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.

Before job announcements are posted in, most  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.

2016 Field Season Temporary Employment Opportunities

The Rocky Mountain Region is hiring over 600 temporary positions across 17 national forests and 7 national grasslands located in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Follow this link for more information on temporary/seasonal jobs and how to apply.

Pathways, Recent Graduate, and Indefinite Intern Positions

For Pathways Recent Graduate Positions:

To qualify for a recent graduate position, you must have completed, within the previous 2 years (or be 3 months from graduation), a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution.

Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree, due to military service obligation, have as much as six years after degree completion to apply. The two year eligibility period begins at the time of discharge and expires six years after degree completion.

For Pathways Indefinite Intern positions: 

To qualify for a Pathways Intern Position, you must be accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis.

What are the Opportunities for Students and Recent Graduates?

Permanent Employment

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.

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, employer and lender