Job Posting: State Forest Aide

Department of Forestry & Fire Protection

State Forest Aide

$3,157.00 - $3,903.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 10/21/2022

Job Description and Duties

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is recruiting to fill a total of approximately 20 Forestry Aide positions at the following Demonstration State Forests: Boggs Mountain, Jackson, Latour, and Mountain Home. All appointments are temporary and will not become permanent. Students looking for summer jobs, graduate students, or individuals who meet the minimum qualifications are encouraged to apply.

In the fields of forestry, fire prevention, or natural resource management, the Forestry Aide position provides subprofessional assistance and usually works under the supervision of a Registered Professional Forester. Examples of work tasks include, but are not limited to: general timber harvest plan (THP) field preparation work, timber making, cruising, flagging watercourses, pest control, forest engineering, recreation management, campground maintenance, establishing and measuring sample plots, resource surveys, seed processing, and nursery operations. Forestry Aides may also perform facilities, grounds or equipment operations, maintenance and minor repairs. 

It is anticipated that Forestry Aide appointments may last from 3 to 9 months. The Forestry Aide classification is a seasonal class where only temporary appointments are made. In accordance with the California State Constitution, no person may serve in one or more position in state service under a temporary appointment longer than 9 months in 12 consecutive months. For that reason, all time served in temporary appointments for any state agency (for example, CAL FIRE’S Firefighter I) during the 12-consecutive month period will count towards this 9-month maximum.

Working Conditions

The incumbent is required to wear respiratory protection equipment, including self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). The use of such equipment may place a physiological burden on the incumbent that varies with the type of equipment used, the job and workplace conditions in which the equipment is used, and the medical status of the incumbent. As such, California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (CalOSHA) requires that the incumbent be annually medically cleared to be fit-tested for respiratory protection equipment. This clearance process consists of a comprehensive medical evaluation including a review of the incumbent’s medical history, a complete physical examination, and vision, hearing, spirometry, and exercise treadmill tests. Duties involve field work requiring physical performance calling for above-average ability, endurance, and superior condition, including occasional demand for extraordinarily strenuous activities in emergencies, under adverse environmental conditions, and over extended periods of time; requires running, walking, difficult climbing, jumping, twisting, bending and lifting over 25 pounds; and the pace of work is typically set by the emergency.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
State Forest Aide
$3,157.00 - $3,903.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
United States
Job Type:
Non-Tenured, Full Time

Department Information

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is California's fire department and resource management agency. The organization is comprised of nearly 8,000 permanent and seasonal employees. The mission of the Department is to serve and safeguard the people and protect the property and resources of California. CAL FIRE offers well-paying careers and opportunities for advancement.

When you join CAL FIRE, you join a family of employees that function as a team. You will build trust and friendship with your co-workers, as together you respond to emergencies and challenging situations. CAL FIRE provides employees with a variety of career choices and opportunities. CAL FIRE offers well-paying careers and opportunities for advancement. We hope that you will consider a rewarding challenging career with CAL FIRE.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 10/21/2022

Who May Apply

This is a non-testing Classification, therefore, anyone meeting the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification may apply for this position. Individuals in specific programs, such as the Welfare to Work Program, are encouraged to apply and will be given priority according to the applicable Laws and Rules. Please note on your application your current participation in these programs.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Forestry & Fire Protection
Attn: Forestry Aide (DSF) Hiring
135 Ridgway Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Department of Forestry & Fire Protection
Forestry Aide (DSF) Hiring
135 Ridgway Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Other - Authorization to Release Information Form (PO-299). This form may be found at:
  • Other - Forestry Aide - Demonstration State Forests Work Location Form.  This form can be found at:
  • Other - Minimum Qualifications:
    Either I:

    Education: Completion of at least 12 semester units or 18 quarter units from a recognized school or university in forestry or fire science, natural resource management, conservation, or a closely related subject.

    Or II:

    Three months of experience with public or private entities performing subprofessional work in forestry, fire prevention, fire suppression and control, natural resource management, or other related work.

    If you meet the minimum qualifications with education, you must upload a copy of your official or unofficial transcripts. We cannot accept transcripts that are copied and pasted, or missing information.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
California Driver's License is desired but not required


Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Hiring Unit Contact:
Northern Region Hiring Hotline
(707) 576-2963

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator
(916) 894-9584
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Additional Information

For more information on the Demonstration State Forests, please view the following link:

For specific information regarding an individual Demonstration State Forest, please contact:

Boggs Mountain (707) 928-4378
Jackson (707) 964-5674
Soquel (831) 475-8643
Latour (530) 225-2505
Mountain Home (559) 539-2855

Additional Application Information

You must submit a completed State Application (STD. 678), resume, Authorization to Release Information (PO-299), Forestry Aide (DSF) Work Location Form, and any other relevant documents that substantiates you meet the minimum qualifications of the position (e.g. unofficial transcript, copy of degree(s), cover letter, etc.). The minimum qualifications can be found in the Forestry Aide Classification Specifications.

To obtain an Examination / Employment Application Form STD 678, go to the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) website at:

Due to postal service delays, electronic submission of application packages through your CalCareers account is recommended. 

If you submit an electronic application package and need to amend any documents submitted, please only submit the corrected document(s) by mail, and not the entire application package, by the final filing date.

As stated on the application, your original signature certifies that the information entered on your application is true and complete to the best of your knowledge under penalty of perjury. For this reason, application packages will be accepted only by mail, dropped off in person, and electronically through your CalCareers account, and not by FAX or email.

Failure to complete and sign any portion of the required application package may result in disqualification from the hiring process.

Candidates may be selected by resume review. 

If selected, you will be notified by email and/or phone of the interview dates, times, and locations. Interviews and job offers will begin in early January 2023. The start date is usually in May or June, but is flexible depending on school schedules and individual circumstances.

Applicants are highly encouraged to complete a Recruitment Questionnaire, located at:

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail