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Recruitment and Hiring

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You can make a lasting impact on the world around you and unlock opportunities for professional growth and career advancement. Find out more about our available job openings.


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Hiring Events

Our hiring events take place throughout the year and we often partner with large national conventions. Hiring events focus on entry-level candidates and allow equal opportunities for all to start rewarding Forest Service careers–where the work you do truly matters.

Upcoming Events

Spring Agriculture and Business Career Opportunities
Job vacancies open April 10 through 20, 2023.

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We’re hiring during the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) national conference. Available positions include:

  • Student Trainee (Natural Resources, Administrative, and Office Support)
  • Social Scientist
  • Natural Resource Specialist
  • Botanist
  • Ecologist
  • Realty Specialist
  • Budget Analyst
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Resource Assistant
  • Information Technology Specialist
  • Financial Analyst
  • Contracting Specialist
  • Forester

Visit the Spring Agriculture and Business Career Opportunities webpage for more information.

Closed Events

The following events typically occur once per year, however they are now closed. Please check back regularly for updates. We're always hiring. You can find and apply now to all open positions on

List of Closed Events

The following events are now closed. Please check back again soon because these typically happen every year. Also, we're always hiring. Check out all open positions now on

  • Natural Resources and Range Management Career Opportunities: We hired students and recent graduates in the areas of Range Management, Soil Science, Watershed Hydrology, Geology, and Archeology. These opportunities may lead to conversion into a permanent position once the Internship and Recent Graduate Programs are complete. Check out the Natural Resources and Range Management Careers page for more information.
  • Temporary Job Opportunities: Check back in the Fall of 2023.
  • Lands National Hiring Event:  We hired Realty Specialists, Land Surveyors, and Survey Technicians. These positions offer a rewarding opportunity to learn and gain experience with land activities and other natural resources administrative functions. Visit the Lands National Hiring Event webpage for more information.
  • Natural Resources Opportunities: We held our first annual hiring event for Natural Resources occupations during the 2022 Natural Areas Conference. We recruited and hired students and recent college graduates in fish, wildlife, plants, recreation, and associated programs. Onsite participation was in Duluth, MN, from September 6, 2022, through September 9, 2022. Visit the Natural Resources Opportunities Hiring Event webpage for more information.
  • Partnerships and Community Engagement National Hiring Event: We hired Partnership Coordinators. These positions make significant contributions with partnerships by engaging local communities to collectively manage our nation’s natural resources. Visit the Partnerships and Community Engagement National Hiring Event webpage for more information.
  • Presidential Management Fellowships (PMF): Bearing the Presidential moniker, the PMF Program is the Federal Government's flagship leadership development program for advanced degree holders across all academic disciplines. It was established 45 years ago by Executive Order and has gone through changes over the years, but the essential mission remains the same: to recruit and develop a cadre of future government leaders from all segments of society. Eligible individuals apply to be selected as Finalists. Finalists then have 12 months to secure an appointment as a Fellow, which is a two-year, full-time, paid fellowship at a Federal agency. The PMF Program creates a lasting bond among Fellows and Alumni. It also instills a spirit of public service, which, for Fellows who complete the program successfully, can ultimately encourage and lead to a career in government. The PMF program is managed by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Visit the OPM PMF Program webpage for more information.
  • Forestry and Timber Career Opportunities: We held our annual recruitment event for Forestry during the 2022 Society of American Foresters (SAF) convention with the goals to hire students and recent college graduates in forestry and closely related academic programs. Onsite participation was in Baltimore, Maryland, from September 20-24, 2022. Visit the Forestry and Timber Career Hiring Event webpage for important dates applicants should know.
  • California Wildland Firefighter Opportunities : We hosted a in-person hiring event in  Redding, CA, February 14–15, hiring approximately 400 permanent, permanent seasonal, and temporary wildland firefighter positions. Using the Direct Hire Authority, we offered onsite assistance and extended tentative job offers to qualifying candidates. To learn more about the event visit the California Wildland Firefighter Hiring Events webpage.
  • STEM Career Opportunities: Our goal was to recruit and hire students and graduates in engineering, engineering technology, land surveying, geographic information systems (GIS), ecology, and physical sciences careers. Please visit the STEM webpage for more details, including a list of locations and positions we will be hiring. This annual hiring event was also during the 2022 Women of Color in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Conference which occurred virtually and on-site in Detroit, MI from October 6 - 8, 2022.
  • Summer Temporary Internship Opportunities: We hired temporary student interns in the areas of Social Sciences, Administrative Support, Natural Resources, Engineering, Physical Sciences, and other general more foundational fields. These positions are perfect for high school and college students. Please visit the Summer Internships webpage for more details.

Positions Available Nationwide

Visit your local Forest Service website or contact your region's recruiter for more information including location information and application dates.

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Help is Available

Learn More From a Recruiter

We're available to help you learn about current career opportunities and find resources for creating federal resumes, navigating USAJOBS, and understanding hiring eligibilities and qualifications. We also attend career fairs, provide hiring event information, and visit individuals in a classroom and organizational setting.

Book a Virtual Consultation

We offer virtual consultations to help entry-level job seekers start their federal careers with the Forest Service. Our 30-minute voice and video chats are available through the Microsoft Teams application (available for free download to your preferred device). Book a virtual consultation with a national recruiter today!

Recruiter Biographies

Who are the recruiters? Check out full list of the recruiters and their biographies.


Join one of our webinars to learn more about working for the Forest Service. Webinars are typically interactive online seminars. Check out the sections below for more information. You can also review webinars that we previously recorded.

You may be prompted to download the free Microsoft Teams application. All webinars are available on-demand at the same link after the listed date.

Upcoming Webinars

Recently Recorded Webinars

Help for Professors, Event Coordinators, or Recruitment Groups

If you are a University Professor, Event Coordinator, or Recruitment Group and would like one of our recruiters to help educate your students or staff, please complete our Services Request Survey and one of our recruiters will reach out to you. If you have any questions about hiring events or Forest Service positions, please email us at

Application Process and General Questions

  • The How to Apply webpage has helpful information to help with the application process. 
  • For questions about career opportunities and applications call  1-877-372-7248 (select Option 2 and follow prompts). We're open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time and closed on all Federal holidays.

The USDA is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202)720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).