Jobs & Volunteering


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. Many areas hire a fair number of employees on a temporary basis (generally from May to September). 

Before job announcements are posted in USAJOBS, 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

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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

“The Pacific Northwest Region of the USDA Forest Service will be advertising over 1500 temporary positions throughout the Region’s National Forests in Oregon and Washington in December 2015, with jobs starting mid-April through May.  The positions will be in specialties such as fire, trails, timber, recreation, fisheries and archeology.


“If you are interested in working with a dedicated team of people who take pride in managing public lands, we invite you to consider joining the Forest Service,” said Regional Forester Jim Peña. Applicants interested in these jobs will be able to apply through Vacancy announcements for positions will be posted on the website in December. Interested applicants are urged to start their USAJobs profile and building their resumes now, because the window of opportunity will be here soon.


Candidates can find out more information about what temporary employment with the Forest Service offers by visiting 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. Most current and upcoming Forest Service job opportunities - across the nation - can be found online at:”


Volunteering with the Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest


Volunteering on your public lands is a great way to spend a summer, jump-start your career, or serve your country. If you volunteer with the Forest Service or one of our partners, you can build trails, help maintain facilities and grounds, and greet visitors in our visitor centers. To learn more about the Forest Service’s national volunteer program, or to find information about volunteering outside of Oregon and Washington, you can check out our national volunteering website.

The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


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.