Jobs & Volunteering

The U.S. Forest Service offers a variety of employment opportunities (both paid and unpaid) ranging from student programs to volunteer programs, and full time and temporary employment for men and women with skills in several hundred areas. It's all here, starting with who we are and what we do. See the links below for employment forms and instructions. Many areas also hire a fair number of employees on a seasonal basis (generally from May to September). Learn more at your nearest Forest Service Office.

Here's a list of all current Forest Service jobs in Oregon and Washington

Find a Job

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.

Student Career Experience Program (SCEP)

  • The Student Career Experience Program is a planned and progressive, career-related student employment program. The purpose of the program is to provide students with the opportunity to gain appropriate experience commensurate to their academic curriculum and career goals. The SCEP program is designed to provide a source of well-trained employees for career entry into the Forest Service workforce.

Temporary Employment

  • Every year the Forest Service hires temporary employees in a variety of jobs, such as fire, trails, timber, recreation, fisheries, archeology, soils and botany.  This year, the Pacific Northwest Region anticipates filling approximately 600 temporary positions. Temporary employees generally work from April to October depending on the type of position and the locations. Individuals interested in 2015 temporary employment can apply through during three different time frames.   

Phase 1: January 6-12, 2015 This includes all temporary fire related positions, and some recreation, timber, trails, engineering, wildlife, fisheries, and botany jobs. You can review a list of those jobs here. 

Phase 2: February 4-10, 2015 This includes all non-fire related positions, and positions not addressed in Phase 1. 

Phase 3: March, 2015 This includes all positions that were not filled in Phase 1 or 2.

Applicants should select only those duty locations where they are willing to accept work. 

Discovery Team builds trail for the Forest

Student workers repair a trail bridge in the Pacific Northwest.

Visitor support services volunteer with map

Information Assistants provide vital office support by answering phones, helping with paperwork, and interacting with visitors.

East Fork Fire 2006

Seasonal workers are needed to help the Forest Service fight fires in our national forests and public lands.