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

Every year the Forest Service hires temporary employees in a variety of jobs, such as fire, trails, timber, recreation, fisheries, archeology, soils and botany.  This year, the Pacific Northwest Region anticipates filling approximately 600 temporary positions. Temporary employees generally work from April to October depending on the type of position and the locations. Individuals interested in 2015 temporary employment can apply through during three different time frames.   

Phase 1:

Phase 2:

  • February 4-10, 2015 This includes all non-fire related positions, and positions not addressed in Phase 1. You can review a list of these jobs here

Phase 3:

  • March, 2015 This includes all positions that were not filled in Phase 1 or 2.

Applicants should select only those duty locations where they are willing to accept work. 


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.