How to apply for Temporary Jobs in the Forest Service

How to apply for Temporary Jobs in the Forest Service


Welcome to the Pacific Northwest Region
website on temporary hiring. Are you or someone you know interested in a summer job for 2018 with the Forest Service? Come join us! Now is the time to begin thinking about what kind of job you want and preparing
your applications for temporary jobs. This video will give you some tips and
tricks to apply successfully, a little bit about the jobs that will be
available, and why the Pacific Northwest Region is the place you want to work this
summer. We work together to serve people and communities by ensuring that the
Region’s natural resources remain healthy and productive for future
generations. We call this the greatest good, and we’ve been united by this
purpose for over a hundred years. The Forest Service works with the American
public in stewarding these treasured landscapes, resources, and communities. We look a lot like you, and are diverse in our backgrounds, heritage, and viewpoints. Reasons for joining our team abound everything from our people, to our
locations, to our environment, and making a difference. About 3,000 permanent
employees work with us throughout Oregon and Washington and each year we bring on roughly an additional 1,000 new seasonal employees. Many people love the jobs they choose as seasonal employees and want to return year after year. Once you are
hired as a seasonal employee, you have many opportunities to be rehired. Even
better, once you’ve completed 24 months of employment as a seasonal employee you can compete for many permanent positions that are offered throughout the National
Forest System. Connections with communities is at the heart of what we
do so in addition to the technical
experience and skills you will need for a specific job, we’re also looking for
people who share our passion for the mission of the Forest Service, enjoy
interacting with people from all walks of life, believe that working
together with other people can often generate better ideas and solutions than
working alone, and people who are active in their communities. There’s great
opportunity to compete for a huge variety of jobs in the Pacific Northwest:
everything from specialties such as fire, timber, recreation, biological science,
natural resources, engineering, archaeology, to business and visitor
services. So you’re probably wondering what’s the value for me in working in a
temporary position for the Forest Service? You can network with permanent
employees and supervisors that, in the future, could be considering hiring you
or recommending you to others for permanent employment. It lets you try out
a different career field, get some experience, and put your education and
previous experience to work in a practical work environment. You can make new friends and explore more of the outdoors and the local communities that
live there, and experience a broad range of what the Pacific Northwest has to
offer. And you will be conserving and protecting the legacy that we leave for
future generations: resilient forests, clean and plentiful
water and air, sustainable recreation, cultural and historical preservation, and
more. In deciding the kind of work that fits best for you, you might want to ask
yourself: 1) do you enjoy working outdoors? The bulk of these jobs are filled going
so there will be a lot of time spent outside. or 2) do you prefer being inside? We do have some office positions as well. 3) Do you like being part of a team and
working with forest visitors and customers? Every job demands teamwork and responsive courteous interactions with others. We are an organization that
demands inclusive behaviors. Discrimination and harassment of any
kind are not welcome here. 4) Do you like physically demanding jobs
outdoors? A majority of the seasonal positions in fire suppression require
strenuous physical effort, over night assignments lasting up to two weeks at a
time, camping and working in steep terrain
with extreme temperatures. When you click on the link to the USAJOBS website
you’ll see all the positions offered for national forests in Oregon and
Washington during our application period. This is our primary hiring event so
while you may see a few single vacancies later on for hard to fill positions, the
bulk of our hiring will be done based on the pool during our application period.
So visit our seasonal hiring page on our website for dates and other details. In
a lot of the job descriptions that you’ll read, you’ll find similarities but
there are some that certainly have unique opportunities. For example some of the firefighting positions are for helicopter repellers, engine crews, and
hotshots. There’s also archaeology work and
climbing rangers. Some forests offer remote locations if you like rural life
and some offer urban settings where housing and populations are denser.
Certain forests and duty locations will have more job opportunities than others
and this is dependent on their seasonal workforce demand. So now I know you’re
thinking: I’ve got to work for the Forest Service because it’s the place to be!
Here is the most important thing you need to know and do: sign into USAJOBS
early and get your documentation and resume uploaded. Be ready to apply well
in advance of our application period and stay tuned for updates on our website.
This might require a little bit of work if you haven’t applied on USAJOBS before.
You will need to think about which locations you would like to live and
work in and which jobs. Take a look at the map on our jobs website and explore
both the type of work you would like to do and where you would like to live.
Review the extensive job list when it’s released in October. It will be featured
on the temporary hiring website for this Region. Look at the grade level–for
example GS-5–because that determines your pay. Look at the duty location because
that is where you would be living and would have to move to
for the temporary job. Think about which locations you most prefer. In many
instances you can select more than one location. Make sure your resume tells the
story about what you are qualified to do and the work that you applied to do. Be
sure you attach all files or documents that you need to support your
qualifications or status–for example veterans preference, documents and
transcripts. This is a very competitive process and incomplete applications will
not be considered for employment. We’re hopeful that we’ll be working with many
of you this coming summer. Again there are unique opportunities, fabulous places
to work, and they may lead to lots of other opportunities. Please consider a
job with the Forest Service in your future. If you have any questions contact
the national forest office that you are interested in working for, and best of
luck with the application process.

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