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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:

A photo of Elora Hunt of Southeast Youth Corps with the Coppertone Copperheads YCC Camping Crew.

Pathways to Federal Careers

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 USAJOBS.gov.

Work with our Partners 

A photo of AmeriCorps project in partnership with Wilderness Society and KEEN.
AmeriCorps project in partnership with Wilderness Society and KEEN. Photo credit: KEEN Utility

Our partners, including those in the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, 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 21csc.org contact a Forest Service volunteer coordinator.

Youth Conservation Corps

A photo of members of the YCC crew in Angoon Alaska hard at work.
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

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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