The Mendocino National Forest is located in the northwestern part of California.
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Find a Job on the Mendocino National Forest

Entering the Mendocino National Forest sign.Most advance information about possible position openings are posted as an "outreach". These openings may be advertised sometime in the near future. Outreach Notices for possible upcoming positions are listed in the National Forest Service Outreach Notices database.

The US Forest Service has implemented an application program for nationwide centralized recruitment notices. Applicants can apply online at For current Forest Service opportunities in California, go to USAJOBS; options on this page will help you to narrow your search before selecting submit.

Although a position may not currently be vacant but it becomes vacant during the hiring process, we will backfill during this same time. Apply to any location/position you are interested in whether it is currently vacant or not.

Like most federal workers, Forest Service employees are paid on the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and enjoy a flexible range of benefits in working for the federal government.

Student Opportunities

The Forest Service has many opportunities for part-time and temporary employment for high school and college students, including internships and cooperative student opportunities. One of the student educational employment programs is the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). This program provides opportunities for Forest Service units to employ students pursuing a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma; vocational/technical certificate; or degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, graduate, or professional level.

The objective of the program is to provide maximum flexibility and opportunities for the Forest Service to hire students and provide them with practical work experience and training. And to meet employment needs of both the agency and the students and to assist the Forest Service in its progress towards a workforce representative of the nation's diversity.

Definition of student - A student is an individual who has been accepted for enrollment, or who is enrolled, as a degree seeking student in an accredited high school, technical or vocational school, 2-year or 4-year college or university, graduate or professional school.

At time of enrollment you must be taking at least a half-time course load, the definition of half-time is the definition provided by the institution in which you are enrolled. You also must be in good academic standing, as defined by the institution you are attending. Under STEP, you may work full-time or part-time schedules at any time during the year, but your work schedule should not interfere with your academic schedule.

Students are appointed to positions not to exceed 1 year. Appointments under this authority may be extended in one year increments as long as you meet the definition of a student. Noncitizens may be appointed to Student Temporary Employment Program provided that the student is lawfully admitted to the United States as a permanent resident or is otherwise authorized to be employed.

For additional STEP details and eligibility requirements , please contact your nearest Forest Service office or the Human Resources Office on the Mendocino National Forest at (530) 934-3316 or TTY (530) 934-7724.

Employment Opportunities in the Forest Service

For almost a century, since 1905, US Forest Service employees have been on the front line of conservation, intelligent resource utilization, and wildland management. Today, there is more excitement, greater challenge, and more career variety than ever before available to people who join the Nation's premier forest management agency. Managing 51 thousand square miles of the most magnificent lands in our nation is a great responsibility. Managing it in ways that are most effective for the land, water, air, wildlife, and people of America is our mission. The Forest Service offers positions for both permanent and temporary employees and also has many opportunities for volunteering. The types of work a volunteer can perform are many and varied. Additional regionwide fire employment information can be found on the Pacific Southwest Region, Fire & Aviation Management website.