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.
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.
Every Year, the Forest Service hires thousands of temporary (mostly summer) employees for a variety of jobs, most of them in the field. Many positions are advertised on the USAJOBS site in the late winter or spring.