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Opportunities for Young People

The Forest Service has many opportunities for young people to work with us while learning about natural and cultural resources careers.  Here are some ways you can get involved:


21st Century Conservation Service Corps

Youth Conservation Corps

Job Corps

Pathways to Federal Careers 
A photo of YCC crewmembers in Kootznoowoo Wilderness, Alaska

YCC crewmembers in Kootznoowoo Wilderness, Alaska. Photo credit: U.S. Forest Service

Pathways Programs are developmental programs tailored to promote employment opportunities for students and recent graduates in the Federal workforce.

The Pathways Programs consists of:

  • The Internship Program, which offers career opportunities to students currently enrolled in qualifying educational programs or institutions (high school to graduate level)
  • The Recent Graduates Program, which offers recent graduates of qualifying educational institutions and programs a career development program with training and mentorship
  • The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program, which offers a leadership development program for individuals with a qualifying advanced degree (e.g., Graduate or professional degree)

For more information, read the FAQs, read the Forest Service Pathways Programs brochure, and search for jobs with the Forest Service on

21st Century Conservation Service Corps

21st Century Conservation Service Corps is a bold national effort to put thousands of America’s young people and veterans to work protecting, restoring, and enhancing America’s great outdoors. For a complete list of partners providing opportunities in this endeavor, visit Also, see programs below supporting this initiative.

Youth Conservation Corps

A photo of YCC SCA crewmembers in Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Wisconsin

Members of the YCC crew in Angoon Alaska hard at work. Photo credit: U.S. Forest Service

You can find paid summer work experience on many national forests and grasslands through our Youth Conservation Corps. U.S. citizens or legal residents ages 15 to 18 are encouraged to apply to be considered for an opportunity to:

  • Work outdoors with other young people on crews
  • Learn about conservation stewardship
  • Get training in restoration skills necessary for field work
  • Develop work ethic and interpersonal communication skills

Apply for featured positions here.

To learn more about Youth Conservation Corps projects, contact the Forests and Grasslands

Resource Assistants Program

The Resource Assistants Program is geared towards current students and recent graduates who want to learn more about Forest Service careers while contributing to the agency’s mission. The program provides a rigorous and immersive paid work and learning experience on Forest Service units with partner organizations designed to prepare the next generation for careers as public lands stewards.

Learn a career, earn a diploma

Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps low-income young people 16 or older learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job.

  • Learn life-changing skills
  • Live and learn in beautiful surroundings
  • Learn trade or conservation-related skills

Related blogs:

Youth Conservation Corps Programs Make a Difference

Employment and Mentoring Opportunities Support Youth and Veteran Programs Across the U.S. 

USDA Marks 50th Anniversary of the Job Corps 

Veterans find training, jobs with the U.S. Forest Service 

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