Jobs & Volunteering


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 that totaled over 40,000 employees during the peak summer work season in FY2015. This workforce included a permanent workforce of over 28,000 employees and a temporary workforce of over 12,000 employees.

With such a large permanent and seasonal workforce, it stands to reason that there is a large volume of hiring done each year. For example, in FY15 there were over 19,000 positions filled, with about 7,200 of these being permanent employees and over 12,000 being temporary employees. Of the approximately 7,200 permanent hires done, about 1,800 were new to the Agency.

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.

    • The U.S. Forest Service offers a wide variety of employment opportunities both Permanent and Temporary Seasonal jobs. All of these jobs are outreached through the US Forest Service Outreach Database, once the outreach has closed they are advertised through the USAJOBS website. You can search the openings by agency, location, salary range, or by "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.

    • 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.

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


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