Whatever your trade or skill, we’re always looking for talented and dedicated people. We have a variety of different job classifications and opportunities.
Professional Staff Careers & Training
There are more than 600 civilian employees who work in a variety of areas in support of the agency’s mission. At OSP, we have roles in which you can make a difference.
Some of the different types of non-sworn or professional staff positions we may have open for recruiting may include: Operations and Policy Analyst, Telecommunicator/Dispatcher, Information Systems Specialist, Human Resources, Forensic Scientists, Lab Technician, Fingerprint Technician, Administrative Specialist, Deputy State Fire Marshal, Program Analyst, Compliance Specialist, Procurement Specialist, Accounting Technician, Fiscal Analyst, Automotive Technician, Office Specialist, Public Service Representative, Government Auditor, Evidence Technician, Executive Support, Management, and many other career field opportunities.
Most professional staff work at or close to the General Headquarters located in Salem, Oregon. There are also several positions located throughout Oregon in Area Command offices, Forensic Crime Labs, and the Medical Examiner’s Office as a few examples.
Sworn Staff Careers & Training
We're more than a highway patrol. OSP Troopers provide a wide variety of public safety services. From the rural counties to metropolitan freeways, Troopers are trained to do it all. Oregon's geographic diversity calls for a wide variety of duty assignments. Troopers may find themselves conducting enforcement patrols by airplane, pickup, ATV, snowmobile, horseback, an assortment of watercraft from white water rafts to ocean going craft, and of course, standard police cruisers.
OSP has offices located throughout Oregon. Troopers will typically work out of an Area Command or Worksite location. Area Commands are larger offices located in more metropolitan areas. OSU and Capitol Mall are Area Commands that oversee a contract area. They are supervised by a Lieutenant and at least one Sergeant and may have several Troopers assigned to them. Worksites are satellite offices usually located in smaller communities. Worksites are supervised by a Sergeant who is overseen by the local Area Commander and staffed by fewer Troopers than an Area Command.
- Enforcement of all criminal, fish and wildlife, and motor vehicle laws.
- Investigation of crimes, fish and wildlife violations, and motor vehicle accidents.
- Provide police services which are fair and impartial to all citizens.
- Preserve the peace.
- Prevention and detection of crime.
- Coordination of police activities with all criminal justice agencies.
Special career opportunities, in part:
- Aircraft Pilot
- Criminal Detective
- Bomb Technician
- Polygraph Detective
- Arson Investigator
- Honor Guard
- Fish/Wildlife Trooper
- Management positions
- Patrol Trooper
- Homeland Security Detective
- Dignitary Protection
- Tribal Gaming/Lottery Detective
- Mobile Response Team
- Drug Detection K-9's
- Narcotics Detective
The work of a sworn member encompasses everything from traditional patrol duties to highly specialized investigations. Troopers must be prepared to deal with a never ending variety of situations and circumstances. Some examples:
- Respond and investigate all types of cases, in part, domestic incidents, missing children, assaults, burglaries, robberies, and homicides.
- Testify in court and grand jury proceedings.
- Respond to emergencies and disasters and be able to quickly assess the situation and determine the action that should be taken to assist those in need.
- Apply the law to a variety of situations and determine what appropriate action should be taken.
- Operate a motor vehicle in all types of weather.
- Provide general assistance to the public every day and in some cases help disabled motorists, provide directions, explain the law to citizens and counsel students.
- Our work is not limited to what we do but also the manner in which it is done. We value excellent public safety services, and fulfilling our duties with the utmost understanding and empathy to the citizens we serve.
Learn more and become an OSP Trooper.