Updated April 6: Seasonal, youth employment opportunities on NW national forests

A young adult man and a young adult woman wearing gloves and hardhats roll a large cut log segment from a trail

PORTLAND, Ore. — April 6, 2018 —Are you looking to spend your summer outdoors, and get paid doing it? The USDA Forest Service and its youth employment partner, the Northwest Youth Corps, are currently accepting applications for a number of temporary, seasonal, internship, and Americorps youth employment grant-funded positions in the Pacific Northwest.

Youth Conservation Corps: Deschutes National Forest, Ochoco National Forest & Crooked River National Grasslands

Central Oregon Youth Conservation Corps is accepting applications through May 1 from youth ages 15 to 18 for nearly 100 summer jobs on the Deschutes National Forest, Ochoco National Forest, and Crooked River National Grasslands.

A young man wearing gloves, safety glasses, and a hard hat aligns wire fencing between two wooden posts.

A Youth Conservation Corps crew member hangs wire fencing on Willamette National Forest July 30, 2012. USDA Forest Service photo.

The competitive summer program pays $10.75 an hour. Participants work 36 hours a week to conduct hands-on projects in Central Oregon’s beautiful forests and high deserts, including trail building, maintaining fences, piling hazardous fuels, restoring campgrounds, and improving wildlife habitat on National Forest System lands in Central Oregon.

The program runs from June 25th through Aug. 16th. Participants work 9 hours a day Monday through Thursday.

Crews meet daily in Bend, Redmond, Sisters, Prineville, La Pine, Crescent, Madras, and Warm Springs.

“This program is a really good way to get a foot in the door with all kinds of jobs that I didn’t even know existed,” said Kevin Perez, who now works for Wildland Fire and is a two-time graduate of Heart of Oregon’s COYCC summer program.

Applications must be received by May 1st and are available online at www.heartoforegon.org.

For more information, contact Summer Program Coordinator Yancy Wilkenfeldt at (541) 633-7834 or Forest Service YCC Coordinator Paul Smith at (541) 416-6431.

Seasonal employment: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

The Forest Service is accepting applications for several spring and summer seasonal positons on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest April 3-9, 2018.

Positions are available in a variety of fields, including natural resources, timber, fire and dispatch support, recreation, and visitor services. Duty locations include ranger districts in Cle Elum, Naches, Winthop and Tonasket, WA and forest service offices in East Wenatchee, WA and Moses Lake, WA.

Five employees wearing Forest Service uniforms pose inside a

A group of Forest Service employees step into a seasonally-appropriate frame to celebrate “Bat Week” during a youth education event at the Oregon Park Zoo Oct. 28, 2017 in Portland, OR. USDA Forest Service photo.

Applications must be submitted on www.USAJOBS.gov. If you have questions or need more information about a specific position,  contact the ranger district or office where the position is hosted:

  • Cle Elum Ranger District
    (509) 852-1101
  • Methow Valley Ranger District
    (509) 996-4003
  • Tonasket Ranger District
    (509) 486-2186
  • Naches Ranger District
    (509) 653-1401
  • East Wenatchee Dispatch Office
    (509) 884-3473
  • Moses Lake Tanker Base
    (509) 664-9346

More information about temporary employment in the Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Region can be found at www.fs.usda.gov/main/r6/jobs.

Youth Conservation Corps: Umatilla National Forest

The Heppner Ranger District is recruiting four students ages of 15-18 for summer employment in the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC).

A uniformed Forest Service employee stands in the foreground on a paved lot. He appears to be speaking to the group. Three youth crew members are visible behind him.

A Youth Conservation Corps crew, led by a Forest Service employee, prepare to conduct a clean up and maintenance at Gold Creek Pond on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest August 17, 2016. USDA Forest Service photo.

Work may include noxious weed removal, fence removal and construction, trail maintenance, meadow restoration, campground maintenance, slash piling, removal of tubing from tree seedlings, and fireline construction around logged units on the Heppner Ranger District.

Employment period is eight weeks, beginning June 18, 2018. Youth are paid the Oregon minimum wage of $10.25 per hour.  No previous experience is required.

Applications are available through the Forest Service office in Heppner, Ore. and at local high schools, and will be accepted through 2 p.m. on April 16, 2018. The positions will be filled via a random drawing later that day.

For more information, contact the Heppner Ranger District at (541) 676-9187. For more information about the Umatilla National Forest please visit www.fs.usda.gov/umatilla/.

Northwest Youth Corps: Youth Program (all Pacific NW Forests)

Applications are now being accepted for daily and overnight Northwest Youth Corps summer program opportunities on national forests across the Pacific Northwest.

These opportunities area open to students ages 15-18. Many opportunities include daily or weekly transportation to the job or camp site from a nearby town, a chance to earn career certifications and school credit, and an educational stipend after successful completion of a 6-week summer program.

For more information, visit: http://www.nwyouthcorps.org/m/.

Northwest Youth Corps: Young Adult Program (Mt. Hood National Forest)

Northwest Service Corps youth stewardship jobs training opportunities are open to young adults age 19-24. The program is currently accepting applications for a Mount Hood National Forest -based youth crew, May 7– Oct. 5, 2018.

Participants will help meet the Northwest’s highest priority conservation needs – including wildfire reduction, non-native weed eradication, trail building, maintenance, while earning professional certifications needed to become part of the next generation of stewardship leaders.

Crewmembers receive an AmeriCorps living allowance and an education award at the end of their assignment to continue their education or training.

For more information about program eligibility and application guidelines, visit: http://www.nwyouthcorps.org/m/ourprograms/nsc.

Northwest Youth Corps: Conservation Internships (region-wide)

The Northwest Service Corps is also seeking students ages 20-24 who are passionate about natural resources work for 3-10 month spring/summer internships in various conservation and science disciplines with federal agencies throughout the northwest.

Interns perform important field work in exchange for a living allowance and education award towards their continued studies.

Current opportunities include internships in North Bend, Ore. and surrounding counties for the Bureau of Land Management, and in the Willamette Valley for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

More information at : http://www.nwyouthcorps.org/m/ourprograms/ConservationInterns.

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The opportunities listed above are current as of April 2, April 6, 2018.

  • Find updated information or apply for Forest Service temporary and full-time career positions at  www.USAJOBS.gov.
  • Current information about Northwest Youth Corps opportunities at www.nwyouthcorps.org.
  • For more information about temporary and seasonal positions in the Pacific Northwest, including wildland firefighting and scholarship opportunities, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r6/jobs.
  • Students and young adults can find more information about opportunities available through the Pathways federal developmental hiring program, 21st Century Service Corps, Youth Conservation Corps, Job Corps and Resource Assistants programs at https://www.fs.fed.us/working-with-us/opportunities-for-young-people.
A male firefighter wearing a protective yellow Nomex shirt and red helmet is in focus in the foreground, while a similiarly attired female firefighter carrying a radio stands beyond him in the background. Both are surrounded by gear mounted to wildland firefighting trucks.

Firefighters patrol during the Milli Fire August 22, 2017 in Deschutes National Forest near Sisters, OR. USDA Forest Service photo by Andrew R. Mitchell.

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