Employment

Employment with the U.S. Forest Service

Forest EmploymentSince 1905, US Forest Service employees have been operating under the philosophy initiated by the first Chief of the Forest Service, Gifford Pinchot, who believed in "the greatest good for the greatest number in the long run." Forest Service careers provide exciting and challenging opportunities to be involved in the management and protection of national forest lands. 

Tacoma Urban LeagueAll current Forest Service job vacancies are posted on USAJOBS. The web-based applications of USAJOBS provide an opportunity for job candidates to create a profile, search for jobs, sign-up for vacancy announcements, apply for jobs, and check the status of jobs for which they have applied. 

Find a Job 

How Do I Apply?

Apply for Permanent Employment:

  • All permanent jobs are advertised through the usajobs website. You can search the current job vacancy announcements by agency, location, salary range, or by "series" (a system that identifies 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.

What can you do in advance to prepare?

  1. Get familiar with USAJobs by reviewing: How to Apply for a Job on USAJobs on www.fs.fed.us.
  2. Create an account on USAJOBS website.  https://login.usajobs.gov/Account/Create​
  3. Use the USAJobs tool to create a profile and resume.
  4. Post all relevant documents to your USAJob account, i.e. resume, current transcripts, letters of recommendations, and veterans preference documentation.
  5. Sign-up for e-mail notifications for Forest Service job postings using the “save search” function in your USAJobs profile.

Our Washington Office site includes additional information on How to Apply, Salary & Benefits, Student Programs, as well as Volunteering.

Apply for Temporary (Seasonal) Employment:

  • Every Year, the Forest Service hires thousands of temporary (mostly summer) employees for a variety of jobs, most of them in the field. Many positions are advertised on the usajobs site in the late winter or spring. You can view current and upcoming Forest Service job opportunities - across the nation - online at: https://fsoutreach.gdcii.com/Outreach.

What do I need to know about Fire and Aviation Employment?

Additional Information

Opportunities for Students and Recent Graduates

What types of Volunteer opportunities are offered?

  • Volunteers perform a variety of activities from forest conservation to trail restoration.

Career Opportunities

The Forest Service has a wide breadth of career fields, appealing to both outdoor and indoor enthusiasts alike.  Many short-term seasonal opportunities are also available.  Below are a sample of the many career areas available with the Forest Service:

  • Fire Management
  • Engineering
  • Land Surveying
  • Recreation
  • Visitor Information
  • Heritage Resources
  • Natural Resources
  • Archaeology
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Hydrology
  • Timber
  • Rangeland Management
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Human Resources
  • Administrative Support
  • Budgeting
  • Contracting
  • Law Enforcement
  • Information Technology
  • Public Affairs
  • Partnerships

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact the USDA's TARGET Center at (202)720-2600 (voice or TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202)720-5964 (voice or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.



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