State Agency Hiring Practices
In general, hiring requirements for state employment are much less strict than for federal employment. Most positions require only that applicants be at least 18 years of age; some student positions require applicants to be only 16.
You must be eligible to work in the United States, though you usually do not need to be a resident of the state in which you'll be working. Also, some positions require that you have a valid driver's license or CPR training. But for most entry-level positions you won't need previous outdoor experience or special course work, though these qualities will definitely put you ahead of other applicants who don't have them.
The advantage of a state job is that you won't be subjected to the strict hiring requirements of the federal government, yet you'll be exposed to opportunities that are just as rewarding as those with Uncle Sam. And most important, the application deadlines for state jobs typically are later than those for federal jobs. Check the listings in the Job Center for information on how to apply to specific state agencies.
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