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Forest Service Careers

Are you ready to make a difference? Opportunities for growth and career advancement are limitless within the Forest Service. A career with the Forest Service is a chance to get inside the great outdoors and leave a lasting impact. Put your skills to work toward a career that matters!

The Forest Service offers exciting opportunities such as:

Wildland Firefighters

Wildland firefighters work on a team as part of an engine, helitack, handcrew, or smokejumper module. They operate specialized equipment, respond to wildfires, conduct prescribed fires, thin hazardous fuels, and assist with other forest health projects. In addition to those on the fire lines, wildland fire management relies on several support positions like aircraft pilots, mechanics, fire prevention, lookouts, dispatchers, training officers, fuels specialists, fire analysts, fire ecologists, and more.


Foresters work outdoors and are experts in managing growth of different types of trees and other vegetation. They are skilled in planting, removing or caring for trees, while considering how a forest may develop over long time frames. From planting seedlings to inspecting a contractor’s work, foresters provide the technical and professional expertise for evaluating the health of our forests.

Civil Engineer

Civil Engineers provide expertise and solutions for land management issues using modern equipment and techniques, including satellite geodetic control systems, precision scientific equipment, and computer systems with automated design analysis programs. They support construction and maintenance efforts of facilities like campgrounds, trails, and historic sites, as well as solutions for natural resources issues like flora and fauna challenges and timber management.

Rangeland Management Specialist

Rangeland Management Specialists manage range vegetation on National Forest lands for a variety of uses, including grazing by livestock and forage for wildlife. They also work closely with livestock producers while managing permits which allows grazing on National Forest lands. They also analyze ecosystem health and maintain diversity of plant and grass communities in grazing areas.

More Ways to Make an Impact

Our work at the Forest Service could not be accomplished without the thousands of employees who work indoors. The following careers support the agency in many different capacities:

Human Resources Specialists are important advisors that work with nearly 40,000 Forest Service employees from hiring to retirement. HR Specialists may work in hiring, pay, benefits, leave, labor relations, worker's compensation, retirement, and more.

Visitor Information Assistants greet everyone who enters a Forest Service office or visitor center and provide information about National Forests. They also sell products like maps, permits and recreation passes. 

Social Services Assistants work in Forest Service Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers and provide a safe and productive environment for Job Corps students.

Realty Specialists acquire, manage, and convey property for the Forest Service. Their duties also include providing advice land statutes, ownership, lane use, and management planning while coordinating with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, conservation groups, business, and more.

Temporary Jobs

These positions range from archeology technicians to visitor information assistants. Seasonal jobs help the Forest Service achieve our mission by contributing to forest health, resource protection, and fire prevention.

Internships for Students & Recent Graduates

Our Pathways Programs provide paid employment opportunities with the Federal government for high school students, undergraduates, postgraduates, recent graduates, and those who have earned advanced degrees.

The Pathways Presidential Management Fellows Program is for individuals who have completed an advanced degree within the past two years.

Ready to Find Your Dream Job?

Find out more about our available job openings and upcoming hiring events, as well as your eligibility, how to apply, and building a Federal resume.


Please direct questions about career opportunities and applications to Human Resources Management at 1-877-372-7248 (select Option 2 and follow prompts). The Contact Center is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MST) Monday through Friday and closed on all federal holidays.