Jobs & Volunteering

The USDA Forest Service is the leading federal agency in natural resource conservation. Every day we work to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the country’s 155 national forests and 20 national grasslands. We offer you a rewarding career focused on managing national forest lands for multiple uses such as recreation opportunities, ecosystem management and clean water.

This jobs section is designed to help you find Forest Service jobs and/or start your career with the Forest Service. Throughout this site you’ll find pages explaining what our agency does and what we have to offer.

Start your journey by clicking the buttons below and join us in “caring for the land and serving people.”

Available Positions in the Northeast and Midwest

Fire Positions

Photograph of firefighters walking up a mountainThe USDA Forest Service is hiring temporary, permanent, and apprenticeship wildland firefighting positions. Join the Forest Service men and women who serve to protect our national forests, communities, and natural resources.


photograph of a film crew on a national forestThe Forest Service is hiring individuals who are eligible to apply for positions using the Resource Assistants Program (RAP) and Public Lands Corps (PLC) hiring authorities. Click for available positions in this Northeast and Midwest.

Temporary Positions

Photograph of evergreen cones on the forest floor.Many of our employees started their Forest Service careers as temporary (or seasonal) employees. While these positions do not guarantee  full-time employment with the Forest Service, they do provide a great introduction to the agency.

Permanent Positions

Forest Service employeesThe Forest Service employs individuals from diverse social and academic backgrounds into a full range of career fields and positions. More information about permanent positions coming soon!


YCC Logo and photo of a young girl on a logThe U.S. Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a summer youth employment program that engages young people ages 15-18 in meaningful work experiences on national public lands. 


Volunteers at Mather LodgeYour interests and experiences can help with just about any aspect of the agency. Volunteering provides you with great opportunities to support National Forests and Grasslands.