Monthly Archives: August 2018

Job announcements for Summer 2019 season open for applications Sept. 17

Flyer features USDA logo, Forest Service logo, a close up image of a Forest Service arm path on a uniform somewhere outdoors, and text: "The USDA Forest Service will be accepting applications for more than 1,000 seasonal spring and summer 2019 jobs in Oregon and Washington. Position announcements will be available from Sept. 17-Oct. 12, 2018 in multiple fields, including fire, recreation, natural resources, timber, engineering, visitor services, and archaeology at Seasonal employment is a great way to give back to communities, learn new skills, and perform meaningful work. Individuals interested in finding more information about a specific position should contact the National Forest where the position is hosted. The USDA Forest Service is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For more information, visit"

PORTLAND, Ore. — Aug. 29, 2018 — Are you a teacher, student, retiree, winter ski-instructor, or anyone else who may be looking for opportunities to work in the great outdoors this summer?

More than 1,000 seasonal jobs, in positions ranging from archaeology to trails maintenance to biological sciences to wildland firefighting will be offered on National Forests in the Pacific Northwest for summer 2019 – but if you want these jobs, you’ll need to plan ahead.

This year, summer job applications must be submitted online at during the summer jobs application window, which runs from mid-September through mid-Octomber, 2019.

This seasonal application window is earlier than in previous years, to ensure the agency is able to complete background checks and other pre-employment requirements before the prospective employee’s anticipated start date.

Seasonal Forest Service employees help provide clean water, wildlife habitat, sustainable forest products, wildfire support, and recreation opportunities on 17 National Forests, a National Scenic Area, two National Volcanic Monuments, and one National Grassland in Washington and Oregon, each summer.

Potential applicants are encouraged to access the USAJobs website early to allow time to create their profile, upload their resume, and update their user accounts before the application period opens.

Summer, 2019 vacancies will be posted Sept. 17 through Oct. 12, 2018.

For more information about summer job opportunities with the USDA Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest, visit

Download the press release:

English (PDF):  Join the Forest Service! Agency Hiring for 1,000+ Seasonal Positions in Oregon and Washington

Español (PDF): ¡Únase al Servicio Forestal! La agencia está contratando personas para cubrir más de 1,000 puestos temporales en Oregon y Washington

A collage of USDA Forest Service employees in the field, representing positions related to forest restoration, wildland firefighting, recreation, engineering and fish biology.

USDA Forest Service employees in the field, representing positions related to forest restoration, wildland firefighting, recreation, engineering and fish biology.

Source information: USDA Forest Service – Pacific Northwest Region


In the news: U of I study measures firefighter fatigue, health impacts

A row of firefighters mop-up smoldering coals in a smoky, wooded area by chopping up the dirt with axes and other hand tools

In 2015, three firefighters died after being trapped by a shift in wind direction while fighting a fire outside Twisp, Wash; Tom Zbyszewki, 20, Andrew Zajac, 26 and Richard Wheeler, 31.

Their deaths prompted Randy Brooks, a professor of Forestry, Rangeland and Fire Sciences at the University of Idaho;s College of Natural Resources, to study how fatigue during long, physically and mentally intense firefighting seasons impact firefighter alertness, decision-making ability, health, and overall safety. His reasons were both professional, and personal – his son, Bo Brooks, was also a firefighter on the Twisp River Fire.

“I think we need a paradigm shift in the way we think about fighting wildfires at all cost and place a greater emphasis on personal safety over protecting resources,” the elder Brooks said. “Trees grow back, homes can be rebuilt, but lives can’t be replaced.”

Read more about the study, which collects real-time health data from 18 smokejumpers, and has surveyed hundreds of wildland firefighters, on the University of Idaho website, at: