Ranger in the Flat Tops Wilderness

We offer a variety of job opportunities, both paid and unpaid, ranging from student and volunteer programs to full-time employment for men and women with skills in many areas.

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

Places to check:

Apply for Permanent Employment:

  • All permanent jobs are advertised through the usajobs website. You can search the current job vacancy announcements by agency, location, salary range, or by "series" (a system that identifies 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.

Apply for Temporary (Seasonal) Employment:

Every year, the Forest Service hires thousands of temporary (mostly summer) employees for a variety of jobs, most of them in the field. The application period for most 2021 temporary jobs ended Dec. 11, 2020. Open positions are advertised on the usajobs site.

What do I need to know about Fire and Aviation Employment?

Wildland firefighters may be required to work long hours in challenging and changing conditions, such as high temperatures and steep terrain. A career in wildland fire has many rewards, including the opportunity to work in some of the most beautiful places in the country and create friendships that last a lifetime.

Opportunities for Students and Recent Graduates

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Ranger with horse

Getting ready for the field

Andrea clears the trail

Andrea clears the trail