We are the Forest Service!  Come work with US!


All vacancy notices for temporary and fulltime positions are on USAJOBs:

Use the Outreach Database to search for Permanent and Temporary Jobs

The U.S. Forest Service offers a wide variety of employment opportunities both permanent and temporary that are listed on the Outreach Database. Outreaches are posted as they become available.  Best idea - Keep checking USAJOBS! - Remember all jobs with Boise National Forest are posted at the site.

Jobs are first listed in the Outreach Database and after the outreach has closed, jobs are then advertised through the USAJOBS. Search for jobs using the agency, location, salary range, or  "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.

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


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The U.S 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. The Intermountain Region has a great program with many opportunities.

2020 Region 4 Volunteer Opportunities Directory

2020 Volunteer Guide

Volunteer websites:

Regional site - https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r4/jobs/volunteer

Forest Service link to volunteering:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/working-with-us/jobs/how-to-apply


Youth Conservation Corps

The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a summer youth employment program that engages young people, ages 15 to 18, in meaningful work experiences on national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and fish hatcheries. Youth are engaged in fun, exciting work projects designed to develop an ethic of environmental stewardship and civic responsibility such as include work such as building and repairing trails; preserving and repairing historic building; removing invasive species; helping with wildlife and land research; and leading environmental education.

For More Information go to the YCC Forest Service Page for more details and check out the information on the Regional Forest Service website.

The Boise National Forest has YCC members from the local communities within the Emmett, Idaho City, Cascade and Mountain Home Ranger Districts. There are no living quarters available and YCC applicants must live within the community. If you need further information, you may call 208-615-2726 or 208-488-2191.


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About the Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is the Nation’s foremost Federal forestry organization, providing leadership in the management, protection, use, research, and stewardship of natural and cultural resources for the country’s vast forests and grasslands. People are the U.S. Forest Service’s most valuable asset. The organization functions within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), propelled by the dedicated workforce of permanent and temporary seasonal employees peaks during the summer work season. 

The U.S. Forest Service provides the opportunity for people to enjoy the National Forest lands. When you work with us, you are sustaining the nation's forests and grasslands for future generations. Working for the U.S. Forest Service has long lasting impacts, we want you to be a part of it.

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. For more information on working for nature, check out our USDA Forest Service You Tube (link is external) channel.


Getting started...

USAJOBS.GOV is the place to apply and acquire all jobs within the U.S.D.A. Forest Service and other federal agencies.

This user-friendly website has been updated to better serve users searching for their ideal job.

Some advantages with a website designed to find you a career:

  •  You can now search for jobs by unique hiring paths.
  •  You can now use one or more filters to search by pay, department, work schedule and more.
  •   Job searches were made more intuitive by combining the basic and advanced search options into one search view.
  •   Search technology was replaced to deliver faster and more relevant job search results. 
  • To ensure continued interest and availability, applicants need to keep their applications current by updating every 60 days.
  • Make sure you have the correct OCR (job announcement number) for your application.
  • Many summer job opportunities begin the application process as early December and continue through June.

If you are a new hire with the Forest Service here is a website with all the information - you won't want to miss!

Helpful Links

  • Forest Service Outreach Database: The US Forest Service Outreach Database is used to search for up-coming job announcements and current job opportunities. Access the database to explore opportunities prior to applying in USAJobs.

  • Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Take the time to figure out who you are, what you like to do, what you are best at, and what strengths, skills or competencies you offer employers.

  • What to include in your resume: If you have never applied for a federal job before it would benefit you to follow the template in USAJobs as it has you follow the process of everything that needs to be in your resume.

  • Applying to Forest Service Positions:

    • Tailor your resume to each job announcement

    • Spell out acronyms

    • Be honest

    • Write clear and concise statements

    • Use active verbs

    • Proofread your resume




Additional videos to help you in get your career started today!

Finding and Applying for Federal Jobs Will  help you use USAJobs, including creating notifications.

Writing a Federal Resume will help you write a résumé for USAJobs.

Boise NF Job Opportunities

Practical Tips for Boise NF Job Applicants

Department of the Interior video to recruit veterans and youth into wildland firefighting.

Veterans Fire Video on YouTube

Boise NF Spanish Employment Recruiting Video

"Get Fired Up" - Become a Wildland Firefighter!


Printable brochure about how to start your new adventure

A Rewarding Career awaits You!


   Map of the Districts for employment outreaches


About the Boise National Forest


Boise NF Supervisor's Office 


Mountain Home Ranger District 

Idaho City Ranger District

Lowman Ranger District 

Emmett Ranger District

Cascade Ranger District  

Lucky Peak Nursery (Boise)



Check out our employees who really enjoy their careers!

A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation’s most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies. It’s an awesome responsibility and the rewards are as limitless as the views. The Boise National Forest offers many different types of challenging and rewarding careers. 



In Addition, View our video library of employees who enjoy their jobs!

A wise man once said, If you love what you do the money will come"....



Other types of Vacancies:

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.  


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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. 


 Working in range

Good luck!



Wildland Fire Job Opportunities

Firefighters on the Boise NF

The greatest number of  the seasonal jobs are fighting fires. Seasonal jobs in firefighting may include working with a local unit handcrew, rappel crew, hotshot crew, or engine crew.  Remember, these are tough jobs usually performed in primitive, backcountry conditions.

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