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Pathways Program

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Student and Recent Graduates Careers

The Pathways program offers the perfect career path for students and recent graduates into permanent government work. The program provides paid employment opportunities with the Federal government for high school students, undergraduates, postgraduates, and recent graduates.

Pathways Internship Program

This internship program provides students with opportunities to explore Federal careers while they’re still in school. If you are a qualified student, you may be hired on a temporary basis for up to one year (NTE Intern) or for an indefinite period (Indefinite Intern).

Internship 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. You must also meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Currently have and maintain at least an overall 2.9 GPA, and 
  • Are a United States citizen.

Pathways Recent Graduate Program

This program is available if you have completed your qualifying degree or certificate program within the last two years. Qualified veterans may have an extended application period due to military service.

How To Apply

  1. Visit
  2. Create a profile.
  3. Upload or create a resume.
  4. Search for jobs in USAJOBS. You can limit searches to Pathways positions with the Forest Service.
  5. Review the job announcement.
  6. Apply!

    Pathways Hiring Events and Other Opportunities

    We're always hiring. Check out the Recruitment and Hiring webpage for more information. You can also book a free consultation with a Forest Service recruiter.

    More Information


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

    You can also find specific information related to Forest Service jobs on our Next Steps page, including our jobs resource directory, our webinar schedule, or contact information for our recruiters.

    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). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.