Employment

Temporary Employment Opportunities

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest offers a number of exciting and challenging temporary employment opportunities during the spring, summer, and fall field seasons. Our temporary workforce includes people in various specialties ranging from archeology to wildlife biology, and many positions in between. Most of the positions we offer are field-going, but many also include some work in the office working with maps, computer input, or planning and supervisory functions. Work locations are predominantly on a Ranger District, but a few are located at the Supervisor's Office (Headquarters) level, Central Washington Interagency Communication Center (CWICC), the Fire Cache, the Rappell Base -- all in Wenatchee, WA, or the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop, WA.

Work locations include the following:

  • Tonasket Ranger District -- Tonasket, WA
  • Methow Valley Ranger District -- Winthrop, WA
  • Okanogan Valley Office -- Okanogan, WA
  • Headquarter's Office -- Wenatchee, WA
  • Chelan Ranger District -- Chelan, WA
  • Entiat Ranger District -- Entiat, WA
  • Wenatchee River Ranger District -- Leavenworth and Lake Wenatchee, WA
  • Cle Elum Ranger District -- Cle Elum, WA
  • Naches Ranger District -- Naches, WA
  • CWICC (Communication Center) -- Wenatchee, WA
  • Fire Cache -- Wenatchee, WA
  • Wenatchee Valley Rappellers -- Wenatchee, WA
  • Air Tanker Base -- Moses Lake, WA
  • North Cascades Smokejumper Base -- Winthrop, WA

Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forest
Temporary Vacancies

Positions in wildland fire fighting require applicants to take and pass a "work capacity test" which is a measure of physical endurance for these strenuous positions. The test consists of walking with a pack weighing 45 pounds a distance of three miles in 45 minutes, or less.

2015 Temporary Hiring Outreach and Application Instructions


To learn more about the Forest Service and the temporary employment program, visit this website: www.fs.fed.us/fsjobs

Temporary positions for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, as well as many other National Forests, are listed on the USAJOBS (usajobs.gov) website.

Opportunities to apply for permanent positions on the forest are extremely limited. Those positions that do become available are listed with the OPM, on their USAJOBS website.

 

Additional Employment Information

Find a Job The Federal Government offers positions for both permanent and temporary employees. more »

Temporary & Seasonal Employment This is where you'll find current job opening for seasonal and temporary employment with the Forest Service. more »

Salary Like most federal workers, USDA Forest Service employees are paid on the General Schedule (GS) pay plan. more »

Benefits Forest Service employees enjoy a flexible range of benefits in working for the federal government. more »

People in Fire It takes a highly-skilled, hardworking cast of thousands to battle wildland fires. more »

Volunteering Volunteers are the heartbeat of the Forest Service. The types of work a volunteer can perform are many and varied. more »

Student Programs The Forest Service also has many opportunities for part-time and temporary employment for high school and college students, including internships and cooperative student opportunities. more »

USDA Forest Service is an equal opportunity employer and provider

DEFINITIONS

GENERAL EXPERIENCE is any progressively responsible work that demonstrates the ability to acquire the particular knowledge, skill, or ability required to perform the work; or experience that provides a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the occupation.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skill, or ability to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience is generally in the same or a related field.

WAGE GRADE POSITIONS: Qualification for wage grade (WG) positions such as Laborer, Motor Vehicle Operator, and Engineering Equipment Operator is based on previous experience or training for the particular work or with the type of equipment operated.

 

EXAMPLES

Examples of Specialized Experience

Following are examples of work which may be qualifying as specialized experience for a position. Education may be substituted for specialized experience, but generally subjects must be related to the type of work applied for. Experience in the type of work at a lower grade is, of course, qualifying for the next higher grade. These are examples only and are not intended to be all inclusive.

Biological Technician - Experience as a Biological Aide; nursery or farm work where maintenance of plants or animals is done in a controlled environment; or plant or animal research activities or control programs.

Range Technician - Experience as a Forestry or Range Aide; forest or range fire control; or farming or ranching that involves plant or animal culture and soil and water conservation practices.

Forestry Technician - Experience as a Forestry Aide; forest or range research activities; forest or range fire control; or farming or ranching that involves plant or animal culture and soil and water conservation practices.

Engineering Technician - Experience as a draftsman or survey technician; trade or craft work that included knowledge of engineering principles and techniques; or construction inspection.

Surveying Technician - Experience as a draftsman or survey aide; soil conservation work; construction inspection; or mathematical technical work.

Hydrologic Technician - Experience as an engineering, forestry, or survey aide or technician; drafting; or trade or craft work which included maintenance or construction of facilities or equipment related to hydrology.

 

Educational Requirements for Professional Positions

Archeology - Bachelor's degree which includes courses in history of archeology, theory of archeology, regional archeology, and field work.

Entomology - Bachelor's degree in entomology which includes at least 16 semester hours in entomology.

Botany - Bachelor's degree in botany or basic plant science which includes at least 24 semester hours in botany.

Forestry - Bachelor's degree in forestry which includes 24 semester hours in forestry and at least 30 semester hours in biological, physical, or mathematical sciences or engineering.

Fishery Biology - Bachelor's degree in a biological science field which includes six semester hours in aquatic subjects and 12 semester hours in animal sciences.

Wildlife Biology - Bachelor's degree in a biological science field which includes nine semester hours in wildlife subjects, 12 semester hours in zoology, and nine semester hours in botany or related plant sciences.

Hydrology - Bachelor's degree in physical or natural science which includes 30 semester hours in hydrology, oceanography, physical science, geology, chemistry, engineering, meteorology, or the management or conservation of water resources.

NOTE: Positions are offered based on the grade level of the work available, not on the highest qualifications of the applicant; i.e., if the work we have available is rated at GS-4 you may be offered that position even if you qualify for higher grades.