Jobs & Volunteering

A career with the US 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 the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies. It’s an awesome responsibility – and the rewards are as limitless as the views.

The US Forest Service has a unique approach to outreach and recruitment.  Before job announcements are posted in, most permanent job opportunities can be found in the US Forest Service Outreach Database giving interested applicants an opportunity to learn more about the job requirements, duties, and duty station before the opening date of the vacancy announcement.

Temporary Positions

Fire, trails, timber, recreation, fisheries, archeology, soils and botany. Temporary employees generally work from April to October depending on the type of position and location.

Beginning February 3, 2015, for recreation, fisheries, forestry and other temporary positions.  Job announcements are open for 7-days.

View a listing of current temporary positions in the Rocky Mountain Regionof the U.S. Forest Service.

There are 533 seasonal positions being advertised.  Seven-day application opening and closing dates for 498 of the positions are indicated on the linked spreadsheet below.  Thirty five positions will open in early February for 7-day application periods to be determined in early February.  Applicants are encouraged to check back often for the latest information.

Once you find a position and location of a temporary job you are interested in, you will need to go to to apply.


Applicants should select only those duty locations where they are prepared to accept a position.The application period will be brief, so we recommend that you prepare your application materials in advance.


What can you do in advance to prepare?

  1. Get familiar with USAJobs by reviewing: How to Apply for a Job on USAJobs on
  2. Create an account on USAJobs website.
  3. Use the USAJobs tool to create a profile and resume
  4. Post all relevant documents to your USAJob account, i.e. resume, current transcripts, letters of recommendations, and veterans preference documentation
  5. Sign-up for e-mail notifications for Forest Service job postings using the “save search” function in your USAJobs profile.

What are the Opportunities for Students and Recent Graduates?

Pathways Students, Not-to-Exceed (NTE) positions are open.

The US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region is accepting applications for various Student Trainee positions.

  • Application Opening Date: 12:01 AM EST, Monday, February 23, 2015
  • Closing Date: 11:59pm EST on, Friday, February 27, 2015  

Permanent Employment

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.

Our Washington Office site includes additional information on How to Apply, Salary & Benefits, Student Programs, as well as Volunteering.

Additional Information

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region is a federal agency that manages public lands in national forests and grasslands. The Forest Service motto “Caring for the Land and Serving People,” captures the spirit of our mission. We continue to work toward “creating a culture of inclusion that awakens and strengthens all people’s connection to the land.”

The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer