands thanks you for your service. In return, I want to share a few tips on why outdoor careers with our government agencies are a good option for veterans, especially those transitioning from the service to civilian jobs. The federal government has several benefits for veterans. It offers a variety of outdoor jobs in agencies like the US Forest Service & National Park Service. What are these benefits? Let’s talk about it!

  1. You get to work outside!

Suppose you are currently in the armed service and have a job that is predominately in the outdoors. Will you struggle to transition to being locked in an office all day? If so, an outdoor job with the federal public land agency might be a better fit for you. There are plenty of jobs out there, but an outdoor career with an agency like the US Forest Service or Park Service would be much more rewarding. It will get you working out in some of the most beautiful places in our nation!

2. Veterans Preference

Veteran’s Preference is a special hiring authority and needs to be more widely understood on how it can be used. When a veteran is honorably discharged from active duty, they are eligible to use this to apply for jobs in the competitive federal service. This means that using Veteran’s Preference will give you Preference over other civilian applicants with jobs open to the general public. The government must exhaust all veterans on the applicant list before moving on to civilian candidates. This is an edge over the competition. Just don’t forget to attach your DD-214 Form or “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty,” which shows the dates of service. 

3. Veteran Recruitment Appointment (VRA)

The VRA hiring authority allows an agency to appoint an eligible veteran non-competitively. Agencies can use this method to fill term to permanent positions. You will be converted to the competitive service after completing two years of service in a permanent position. This is a great way for agencies to hire qualified veterans when the agencies struggle to fill positions. 

4. Noncompetitive Appointment of Certain Military Spouses

To minimize disruptions in military families due to permanent relocations, disability, and deaths resulting from active-duty service, a noncompetitive appointment for certain military spouses is offered if eligible. This is similar to how the VRA hiring authority works, except limited only to certain military spouses that are found eligible.  


As you can see, there are several benefits to finding a career outdoors with the federal land management agencies. If you would like more information on career counseling or federal resume development, please feel free to give us a holler at (406) 848-1660 or email info@lorib71.sg-host.com.