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 show local, statewide, or national positions, also review the Boise National Forest Web Page.


The Boise National Forest hires seasonal positions for fire and non-fire employment.  In addition some longer term part time “permanent” fire positions are available.  There are also some opportunities for full time permanent positions in various fields.


For Boise National Forest fire and non-fire temporary jobs, click on the right hand link on this page. That link will list the “Open Continuous Announcements” (OCR) for each type of job.  You will need the OCR to make an application which is done through the USAJOBS website.  The USAJOBS website is the only location where you can apply for a job.


Elsewhere on this Forest website, there is additional information to review related to the application process and duties involved with vacant positions.


Outreaches for permanent full time jobs with the Boise NF are listed by administrative unit i.e. Supervisor’s Office or Ranger District.  Those links are further down on this page.


There is additional information related to positions, and position duties and responsibilities that you can review on this web page.  For example, 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


Brochure: A Rewarding Career awaits You! 



 Map of the Districts for employment outreaches

Click on the Ranger District Link to View Current Outreaches for Permanent Job Opportunities.


Boise NF Supervisor's Office -View outreach for a Fire Management Planner  


Mountain Home Ranger District 


Idaho City Ranger District- View outreach for a Zone Facilities Manager


Cascade Ranger District - View a detail opportunity for a Hydrologist GS-1315-11


Lowman Ranger District - View a detail opportunity for a Hydrologist GS-1315-11 and a Zone Facilities Manager


Emmett 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. 

 All 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.


Regional Fire Hire - Permanent Jobs

This change in the hiring process is in response to a continual vacancy situation that all national forests in the Region currently face.  The unique feature of this process is the ability to immediately backfill positions that have been vacated during the fire hiring process. This is not for summer seasonal temporary positions - Regional Fire Jobs- More Information.


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.

 Flyer about USDA Outreach Webinar Series - Students and Recent Graduates Program

Guides to the Pathways Program are located at:

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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.