The Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District employs permanent staff, as well as seasonal positions including forest officers, firefighters, dispatchers and detection specialists.

The following positions are currently open:



Administrative Specialist 2 – Two Positions – Medford/Grants Pass 


Seasonal positions typically fall between May – October, include paid on-the-job training and are flexible for fall school schedules. Applicants must be 18 years or older and hold a valid Oregon driver’s license. All positions close 6/30/22, however interviews are conducted throughout the spring; early application is encouraged. Additional requirements and information specific to the positions are listed in the applications below:

Entry-Level Firefighter – Medford/Grants Pass

Experienced Firefighter – Medford/Grants Pass

Forest Officer – Medford/Grants Pass

Dispatcher – Medford/Grants Pass

Detection Specialist – Medford


The State of Oregon offers a competitive and affordable health and benefits package, including excellent medical, vision and dental coverage, paid holidays off, and personal business leave, as well as paid and accrued vacation leave and sick leave. In addition to standard medical benefits and employee leave, the state also provides additional optional benefits, such as basic life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, deferred compensation savings program, and flexible spending accounts for health care and childcare expenses.

The State of Oregon requires all executive branch employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series or have an approved exception to the requirement due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Successful candidates for this position must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exception prior to their first day of employment. Failure to provide proof of full documentation or receipt of an approved exception will lead to withdrawal of the job offer. For more information, visit our policy listed here.

For local job information, call our Grants Pass Unit office at 541-474-3152 or our Medford Unit office at 541-664-3328.

All jobs are also listed on the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Jobs page.