Temporary/Seasonal Job Opportunities

Every year from January through March, the Forest Service hires thousands of temporary (mostly summer) employees for a variety of jobs, most of them in the field. Temporary employees have a very special place within the Forest Service. Most Forest Service career employees started out in temporary positions, including as trail crew, fire lookouts, seasonal biologists, and many more.

The Rocky Mountain Region hires temporary positions across 17 national forests and 7 national grasslands located in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming each year. Check here for information about seasonal job opportunities in the region.

Forest Service Employment

Welcome to the great outdoors! We offer a variety of job opportunities that range from student intern programs to seasonal employment to full-time employment for men and women with skills in many fields. Forest Service careers provide exciting and challenging opportunities to be involved in the management and protection of the nation's natural resources.

All 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. 

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Career Opportunities

The Forest Service has a wide range of career fields available, appealing to both outdoor and indoor enthusiasts alike. Below are some of the many career areas available within the Forest Service:

  • Fire Management
  • Engineering
  • Forestry
  • Land Surveying
  • Recreation
  • Wilderness and Trails
  • Visitor Information
  • Heritage Resources
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Fisheries
  • Rangeland Management
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Administrative Support
  • Lands and Minerals
  • Budget and Finance
  • Hydrology
  • Information Technology
  • Public Affairs
  • Law Enforcement

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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