The Payette National Forest is located in the western center of Idaho.
Where is this Forest?




The Payette National Forest will be filling multiple permanent/seasonal and temporary/seasonal positions for the 2016 season.  Most positions start in late May and last through September (with end date exceptions made for students). Job start dates will vary slightly based on the position to which you are hired.  All of these positions require physical exertion in rough terrain, except for those jobs that are intended specially to be done in an office setting. Outdoor work is performed in all weather conditions including rain, snow, and summer heat.  Candidates must be 18 years of age prior to the first day of employment.

The Payette National Forest is headquartered in McCall, with District offices in Weiser, Council, New Meadows and 2 District Offices in McCall.  Housing for some positions may be available.


IMPORTANT NOTE - PLEASE READ: Some of our firefighting positions are permanent, but seasonal (PSE - permanent/season employement status), and require previous firefighting expereince .  These PSE positions are hired for through the "fire hire" process.  These postions are seperate from our entry level temporary/seasonal (TSE - temporary/season employment status) firefighter positions and our other TSE field jobs such as in recreation or fisheries.  These PSE positions, and the "fire hire" process do not include firefighting postions that are temporary/seasonal (TSE) - someone with no previous firefighting expereince will not apply to these permanent/seasonal (PSE) positions, as previous firefighter experience is required - someone that has worked a season or two, and wants to get a firefighting position that is temporary/seasonal (TSE) will not apply to these permanent/season (PSE) jobs.  Our PSE and TSE job announcements are listed seperately below.


2016 Permanent/Season (PSE) Primary Firefighter jobs:  These jobs have already opened and closed - the deadline was December 1, 2015.  Click this link to view all the PSE Firefighter jobs that were offered for the 2016 season.  Through these job postings, the Payette National Forest will fill multiple permanent/seasonanl wildland fire positions at multiple duty locations.  Selections and job offers for positions will be made at the 2016 Region 4 Fire Hire ( during the week of March 2nd.  Again, these positions are closed for the 2016 season as the deadline was December 1, 2015.


2016 Temporay/Seasonal (TSE) field specialists and technician jobs (such as recreation, fisheries, range, trails, etc), and non-permanent firefighter jobs:  We will be hiring for these jobs in two phases with Phase 1 jobs open for applications in January of 2016, and then will close quickly following the opening dates.  Phase 2 is expected to open in February 2106.  Jobs that are advertised in Phase 1 are not expected to be offered again in Phase 2 - All of our fire positions are within Phase 1, so be sure to apply for these in January!

For persons interested in firefighter positions, but have no firefighter expereince, these Temporary/Seasonal (TSE) jobs are the correct ones to apply for - persons that have firefighter expereince, and are seeking temporary/season positions can also apply to these jobs.  For non-fire jobs, we typcially hire in the fields of recreation, fisheries, trail maintenace, range, road maintenance, administrative support, hydrology, botany, wildlife, and archeology.  Our TSE fire jobs are fire lookout, handcrew member, smokejumper, dispatcher, and engine crew memer.  We do expect to advertise these jobs in Janaury 2016, so be sure to check back frequently.

PHASE 1 JOB OUTREACH INFORMATION:  Click this link to see which jobs the Payette National Forest will be hiring for during Phase 1.  Phase 1 jobs open in January 2016 and close quickly.

PHASE 2 JOB OUTREACH INFORMATION:  Click this link to see which jobs the Payette National Forest will be hiring for during Phase 2.  Phase 1 jobs open in early February 2016 and close quickly.


The National Outreach Database is our new way to search for upcoming jobs on the Payette National Forest. We suggest you search for positions by using the city and State that you are intersted in.  Additional information about the Forest and the communities that are located nearby can be found on the "About the Area" section.

Applying for Jobs:
The US Forest Service uses USAJobs for all of its hiring. All U.S. Forest Service vacancies are listed here and applicants can create a profile and apply for any Forest Service position nationwide.


Helpful Documents:
How to apply for a job in USAJOBS
Fire and Aviation Positions Information

Check out these YouTube recruiting videos from fellow forests Boise National Forest and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Region 4.  We offer the same variety of job opportunities in equally spectacular surroundings, including part of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. 


Types of Vacancies

Permanent Fulltime Positions

All permanent jobs are advertised through the USAJOBSwebsite.  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.

Fire Hire - Permanent/Seasonal Jobs

This change in the hiring process is in response to a continual vacancy situation that all national forests in the Region currently face.  The unique feature of this process is the ability to immediately backfill positions that have been vacated during the fire hiring process.  This is not for summer temporary/seasonal positions - More Information.

Temporary/Seasonal - Non-Wildland Fire Jobs

The Payette National Forest needs a variety of skills and experience in order to fulfill its multiple-use mission.  A variety of temporary positions will be offered competitively throughout the region for the 2015 field season.

Temporary/Seasonal - Wildland Fire Jobs

As the name implies, Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management is a wide field, encompassing firefighters, fire ecologists, fuels specialists, fire managers, administrative personnel, helicopter and fixed wing pilots, aviation and ground safety professionals, radio communications and electronic technicians, dispatchers, fire prevention specialists, and communicators. Generally, the Payette National Forest workforce reaches its highest numbers during the peak fire season each summer.


The Pathways Program

The Pathways Programs offer clear paths to Federal internships for students from high school through post-graduate school and to careers for recent graduates.

Guides to the Pathways Program are located at:


Veteran's Preference

United States Forest Service (USFS) is committed to recruiting and employing qualified veterans.  We actively recruit eligible veterans for multiple occupations.


Persons with Disabilities

Federal agencies fill jobs two ways, competitively and non-competitively.  Persons with disabilities may apply for jobs filled either way.



The US Forest Service Volunteer Program has something for almost everyone: retirees, professionals, homemakers, students, as well as service clubs and organizations.  If you like people and care about our country's natural resources, the Forest Service needs your time and talents. 

Reminder: Advertised Jobs

All competitively advertised jobs for the Forest Service will be posted to USAJOBS.

Although the Forest Service may publish job opportunities in professional journals, or have jobs posted on organizational websites, the only way applicants can apply is through USAJOBS.