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Permanent Forest Officer

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Sisters, OR
  • $4,527 - $6,912/mo. USD / Year
  • Salary: $4,527 - $6,912/mo.

Website Oregon Department of Forestry

Opportunity Awaits, Apply Today!

Our Mission – To serve the people of Oregon by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon’s forests to enhance environmental, economic, and community sustainability.

The Benefits of Joining Our Team

Work/life balance, 11 paid holidays a year, flexible work schedules, competitive benefits packages and so much more. Great Benefits Package – watch this video here

You’ll be part of the ODF team that serves our fellow Oregonians relying on regulation and protection of both public and private forest land in our great state of Oregon!​ Click here.

What we are looking for:

ODF is looking for a Permanent Forest Officer to provide leadership for the seasonal workforce and serve as an advanced initial attack Incident Commander and function at a higher ICS level on more complex incidents. These goals and related duties are in the areas of:

  • Relief duty officer and provides operational oversight during supervisor’s absence.
  • Responsible for the administration and enforcement of Oregon’s fire prevention statutes and rules.
  • Serve as the primary operator of the assigned engine, is responsible for engine/crew readiness and leading an assigned crew or crews.
  • Coordinate and/or perform physical labor necessary to suppress and extinguish wildfire.
  • Duties include detection, pre-suppression, prevention, and suppression.
  • Perform routine building and ground maintenance

Minimum Qualifications

Four (4) years in wildland fire suppression


Bachelor’s degree in forestry or closely related natural resources field and one (1) year of wildland fire suppression.


Qualified as Engine Boss Single Resource (ENGB) prior to appointment


  • Successful applicants must take and pass the physical fitness Work Capacity Test at the arduous level.
  • Must obtain the Class B Warden certification within the trial service period.
  • Driver’s License Check – This position requires the operation of a state vehicle for the purpose of conducting official State business. If your license is from outside Oregon, you must submit at least a three-year court/DMV printout.  If you have an Oregon driver’s license, a record check will be conducted on the top candidate to ensure a valid license and acceptable driving record.

Desired Skills:

If you have these skills and attributes, let us know in your application materials! You do not need to have all these qualities to be eligible for this position. We may also use transferable skills, experience, and education to help us decide who will move forward for an interview. Please be specific.

  • Preference will be given for Initial Attack Incident Commander (ICT4) and  Task Force Leader (TFLD) qualifications
  • Working towards Fire Warden Class A
  • Ability to perform in high stress, fast paced emergency situations.
  • Experience with equipment operations such as: heavy and light equipment, heavy and light trucks, motor graders, snowplows, road sweepers.
  • Experience inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Proficient in initial attack
  • Experience enforcing forestry laws, rules, and regulations to the public.
  • Skills in building/maintaining relationships with customers, stakeholders, and the public.
  • Knowledge and skills in Oregon Forest Law administration.
  • Experience providing leadership and training.

How to Apply:

  • Please ensure the work history in your applicant profile is up to date.
  • Current State of Oregon employees – You must apply through your employee Workday account.
  • Cover letter and resume are both required – Failure to submit the required cover letter and resume will remove your application from consideration. The cover letter should be no more than two pages and should describe how you meet the desired skills for this position. Note: Please make sure you attach the required documents in the section titled Resume/CV on the online application.

Additional Details:

  • This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies. This position is represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
  • If you have questions about this position, please contact Hiring Manager: Chris Dayton, 541.480.8026,
  • Agency does not offer visa sponsorship. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security’s Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States.
  • Veterans – If you are an eligible veteran and you meet the qualifications, veterans’ preference points will be added to your score. After you have applied you will be sent a task in your Workday account to provide your veteran documentation at that time. For further information, please see the following website: Veterans Resources.
  • If you need an alternate format to apply, please contact:

ODF is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other class protected by state or federal laws in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring, and employment practices.

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