Employment on the Payette National Forest

General Information


The Payette National Forest will be filling multiple permanent/seasonal (PSE) and temporary/seasonal (TSE) positions for each field season.  Most positions start in late May and last through September (with end date exceptions made for students).  Job start dates will vary slightly based on the position to which you are hired. 

All of these positions require physical exertion in rough terrain, except for those jobs that are intended specially to be done in an office setting. Outdoor work is performed in all weather conditions including rain, snow, and summer heat.

Candidates must be 18 years of age prior to the first day of employment.  If you are under 18 and a student, call the Forest office and ask about Youth Conservation Corps opportunities.

The Payette National Forest is headquartered in McCall, with District offices in Weiser, Council, New Meadows and 2 District Offices in McCall.  Housing for some positions may be available.


Some of our firefighting positions are permanent, but seasonal (PSE - permanent/season employment status), and require previous firefighting experience.  These PSE positions are hired for through the "fire hire" process.  These positions are separate from our entry level temporary/seasonal (TSE - temporary/season employment status) firefighter positions and our other TSE field jobs such as in recreation or fisheries.

These PSE positions, and the "fire hire" process do not include firefighting positions that are temporary/seasonal (TSE) - someone with no previous firefighting experience will not apply to these permanent/seasonal (PSE) positions, as previous firefighter experience is required - someone that has worked a season or two, and wants to get a firefighting position that is temporary/seasonal (TSE) will not apply to these permanent/season (PSE) jobs.

When is the hiring period for 2020?

Permanent/Season (PSE) Primary Firefighter jobs through the "Fire Hire" process:  October 1 through October 30, 2019.  If you are interested in future Fire Hire processes on the Payette, please click this link and read through the entire information regarding Fire Hire 2020.  For more information, visit this site!

The hiring period for our Permanent/Seasonal Employee (PSE) positions opens for applications on October 1, 2019, and closes on October 30, 2019.

PSE positions, except Wildland Fire Apprentice positions, require previous firefighter experience. 

The Payette National Forest will fill multiple permanent wildland fire positions at multiple duty locations. Selections and job offers for positions will be made at the 2020 Region 4 Fire Hire during the week in early February 2020. 

All applications for Fire Hire were made through USAJOBS - The Federal Government’s Official Jobs Site.

Temporary/Seasonal (TSE) field specialists, technician and temporary fire jobs (such as recreation, fisheries, range, trails, etc), and non-permanent firefighter jobs:  Two phases of hiring are done for temporary jobs - the first phase is September 17 through September 30, 2019. 

If you are looking to work for the Forest Service for the first time, these TSE positions are the ones you may qualify for.

Click this link for a document of the jobs that are open for applications in September 2019.  All applications are submitted through USAjobs.gov 


Helpful Information

The National Outreach Database is our new way to search for upcoming jobs on the Payette National Forest. We suggest you search for positions by using the city and State that you are interested in.  Additional information about the Forest and the communities that are located nearby can be found on the "About the Area" section.

Applying for Jobs:
The US Forest Service uses USAJobs for all of its hiring. All U.S. Forest Service vacancies are listed here and applicants can create a profile and apply for any Forest Service position nationwide.  

Helpful Documents:
How to apply for a job in USAJOBS
Fire and Aviation Positions Information

Check out these YouTube recruiting videos from fellow forests Boise National Forest and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Region 4.  We offer the same variety of job opportunities in equally spectacular surroundings, including part of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

Types of Vacancies

Permanent Fulltime 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.

Fire Hire - Permanent/Seasonal Jobs

This change in the hiring process is in response to a continual vacancy situation that all national forests in the Region currently face.  The unique feature of this process is the ability to immediately backfill positions that have been vacated during the fire hiring process.  This is not for summer temporary/seasonal positions - More Information.

Temporary/Seasonal - Non-Wildland Fire Jobs

The Payette 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 2017 field season.

Temporary/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 Payette 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.

Guides to the Pathways Program are located at: http://fsweb.asc.fs.fed.us/HRM/recruitment/pathways/pathways.php


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.

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.