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Wildland Fire Dispatcher

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Redmond, OR
  • Salary: 2,852.00 - 4,217.00/month

Website State of Oregon Department of Forestry

Do you have wildland fire dispatching experience and if so, are you still looking for seasonal position this summer? If so, good news, the Oregon Department of Forestry is currently hiring.

The Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Mission is – To serve the people of Oregon by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon’s forests to enhance environmental, economic, and community sustainability.

To see what it’s like to be part of ODF’s respectful, inclusive, and professional team, click here.

The Oregon Department of Forestry hires seasonal wildland fire dispatch positions each year. These positions generally work from June through October; however, the duration of the season and job conditions vary by location. Not all locations have vacancies each year. Interviews are projected to be completed by end of May; however, application reviews may begin at any time. For best consideration, apply as soon as possible.

UNDERFILL OPTION: The goal of this recruitment is to fill positions at the Wildland Fire Dispatcher level, however, we encourage candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for Wildland Fire Dispatcher Entry level to apply.  If we are unable to fill the positions at the higher level we will consider underfilling them at the Wildland Fire Dispatcher Entry level until the selected candidate meets the minimum qualifications for the Wildland Fire Dispatcher level.  Minimum qualifications for both the Wildland Fire Dispatcher and Wildland Fire Dispatcher Entry are located in the Qualifications & Desired Attributes Section of this announcement. The salary range for the Wildland Fire Dispatcher Entry is $2,640.00 – $3,501.00.

Redmond Office – The Redmond dispatch position is located within the Central Oregon Interagency dispatch Center (COIDC). The employees are hired by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) to work in the COIDC and are supervised by the ODF Assistant Center Manager, but also receive instruction from the COIDC Center Manager and the other federal Assistant Center Manager. The successful applicant must be prepared to work with multiple supervisors/lead workers. COIDC dispatches for the Prineville/Sisters Unit, of the Central Oregon District (COD) of the ODF, the Prineville BLM, the Ochoco and Deschutes National Forest. COIDC dispatches for approximately for 4.5 million protected acres in a geographical area of 9.5 million acres. COIDC is a busy center that averages about 450 fires a year.  This position usually starts in mid June and ends in October.  If you have any questions please contact Tara Bandor, ODF Assistant Center Manager, at 541-316-7713 or via e-mail at

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Housing Information – Redmond office does not have housing available.

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What will you do:  You will work in an interagency dispatch center initiating and supporting emergency fire suppression efforts by providing for rapid, appropriate response of fire fighting resources, tracking, monitoring, and recording sequences of events and completing associated paperwork. You will carry out communication and coordination efforts between cooperating agencies, which includes other ODF dispatch centers, 911 centers, USFS, BLM and rural fire districts.

For a complete list of duties and working conditions for this opportunity, please click here.

The Department’s highest priority work is a forest fire emergency, this position may be utilized during those emergencies to provide assistance in a variety of ways.  That assistance may be directly aiding the emergency effort in the field or at the Salem headquarters.  It also may be in providing backup to fill in for another position that is being used in direct aid to the emergency, or it may be in performing an essential function in some capacity either within this Program or elsewhere in Salem or in the field.


  • Two (2) years of public contact experience, which included gathering, relaying and providing information to others and evaluating activities or incidents and determining an appropriate course of action. One (1) year of this experience must have included using radio equipment, telephone and/or computer in emergency type environment. NOTE: Two seasons (six months) of wildland fire dispatching will substitute for the one year of experience that included using radio equipment, telephone and/or a computer in an emergency-type environment.
  • Someone at least 18 years of age by time of hire.
  • Experience with the Resource Ordering Status System (ROSS).
  • Experience using two-way radios.
  • Ability to read and interpret maps.
  • Typing at least 35 words per minute.
  • Able to work various shift schedules.
  • Understands the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Understands administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing programs (Microsoft Office Suite), managing files and records.
  • Ability to obtain information from all relevant sources.
  • Accurately enter, transcribe, record, store, or maintain information in written or electronic form in a timely manner with attention to detail.
  • Ability to use computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Clearly communicate both verbally and in writing with internal and external customers including cooperators, landowners, public and fire crews.
  • Ability to make basic decisions in a high stress dispatch office environment and the ability to recognize when to seek guidance from supervisors.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team.
  • Ability to work independently under minimal supervision.
  • Have prior dispatching experience or who have current wildland fire dispatching qualifications. If you have current qualifications, you must submit a copy of your current wildland fire incident qualification card with your application materials to provide proof of your qualifications. Attach this document to the ‘Attachments’ section of your job application.
  • Knowledge of wildland fire terminology and/or prior wildland fire experience.


  • Click on the “Apply” button above and complete the online application.
  • Answer all the supplemental questions.
  • If you require an alternate format in order to complete the employment process, you may call ODF Human Resources at 503-945-7306.


  • This announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates for this position and may be used to fill future vacancies.
  • The employee in this position will be represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and will be subject to all terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement.


This position requires the operation of a State vehicle for the purpose of conducting official State business. An Oregon driving record check will be conducted on the top applicants to ensure a valid license and acceptable driving record. If your license is from outside Oregon, you will be required to provide a three year court/DMV printout for the driving record check process. An unacceptable driving record includes:

  • Conviction of a major traffic offense within the previous 24 months which includes reckless driving, driving under the influence, failing to perform the duties of a driver, criminal driving while suspended or revoked, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, felony hit and run, etc.;
  • Felony revocation of driving privileges or felony or misdemeanor license suspension within the previous 24 months;
  • More than 3 moving traffic violations in the previous 12 months;
  • A careless driving conviction in the previous 12 months;
  • A Class A moving traffic violation in the previous 12 months.


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The Oregon Department of Forestry does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete U.S. Department of Homeland Security form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States.

ODF seeks a workforce that reflects the diversity and values of Oregonians and provides a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment. ODF promotes and supports the value of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Affirmative Action (AA), and diversity.

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