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Areas of Opportunity
Wildland Fire Protection
Agency Business and Careers
One way to look at the various programs and operations of the Department of Forestry is as a series of interwoven businesses all working toward the goal of providing stewardship for Oregon's forests. An overview of each "business" looks like this:

Protection from Fire
The goal of the Department's largest program, Protection from Fire, is to devise and use environmentally sound and economically efficient strategies which minimize the total cost to protect Oregon's timber and other forest values from loss caused by wildland fire.

Forest Practices
The Forest Practices Program works to assure the continuous growing and harvesting of forest tree species and maintenance of forest land for forest purposes are the primary uses of privately owned forest lands. The program also assures that forest practices are consistent with sound management of soil, air, water, fish and wildlife resources.

Forestry Assistance
This program provides technical and financial assistance to help mitigate Oregon's future timber supply shortage while it promotes forest health, enhances and protects critical natural resource values such as fish and wildlife habitat, soils, air, water, recreation and aesthetics on nonfederal forest land. The Urban and Community Forestry Program provides leadership and technical services that support the stewardship of Oregon's urban and community forests, and foster public awareness of the contributions urban forests make to the quality of life, the environmental and economic well-being of Oregon's cities.

State Forest Management
The State Forest Program manages 786,000 acres of state-owned forest land in Oregon. The forests are managed in a stewardship manner to generate revenue for county governments and local taxing districts (Board of Forestry Lands), and for the Common School Fund (Common School Forest Lands).

The D.L. Phipps State Forest Nursery promotes successful reforestation of Oregon's forest lands by providing a stable source of well adapted high quality seedlings. The nursery is coupled with the department's tree improvement program, which produces high quality forest tree seed from the Schroeder Forest Tree Seed Orchard near St. Paul, Oregon.

Agency Administration
Administration has three primary components: Agency Management which, in concert with the Board of Forestry, provides leadership and policy direction to the State of Oregon and the department on all matters pertaining to forestry in Oregon; Resource Policy which furnishes technical planning support and public information on forestry issues to other divisions of the department and other state, federal and local agencies; and Administrative Services, which is comprised of human resources, support services, finance and computer services.

If you have any questions, please contact the human resource office at odfjobs@odf.state.or.us or 503-945-7200.

Entry Level Positions
Wildland Fire Suppression Specialist
The Wildland Fire Suppression Specialist performs initial attack on wildland fires and assists with forest fire preparedness and prevention activities. 

Forest Management Technician
The Forest Management Technician performs a variety of labor intensive technical activities within well defined guidelines in support of the State Forest Lands Management program. 
This work experience will assist applicants in meeting the minimum qualifications for the Natural Resource Specialist Series.

Natural Resources Specialist 1
The Natural Resource Specialist 1 performs a variety of duties for a State program directly related to the conservation, management, protection, or utilization of natural resources. 
This work experience will assist applicants in meeting the minimum qualifications for the other Natural Resource Specialist classes.

Professional Level Positions
Natural Resources Specialist 2
The Natural Resource Specialist 2 coordinates and oversees a variety of projects or activities, or does research or investigations.
This work experience will assist applicants in meeting the minimum qualifications for the Natural Resource Specialist classes as well as some management classes.

Natural Resources Specialist 3
The Natural Resource Specialist 3 reviews and evaluates documents or data, solves difficult natural resource oriented problems, conducts complex research or compliance investigations and inspections, or coordinates project activities.
This work experience will assist applicants in meeting the minimum qualifications for the Management Service Classes.

Management Service Positions
Forest Manager 1
Positions in the Forest Manager 1 classification may supervise a unit that oversees one or two programs such as reforestation, recreation, Private Forests or State Forests.

Forest Manager 2
The Forest Manager 2 works under the direction of the District Forester, supervising a unit within a district of the Department of Forestry which administers several agency programs.

Office Assistant 1
The Office Assistant 1 performs a variety of routine clerical/secretarial tasks in direct support of agency programs and operations. The work performed requires a basic knowledge of agency operations, which can be learned on the job.

Office Specialist 1
The Office Specialist 1 performs secretarial, general office, record processing, or production typing work in support of agency programs or operations to relieve a superior of clerical details. The work performed requires a general knowledge of agency operations.
This is the third level of a four-level series.
The Office Specialist 1 is distinguished from the Office Assistant 2 by the increased responsibility for performing a wide variety of secretarial, general office, and record processing activities. At this level employees determine the work methods and procedures used to complete assignments.

