Jobs & Volunteering

All current Forest Service job vacancies are posted on The web-based applications of provide an opportunity for job candidates to create a profile, search for jobs, sign-up for vacancy announcements, apply for jobs, and check the status of jobs for which they have applied. 

Before Forest Service job announcements are posted on the national site, 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.

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

2016 spring/summer temporary positions will be listed @ starting Nov. 30, 2015.


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.

Opportunities for Students and Recent Graduates

Temporary Employment

Build your resume now at 2016 Spring/summer jobs will be posted & open for applications @ Nov. 30 -Dec. 7, 2015.
A general description of each specific position can be found by searching the position name in Remember to filter your job search by the agency: USDA Forest Service.
Candidates may be contacted about positions that they applied for from February 15 through March 4, 2016.​ Jobs will start mid-April through May 2016.​

USDA Forest Service will be advertising over 1000 temporary positions (.xlsx) throughout national forests in Oregon and Washington November 30 – Dec. 7, 2015. Jobs will start mid-April through May 2016.

There are summer jobs available in the following categories:

  • Fire
  • Recreation
  • Natural Resources
  • Timber, Engineering
  • Visitor Services/Information
  • Other

Individuals interested in finding more information about a specific position are encouraged to contact local National Forest units to learn about positions coming available in areas they are interested in. 

Many current and upcoming Forest Service job opportunities - across the nation - can be found online at:

Fire Hire

Individuals who want to be seasonal firefighters in Oregon and Washington need to think about wildland fire now, because applications are due November 30 – December 7 in USAJobs.

Seasonal jobs in firefighting include working on a local unit handcrew, on a helitack/helirappeling crew, a Hot Shot Crew, as a smokejumper, or on an engine crew. Remember, these are tough jobs usually performed in primitive, backcountry conditions. In addition to specific requirements for each kind of job, it is essential that firefighter be in top physical condition for this demanding work. Employees and prospective employees must pass the Work Capacity Test annually before working on the fireline.

The Forest Service will provide you Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) clothing, hardhat and fire shelter, but you must provide your own lug soled, leather eight-inch topped boots. The Forest Service also provides training in many specialty fields.


Volunteers are the heartbeat of the Forest Service. The types of work a volunteer can perform are many and varied. Find more information about volunteering at the USDA Forest Service Volunteering Web Site.  

Youth Employment and Volunteer Opportunities 

(with organizations outside the USDA Forest Service)

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.