Forest Service lifts hiring pause on non-fire workforce, but plans to only fill ‘highest priority’ vacancies

By Jory Heckman
The Federal News Network
July 1, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Randy Moore

The Forest Service is lifting a temporary hiring pause and bringing on some new hires — but won’t proceed with other job candidates who received tentative job offers, citing budget shortfalls. Forest Service Chief Randy Moore said the agency will move forward with 157 tentative job offers for non-wildland fire positions. These positions, he added, include line officers — administrative personnel such as forest supervisors or district rangers — law enforcement officers, resource assistants and some “hard-to-fill mission-critical positions.” …But beyond these new hires, Moore said remaining applicants who received a tentative job offer won’t receive a final job offer. …The Forest Service’s restricted hiring efforts do not apply to its wildland firefighting workforce. Individuals enrolled in student employment programs will still be converted to permanent Forest Service positions. Moore said the Forest Service will also “immediately resume” internal hiring.

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