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 Wildlife crew plants new vegetation along Paulina CreekA career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation’s most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies. It’s an awesome responsibility – but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

You can experience the beautiful scenery of central Oregon first-hand while working in a seasonal temporary position for the Deschutes or Ochoco National Forests. Most of the positions offered are field-going, but some include office work with maps, computer data entry, or planning and supervisory functions. Work locations are predominantly on Ranger Districts, but a few are located in the Supervisor's Office (Headquarters) or at the Redmond Air Center.

In your off-hours, you may be enticed to fish one of our spectacular rivers or lakes or hike on our scenic trails. The area also hosts one of the finest examples of obsidian flow in the world and is internationally known for the largest variety of volcanic formations in the lower 48 states. Central Oregon is a great place to live and work!

Position Types

  • Student Employment Jobs for students from high school through graduate level. See the Opportunities for Young People section of the Forest Service website.

  • Temporary Seasonal Employee 

  • Permanent Jobs

    • ​Fire Hire is accepting applications on USAjobs.gov until October 15, 2018. Fire Hire is the Forest Service process for hiring the majority of our permanent fire management positions at the GS-3 through GS-9 grade level.  The fire and aviation program is very rewarding and requires working safely as part of a team in a variety of specialized positions, including dispatch, engine crews, fuels technicians, handcrews, helitack, hotshot crews, smokejumpers, and prevention.  Visit our Regional Fire Hire page for more information. 

    • All permanent jobs are posted on USAjobs.gov

  • Join our Central Oregon Youth Conservation CrewYouth Conservation Corps - From eight to ten weeks each summer high school age youth join Heart of Oregon Corps teams on the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests. Coming from communities throughout central Oregon, boys and girls ages 16 to 18 maintain wilderness trails, construct boat docks and build fire trails. Students can earn up to one high school science credit in their local high school for participation in this special summer program.


  • Advertisement for 2022 YCC Crew Leader positionsYouth Conservation Corps Crew Leader - Heart of Oregon Corps is hiring summer crew leaders who have a passion for empowering and inspiring positive change in the lives of young people, and are able to work outdoors on national forests for 4 ten-hour days each week. Crew leaders work with a group of 5 youth and US Forest Service specialists on conservation projects across the Deschutes National Forest. COYCC is our 8-week, conservation based program for a diverse group of 16-18 year old Central Oregonians. Crew leaders receive a week of extensive training with HOC and the USFS, earning S-212 saw certification, USFS driver training, and more.


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