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.USFS Firefighters on scene at Catherine Creek

Now Hiring for the 2023 Season!

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is now hiring for the 2023 season for a range of positions at three different locations on the south side of the Columbia River.

*Note: You must select one or more of these locations when applying to work for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. 

Available positions include specialized positions in fire, recreation, visitor services, and natural resources. 

Application Process: 

1) View a list of available positions in the Columbia River Gorge for the 2023 season.

2) Go to USAJOBS.gov, the Federal Government's official employment site, and create a profile. Once you have created a profile upload your resume.

3) Apply for 2023 Temporary Positions on USAjobs.gov between September 29, 2022 - October 6, 2022 by 8:59 pm Pacific Time. Search for the jobs you would like to apply to by copying the vacancy announcement number listed in the document into the search bar at USAjobs.gov

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 

Application Timeline:

  • September 29, 2022 - The application period opens. 
  • October 6, 2022 Application deadline by 8:59 pm Pacific Time (11:59 pm Eastern Time).  Applications must be complete and submitted prior to this time.
  • December 2022 - Applications will be reviewed, and applicants should expect to be contacted around mid-December to mid-January.
  • April 2023 - Most positions will start in April or May. Positions can last up to six months. Most positions will end in September or October.

About Seasonal Employment with the Forest Service

Visit 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.

Below are general job descriptions for positions we will be hiring for in 2023 (deadline to apply: Oct 6, 2022)

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.