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Opportunities for Young People

Calling the Next Generation of Conservation Stewards

Exciting opportunities are available with the U.S. Forest Service for the next generation of dynamic conservation stewards to get outdoors, gain paid work experience, explore careers, receive education and training, and launch internships to conserve our natural, cultural, and historical resources.

Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) - Students: apply July 1 - 31. Go to and select the VSFS vacancy announcement!
Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS)

The Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) is the largest virtual internship program in the world!  This year we will offer 1,500 positions with 50+ federal agencies.  VSFS offers unique mentoring and exposure to job opportunities within the U.S. government.

Put your skills to work!

21st Century Conservation Service Corps    

The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps puts thousands of young people, veterans and emerging professionals to strengthen America’s infrastructure, boost local economies, and modernize the way government works. The 21CSC initiative supports partner organizations and service, training, education and employment opportunities for young people to learn and work on lands, waterways, and cultural heritage sites across the country. 21CSC includes Public Lands Corps, a work and education program for young people and veterans. Please contact your local Forest Service unit to learn more about how 21CSC partnerships work.

Youth Conservation Corps

The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is an exciting summer youth employment program that engages teenagers, ages 15 to 18, in meaningful work experiences on forest lands and prairies, national parks, wildlife refuges, and fish hatcheries.

Resource Assistants Program

The Resource Assistants Program is a rigorous, immersive work and learning experience for emerging professionals interested in conservation and/or natural and cultural resources, environmental management, research and development, and other career opportunities with federal land and water management agencies.


Pathways Programs provide paid employment opportunities with the Federal government for high school students,
undergraduates, post-graduates and recent graduates:

  • Internship Program – Opportunities for students to explore Federal careers while still in school, Students may
    be hired on a temporary basis for up to one year (NTE Intern) or; for an indefinite period (Indefinite Intern).
  • Recent Graduates Program - Available to individuals who have completed qualifying degree or certificate 
    programs within the previous two years. Qualified veterans may have an extended application period due
    to military service.
  • Presidential Management Fellows Program – For individuals who have completed an  advanced degree
    within the past two years.    

Job Corps

Job Corps is a residential education and career training program for qualifying young people ages 16 through 24. Job Corps members learn a marketable skill, may earn a high school diploma or GED, make lifelong connections, and learn citizen stewardship values  while succeeding in today’s demanding workforce. Maximum age limits may be waived if an applicant has a documented disability.

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