Southwestern Region Job Openings

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Jobs and Events

This is a regularly updated resource for current and future job openings, recruiting events and recruiter contacts in the Southwestern Region of the Forest Service.

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If you're looking for a job that is anything but ordinary join the Forest Service and make a lasting impact in your community and the world. The Forest Service offers rewarding opportunities for professional growth and career advancement.  We hire a variety of temporary positions across New Mexico, Arizona, and Oklahoma, including wildland firefighters, recreation technicians, visitor information assistants, and more. Seasonal jobs help the Forest Service achieve our mission by contributing to forest health, resource protection and fire prevention and suppression.

Featured Events

  • Apply August 2 - August 16

    Temp Hire

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    Jobs range from Archeology to Visitor Information Services.

  • Apply August 23 - September 24

    Fire Hire

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    Learn more about required basic fire training and tips on applying.

Current Openings - Temporary Jobs List

The USDA Forest Service, Southwestern Region (R3) hires hundreds of positions across Arizona and New Mexico. Forest Service jobs are as diverse as the land we manage!

Applications for temporary jobs open August 2, 2024 - August 16, 2024. If you have any questions, please contact a recruiter.

What to Expect After Applying

Qualifying applicants will be contacted by a hiring manager by phone or email for an interview. Interviews are conducted in person or over video conferencing.

The best candidate for the job is selected. The best candidate receives a tentative job offer (will be contacted by human resources via phone or email). Applicants who were not selected will be notified via USAJOBS.

Please be patient as it can take several months after applications are accepted to fill positions. If you have questions about the timeline, please reach out to the point of contact identified in the job announcement or call our human resources office at 1-877-372-7248, select Option 2.

Permanent Openings - Fire Hire

A list of permanent Fire, Fuels and Aviation Management jobs is listed on our Fire Hire page.

Applications for Fire Hire open August 23, 2024 - September 24, 2024. If you have any questions, please contact a fire management recruiter.

Calendar of all Local Job Openings and Recruitment Events

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August

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Temp Hire  

Temp Hire
Apply August 2 - August 16

Apply for temp jobs in fire, range, recreation, biology, and more August 2 - August 16, 2024, on USAJOBS.gov. Assignments can last 6 months to a year.

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August

23

Fire Hire

Fire Hire
Apply online August 23 - September 24

Phase 1 of Fire Hire. Applications open August 23 - September 24, 2024. Learn more about required basic fire training and tips on applying.

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October

18

Temp Hire  

Temp Hire
Apply online October 18 - November 6

Apply for temp jobs in fire, range, timber, recreation, biology, and more October 18 - November 6, 2024, on USAJOBS.gov. Assignments can last 6 months to a year and start dates range from April 2025 - June 2025.

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January

16

Fire Hire  

Fire Hire
Apply online January 16 - January 27, 2025

Phase 2 of Fire Hire. Applications open January 16 - January 27, 2025. Learn more about required basic fire training and tips on applying.

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January

17

Temp Hire  

Temp Hire
Apply online January 17 - February 5, 2025

Apply for temp jobs in fire, range, timber, recreation, biology, and more January 17 - February 5, 2025, on USAJOBS.gov. Assignments can last 6 months to a year and start dates range from June 2025 - October 2025.

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March

6

Temp Hire  

Fire Hire
Apply online March 6 - March 17, 2025

Phase 3 of Fire Hire. Applications open March 6 - March 17, 2025. Learn more about required basic fire training and tips on applying.

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June

4

Fire Hire

Fire Hire
Apply online June 4 - June 13, 2025

Phase 4 of Fire Hire. Applications open June 4 - June 13, 2025. Learn more about required basic fire training and tips on applying.

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