Jobs & Volunteering



Temporary Hiring

Temporary hiring occurs in the winter months for Region 6 (Oregon and Washington). The application period for the 2018 Temporary Spring/Summer positions is November 14-20. Over 1000 jobs are being filled from this application period. For information about Forest Service jobs please visit Positions for the 2018 hiring season will be offered beginning in mid-February-March 2018. Do not expect to be contacted with job offers before February.

All current Forest Service job vacancies are posted on The web-based applications of 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. 

Before Forest Service job announcements are posted on the national site, most permanent job opportunities can be found in the US Forest Service Outreach Database giving interested applicants an opportunity to learn more about the job requirements, duties, and duty station before the opening date of the vacancy announcement.

How to apply for a job

Permanent Employment

  • All permanent jobs 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 site includes additional information on How to Apply, Salary & Benefits, Student Programs, as well as Volunteering.

Opportunities for Students and Recent Graduates

Ongoing opportunities: You can always view current and upcoming Forest Service job opportunities across the nation online by clicking on our Forest Service job outreach page.

Fire Hire

Seasonal jobs in firefighting include working on a local unit handcrew, on a helitack/helirappeling crew, a Hot Shot Crew, as a smokejumper, or on an engine crew. Remember, these are tough jobs usually performed in primitive, backcountry conditions. In addition to specific requirements for each kind of job, it is essential that firefighters be in top physical condition for this demanding work. Employees and prospective employees must pass the Work Capacity Test annually before working on the fireline.

The Forest Service will provide you Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) clothing, hardhat and fire shelter, and will provide reimbursement for purchasing lug soled, leather eight-inch topped boots. The Forest Service also provides training in many specialty fields.

Wildland Firefighter Apprentice 

Firefighters posing for the apprentice program 

The Forest Service hires applicants annually using the Wildland Firefighting Apprenticeship Program. The apprenticeship program will develop the knowledge and basic skills necessary to work as a wildland firefighter. Apprentices will complete 3,000 hours of on-the-job training. They will also complete a residential firefighting academy at the Wildland Fire Training Center in McClellan, California. Apprentices will be paid and all costs of training will be covered by the Forest Service. Upon successful completion of the program, apprentices will be in permanent GS-5 firefighter positions. 

Skanner Foundation Scholarship Opprtunity

Youth Volunteers on the Gifford Pinchot National ForestThe U.S. Forest Services recognizes the need to outreach, train and recruit students of color in natural resources and related business functions for the benefit of federal land
stewardship for future generations. The Skanner Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region, will award two scholarships of $1,500 each to an
eligible graduating high school senior and/or an eligible college student in the Portland/Vancouver/Seattle areas. Click here for application details. 


Volunteers are the heartbeat of the Forest Service. The types of work a volunteer can perform are many and varied. Find more information about volunteering at the USDA Forest Service Volunteering Web Site.  

Youth Employment and Volunteer Opportunities 

(with organizations outside the USDA Forest Service)

Discovery Team builds trail for the Forest

Student workers repair a trail bridge in the Pacific Northwest.

Visitor support services volunteer with map

Information Assistants provide vital office support by answering phones, helping with paperwork, and interacting with visitors.