Employment Overview

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Attention Future Firefighters!

Update 7-18-2018 - Announcement Numbers for 2019 spring R4 Fire Hire are out and will be open Aug. 1, 2018, through Oct. 15, 2018. 

Remember apply for all positions you are interested in, even if they are not vacant at the moment because we will backfill as needed.

R4 Fire Hire - for additional information.  https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r4/fire-aviation?cid=STELPRDB5375168

Wildland firefighter Apprenticeship Programhttps://www.nafri.gov/wfap/jobs.php



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Getting started...

USAJOBS.GOV is the place to apply and acquire all jobs within the U.S.D.A. Forest Service and other federal agencies.

This user-friendly website has been updated to better serve users searching for their ideal job.

Some advantages with a website designed to find you a career:

  •  You can now search for jobs by unique hiring paths.
  •  You can now use one or more filters to search by pay, department, work schedule and more.
  •   Job searches were made more intuitive by combining the basic and advanced search options into one search view.
  •   Search technology was replaced to deliver faster and more relevant job search results.





Critical elements to remember:

  •  To ensure continued interest and availability, applicants need to keep their applications current by updating every 60 days.
  • Make sure you have the correct OCR (job announcement number) for your application.

  • Many summer job opportunities begin the application process as early December and continue through June.


Remember - All Forest Service job applications go through USAJOBS.

Vacancy announcements with the opening and closing  may also be posted on the Forest Service Outreach Database at: https://fsoutreach.gdcii.com/Outreach





Additional videos to help you in get your career started today!

Finding and Applying for Federal Jobs Will  help you use USAJobs, including creating notifications.

Writing a Federal Resume will help you write a résumé for USAJobs.

Boise NF Job Opportunities

Practical Tips for Boise NF Job Applicants

Department of the Interior video to recruit veterans and youth into wildland firefighting.

Veterans Fire Video on YouTube

Boise NF Spanish Employment Recruiting Video

"Get Fired Up" - Become a Wildland Firefighter!



Printable brochure about how to start your new adventure

A Rewarding Career awaits You!


   Map of the Districts for employment outreaches


Boise National Forest Current Outreaches:

Please check in: www.usajobs.gov


Additional information about the locations of jobs

Boise NF Supervisor's Office 


Mountain Home Ranger District 

Idaho City Ranger District

Lowman Ranger District 

Emmett Ranger District

Cascade Ranger District  

 Lucky Peak Nursery (Boise)

Centennial Job Corps (Nampa)



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Check out our employees who really enjoy their careers!

A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation’s most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies. It’s an awesome responsibility and the rewards are as limitless as the views. The Boise National Forest offers many different types of challenging and rewarding careers. 



View our video library of employees who enjoy their jobs!

A wise man once said, If you love what you do the money will come"....





Types of Vacancies:

Permanent Positions

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.



Regional Job Information Web site

Check this site for updates in the hiring process and guidelines.


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Seasonal - Non-Wildland Fire Jobs

The Boise 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 2014 field season.   


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 Boise 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.  More Information.



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Youth Program Opportunities

Each year many high school age youth join the Centennial Job Corps.   


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.


The 2018 Regional Volunteer website has been updated!  Check out new opportunities and adventures for you!



YouTube Video:  Volunteers work to restore the Tony Grove Guard Station in Utah




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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.