Jobs & Volunteering



The seasonal job oppotunity window for summer jobs next summer has closed. Please look through this page to get familiar with the kinds of jobs and locations we may have next year. 

Temporary Hiring

Temporary hiring job vacancy announcements open mid-September for Region 6 (Oregon and Washington).

Job Announcement 2018

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

Permanent Fire Positions

The Pacific Northwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service is calling for applications for permanent fire positions now. The hiring window is August 1-October 15, 2018. The fire and aviation program is very rewarding and
requires working safely as part of a team in a variety of specialized positions, including
dispatch, engine crews, fuels technicians, handcrews, helitack, hotshot crews, smokejumpers,
and prevention. The USDA Forest Service is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Apply on For more information, visit


Seasonal Fire Positions

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 

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

The 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 more details.


Resource Assistants Program & Public Lands Corps

The USDA Forest Service has exciting positions available across the country. Applicants who have obtained the Resource Assistants Program (RAP) or Public Lands Corps (PLC) special hiring eligibility are encouraged to apply. Visit the Hiring & Recruitment Events page for full eligibility requirements.

Apply Online:


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.