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Forest Service Careers

Our jobs are as diverse as the landscapes we manage.

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Career Fields

Careers with the Forest Service are diverse and span communities nationwide. Use the links below to find out more about common careers with the Forest Service and some of the hiring programs we support.

Business Careers
  • Information Technology
  • Human Resources
  • Project Management
  • Grants and Agreements
  • Budget and Finance
  • Procurement
  • Property Management
Resource Management Careers
  • Forestry and Timber
  • Botany, Archeology, Biology
  • Mapping and GIS
  • Land Use
  • Physical Sciences
  • Range Management
  • Watersheds
  • Sustainability and Climate
Visitor Services Careers
  • Recreation Management
  • Volunteer Management
  • Trail and Facility Maintenance
  • Visitor Services
  • Interpretation
Communication Careers
  • Public Affairs
  • Legislative Affairs
  • Web Management & Social Media
  • Graphic Design & Publications
  • Tribal & Government Relations
Fire and Aviation Careers
  • Firefighting & Prevention
  • Aviation
  • Equipment Operators
  • Analyst
  • Dispatch
Medical and Safety Careers
  • Nursing
  • Law Enforcement
  • Safety
  • Dispatch
Career Development and Support Careers
  • Counselors
  • Teachers and Trainers
  • Work Environment
  • Civil Rights
Engineering Facilities and Maintenance Careers
  • Engineering
  • Facility Operations & Management
  • Building Maintenance
  • Mechanics & Fleet
  • Equipment Operators
R&D Careers
  • Inventory Monitoring
  • Landscape Restoration
  • Sustainable Forest Management
  • Information Tropical Forestry
  • Research and Development


Benefits, Pay, and Environment

As a Forest Service employee, you will have access to excellent benefits and competitive pay. Your work will be rewarding as you contribute to the Forest Service mission in a work environment that values diversity, inclusion, and growth.


Youth, Students, and Recent Grads


Three to 10 weeks of full-time paid experience working on fun and meaningful conservation projects.

21st Century CC

Complete your high school education while attending the largest residential career training program in the country.

Job Corps Students

Paid experience working on exciting conservation projects on Indian lands. Work 640 hours to earn a non-competitive hiring authority.

Public Land Corps

Paid experience working on conservation and stewardship projects. Work 640 hours to earn a non-competitive hiring authority.

Pathways Interns

Paid full or part-time for high school,  college students, or recent graduates typically 16 and up. Program lengths vary.

Resource Assistants Programs

Paid internships for college students and graduates 17 and up interested in conservation, natural resources, and more. Work 6 to 12 months and earn a direct hiring authority.

Presidential Management Fellows

Advanced degree holders compete in the Federal Government's flagship leadership program for a two-year full-time paid fellowship.


Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership. Paid public service internships in policy or scientific research, project coordination and management, business, law, communications, and more.


Full tuition, paid summer internship opportunities for students seeking certain bachelor’s degrees at one of the 19 historically Black universities.

Thrugood Marshall college Internship

Paid internships for undergraduate and graduate students in career fields such as Forestry, GIS, Public Affairs, Natural Resources, Research, and more. Earn a non-competitive hiring authority.

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Paid internships for undergraduate and graduate students in career fields such as Forestry, GIS, Public Affairs, Natural Resources, Research, and more. Earn a non-competitive hiring authority.

Wallace-Carver Fellowships

Paid fellowships for exceptional college and graduate students. Help with ground-breaking field and laboratory-based research, analyze policy, and manage programs.


Receive training and certification by performing direct, hands-on service in the areas of wildfire risk mitigation, reforestation, environmental conservation, and resource management.

Resource Assistants Programs

Receive full tuition, fees, books, a housing stipend, and paid workforce training to any interested and eligible student pursuing degrees in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or related academic disciplines at a Tribal college or university.

Veterans and Military

We value the leadership and skills that veterans and service members have to offer. We use a number of hiring authorities to attract, transition, and support these candidates. Learn more about how we work with veterans and military-related hiring.

Veterans and Military

Persons with Disabilities

Eligible applicants with a disability may be able to use the Schedule A hiring authority to join the Forest Service without competition. Visit the persons with disabilities webpage for more information.


Land Management Employees

If you are a current or former time-limited employee of a Federal Land Management agency, you may be able to apply for permanent positions in the Forest Service. Visit the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act hiring webpage for details on how to apply today.

Land Management Employees

Returned Peace Corps

Learn more about how you may be able to use your technical skills, language skills, and experience in embracing new cultures and diversity as a Forest Service employee. Visit the Returned Peace Corps page for information on how to use your non-competitive hiring authority and working abroad for the Forest Service.

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AmeriCorps Vista Alumni

Learn how you can put your AmeriCorps experience and hiring authority to work as a Forest Service employee. Learn more on the AmeriCorps Vista Alumni hiring page.

Stephanie Williams


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