The U.S. Forest Service offers many summer jobs and student internship opportunities (Pathways Program). Selections for these jobs usually occur in February, so it’s good to apply early! To find out about jobs that are available, contact the National Forest and associated ranger district where you want to work.
Employment Websites (pdf)
General employment tips when applying for U.S. Forest Service jobs:
- How to Apply for a Job with the U.S. Forest Service
- Make contact with the hiring manager to find out more about the position and express interest in the position you are applying for. This helps you tailor your application and make you stand out among other applicants.
- Make sure you qualify for the position. Government jobs are listed by series and grade levels that have certain educational and experience requirements. Job announcements should provide information on what those criteria are.
- Contact APAEA if you are interested in getting job outreaches (please specify field and geographic area of interest). Outreach notices provide information on positions that are likely to be advertised soon and allow the hiring manager to determine the level of interest in a position.
- Some positions are always advertised, and applications are pulled for specific locations as vacancies arise. To be considered for these jobs, be sure to mark all locations that are of interest to you and recertify your application for as long as you would like to be considered.
Pathways Program for students and recent graduates (within 2 yrs of graduating)
- General information about the federal Pathways Program: http://www.opm.gov/HiringReform/Pathways/, https://www.usajobs.gov/StudentJobs
- Pathways Fact Sheet for Applicants to the Pathways Program with the U.S. Forest Service
- Pathways application guide for intern positions
Presidential Management Fellow Program
Are you pursuing a graduate degree or recently earned one? The U.S. Forest Service also recruits through the Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) program, which is a leadership program aimed at recruiting future government leaders. Find out more about PMF at http://www.pmf.gov/. The application process for this program differs from the other Pathways programs and generally begins in early October.