Firefighting crew
A U.S. Forest Service firefighting crew in Southern California. Courtesy of the service

Hundreds of temporary positions need to be filled by the U.S. Forest Service for work in the San Bernardino National Forest and elsewhere in California, and applications are being accepted starting next week, federal officials announced Friday.

According to the USFS, jobs will be available in 2020 at the Idyllwild, Lytle Creek, Big Bear and San Bernardino stations. The listings will go up Monday on

“The Forest Service was established on the principle of managing the nation’s natural resources `for the greatest good, for the greatest number, for the longest time,'” said Randy Moore, forester for the agency’s Pacific Southwest Regional Office. “Forest Service employees believe in service, interdependence, conservation, diversity and safety. If you’re interested in helping us care for our nation’s public lands and serve local communities, I encourage you to consider joining the Forest Service.”

Across the entire 20 million-acre USFS jurisdiction in California, more than 1,500 jobs are vacant, officials said.

Open positions include botanists, recreational services workers, timber cutters, firefighters, technicians, archaeologists and visitor center representatives. The duration of the jobs span a few months to most of the year.

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