Jobs & Volunteering

Fifty-one thousand square miles of some of the most magnificent lands in America. That is today’s USDA Forest Service. Managing these lands in the most effective way for water, air, wildlife, and people is a great responsibility.

Providing stewardship in ways that best serve the American people today and in future generations is a splendid challenge. There's never been a more exciting and opportunity-filled time for you to join the Nation's premier forest management agency. As such, we need employees who can take the Northern Region of the Forest Service into the future with innovation, problem solving skills, communication skills to work across boundaries and diverse interests, and leadership to bring it all together.

We offer a variety of employment opportunities (both paid and unpaid) ranging from student programs to volunteer programs, and full time and temporary employment for people with skills in several hundred areas. Come work with us.

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Permanent Employment

There’s so much you can do in a Forest Service career! Our extraordinary diversity of occupations and locations makes it easy to find a position to suit your talents. There are many opportunities and duties within the Forest Service.

Click here for more information, how to apply for permanent jobs, why you should consider a career with the Forest Service, and much more: Tips - How to get a job with the Forest Service (pdf)

Fire HireLewis and Clark Interagency Hotshot Crew Near the Fireline

The Forest Service hires the majority of the permanent workforce in fire management in a process called Fire Hire.  This hiring process is completed each year for GS-03 to GS-9 Forestry Technician positions including dispatch, engine crews, fire and fuels management, hand crews, helitack, interagency hotshot crews, and prevention. The Northern Region participates in this national Fire Hire process for consistency across the region and the nation.

Click here for information on Fire Hire in the Northern Region.

Temporary or Seasonal EmploymentTrail Crew Member Posing with Crosscut Saw

The USDA 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. Seeking a temporary or seasonal job with the Forest Service is a great way to gain experience with the agency.

For the 2021 summer/field season, we will be advertising these jobs starting October 1, 2020 for all fire suppression jobs and starting October 30, 2020 for all other summer jobs.  Apply by going to during this timeframe.

For information on temporary jobs in the Northern Region contact Amber Kamps at (406)439-9138 or

[Photograph]: A Forest Service employee is helping a vacationer.Opportunities for Students and Recent Graduates

Our Pathways Programs provide paid employment opportunities with the Federal government for high school students, undergraduates, postgraduates, and recent graduates.

The Pathways Internship Program is designed to provide students with opportunities to explore Federal careers while they’re still in school. Qualified students may be hired on a temporary basis for up to one year (NTE Intern) or for an indefinite period (Indefinite Intern).

The Pathways Recent Graduate Program is available to individuals who have completed their qualifying degree or certificate programs within the previous two years. Qualified veterans may have an extended application period due to military service.

The Pathways Presidential Management Fellows Program is for individuals who have completed an advanced degree within the past two years.

For more information on the Pathways Programs, you can find more information on our National website, check out the Forest Service Pathways Programs brochure, or search for current Pathways jobs with the Forest Service on (link is external).




All vacancy announcements for the Northern Region (also known as Region One) are available through