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

New Small ImageThe YouTube video Finding and Applying for federal jobs will  help you use USAJobs, including creating notifications.

The YouTube video Writing a Federal Resume will help you write a résumé for USAJobs.


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! 



   Map of the Districts for employment outreaches





















Boise National Forest Current Outreaches:

No current outreaches posted.





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 may include working with a local unit handcrew, rappel crew, hotshot crew, or engine crew.  Remember, these are tough jobs usually performed in primitive, backcountry conditions.