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Congratulations! You have been tentatively selected and are now ready for Phase 1, Pre-employment, of the onboarding process.

HR Onboarding Phase 1 - Tentative Selection

You are one step closer to your new job! A hiring manager has selected you for a position with the Fish and Wildlife Service. Once you receive a Tentative Job Offer, this phase may take 30-45 days to complete.

  1. You will receive a tentative job offer usually via email, from a human resources case manager. The notice provides the title, series, pay grade, duty station, and instructions for completing your pre-employment requirements. 
  2. Follow the instructions in the notice to complete your pre-employment forms and other requirements within the timeframes indicated. Below are potential pre-employment requirements that may be included in your notice depending on the position and type of appointment for which you are selected. 
  3. You will also receive a series of emails during the onboarding process designed to remind you of actions you need to take while sharing information about the broad onboarding process and perhaps most importantly, the agency you are joining.

Tip: Since the tentative job offer is NOT a confirmed job offer, you should wait until you receive an Official Job Offer in Phase 2 before you resign or give a departure notice to your current employer. 

Phase 1 Tasks: Tentative Selection

  1. Complete forms for your eQip background investigation administered by the Human Resource’s (HR) Personnel Security Team, including scheduling your appointment for fingerprinting. For questions contact FWS Personnel Security.
  2. If applicable, complete all your tasks in USA Staffing, and fill out all questionnaires. 
  3. If your position requires drug or alcohol testing or a medical evaluation you will be notified by your HR Point of Contact.

Helpful Resources and Potential Requirements


The pay for most entry-level Federal positions are based on the Government Schedule, or GS, pay rate or ‘grade’. Steps within each pay grade create a structure structure
Something temporarily or permanently constructed, built, or placed; and constructed of natural or manufactured parts including, but not limited to, a building, shed, cabin, porch, bridge, walkway, stair steps, sign, landing, platform, dock, rack, fence, telecommunication device, antennae, fish cleaning table, satellite dish/mount, or well head.

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for periodic, modest pay increases. Pay rates vary based primarily on the responsibilities of the position; however, the geographic location of the position can also affect the rate of pay. Visit the Office of Personnel Management Salaries and Wages webpage to learn more.  ​


Information about the diversity of benefits that may be available to you as a new Federal employee can be found at Federal Benefits.