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Seasonal Employment Opportunities
General Information
Thank you for your interest in working for the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).
 
Recruitment for seasonal positions will begin early in 2012. Please visit the State of Oregon Jobs Page at www.oregonjobs.org and signup for a Job Interest Card to be notified when job announcements for seasonal positions become available. 
 
Due to budgetary shortfalls, individuals appointed to these positions may be required to take unpaid furlough days during the season.
 
Below is a list of seasonal fire related positions hired annually throughout Oregon. Not all locations have vacancies each year. For locations, please see the Directory of Offices.
 
Forest Officer:  $19.78 – $28.81 hourly
To Qualify: Four (4) years in wildland fire suppression OR Bachelor’s degree in forestry or closely related natural resources field AND one (1) year of wildland fire suppression.
Forest Officer Entry: $16.45 - $22.77 hourly
To Qualify: Two (2) years of natural resource experience in wildland fire suppression.
One 3 to 6 month season is equivalent to 1 year of experience.
 
Wildland  Fire Suppression Specialist: $15.10 - $21.71 hourly
To Qualify: Two (2) years of wildland firefighting experience.
Wildland Fire Suppression Specialist Entry: $12.98- $18.04 hourly
To Qualify: No minimum qualifications.
 
Wildland Fire Dispatcher: $14.03 - $19.78 hourly
To Qualify: Two (2) years of public contact experience, which included gathering, relaying, and providing information to others and evaluating activities or incidents and determining an appropriate course of action. One (1) year of this experience must have included using radio equipment, telephone and/or computer in emergency type environment.
Wildland Fire Dispatcher Entry: $12.11 - $16.45 hourly
To Qualify: No minimum qualifications.
 
Underfill Option:  If we are unable to fill the positions at the higher level, we will consider underfilling them with candidates who meet the minimum qualifications at the entry level.
 
Two 3-6 month seasons are equivalent to the 1 year experience using radio equipment, telephone and/or computer in an emergency environment.
 
Additionally, if you are not a Wildland Fire Dispatcher, as a condition of hire, you will be required to pass a Work Capacity Test (WCT). The WCT is a valid, job-related test that measures an individual’s capacity for arduous work.  The WCT consists of performing a 3-mile hike on level terrain in 45 minutes while carrying a 45-pound backpack.  Prior to an interview, applicants are strongly encouragedto train for arduous level work capacity.  You should begin training at least 4 weeks before you expect to take the test.  Begin training for the test by walking three miles without a pack.  Once this distance can be covered in 45 minutes, gradually begin carrying some weight.  Continue to increase the weight until you can meet the requirements of the test within the allotted time.  Prior to training for the WCT you should consult your physician if you have been inactive; have a history of heart problems; experience chest pain or loss of balance; or have a joint problem that could be made worse by a change in physical activity.
 
Some of our seasonal positions may require a valid drivers license with an acceptable driving record at the time of hire. Additionally, some positions include duties that require the possession of a commercial driver’s license.  If so, pursuant to the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991 and regulations established by the Federal Highway Administration, you will be required to pass a pre-employment controlled substance test as a condition of hire.  If you pass this test and are hired, you will be subject to random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, return-to-duty and follow-up alcohol/controlled substance testing.
 

ODF Regional Offices
Eastern Oregon Area
Northeast Oregon District
611 20th Street
LaGrande OR 97850
541-963-3168
 
Pendleton Unit
1055 Airport Rd
Pendleton OR 97801
541-276-3491
 
Wallowa Unit
802 W Hwy 82
Wallowa OR 97885
541-886-2881
 
Central Oregon District
3501 NE 3rd
PO Box 670
Prineville OR 97754
541-447-5658
 
John Day Unit
400 NW 9th
PO Box 546
John Day OR 97845
541-575-1139
 
The Dalles Unit
3701 W 13th Street 
The Dalles OR 97058
541-296-4626
 
Klamath-Lake District
3200 DeLap Road
Klamath Falls OR 97601
541-883-5681
 
Lakeview Unit
2290 North 4th Street
Lakeview OR 97630
541-947-3311 

Northwest Oregon Area
Forest Grove District
801 Gales Creek Road
Forest Grove OR 97116-1199
503-357-2191
 
Columbia Unit
405 E Street
Columbia City OR 97018
503-397-2636
 
Tillamook District
5005 E Third Street
Tillamook OR 97141-2999
503-842-2545
 
Astoria District
92219 Highway 202
Astoria OR 97103
503-325-5451
 
North Cascade District
22965 North Fork Rd SE
Lyons OR 97358
503-859-2151
 
Molalla Unit District
14995 S Hwy 211
Molalla OR 97038
503-829-2216
 
West Oregon District
24533 Alsea Hwy
Philomath OR 97370
541-929-3266
 
Dallas Unit
825 Oak Villa Rd
Dallas OR 97338
503-623-8146
 
Toledo Unit
763 NW Forestry Rd
Toledo OR 97391
541-336-2273

Southern Oregon Area
Southwest Oregon District
5286 Table Rock Road
Central Point OR 97502
541-664-3328
 
Grants Pass Unit
5375 Monument Drive
Grants Pass OR 97526
541-474-3152
 
Western Lane District
87950 Territorial Hwy
Veneta OR 97487-0157
541-935-2283
 
South Cascade District
3150 Main Street
Springfield OR 97478
541-726-3588
 
Sweet Home Unit
4690 Highway 20
Sweet Home OR 97386
541-367-6108 

Contact
For more information, contact:
 
Oregon Department of Forestry
Human Resources Program
2600 State Street
Salem, OR 97310
503-945-7200
 
Additional contact information for ODF field offices throughout Oregon