Welcome to the Great Outdoors! We offer
a variety of employment opportunities (both paid and unpaid) ranging from
student programs to volunteer programs, and full time employment for men and
women with skills in several hundred areas. In addition to the tradtional science
jobs that everyone thinks of with the Forest Service, we hire a lot of other
professions. We have employees wit degrees in engineering, busines and finance,
humanities, arts, public affairs, and a host of other possibilities. It's all
here, starting with who we are and what we do. If you are a student in grade
school that thinks it would be cool to work with us, we encourage you to take
all the math and science courses you can.
For almost a century, since 1905, USDA 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 USDA Forest Service is constantly moving forward. Our fundamental responsibility
is still sound and scientific focus on stewardship and sustainability of the land,
water and communities, but how that is delivered to the public is changing. Exciting
advances in science and technology, communications, national and global priorities,
and public expectations are opening new vistas for Forest Service employees.
Much of our work today involves collaboration with other Federal and State
agencies, local communities, private and tribal landowners, university research
centers, and international organizations.
We are a nationwide organization of more than 30,000 people engaged in hundreds
of specific occupations, including Foresters, Biologists, Engineers, Teachers,
Firefighters, Accountants, Computer Specialists, Law Enforcement, Public Affairs
Specialists, Recreation Specialists, Geographic Information Specialists, and more.
Most Forest Service employees focus on managing and improving our Nation's forests
and grasslands. Some employees focus on Forest and Range research, others focus
on human resource development in Job Corps Centers, and others focus on state
and private forestry coordination. This may sound simple, but it's not. It takes
men and women in several hundred disciplines working in coordinated teamwork nationwide.
To keep our employees at the top of their profession, we provide world-class
training supported by the latest technologies. Career development is ensured through
continuing training and career-related education opportunities, both within our
organization and through external educational institutions.