PENDLETON — The Umatilla National Forest will be accepting applications for numerous permanent fire positions until Aug. 28. Positions are available at multiple skill and qualification levels ranging from entry level firefighter positions to assistant fire management officers.

The Forest is looking for committed, hardworking, highly skilled applicants to suppress wildfire and work in fuels management. The fire and aviation program is rewarding and requires working safely as a team in a variety of specialized positions including engine crews, handcrews and assistant fire management officers. 

Applicants interested in these jobs should apply through All applicants who have applied to the announcements on or before the listed cutoff date, and are found to be qualified and in the quality group, will be referred for consideration to the selecting officials by early November 2019. The Forest Service is using a centralized fire hire process where most positions across the nation will be filled using the same vacancy announcement numbers.

Representatives from each Forest in Oregon and Washington will meet in early November and make recommendations for selections on their own units. During the permanent fire hiring event, positions that are vacated will be immediately eligible to backfill. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to apply for any position and duty station they may be interested in, whether or not the position is listed as vacant. 

The Umatilla National Forest permanent fire outreach is available at All applicants interested in applying for a position on the Umatilla National Forest should select one of the following duty stations on their application:

• Oregon: Pendleton, Heppner, or Ukiah

• Washington: Pomeroy or Walla Walla

For more information about the Umatilla National Forest’s permanent fire hiring process, visit or contact a local National Forst office:

• Supervisor’s Office, 541-278-3716

• North Fork John Day Ranger District, 541-427-3231

• Heppner Ranger District, 541-676-9187

• Walla Walla Ranger District, 509-522-6290

• Pomeroy Ranger District, 509-843-1891

The Forest Service is an equal opportunity employer. The mission of the Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

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