Urban Connections

Urban Connections - Bridging the Gap

Connecting urban residents to their national forests

Urban Connections (UC) is an urban outreach program of the Eastern Region of the Forest Service to work with urban leaders, other agencies and you to help connect people to their National Forests.

We Want You!

  • To get involved,
  • To learn about,
  • To experience National Forests and Grasslands close to you.


UC Outreach Cities: In the years since the creation of the Urban Connections program, a number of key partnerships have been developed in our outreach cities, allowing us to engage the public and underserved communities in Forest Service activities.

Become a Volunteer: If you've never volunteered, but you're interested in getting involved, please take a few minutes to explore this link. If you are already a volunteer or partner, we hope to work more with you in the future.

What is happening on a Forest or Grassland near you? The Forest Service maintains websites for all National Forests and Grasslands; these sites will provide you with information about recreation opportunities, current projects, current closures, maps and much more!

Programs for Kids: Kids, Parents, Teachers, or anyone interested in having fun and learning.

News & Events: Visit our “News and Events” section to see what is happening currently related to the Urban Connections program!


Working for the Forest Service

A Forest Service career will put you on the front lines of conservation, intelligent resource utilization and wildland management. It’s an awesome responsibility – but the rewards are as limitless.

Current Job Openings

Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

The Eastern Region has 17 National Forests, one National Tallgrass Prairie, and one Regional Office spread across the states below. Click on the links to find current Forest Service jobs in your area.

The Forest Service offers positions for both permanent and temporary employees. Permanent positions are for full-time employees and provide a flexible range of Federal government benefits. Temporary positions are for part-time or seasonal employees and provide benefits that vary with the position and the location.

Due to the seasonal nature of many of the responsibilities of the Forest Service, such as wildfire fighting and seasonal recreation programs, many temporary workers are required. Visit us @ http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r9/jobs/openings

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