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Hiring at the Annual Society of American Foresters (SAF) Conventions

Forest Service at 2018 Society of American Foresters National Convention. Four images: mountain, young women wearing hardhats, and a forest with the moon setting in the background.

Start your career with the Forest Service and leave your legacy on nature for future generations! The Forest Service will hold a hiring event at the 2018 Society of American Foresters (SAF) National Convention in Portland, Oregon, October 3 - 7, 2018.The Forest Service is hiring student interns and recent graduates through the Pathways programs. These paid career opportunities lead to permanent jobs upon successful completion of the program.

All applications must be submitted on

Apply September 25 to October 12, 2018 (Merit)

Apply September 28 to October 12, 2018 (Student Interns and Recent Graduates)

2018 Society of American Foresters National Convention

If you are attending 2018 Society of American Foresters National Convention in Portland, Oregon, a computer lab will be available to support students and recent graduates with the application process. Forest Service employees will be available to answer questions and provide support. Convention registration is not required to apply at the computer lab.

Computer Lab Information

Oregon Convention Center, Room D136
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97232

  • Thursday, October 4, 2018, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Friday, October 5, 2018, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

For More Information

See more information about the hiring programs including maps of the locations of the positions.

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Tips for Applicants Webinars

Join a webinar to learn more about these jobs and details on how to apply.

Webinar Schedule

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - Tips for Job Seekers: Students and Recent Graduates

  • 1:00 p.m. - 2: 00 p.m. MDT
  • Join the webinar
  • Call-in: 1-888-844-9904; Access Code: 2650892

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - Tips for Job Seekers: Students and Recent Graduates

  • 5:00 p.m. - 6: 00 p.m. MDT
  • Join the webinar
  • Call-in: 1-888-844-9904; Access Code: 2650892

Helpful Information to Join the Webinar

    1. Select “Enter Room”.
    2. Type your name into the “name” box.
    3. Keep “Enter as a Guest” selected.
    4. Dial in to the teleconference for audio or listen through your computer or mobile device.
    5. Adobe Connect Accessibility Features including keyboard shortcuts.

Available Positions

  • Natural Resource Specialists are responsible for monitoring and reducing the impacts caused by forest visitors and other influences. Duties can include developing, overseeing and maintaining popular recreation facilities such as trails, campgrounds and picnic areas; reducing the spread of invasive species; and issuing special use permits.
  • Foresters work outdoors and are experts in managing growth of different types of trees and other vegetation. They are skilled in planting, removing or caring for trees, while considering how a forest may develop over long time frames. From planting seedlings to inspecting a contractor’s work, foresters provide the technical and professional expertise for evaluating the health of our forests.
  • NEPA Planners provide expertise regarding compliance with environmental laws, such as the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and National Forest Management Act (NFMA). NEPA Planners also prepare comprehensive environmental assessments and environmental impact statements for review by the public and decision makers. A key role for a NEPA Planner is to make sure decisions are consistent with laws, regulations, and Forest Service policies. They lead interdisciplinary resource specialist teams involving a variety of resources such as land, air water, timber, recreation, wildlife, fisheries and other special management/use areas. They conduct project monitoring to assure forest plan objectives are being met. NEPA Planners engage with the public through speaking engagements and field trips.
  • Biological Scientists work outdoors conducting research by identifying, preserving and collecting data on the different types and sizes of trees, plants, insects and animals. Data is then analyzed and used to help make policy decisions. Biological scientists use maps, compasses, data recorders and other tools to conduct research.
  • Geospatial Systems specialists use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and geospatial technology to analyze and identify the geographic location of features and boundaries for use in management of National Forest lands. Geospatial system specialists make sure maps are accurate for public use, research, natural resources management and responding to emergency incidents such as wildfires.
  • Forestry technicians work almost entirely outdoors in physically demanding conditions in different types of weather, evaluating forest conditions and preparing timber to be cut and sold. Their tasks include data collection, inventory, tree planting, pruning, thinning and cutting trees. They also perform inspections of areas where trees were cut or planted and prepare written reports of the final inspection. This commonly includes specialties such as timber sale preparation, timber stand improvement, and timber sale administration.

The USDA is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202)720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.