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.
A general description of each specific position can be found by searching the position name in USAJobs.gov. 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.
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.
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.