Office Specialist 2
The Office Specialist 2 provides a wide variety of secretarial, technical, or minor administrative related tasks in support of an agency program or operation. In addition to a general knowledge of agency operations, the work performed requires knowledge specific to at least one agency program or operation.
The Office Specialist 2 is distinguished from the Office Specialist 1 by the administrative/technical assignments which involve different and unrelated processes and methods. Work consists of a variety of duties which differ in nature and sequence because of the particular characteristics of each transaction, case, or assignment.

Executive Support Specialist 2
The Executive Support Specialist 2 provides confidential administrative support and performs or coordinates secretarial work for top level agency management positions. Some employees in this class may supervise the work of clerical employees who provide secretarial and related support in the offices of top level managers.

Accounting Technician 2
 The Accounting Technician 2 maintains accounting records including coding transactions, checking them for propriety, balancing, and resolving discrepancies in computer edits.

Accounting Technician 3
The Accounting Technician 3 maintains specialized accounting record systems including resolving errors, balancing accounts and records, and preparing reports. Helps lower level accounting staff solve technical problems.

Accountant 1
The Accountant 1 examines, accounts for, reconciles, analyzes and interprets standard accounting data and records. This is the first of a four level professional series. Work of limited complexity (i.e., relatively small number of fund types, revenue sources, cost centers and cost allocations) distinguish this class from the next higher level. Additionally, positions typically operate within existing accounting systems and within existing policies and procedures.

Information Systems
The Information Systems Specialist (ISS) classification series has multiple levels that describe technical and professional non-supervisory positions working in Information Systems. The work in this series includes responsibility for planning, coordination, analysis and technical support functions. Positions solve problems and accomplish work processes through information systems and technology.

Informations Systems Specialist 3
The Information Systems Specialist 3 provides specialized support for one or two Infrastructure Functions (communications, software, hardware, or data). The ISS3 operates, maintains, and installs systems, designs and constructs, or assists with constructing new systems or modifying and enhancing existing systems, and helps users do their work and solve system problems. This is the Advanced Technical or Professional Entry level for the series.

Informations Systems Specialist 4
The Information Systems Specialist 4 operates, maintains, and installs information systems, designs and constructs new software systems, or modifies and enhances existing systems, and helps users accomplish work and solve system problems. The Information Systems Specialist 4 is either a Specialist in Software or a Generalist. This is the Journey Professional level for the series.

Informations Systems Specialist 5
The Information Systems Specialist 5 provides analytical and technical support for operating, maintaining, and installing information systems, designs and constructs new systems, or modifies and enhances existing systems. The Information Systems Specialist 5 provides technical consultation and training to users, technical assistance and coordination to IS support staff, leads projects as assigned, and participates in strategic planning. This is the Seasoned Professional level for the series.

Public Information Representative 2
The Public Information Representative 2 develops and coordinates a department or division public information policy and program. Additionally, the Public Information Representative 2 advises administrators and management staff regarding public information policy and procedures.

Communications Systems Analyst 1
  The Communications Systems Analyst 1 employs a general knowledge of electronic theory and practice to assist journey-level staff in the installation, de-installation, and maintenance of mobile and fixed-station communications equipment. The communications work is typically performed either at a central shop or at remote communications sites located throughout the state. Employees in this class, although at a sub-journey level, work on technically complex equipment with increasing independence as they become more proficient.

Communications Systems Analyst 2
The Communications Systems Analyst 2 employs an extensive knowledge of electronics theory and practice while performing highly scientific and engineering-related tasks which include analyzing, developing, and implementing solutions for the installation, maintenance, repair, modification, and calibration of a wide variety of communications equipment that constitute the statewide communications network. This equipment includes point-to-point microwave systems; telephone and data transmission systems; vehicular and portable radio systems; and fixed station VHF and UHF equipment. Assignments include emergency responses to independently analyze, repair, or devise a temporary solution to restore communications service.

Labor, Maintenance & Trades
Equipment Operator
The Equipment Operator operates and completes basic maintenance on trucks such as tractor trailers, tractor and lowboy, snowplows, bridge inspection cranes, and dump trucks in construction and maintenance work, or large-scale merchandise of product delivery. These positions may also operate heavy excavation equipment to build or repaid roads, dig trenches for utilities, correct grade for foundation work, or load gravel.