The Kootenai National Forest is located in the northwestern part of Montana.
Where is this Forest?



Positions with the Forest Service

The Forest Service offers positions for both permanent and temporary employees.Permanent positions are for full-time employees and provide a flexible range of Federal government benefits. Temporary positions are for part-time or seasonal employees and provide benefits that vary with the position and the location. Due to the seasonal nature of many of the responsibilities of the Forest Service, such as wildfire fighting and seasonal recreation programs, many temporary workers are required.

Temporary employees have a very special place within the Forest Service. After all, most Forest Service career employees started out in temporary positions. Seeking a temporary or seasonal job with the Forest Service is a great way to learn about different opportunities so you can make the best match. It's also a great way to meet people within the organization and hone your skills so you'll be well prepared for a permanent position, should you choose to pursue one.


Volunteers are at the very heart of the Forest Service and help to provide the type of year-round services we offer to citizens across the country. It is also a great way to introduce yourself to us, try out different types of Forest Service opportunities and figure out whether or not a Forest Service career is right for you.

Filling of Vacancies

Positions may be filled through individual vacancy announcements or OCR (Open Continuous Rosters) vacancies. With OCR, there may or may not be a current vacancy; however, even if a vacancy does not currently exist, applications are still accepted so that when a job becomes available, there is a pool of candidates to select from.

Job vacancies are listed at USAJOBS and will specify their location. However, OCR vacancies are listed under nationwide. When you apply you must specify our location within the vacancy notice. Therefore, to see these announcements in USAJOBS, you will need to search on NATIONWIDE. As you apply, you will then need to specify our location or other locations you are interested in.

How to Apply for a Federal Job

2016 Fire Hire

The Kootenai NF fills a variety of fire jobs annually.  Fire Hire is a Forest Service process that we use to hire the majority of our permanent workforce in fire management positions at the GS-5 through GS-9 grade level. The following outreaches are currently open for the Kootenai (files are in pdf format)

Visit the Northern Region Fire Hire Website for more information, including the full list of vacancies Region-wide, a link to the outreach reply form, local unit contacts, and the 2016 Fire Hire timeline and process.

Open Vacancy Dates are November 2 through December 1, 2015

2016 Temporary Jobs

The Kootenai NF fills a variety of temporary jobs annually.  The following document lists the temporary jobs that may be filled for 2016:

These temporary positions on the Kootenai are filled using the Government USAJobs system.  The jobs move into and out of the system as they are become open (available for application).  The following are those job announcements currently open for the Kootenai in the USAJobs system.  You can search using the announcement numbers during the open periods listed.  The majority of the forest’s vacancy announcements for temporary employment have closed.  Any additional announcements will be posted when available.