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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

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

 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 , read the , and search for jobs with the Forest Service on .

Work with our Partners 

Our partners, including those in the , offer excellent ways to serve the Nation’s public lands and develop a stewardship ethic. The opportunities are available through partnerships we have with:

  • Tribal entities
  • Federal, state, and local governments
  • Private and non-profit sectors
  • Youth and conservation corps
  • Veterans programs 

To find out about more about specific programs, visit  contact a .

Resource Assistants Program

The 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.

Youth Conservation Corps

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

Learn a career, earn a diploma

 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

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