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.


Veterans Outreach for Wildland Firefighting Jobs

2020 Vetereans Employement Outreach Notice

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!

Wildland Firefighter - Temporary Employment

VRA Candidates who submit an Interest Response will be reviewed and considered for employment on the first of each month, as positions become available

The U.S. Forest Service, Los Padres National Forest, is seeking highly motivated men and women interested in a job in wildland firefighting. This outreach is geared towards Veterans who would like to work on the Los Padres National Forest. After responding to the outreach, individuals will be considered for full time, temporary seasonal appointments working on a crew of engines, hotshots, handcrews, heavy equipment, helitack or dispatch. Individuals may be hired through the Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) – Public Law 107-288. Click Here for more information on the VRA hiring authority.

Single Resource AD Casual Hire Program - Fire Incidents

The U.S. Forest Service, Los Padres National Forest is now accepting requests for sponsorship to be an Administratively Determined (AD) Casual-Hire employee.  The intent of these hires is for emergency incident support as a Single Resource.  We are using a new sponsorship request process. This announcement is geared towards processing new and returning AD Casual Emergency Hires for 2019.

To Request Sponsorship: https://goo.gl/forms/uSaGX7Xg5MHqi0tK2

For more information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1459LnvBagpCU-7IVyujm7Lmxqg98KQ2-/view?usp=sharing  


2019 Women In Wildfire Training Camp

women in wilfire training

The Los Padres National Forest is no longer accepting applications for the "2018-19 Women In Wildfire Basic Training." Please visit the following link and fill out the interest sheet to be notified when opportunities like this and other fire opportunities become available in the future Interest Sheet


Or you can view the 2019 Outreach Notice

Women In Wildfire Training Camp - OUTREACH NOTICE

To learn more about the Women in Wildfire Training Camp, general information is available at this link Click Here


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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