Forest Service Job Application Process
Because of widespread unemployment, many rural communities favor local applicants for Forest Service positions.
Steps to Follow
- Pick the addresses of several National Forests from the U.S. Forest Service Listings.
- Call, write, or visit the Forest Service headquarters in the state where you want to work.
- Request copies of any Forest Service job descriptions as well as all necessary application materials.
- Once you receive the application materials, choose the single National Forest where you wish to apply.
- Remember, you may only apply to one National Forest.
Once You Have Chosen a National Forest:
- Complete the application materials carefully (Form FS 6100-23 for most positions).
- Be as flexible as possible when indicating your desired position.
- Make a copy of your completed application for your records and return the original (usually to that state's employment office).
- If your application is selected by the state employment office, it will be forwarded to the national forest, and you'll receive further instructions.
The Student Conservation Association places volunteers with the Forest Service, and the Forest Service also has its own volunteer program. Volunteering is an excellent way to make connections and to get into the Forest Service system. (See the section on volunteering.)