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Employment with the Forest Service

Welcome to the Forest Service!! With 155 National Forests, many offices throughout the Nation, and a host of different career options, the Forest Service can provide an enriching career or an exciting summer position. Due to the number of opportunities, the hiring processes can be a bit complex. See below for the various types of jobs and ways to apply.

Los Padres National Forest Empoyment Outreach Notices


2019 Women In Wildfire Training Camp

women in wilfire trainingWe have received many inquiries, so we are happy to report the Los Padres National Forest will be hosting the 5th Annual Women In Wildfire Training Camp in the in March, 2019! The Los Padres National Forest is now accepting applications for the Training Camp which will take place in Santa Barbara County in March, 2019. The deadline to apply is Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. View the outreach below to learn more and apply.  Thank you for your interest and support of this award winning program!!

Women In Wildfire Training Camp - OUTREACH NOTICE

To learn more about the Women in Wildfire Training Camp, general information is available at this link: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/r5/home/?cid=FSEPRD573937&width=full

Veterans Outreach for wildland firefighting jobs available now!

Veterans Outreach for wildland firefighting jobs available now! Veterans, submit an interest response as soon as possible. We will be reviewing eligible VRA candidates for jobs on the first of each month. View this link to learn more!  

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If  you are interested in 2019 employment with the Sundowner Handcrew on the Los Padres National Forest, please fill out this form and you will be contacted with information on how to apply. For information about this position please select the following link:   Sundowner Handcrew Employment Interest Form 


Looking For a Job as a Firefighter?

For more information on the Wildland Firefighting positions and applying for vacancies on the Los Padres National Forest please see the Los Padres Fire Hire Page 

Resources for Seeking Forest Service and Federal Employment

Forest Service Employment Outreach: https://fsoutreach.gdcii.com/Outreach

For more information on Veteran information at OPM go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/

For more information on person with disabilities go to: http://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp

Employment Programs

Pathways Program: The Pathways program has replaced the previous Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).

Internship Program

The Internship Program is for current students. It replaces the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). The new Internship Program provides students in high schools, colleges, trade schools and other qualifying educational institutions with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while completing their education.

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program

For more than three decades, the PMF Program has been the Federal Government's premier leadership development program for advanced degree (e.g., masters or professional degree) candidates. Executive Order 13562 expands the eligibility window for applicants, making it more "student friendly" by aligning it with academic calendars and allowing those who have received a qualifying advanced degree within the preceding two years to participate. It also directs OPM to set eligibility requirements and minimum qualification standards, and to make the PMF experience more robust and substantive for participants.

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.

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