Employment

Welcome to the Great Outdoors!

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We offer a variety of employment opportunities (both paid and unpaid) ranging from student programs to volunteer programs, and full time employment for men and women with skills in several hundred areas.

For almost a century, since 1905, USDA Forest Service employees have been on the front line of conservation, intelligent resource utilization, and wildland management. Today, there is more excitement, greater challenge, and more career variety than ever before available to people who join the Nation's premier forest management agency. Managing 51 thousand square miles of the most magnificent lands in our nation is a great responsibility. Managing it in ways that are most effective for the land, water, air, wildlife, and people of America is our mission.

We are a nationwide organization of more than 30,000 people engaged in hundreds of specific occupations, including Foresters, Biologists, Engineers, Teachers, Firefighters, Accountants, Computer Specialists, Law Enforcement, Public Affairs Specialists, Recreation Specialists, Geographic Information Specialists, and more. Most Forest Service employees focus on managing and improving our Nation's forests and grasslands. Some employees focus on Forest and Range research, others focus on human resource development in Job Corps Centers, and others focus on state and private forestry coordination. This may sound simple, but it's not. It takes men and women in several hundred disciplines working in coordinated teamwork nationwide.

How to Apply for Forest Service Jobs

STEP 1: Forest Service Outreach Notices

All Forest Service vacancy announcements are posted in the Outreach database before they are available in USAJOBS. You can search here for temporary and permanent employment opportunities. You can download the job descriptions, contact the listed supervisor to indicate an interest in the job or ask questions.

Step 2: Eldorado Specific Job Announcements

Looking for a job this summer? Do you enjoy being outdoors or working with people?  The Eldorado National Forest is hiring temporary employees for this season.

Forest Temporary Recruitment Websitewww.eldoradonfjobs.com. Website contains positions descriptions and flyers for summer employment.

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Although the big hiring push was in January, any job not filled is being readvertised so keep checking this page and the Outreach page. The temporary recruitment website still has the position description information from the january hiring effort available for viewing.

  • The open period to apply is April to June.
  • NON-Fire Temporary jobs list (pdf)

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Non-fire jobs are in Timber, Recreation, Wilderness, Wildlife, Fisheries, Archaeology, Visitor Services, etc. The anticipated employment start date for these positions is late April or early May 2018.  Length of employment will vary by position and government provided housing or barracks space may be available in some locations. All of the positions available are listed on the attachment with their corresponding outreach announcements.  The Job Announcement numbers will be added to the outreach announcement as the start date gets closer. This is the information you will need to look for when going into USAjobs.gov. Visit the “Forest Seasonal Jobs” page of our website www.eldoradonfjobs.com for general descriptions.

FIRE Temporary Jobs

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The Eldorado National Forest is filling multiple temporary positions for the 2018 fire season.  Openings are available at the GS-3, GS-4 and GS-5 levels.  These temporary positions have a maximum six (6) month work schedule.  The anticipated start date for these positions is mid-May 2018, but could be sooner.  We recommend that you apply to any job shown below for which you qualify. Visit the “Fire Jobs” page of our website www.eldoradonfjobs.com for position descriptions.

The Forest Service also has many opportunities for part-time and temporary employment for high school and college students, including internships and cooperative student opportunities.

STEP 3: Apply

  1. Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at www.usajobs.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.
  2. Create a Resume with USAJOBS (Resume Builder) or upload a Resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).
  3. Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any and all additional documents that may be required.

You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue. Any edits, changes, or additional attachments done after the closure date will not appear in the printed applications.

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We are offering two events to help applicants through the application process. We suggest applicants attend both events for the best results. The first event, January 9th, will go over how to prepare your resume for a government job. Forest Service representatives will present what makes government resumes different then private sector and individually help attendees with resume updates. January 11th, Apply With Us event, Forest Service representatives will help applicants apply on site. This way applicants can ask questions and gain assistance in the process. Reserve a seat, walk ins are also welcome.

