All current Forest Service job vacancies are posted on usajobs.gov. The web-based applications of usajobs.gov 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 usajobs.gov, 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.
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.
Temporary hiring occurs in the winter months for Region 6 (Oregon & Washington). The application period for the 2017 Temporary Spring/Summer positions will open November 14, 2016. Over 1000 jobs are being filled from the 2016 November-December application period. This window is very short, do not delay getting your profile set up in USAJOBS.gov. Positions will be offered between February-March 2017. Do not expect to be contacted with job offers before February.
Ongoing opportunities: You can always view current and upcoming Forest Service job opportunities across the nation online by clicking on our Forest Service job outreach page.
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 firefighters 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, and will provide reimbursement for purchasing lug soled, leather eight-inch topped boots. The Forest Service also provides training in many specialty fields.