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

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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 2019 Society of American Foresters (SAF) National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, October 30 to November 3, 2019.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 October 22 to November 5, 2019 (Merit)

Apply October 28 to November 5, 2019 (Student Interns and Recent Graduates)

2019 Society of American Foresters National Convention

If you are attending 2019 Society of American Foresters National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, 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

Kentucky International Convention Center
Rooms L026-L027
221 S 4th St.
Louisville, KY 40202

  • Thursday, October 31, 2019, 9:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 1, 2019, 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 2, 2019, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m

For More Information

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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.
  • 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.

To learn more about each position use the interactive map…

Tips for Applicants Webinars

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

Webinar Schedule

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - Tips for Job Seekers: Students and Recent Graduates

  • 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. MDT
  • Join the webinar
  • Call-in: 1-888-844-9904; Access Code: 2650892

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - Tips for Job Seekers: Students and Recent Graduates

  • 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 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.

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