Helpful Information 

  • You can track the status of your applications in USAJOBS. The status of all applications will be displayed under the “Application Status” tab in your USAJOBS profile page. 
  • Additionally, you may choose to receive email notifications via USAJOBS by clicking on “Notification Settings” in the “Application Status” tab and selecting the notification alerts you wish to receive regarding your application. 
  • You can set up saved job searches, which will automatically search for jobs based on your search criteria and email you notifications about other job opportunities. Additional information is available via the USAJOBS Resource Center under the Job Search category. 
  • Ensure you provide all required documents identified in the vacancy announcement.
  • Resume Tips:
    • Tailor your resume to each job announcement 
    • Spell out acronyms 
    • Be honest 
    • Write clear and concise statements 
    • Use active verbs 
    • Proofread your resume

Available Resources 

Below are a few resources to help with applying for positions through USAJOBS


Other Employment Programs

Pathways Program: The Internship Program would replace the existing Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).

Central California Consortium » The Central California Consortium (CCC) is an environmental education based program sponsored by the USDA Forest Service. The focus of the program is to educate the underserved rural communities on natural resources.

California Regional Occupational Program (ROP) » The mission is to promote and support ROCPs in providing exemplary career education, career development, and workforce preparation that contribute to student academic and career success and to the economic development of California. Be sure to check with you local county school board for information specific to your area.

The National Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Program » An accredited, educational program designed to enhance and develop future Fire and Aviation Managers. This program operates under an agreement with the Department of Labor, USDA Forest Service, USDI Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service and is hosted by the Pacific Southwest Region.
 


About the Eldorado National Forest

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Overview: The Eldorado National Forest is recognized as a desirable place to work.  Elevations range from 2000 ft. in the foothills to more than 10,000 along the Sierra Crest.  A Mediterranean climate extends over most of the Forest, with warm, dry summers, and cold, wet winters.  Average precipitation ranges from 40 to 70 inches, occurring primarily from October to April.  There is significant snowfall above 3000 feet elevation.

Eldorado National Forest headquarters are located in Placerville, California. There are Ranger District offices in Camino, Georgetown, Pioneer, and Pollock Pines. Most of the forest (72.8%) lies in El Dorado County. In descending order of land area the others counties are: Amador, Alpine, and Placer counties in California; and Douglas County in Nevada with 78 acres. The forest is bordered on the north by the Tahoe National Forest, on the east by the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, on the southeast by the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, and to the south by the Stanislaus National Forest.  The Desolation Wilderness is located within the forest's boundaries, as is most of the Mokelumne Wilderness (which extends into neighboring Stanislaus National Forest and Toiyabe National Forest).

Recreational Activities: The Forest and surrounding communities offer a wide variety of recreational activities.  There are lakes, reservoirs, several cross-country and downhill ski areas, two unique wilderness areas (Desolation and Mokelumne), over 40 developed campgrounds, several resort areas, golf courses, and outstanding local wineries and fruit orchards.  Opportunities abound for water skiing, white water sports (Class II to Class V), mountain biking, OHV travel, rock climbing, fishing, hunting and hiking.  Local community theatres offer stage plays and a variety of musical entertainment.  Although El Dorado County makes up the largest segment of the Forest, portions of Alpine, Amador and Placer counties lie within the Forest Boundary.  In close proximity to the forest are the communities of Jackson, South Lake Tahoe and Sacramento, which offer additional recreational and cultural activities including professional and semi-professional sports.

Housing: Rental houses and apartments generally range from $850-$1400 per month, $300-$800 per month for room rentals. Government barracks are available at most stations.  Purchase prices for 2-3 bedroom homes range from $120,000 to $450,000+.  Land and/or lots are available as well.

Schools: There are several elementary and high schools within El Dorado and Amador County.  Community colleges in the area include Folsom Lake College (El Dorado Center in Placerville), Sierra College In Rocklin, American River College and Sacramento City College in Sacramento and Lake Tahoe Community College in South Lake Tahoe.  Four-year colleges and universities include California State University-Sacramento and University of California at Davis.

Medical: Marshall Hospital, located in Placerville and Sutter Amador in Jackson are the closest well-equipped medical center.  There are many local doctor and dentist offices in Placerville.  There are several major hospitals in the Sacramento area including Kaiser Hospitals in Sacramento and Roseville.

For more community information check the following websites: