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  • "Great people and fun to meet the people camping and enjoying the national forest and national parks.(in 85 reviews)
  • "great benefits and great 401k(in 61 reviews)
  • "Good work/life balance(in 18 reviews)
  • "Good opportunities to move up.(in 17 reviews)
  • "coworkers are great(in 16 reviews)
  • "Low pay and you only become a firefighter when you die(in 71 reviews)
  • "Long hours and travel requirements(in 26 reviews)
  • "Hostile Work Environment: The agency is extremely cliquey; it pays poorly and employees are under chronic stress due to ongoing poor management and budget turmoil.(in 23 reviews)
  • "Poor leadership.(in 17 reviews)
  • "Upper management is crippled by political influences and those hired to make decisions are incapable of thinking like a business person.(in 9 reviews)

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Updated Sep 25, 2023

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    1. 4.0
      Nov 6, 2015
      Forestry Technician (Fuels)
      Current Employee, less than 1 year
      Challis, ID
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook


      I love working with the US Forest Service as I get to work outside everyday and I feel like I'm making a difference in our national forests.


      Pay is very low and jobs are very competitive. There is also a lot of red tape at times which can make things difficult to get done.

      1. 5.0
        May 19, 2015
        Wildland Firefighter; Module Leader
        Former Employee, more than 3 years
        Houston, TX
        CEO Approval
        Business Outlook


        You get to travel to different states when assigned to fires and you also get to see great views. You also get to meet great people.


        The pay isnt great and you only get to do the job for about 6 to 8 months depending on how the season goes

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