Student Intern and Recent Graduate Hiring Event

A picture of a Forest Service ranger working in the field, with a shovel, on the Fremont-Winema National Forest.

We're Hiring!

The Forest Service is hiring student interns and recent graduates positions. 

Jobs are available in a variety of exciting and rewarding occupations such as rangeland management, soil science, wildlife biology, hydrology, geology, and archeology.


Apply on USAJOBS

Feb 14 - 20

Jobs are available across the country.

Available Student Intern Positions

  • Archeology student trainee
  • Biological sciences student trainee
  • Engineering student trainee
  • Natural resources student trainee
  • Physical sciences student trainee
  • Rangeland management student trainee

Available Recent Graduate Positions

  • Archeologist
  • Botanist
  • Fish biologist
  • Geologist
  • Hydrologist
  • Plant pathologist
  • Rangeland management specialist
  • Range technician
  • Soil scientist
  • Wildlife biologist


Job Opportunities

The Forest Service hires student interns and recent graduates for a wide-range of jobs. Below are a few snapshots of the jobs we are hiring for:

  • 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.

  • Soils scientists spend time outdoors collecting soil samples in order to determine physical, chemical, and morphological characteristics in different areas of a watershed. Soils scientists describe and classify soil properties according to the National Cooperative Soil Survey standards and determine how suitable an area is for management. They write watershed restoration plans, erosion control plans, soil resources improvement plans, soil management reports, soil survey reports, and special project reports for management. Soil scientists take care of the soil.

  • Wildlife biologists evaluate and monitor forest projects, such as road work and trail enhancements, to develop recommendations that protect and conserve wildlife and their habitats. Wildlife biologists work with local, state, non-profit and federal partners to help restore habitats, assess population trends and meet conservation goals.

  • Hydrologists work indoors and outdoors conducting inventories of water sources, such as streams, lakes and springs using various techniques. They look at the health of water bodies and how they might be impacted by Forest management or other disturbances, by analyzing flow patterns, temperature, use, quantity and quality in order to come up with management recommendations. Hydrologists closely work with other specialists, such as engineers, fish biologists, and soils scientists.


Photo collage of Forest Service employees at work.


Eligibility Requirements

Pathways Intern candidates need to meet the qualification requirements consistent with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) qualification standards for the position being filled. In addition, the candidate must also meet the following eligibility requirements:

For more information on the student and recent graduate Pathways Programs, you can read the FAQs and check out the Forest Service Pathways Programs brochure.

2020 Society for Range Management (SRM) Annual Meeting

The SRM Annual Meeting is Feb. 14-20, in Denver, CO, and the Forest Service will be available for questions you may have. Join us to learn more about an exciting and rewarding career with the Forest Service. 

*You do not need to be present to apply. All applications are only accepted through USAJOBS

Help Is Available

The How to Apply webpage has helpful information to help with the application process. 

Applicants are reminded to review the application deadlines noted in the announcement. Employment start dates will vary.

Human Resources Management is here to help. Contact us with questions about your application by calling 1-877-372-7248, select Option 2, and follow the prompts. The Contact Center is open from 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (MST) Monday through Friday, and closed on all federal holidays.

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