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Recruitment and Hiring

We are the Forest Service

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.

 


Webinars

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. You can also see a full calendar of our webinars and hiring events using our Hiring Events Calendar.

Upcoming Webinars

Tips for Job Seekers

Navigating USAJOBS

How to Write a Federal Resume

Recently Recorded Webinars

Hiring Events

Wildland Fire Hiring Events

Are you interested in caring for the land and serving people? A job with the USDA Forest Service could be your opportunity to help protect and conserve America’s national forests and grasslands while unlocking possibilities for professional growth and career advancement.

We are recruiting firefighters for multiple locations. These positions are advertised under the *direct hiring authority. *A Direct-Hire Authority (DHA) allows agencies to quickly hire qualified applicants by eliminating typical evaluation procedures. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements may be referred to the hiring official.

Apply on USAJOBS.gov from September 21 through October 11, 2022. 
Visit the Careers in Wildland Fire page for a full list of benefits, information on eligibility requirements, and to find out which job is right for you. Wildland firefighting vacancies are open year-round.

 

Thomas Fire, Ventura, CA, Los Padres NF and Cal Fire, 2017. (Forest Service photo by Kari Greer)

Temporary Job Opportunities

Job vacancies open September 29 through October 6, 2022 and January 12 through 19, 2023. Apply on USAJOBS.gov.

Visit the Temporary Jobs page to find out which job is right for you.

STEM Career Opportunities

 Job vacancies open October 4 through October 13, 2022. Apply on USAJOBS.gov.

We are excited to hold our annual hiring event during the 2022 Women of Color in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Conference. Our goal is to recruit and hire students and graduates in engineering, engineering technology, land surveying, geographic information systems (GIS), ecology, and physical sciences careers. Participation will be virtual and on-site in Detroit, MI from October 6 - 8, 2022.

Please visit the STEM webpage for more details, including a list of locations and positions we will be hiring.

Summer Temporary Internship Opportunities

Job vacancies open December 26, 2022 through January 4, 2023. Apply on USAJOBS.gov.

We’re hiring 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 check back to this webpage in mid-December for more details, including a list of locations and positions we will be hiring.

Range Management, Soil, and Water Career Opportunities

Job vacancies open February 21 through March 2, 2023. Apply on USAJOBS.gov.

We’re hiring 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.

Please check back to this webpage in early February for more details, including a list of locations and positions we will be hiring.

Spring Agriculture and Business Career Opportunities

Job vacancies open April 10 through 20, 2023. Apply on USAJOBS.gov.

We’re hiring students and recent graduates in the areas of Agriculture, Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Leadership, Natural Resources, Environmental Studies, and Business. These opportunities may lead to conversion into a permanent position once the Internship and Recent Graduate Programs are complete.

Please check back to this webpage in late March for more details, including a list of locations and positions we will be hiring.

Lands National Hiring Event

This event closed August 15, 2022.

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

This event closed September 13, 2022.

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

This event closed September 16, 2022

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)

This event closed on September 27, 2022. The OPM application window was September 13 through 27, 2022.

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

This event closed September 28, 2022. Job vacancies were open September 19 through 28, 2022. 

We held our annual hiring 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 more information.

What to Expect After You Apply

Qualifying applicants will be contacted by a hiring manager by phone or email for an interview.

  • Interviews are in person or over video conferencing.
  • The best candidate for the job is selected.
  • The best candidate receives a tentative job offer (will be contacted by human resources by phone or email).
  • Applicants who were not selected will be notified by USAJOBS.

Please be patient as it can take several months after you submit your application to fill positions. If you have questions about the timeline, please reach out to the point of contact identified in the job announcement or call our human resources office at 1-877-372-7248, select Option 2.

Positions Available Nationwide

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

Map of Forest Service Regions

 

Recruitment Contacts by Location
Location Website Location Contact Email
Northern Region (R1) R1 Recruiter
Rocky Mountain Region (R2) R2 Recruiter
Southwest Region (R3) R3 Recruiter
Intermountain Region (R4) R4 Recruiter
Pacific Southwest Region (R5) R5 Recruiter
Pacific Northwest Region (R6) R6 Recruiter (coming soon)
Southern Region (R8) R8 Recruiter
Eastern Region (R9) R9 Recruiter
Alaska Region (R10) R10 Recruiter
Law Enforcement (LE) LE Recruiter

 

Join the Job Seeker Database

To receive information about upcoming hiring events and webinars, please sign up for our Job Seeker Email Database.

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 a full list of the recruiters and their biographies.

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 SM.FS.Recruiting@usda.gov.

Application Process and General Questions

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

Contact Center

Human Resources Management can help with questions about your application by calling 1-877-372-7248, select Option 2, and follow the prompts. The Contact Center is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time and closed on all federal holidays.

The USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

 

https://www.fs.usda.gov/working-with-us/jobs/recruitment-and-hiring