BOISE, Idaho — If you like working in the outdoors, the Boise National Forest is in the process of bringing seasonal employees on board. There is a plan to keep local communities safe from COVID-19, as while some employees are local, many will be arriving from around the country.
The forest relies on seasonal employees to accomplish land stewardship and wildfire response. Those hired will be working as firefighters, timber sale administrators, range conservationists and recreation staff.
“Keeping our employees and communities safe is our first priority," said Boise National Forest Supervisor Tawnya Brummett. “We are working closely with local officials and partners to assess potential risks associated with COVID-19, refine processes as needed to minimize the risk of exposure.
New employees will begin work over the next six weeks. They will be following the most current guidance from the CDC, as well as state and local health and safety professionals to minimize the risk of COVID-19.
"Anybody that gets hired will go through that screen process, and again if they need to be quarantined or self-isolated," said Brian Harris, Boise National Forest spokesperson. "We'll follow all that procedure before they can actually come onto the workforce and engage with other people."
When employees arrive in Idaho, they are required to self-isolate for two weeks. During this period, work assignments will be completed adhering to social distancing guidelines. Current forest employees will have little contact with newly arriving employees and other employee workgroups when possible.
The application period runs until May 6 and you can find their job openings here.