Student Employment in the Great Outdoors
The USDA Forest
service has a host of opportunities for part-time and temporary
employment for students. We offer a variety of internship, cooperative
student opportunities and scholarships.
What could that mean for you? Well, an open door to the Great Outdoors;
it's a fulfilling way to earn money, gain work experience, and do
something good for our Nations natural resources-all while you continue
your studies. And after graduation, you may discover that you have
laid the foundation for a great Federal Career!!
Students are typically first employed under the Student Temporary
Employment Program (STEP). Those showing strong potential may be
recruited as "student trainees" under the Forest Service's
Student Career Experience Program (SCEP). For those selected as
SCEPS, on completion of SCEP and degree requirements, students gain
eligibility for conversion to permanent federal employment.
The Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP)
provides an opportunity for students to earn money, continue their
education, train with professionals, and combine academic study with
on-the-job experience. Work does not have to be related to the student's
academic or career goals. Students may work part time when school
is in session and full time during vacation periods. The one-year
STEP employment can be renewed at the supervisor's discretion. A student
does not need to be enrolled in the National Multicultural Initiatives
to participate in STEP, but most students enrolled in the Initiatives
begin their employment in the STEP.
The Student Career Experience Program (SCEP)
is the primary source for external recruitment for entry-level hires
in the Forest Service. SCEP provides work experience that is directly
related to the student's academic program or career goals. SCEP students
may be non-competitively converted to career, term, or career-conditional
appointments. SCEP gives students exposure to public service while
enhancing their educational goals. A student does not need to be enrolled
in the national Multicultural Initiatives to participate in SCEP,
but many students enrolled in the Initiatives eventually enter the
SCEP. For more information, contact your local Forest Service Human
For further information on student employment, visit your campus
career center or your local National Forest office.
USA Careers Program -
This link will aid you in the comparison of private sectior careers
with government careers. The link is also helpful in understanding
Federal employment.For more information about Permanent vacancies
For information about Temporary vacancies go to ASAP.