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New Hires



Welcome to Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). We are so happy to have you join our team.

The information provided here is for you to better understand what to expect on your first day and to help make your first week go smoothly. You might want to start with our Employee Resources Guide; it's got a lot of information about our organization and what it means to work for us.

Starting a new job comes with a bit of anxiety. That’s ok, just roll with it. It also gives you the opportunity to learn and ask a ton of questions. Questions are good.


Things to do to prepare for your first day

Before you start work at OPRD there are a few things you can do to make your first day run smoothly.
First Day Forms
There are some forms that you will complete and submit on your first day. You can choose to get a jumpstart on the process by doing some things ahead of time. If you want to, access the form links below and complete them to the best of your ability and bring with you on your first day. If you don’t want to complete them, a hard copy will be available for you on your first day. Below is a list of the forms:
  • The Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 is a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services form. It is used by an employer to verify an employee's identity and to establish that the worker is eligible to accept employment in the United States. This form will be completed by you and your hiring manager on your first day. You must bring appropriate identification with you for your manager to complete the form. Acceptable forms of identification are listed on p.3 of the I-9 or at this website.
  • State and Federal tax forms allow you to indicate the number of allowances you will claim so we know how much to withhold from your paycheck. There are instructions on the forms and  worksheets to help you determine how many allowances to take.

  • Emergency Contact Form – You need to let us know whom we should contact on your behalf in the case of an emergency. This person should be able to make medical decisions for you and be at least 18 years old.

  • Direct Deposit – complete and submit this form if you would like your paycheck to be electronically deposited into your bank account. Note: direct deposit could take up to a month to setup; take precautions if you have auto payments set up for your bills.

  • Self ID – This form is for you to self-identify your race and ethnicity. It is optional to self-identify, but the form must be submitted whether you answer or not.

What to expect on your first day 

You will be met by your manager or a designated person on your first day. If you work in Salem headquarters, it is likely that you will have your picture taken for the internal employee directory and badge (as applicable), so be photo ready. If you work in a field location, you’ll be issued your uniform on your first day. If you chose to complete the first day forms, remember to bring them with you. Whether you complete the forms ahead of time or not, DON’T FORGET to bring the appropriate identification for the Form I-9 and bank-issued proof of routing and account numbers for direct deposit.

A lot of your first day will be familiarizing yourself to your new surroundings, co-workers and colleagues. Here are some tips to make your first day the best it can be:

  • Ask questions
  • Try to relax and smile
  • Understand that you don’t have to remember everything you learn on that first day
  • Make note of things you want to come back to for further exploration
  • Check out parking ahead of time                     Salem/Portland parking help