The Boise National Forest is located in central Idaho.
Where is this Forest?








To get started with an application:

 Go to the USAJOBS link. 

The site will allow you to look for jobs either statewide or nationally


Click on the right hand link on this page for a list of fire and non-fire seasonal temporary announcements and contacts within the Forest.  There is also additional information to review related to the application process and descriptions of the type of work in specific fields.  All job applications go through USAJOBS.


Vacancy announcements with the opening and closing will be posted on the Forest Service Outreach Database


Another place to look for jobs is by clicking on the link to each “Ranger District” just below the Forest map.  It will show other types of jobs located on a specific ranger district. Some of these will be permanent jobs, and others temporary.  Included is additional information to help you decide on where to apply. 


The column titled “Job Fields” provides background for many specific jobs.  The “Employee Focus” segments share information from Boise National Forest employees who are in a specific job. We look forward to your application!


Watch Videos About Job Opportunities and View Brochure 


Video:  Boise NF Job Opportunities

Video:  Practical Tips for Boise NF Job Applicants

 Video:  Department of the Interior video to recruit veterans and youth into wildland firefighting.

Video:  Boise NF Spanish Employment Recruiting Video

Video:  "Get Fired Up" - Become a Wildland Firefighter!

Brochure: A Rewarding Career awaits You! 



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Boise National Forest Current Outreaches:

Forestry Technician (Timber Sale Prep) - GS-0462-06/07 - Permanent, Full Time - 18/8 Duty Station: Emmett, Idaho

The Boise National Forest will soon be filling a zoned, permanent 18/8 position on the North zone of the Boise National Forest (Emmett, Idaho). Deadline to respond is August 7, 2015.

This position may be advertised as a GS-0462-06 or 07 Forestry Technician (Timber Sale Prep).  VIEW THE OUTREACH. 




The Boise National Forest is looking for two planners to join our Forest!  This outreach is to determine the interest in filling two (2) permanent GS-401-11 planning positions.

The first position is located at the Mountain Home Ranger District in Mountain Home, Idaho and covers the South Zone Ranger Districts (Idaho City and Mountain Home Ranger Districts).

The other position is located at the Cascade Ranger District in Cascade, Idaho and covers the North Zone Ranger Districts (Cascade, Lowman, and Emmett Ranger Districts).  The due date for responses is August 12, 2015.

This outreach notice can also be accessed through the outreach database at the following web address:




The Boise National Forest is seeking a Civil Engineer – GS-0810-07 (promotable to GS-0810-09) to join our team! 

This positon will be located in the Supervisor’s Office in Boise, Idaho.  The position will focus on a variety of engineering duties, including field surveys, road designs, and inspections of construction operations.  This position is being concurrently announced. The Pathways – Recent Graduate Program announcement number is 15-RG-0810-09-160769-PWand will be open from July 27-31, 2015.  Below is the link to view the pathways announcement in USAJobs: 

The merit announcement number is 15-0402-161616FS-LG and will be open from July 22-31, 2015.  Below is the link to view the merit announcement in USAJobs:





For additional information about locations, click on the Office or District:


Boise NF Supervisor's Office 



Mountain Home Ranger District 


Idaho City Ranger District


Lowman Ranger District 


 Emmett Ranger District


Cascade Ranger District  


Lucky Peak Nursery (Boise)


Centennial Job Corps (Nampa)



Critical elements when applying for a job:

 All applicants apply for jobs through USAJOBS. 

  • Instruction on How to Apply for a Job in USAJOBS

  • To ensure continued interest and availability, applicants need to keep their applications current by updating every 60 days.

  • Make sure you have the correct OCR (job announcement number) for your application.

  • Many summer job opportunities begin the application process as early December and continue through June. 


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A Career with the Forest Service

A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation’s most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies. It’s an awesome responsibility and the rewards are as limitless as the views. The Boise National Forest offers many different types of challenging and rewarding careers. 


Types of Vacancies:

Permanent Positions

All permanent jobs are advertised through the USAJOBS website. You can search the openings by agency, location, salary range, or by "series" (a system for identifying 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.

Instruction on How to Apply for a Job in USAJOBS



Regional Job Information Web site

Check this site for updates in the hiring process and guidelines.


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Seasonal - Non-Wildland Fire Jobs

The Boise National Forest needs a variety of skills and experience in order to fulfill its multiple use mission. A variety of temporary positions will be offered competitively throughout the region for the 2014 field season.   


Seasonal - Wildland Fire Jobs

As the name implies, Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management is a wide field, encompassing firefighters, fire ecologists, fuels specialists, fire managers, administrative personnel, helicopter and fixed wing pilots, aviation and ground safety professionals, radio communications and electronic technicians, dispatchers, fire prevention specialists, and communicators. Generally, the Boise National Forest workforce reaches its highest numbers during the peak fire season each summer. 


The Pathways Program

The Pathways Programs offer clear paths to Federal internships for students from high school through post-graduate school and to careers for recent graduates.  More Information.



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Youth Program Opportunities

Each year many high school age youth join the Centennial Job Corps.   


Veteran's Preference

 United States Forest Service (USFS) is committed to recruiting and employing qualified veterans. We actively recruit eligible veterans for multiple occupations. 


Persons with Disabilities

Federal agencies fill jobs two ways, competitively and non-competitively. Persons with disabilities may apply for jobs filled either way. 



The US Forest Service Volunteer Program has something for almost everyone: retirees, professionals, homemakers, students, as well as service clubs and organziations. If you like people and care about our country's natural resources, the Forest Service needs your time and talents.



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Reminder:  Advertised Jobs

All competitively advertised jobs for the Forest Service will be posted to USAJOBS. 

Although the Forest Service may publish job opportunities in professional journals, or have jobs posted on organizational websites, the ONLY way applicants can apply is through USAJOBS. 


Wildland Fire Job Opportunities

Firefighters on the Boise NF

The greatest number of  the seasonal jobs are fighting fires. Seasonal jobs in firefighting include working on a local unit handcrew, on a helitack/helirappeling crew, a Hotshot Crew, as a smokejumper, or on an engine crew. Remember, these are tough jobs usually performed in primitive, backcountry conditions.