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Jobs Oregon/Washington BLM




Two temporary workers at Loon Lake
Loon Lake summer temp help

Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP)

This component of the program need not necessarily be related to academic field of study.

This is a temporary appointment not-to-exceed 1 year or shorter appointments. No restriction on the number of times may be appointed as long as the student continues to meet the definition of a student.

Student may NOT be converted to a career-conditional or career appointment.


  • At this time there are no open STEP announcements. These positions are filled on an as needed basis throughout the year and the specific positions vary. Therefore, if interested please submit your application and it will be referred to a selecting official for consideration as vacancies occur.


  1. Earn leave and holiday benefits.
  2. May be appointed to STEP positions without further competition.
  3. Work experience may be credited toward the 640 hour work requirements for STEP.
  4. NOT eligible for retirement and insurance benefits.
  5. NOT eligible for tuition assistance.


  1. Student must be at least 16 years of age (no maximum age limitation).
  2. Student must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree seeking student.
  3. Student must be U.S. citizen. Lawfully admitted noncitizen may be considered subject to the Bureau's authority to pay noncitizen under the annual appropriations act ban and any agency specific enabling and appropriation statutes.
  4. Student must be enrolled with at least a half-time academic or vocational or technical courseload in an accredited high school, technical or vocational school, 2 or 4 year college or university, graduate or professional school. You must submit a statement from the school indicating what it considers "half-time" to be in quarter or semester hours.
  5. While employed student must continue to maintain acceptable school standing (GPA may not fall below a 2.0), although he/she need not attend school during the summer.
  6. Employment may be part-time or full-time based on what the supervisor is requesting for a particular position. The only limitation is that the student's workload may not interfere with the student's academic schedule.

Work Schedule:

Student, school and BLM will agree on the work schedule. However, work schedule should not interfere with academic schedule. The following options are possible:

  • Part-time work and concurrent school attendance.
  • Full-time work, which may include only summers.
  • A combination of part- and full-time work.

"Breaks in program" are permitted.

How to Apply:

  1. Obtain proof of enrollment as a half-time student. High school students must submit a copy of class schedule or letter from school verifying status. College students must provide a current schedule or college transcript, and a letter verifying enrollment for next term.
  2. Fill out the Student Educational Employment Program Supplemental Sheet (PDF) for the SCEP and STEP programs.
  3. Submit application materials to: Bureau of Land Management, ATTN: Alina Malray (OR953), P.O. Box 2965, Portland, OR 97208; by fax at: (503) 808-6453; or by email at: BLM_OR_SO_953_Mail@blm.gov.

*See specific vacancy announcement for other application requirements, if any.

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