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Get Outside: The U.S. Forest Service Is Hiring 1,900 Seasonal Staffers

Could this be your new gig?

If you’re seeking a cure for those end-of-summer blues, just think of all the adventure next summer might bring — like perhaps a new job with the U.S. Forest Service, which is currently hiring more than 1,900 seasonal workers for spring and summer 2019.

The agency oversees 154 national forests and 20 national grasslands. Many of the jobs are located in two main regions, with about 1,000 positions available in the Pacific Northwest and 900 positions in the Rocky Mountain Region.

Both areas are known for their beautiful natural scenery and would be ideal places for outdoor enthusiasts to work. The other seven regions are also hiring for some positions.

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Getty Images | Natalie Behring

Many of the available positions are in the categories of fire, timber, recreation, trails, archaeology, hydrology, wildlife, botany, fisheries and customer service. Most of the jobs pay between $11 and $20 per hour and they are full-time roles. Some even come with health benefits.

You can browse available positions here. All applications must be submitted through USAJOBs.gov.

Applications for the Pacific Northwest Region will be accepted from Sept. 17 through Oct. 12. In the Rocky Mountain Region, applications for recreation, fisheries, forestry, engineering and other jobs will be accepted Sept. 14-28, while applications for fire jobs will be accepted Sept. 14-Oct. 12.

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Flickr | Scott Darbey

“Seasonal employment with the Forest Service is a great way to help protect public lands, support local communities and learn new skills,” Dianne Guidry, acting regional forester for the U.S. Forest Service, told Q13 Fox.

“If you’re interested in working with a dedicated team of people who take pride in managing our national forests, we encourage you to consider joining the Forest Service.”

Candidates will be selected in January and begin work in March and May. Would you consider working for the U.S. Forest Service?

[H/t The Penny Hoarder]