Seasonal/Temporary Jobs and Internships

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area fills several seasonal positions each year for the following spring/summer at the following duty locations: Hood River, Cascade Locks and Bridal Veil, Oregon.

Now Hiring for the 2024 Season!

We're Hiring Permanent Seasonals: Apply starting Oct. 19, 2023

We're Hiring 2024 Temporary Seasonals; Apply through November 13, 2023.

  • The application period is October 26, 2023 - November 13, 2023 by 8:59 pm Pacific Time
  • Positions include
    • Archeology Technician (Apply on USAjobs.gov starting Oct. 26.)
    • Biological Science Technician  (Apply on USAjobs.gov starting Oct. 26.)
    • Forestry Technician - Recreation (Apply on USAjobs.gov starting Oct. 26.)
    • Forestry Technician - Trails  (Apply on USAjobs.gov starting Oct. 26.)
    • Park Rangers  (Apply on USAjobs.gov starting Oct. 26.)
    • Forestry Technicians - Fire Suppression (Apply on USAjobs.gov starting Oct. 26.)
    • Forestry Aids - Fire Suppression (Apply on USAjobs.gov starting Oct. 26.)
    • Wild & Scenic River Ranger - (Apply on USAjobs.gov starting Oct. 26.)

Application Process: 

  1. Create your USAjobs.gov account, upload resume, cover letter, transcripts, and all other supporting documents.
  2. During the application period, search for your desired position (from the above list).
  3. When applying, make sure to click the desired duty location (Hood River, Cascade Locks, Bridal Veil for positions in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic area).
  4. After submission, we will begin contacting and selecting applicants in January 2024.

Help for Applicants:

The Forest Service also has some webinars that cover subjects such as resume writing and tips for applicants. Visit the U.S. Forest Service Hiring & Recruitment Events for upcoming webinars. Also check the Hiring Events Calendar to learn about current opportunities or find upcoming and past webinars to view.

Suggested webinars to help with navigating the application process include:

  • Federal Resume Workshop 
  • Tips for Job Seekers 
  • Navigating USAJOBS.GOV 
  • Eligibilities & Qualifications 

About Seasonal Employment with the Forest Service

USFS Firefighters on scene at Catherine CreekVisit Seasonal Job Opportunities in the Pacific Northwest for information about jobs throughout Oregon and Washington.

Seasonal jobs help the Forest Service achieve our mission by contributing to forest health, resource protection, and fire prevention during the busiest times of the year. 

The Pacific Northwest Region of the Forest Service advertises 1,000+ temporary positions throughout National Forests in Oregon and Washington each year. Usually, this process begins in fall when available jobs are announced on www.usajobs.gov. The hiring process continues over the winter months and most seasonal employees begin their first day of work in spring. These positions will work for up to six months out of the year, however many seasonal employees are rehired year after year.

Types of Seasonal Positions

Firefighting Jobs

Seasonal jobs in wildland firefighting at the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area are physically demanding jobs usually performed in primitive, backcountry conditions. Visit our Wildland Firefighting Program page for details about working as a wildland firefighter. 

Typical job titles to search for wildland firefighting positions are below. You may also search by duty stations "Cascade Locks" and "Hood River":

  • Forestry Aid (Fire) - Would be an entry level hand crew or engine crew positions at the GS-02 level (which means 3 months of prior general experience doing some form of labor)
  • Forestry Aid (Fire Suppression) - GS-03 hand crew or engine crew positions which require at least 6 months of general work experience doing labor and/or educational requirements
  • Forestry Technician (Fire Suppression) - GS-04 level hand crew or engine crew positions
  • Forestry Technician (Fire Suppression) - GS-05 level hand crew or engine crew positions

Recreation Jobs

Developed Recreation Technicians provide vital support for our developed recreation sites, cleaning facilities, mowing and weed-whacking, collecting recreation fees, and performing other small maintenance projects (painting, restroom upkeep, posting signs). Must work weekends and wear a Forest Service uniform daily. 

  • Search suggestions: "Forestry Technician (Recreation)" under keywords OR "Cascade Locks" and "Hood River" under duty stations. Usually listed as a GS-04 or GS-05.

Trail Crew Members maintain our trails, working in all types of weather conditions, and hiking up to 15 miles per day. Periodically, they may camp overnight. Applicants should be able to operate a variety of hand, electric and gas-powered tools. Duty station is Cascade Locks. 

  • Search suggestions: "Forestry Technician (Trails)" under keywords OR search by duty station. Usually listed as a GS-04 or GS-05.

Park Rangers enhance visitor experience and connect people to the land. Duties include customer service, visitor education, routine trail and site maintenance, and emergency incident response. Must work weekends and wear a Forest Service uniform daily. Duty stations include Multnomah Falls and Hood River, Oregon. 

  • Search suggestions: "Park Ranger" or "Visitor Information" under keywords or search by duty station.
    • GS-04 at Multnomah Falls
    • GS-04 in Hood River

River Ranger enhances user river experience by patrolling river corridors and initiating public contacts in the field. Additional duties include communication with outfitter guides to ensure compliance with guiding permits, assist agency law enforcement and provide visitor education. Applicants must have well-developed river floating skills including navigation, rescue and safety. Duty station is Hood River.

  • Search suggestions: Forestry Technician (River Ranger) OR Forestry Technician OR River Ranger - read duty description carefully to determine if it is a river ranger position listed under Forestry Technician. Usually listed as GS 05.

Maintenance Mechanic Helper serves as maintenance mechanic helper performing simple and routine tasks. Assists journeyman in the trades such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical and painting by performing basic tasks incidental to the trades.

  • Search suggestions: Maintenance Mechanic Helper. Usually listed as GS-05.

Natural Resources Jobs

Biological Science Technician helps the Scenic Area's Natural Resources and Planning team. Duties are primarily field work such as wildlife surveys, riparian and road assessments, stream temperature monitoring, and planting and watering at restoration sites with some office work and data organizational duties. 

  • Suggested search: Biological Science Technician (Natural Resources) OR "Hood River" duty station. Typically listed as a GS-05.