Working for the Forest Service

The USDA Forest Service is an exciting, dynamic, multicultural, and many-faceted organization, with employees engaged in virtually every profession and skill area. Reflecting the Nation's diverse population, the Forest Service is a leader in offering equal employment opportunities. Here is where your future and career could begin!

As custodian of the National Forests and Grasslands, the Forest Service manages ecosystems on 191 million acres of the Nation's lands. Resources on these lands are diverse, including range, timber, minerals, watersheds, wilderness, fish, and wildlife-each with cultural, scientific, recreational, or natural scenic values.

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How do I apply for Permanent Employment?

All permanent jobs are advertised through the USAJOBS website. You can search the current job vacancy announcements by agency, location, salary range, or by "series" (a system that identifies the type of work). Some positions are only open to current Federal Employees; only the jobs open to everyone will be shown in the search results.

How do I apply for Temporary (Seasonal) Employment?

  • Every Year, the Forest Service hires thousands of temporary (mostly summer) employees for a variety of jobs, most of them in the field. Many positions are advertised on the  USAJOBS site in the late winter or spring.
  • Nationwide listing for temporary employment (PDF File).

What do I need to know about Fire and Aviation Employment?

Most applications for fire fighters or related positions are due in January. More about Fire and Aviation employment.

What are the Opportunities for Students and Recent Graduates?

Law Enforcement and Investigations

The Forest Service is dedicated to the management and protection of the National Forests and Grasslands, ensuring that they continue to provide sustainable yields of renewable resources such as water, forage, wildlife, timber, and outdoor recreation. The Forest Service protects lands and resources within its jurisdiction from wildfires, diseases, and forest insects, and from unfortunate instances of theft and vandalism.

Law enforcement is essential to the management, use, and protection of National Forest lands and associated resources. The Forest Service currently employs law enforcement personnel nationwide. With the rising number of visitors to the National Forests and Grasslands, the need for law enforcement personnel continues to grow. For more information, contact your local Forest Service office, or visit

What Types of Volunteer Opportunities are Available?

There are many volunteer opportunities, everything from wildlife surveys and wilderness patrol to office work and campground hosts, even internships for students. Volunteers contribute thousands of hours to restoring watersheds, guiding youth, trail maintenance, monitoring wildlife populations and far more. Working alone or with a group, Forest Service volunteers enjoy work that matches their interests and calendar. Contact the volunteer coordinator in your area to or visit the volunteer website to discover how you can help your community and your National Forest.

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