Employment with the Forest Service

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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.

On the Los Padres National Forest, the type of available positions, eligibility requirements, and applications vary. Position openings are either announced through agency-wide group vacancies or locally on the Forest. See below for the various types of jobs and ways to apply.

Most job applications open for a short duration once a year at different times. If you would like to receive the vacancy announcements when they open, complete the Los Padres National Forest Interest Sheet to be added to our contact list. Most survey questions from the interest sheet are optional, however the more details you provide, the better we can identify your preferences and qualifications to email you relevant employment opportunities.

Current Employment Opportunities

Check back soon for job openings.

Searching for Jobs

The US Forest Service has implemented an application program for nationwide centralized recruitment notices. Applicants can apply online at USAJOBS.gov. For current Forest Service opportunities in California, go to USAJOBS; options on this page will help you to narrow your search before selecting submit.

Firefighting Positions

Individuals who want to be seasonal firefighters need to think about wildland fire during the late summer and fall months. That's when most applications are due for firefighting positions for the following year. Check Pacific Southwest Region Fire Hire or FS Jobs websites to see what vacancies are open.

Looking For a Job as a Firefighter?

The majority of employment opportunities on the Los Padres National Forest are career positions and temporary jobs in Firefighting. For more information on Wildland Firefighting positions and applying for vacancies, please see the Los Padres Fire Jobs page.

Resources for Seeking Forest Service and Federal Employment

To search and apply for employment opportunities on the Forest, view and create an account on http://usajobs.gov

To anticipate in advance what positions will be open on USAJobs, view 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 -  For Students

The Internship Program is for current students. 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.

For more than three decades, the Presidential Management Fellows (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.

How to Apply and USAJOBS Resource Center 

Like most other federal government agencies, the USDA-Forest Service, Los Padres National Forest fills most of its Temporary and Permanent Career positions using the US Office of Personnel Management website at https://www.usajobs.gov/. To learn more on topics such as eligibility, Employment types, opportunities for individuals with Disabilities, Occupations by College Major,  FAQ, Tips, Tutorials, and more, view the following websites:

https://www.usajobs.gov/ and USAJOBS Help Center | Help Center

Pay & Leave

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) provides leadership on Federal pay and leave administration policies and programs. We maintain pay tables for General Schedule employees, manage the Federal Wage System, and develop and provide Government wide regulations and policies on other pay and leave authorities.

Benefits & Training

Employment at the Forest Service has its benefits! Your eligibility will depend on your position, length of employment, and whether your job is full-time or part-time. Read more at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/working-with-us/jobs/why-work-with-us

To learn more about employment opportunities with the USDA Forest Service and opportunities nationwide, view https://www.fs.usda.gov/working-with-us/jobs.

For More Information:

View the website below to learn more about the Los Padres National Forest and these great opportunities:

Los Padres website — http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf

805-450-4513 Cell & Text

Email: SM.FS.LPFJobs@usda.gov

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