Career Pathways and Resources

Find Your Career Pathway

Discover Your Forest wants every student to be prepared for their career in Natural Resources. Each year we partner with the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forest and other organizations to host the Central Oregon National Resources Career Field Day, USAJOBS Workshops, and more! The goal is for youth to connect with the U.S. Forest Service, State and National Parks, BLM, Heart of Oregon Corps, Central Oregon Youth Conservation Corps, Children’s Forest of Central Oregon, Bend Parks and Rec, and others to get a hands-on approach to navigating pathways to careers in Natural Resources. Learn what it takes to thrive in the career from industry experts and participate in a number of skills-based workshops, trainings, and lectures. We want you to succeed!

Training Opportunities

USAJOBS Workshops
In 2018, partners will host four USAJOBS workshops to help support and guide youth to completing applications during the Forest Service seasonal application windows for the 2019 season.
Non-Fire seasonal jobs application window = Sept 17 – Sept 30
Fire seasonal jobs application window = Sept 17 – Oct 1

Check back for more details about specific locations and times.

Women in Wildfire Boot Camp
Vale BLM sponsoring Women in Wildland Fire Boot Camp

VALE, Ore. – The Vale District of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is committed to keeping public landscapes healthy and productive and is offering paid training for women interested in a career in wildland fire management.

In addition to controlling and suppressing wildfires that threaten communities and natural resources, wildland firefighters play a key role in using fire strategically to manage sustainable, working public lands.
Upon completion of the Women in Wildland Fire Boot Camp, participants will have fulfilled several key entry-level training requirements for seasonal employment by federal agencies or private contractors. Training is a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on field exercises ranging from firefighting techniques, tools and equipment to communications and

Applications will be accepted through Sept. 14 and selections will be made by Sept. 21. The boot camp will be held near Juntura, Ore., over two consecutive weekends, October 19-21 and October 26-28. Students will be paid for their time at camp, Application deadline is September 14th. Selections will be made by September 21st. Students will be paid $12.74 per hour for training time. Training materials, personal protective equipment and meals will be provided.

Click here for complete application.

Or, the complete outreach notice and application can be requested by calling 541-473-6297 or emailing

For more information, contact Cassandra Fleckenstein at 541-473-6295.

Career Exploration Fairs

Central Oregon Natural Resources Career Field Day

This event usually takes place in Spring. Check back for more details as the 2019 event gets closer

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