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Oregon Employment Department: Burns Office Job Listings in Harney County

Harney County Application for Employment: Please follow one of the links below to access the Harney County Application for Employment form. The form is available as a Word or PDF document.

There are many times when the County has Request for Proposals (RFP), employment or other opportunities that need advertisement.   The County will post the documents and/or advertisements here and we encourage the frequent review of this page for the latest opportunities.

Current Opportunities

Posted 3 months ago

Full Time

Days / Hours:              Monday - Friday 37.5 hours per week  

Salary/Benefits:         $85,000.00 annual salary + benefits


Plan, direct and supervise the activities of the Building Codes Division of the Community Development Department including the duties assigned by state law and county ordinance to the Building Official; conduct plan reviews, inspections and building codes enforcement to achieve compliance with applicable state and county adopted structural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and specialty codes required for new construction, and alteration and repairs to existing structures; and work closely with the Planning and Environmental Health programs to ensure that development is in compliance with the county’s development codes.


  • Serve as the Building Official for Harney County, City of Burns and City of Hines with the responsibility for administration, written and oral interpretation and enforcement of the state Building Code.
  • Supervise, plan, and coordinate the inspection activities which include plan reviews, the sale of a range of permits to construction contractors and the general public, inspections, and building codes enforcement to achieve compliance with applicable codes required for new construction, and alteration and repairs to existing structures.
  • Review work of inspection staff; evaluate performance; effectively recommend promotions, transfers, new hires, and terminations to the Community Development Director.
  • Responsible for coordinating and implementing the Building Codes Division programs within Community Development, and with other County departments, other agencies, the development community, and the general public.
  • Respond to inquiries and complaints regarding the application and interpretation of building codes; investigate complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary to resolve complaints.
  • It is important that the Building Official/Inspector is a personable effective communicator who is willing to work with customers.
  • Maintain appropriate building inspection records and compile reports of plan review activities;
  • Schedule and conduct inspections on new and remodeled building construction and repairs for conformance to County structural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and specialty codes; check plans submitted with applications for building permits for compliance with the State Building Code.
  • Consult with homeowners, landowners, builders, architects, and engineers regarding building process.
  • Participate in budget preparation and administration;
  • Discretion is required in applying and developing general goals and policies
  • Employee uses seasoned judgment in choosing and interpreting the numerous guidelines that control the work. As a Building Official, the incumbent has the authority to permit deviations from codes.


  • Knowledge: Advanced knowledge in residential, industrial, and commercial building construction practices and techniques. Inspection practices and procedures. Advanced knowledge in Oregon Revised Statutes, Oregon Administrative Rules, Oregon Specialty Codes, and City and County ordinances that govern building, plumbing and mechanical inspection. Advanced knowledge in structural engineering and design to determine conformance with the appropriate codes. Advanced knowledge in plan review, inspection, and code enforcement procedures. Thorough knowledge of the permitting process in relation to building, plumbing, mechanical, energy, and fire codes.
  • Abilities: Able to develop work unit plans, budgets, and schedules. Able to supervise and direct the work of other inspectors in the program to attain high quality work in an efficient manner. Able to explain code requirements to the general public, employees, boards and commissions, and professionals engaged in the construction industry. Able to read and understand laws, ordinances, blueprints, and construction plans.
  • Able to read and interpret engineering and architectural plans, blueprints, and specifications.
  • Able to inspect materials, construction and installation of structures, plumbing installations, and mechanical systems. Able to properly document findings and requirements and communicate the same to contractors and property owners.
  • Able to communicate effectively with other employees, builders, architects, engineers, public agencies, contractors, vendors, and the public. Able to use good judgment during confrontational or high intensity situations. Able to make decisions independently in accordance with established rules, regulations, and policies. Able to use initiative and judgment in carrying out tasks and responsibilities.
  • Equipment used: Personal computer, telephone, copy machine, fax machine, personal electronic devices and other office equipment, automobile.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, including Microsoft Excel, Outlook, Word, email, and other software applications as required.



  • Education: Possession of ICC building Official certification; OR possess a valid Oregon Building Official Certification and completes a Building Official Orientation class administered by The State of Oregon.
  • Education: Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC) will be a requirement of the position.
  • Certification: Hold and maintain the following inspector certifications:
  • Oregon Residential Structural Inspector (CAS) or ICC Residential Building Inspector (ICC B1) and ICC Residential Mechanical Inspector (ICC M1)
  • Oregon Structural Inspector A-Level (SIA) or ICC Commercial Building Inspector (ICC B2)
  • Oregon Structural Plans Examiner A-Level (PEA) or ICC Building Plans Examiner (ICC B3), or ICC Residential Plans Examiner (ICC R3)
  • Oregon Mechanical Inspector A-Level (MIA) or ICC Commercial Mechanical Inspector (ICC M2)
  • Oregon Residential Plumbing Inspector (CAP) or ICC Residential Plumbing Inspector (P1) and Specialized Plumbing Inspector (SPI).
  • Oregon Residential Electrical Inspector (CAE) or ICC Residential Electrical Inspector (E1) and Specialized Electrical Inspector (SEI).
  • State of Oregon Fire and Life Safety certification or ICC Fire Plans Examiner certification
  • Background: Must pass a pre-employment background check.
  • Ability to handle stressful situations when interacting with the public and/or County employees.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation.


  • Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code Inspector (PI) or ICC Commercial Plumbing Inspector (P2) and/or Oregon Electrical Specialty Code Inspector (EI) or ICC Commercial Electrical Inspector (E2) certifications.
  • As an alternate path to holding certifications at time of hire, possess an Oregon Journeyman Plumbing License (JP) or Oregon General Supervising Electrician (S) with demonstrated experience in commercial, industrial and residential installations with the ability to obtain Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code Inspector (PI) and/or Oregon Electrical Specialty Code Inspector (EI).
    • Five years progressively responsible work experience, building inspection, code administration or enforcement, or construction which includes two years as an Inspector/Plans Examiner with supervisory or management responsibilities, or ten years field experience in construction which includes progressively responsible work experience as a construction superintendent or foreperson with supervisory responsibility, or any satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training which demonstrates the ability to perform the essential function of the position.

Application Closing Date and Time:  December  22, 2023 Obtain an employment application and full job description from Human Resources, by email or call 541-413-3110, The application is also available on the Harney County website under the Human Resource Department.

Harney County is an AA/EEOE.

Job Features

Job CategoryHarney County Planning/Building/GIS Dept

Full Time Days / Hours:              Monday – Friday 37.5 hours per week   Salary/Benefits:       &...

Days / Hours:              Monday - Friday 40 hours per week  

Salary/Benefits:         $17.88 to $23.93 DOE


The Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coordinator is responsible for the development and maintenance of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Plan as well as various other programs as necessary.


  • The PHEP Coordinator assesses public health emergency preparedness educational needs, and plans, develops and implements education/training programs.
  • The PHEP Coordinator has frequent interaction with Emergency Management Services personnel, the hospital, medical providers, law enforcement, fire personnel, pharmacists, veterinarians, coroners and community-based organizations. Coordination with other program directors is essential.
  • The PHEP Coordinator may lead the work of others on various assigned projects and tasks.
  • Coordinates with other agencies, local and regional, on public health preparedness and response activities.
  • Activates Health and Medical Area Command to direct, coordinate, and mobilize health and medical resources, information, and personnel during emergencies and disasters.
  • Ensures timely and accurate submission of Oregon Health Authority Deliverables for fulfillment of Harney County’s obligations under the PHEP Grant Program.
  • Participates in the design of planning exercises to test the efficiency of Public Health emergency preparedness plans.
  • Helps with investigations regarding communicable and infectious disease
  • Conducts human disease surveillance.
  • Develops training materials to educate the public and facilitate compliance with public health emergency preparedness programs.
  • Collects and performs analysis on relevant data necessary for the preparation of various reports
  • Serves as the County’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness representative on the Local Public Health Administrators Group and other related committees and/or organizations.
  • Prepares press releases and articles for submission to the press as directed.
  • Generates written communications as directed in a timely and competent manner.


Mandatory Requirements:

  • Ability to travel out of town and to overnight meetings.
  • Excellent computer and writing skills.
  • Ability to work in teams as well as independently.
  • Strong background in community outreach, organization, and public health.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license.


Application Closing Date and Time: Until filled. Obtain an employment application and full job description from Human Resources, by email or call 541-413-3110, The application is also available on the Harney County website under the Human Resource Department.

Harney County is an AA/EEOE.

Job Features

Job CategoryHarney County Emergency Preparedness

The Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coordinator is responsible for the development and maintenance of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Plan as well as various other programs as nec...

Posted 8 months ago

Bargaining Unit: Represented



Conduct daily operation of the facility ensuring the safety and security of the inmates, staff, and the public. Provide supervision of all inmates; enforces rules and maintain order of the correctional facility and/or courthouse. Complete inmate intake, releases, and inmate work crews in and out of the facility. Compose and processes reports. Communicate professionally with multiple Courts, District Attorney’s, law enforcement, inmates and the public.


In this criminal justice profession the applicant may be perform in stressful and dangerous situations, working rotating 12 hour shifts including nights, weekends, and holidays.  Training will provide the applicant, specialized knowledge in the area of criminal justice. Ensure policies, procedures, Oregon Revised Statues, and Oregon Jail Standards govern the operation of the facility are upheld. Applicant must be able to utilized independent professional judgment when conducting daily operations of the facility; giving direct orders to inmates to maintain the safety and security of the facility, staff, inmates, and the public. Be able to respond to emergencies in the facility and potentially in the community. Conduct inmate transportations for extradition, court proceedings, and medical appointments. Conduct investigations of suspicious activities, incidents or disturbances; prepare reports and respond to emergency medical needs as required.


  • Maintain the safety and security of the facility by supervising adult inmates placed under arrest for presentencing and sentenced inmates.  Controls access to facility; maintain key/equipment accountability and control; Maintain accountability and dispense prescribed medication; conduct security checks; conduct inmate counts; inventories materials and equipment; perform inmate body searches; conduct area searches; control contraband and inmate property; conduct perimeter checks; transport inmates outside facility; conduct emergency drills.
  • Manage inmates by supervising inmate movement; supervises program activities; maintains inmate discipline; reviews and adjusts classification/housing assignments of inmates; uses physical force and restraints.
  • Conduct inmate booking process by confirming arresting agency identification and obtaining appropriate charging documentation; search inmate, remove property, and complete property inventories; confiscates illegal property; seize evidence for arresting agency; completes required questioning; removes restraints and/or cell inmate; completes fingerprinting and photographing; determines pre-classification; determines release status; issues clothing, bedding and hygiene items.
  • Conduct inmate release process by establishing release validity; verify inmates' identification; re-issues personal clothing and property; collect facility property; ensures proper completion of release agreement; collect security fees, and escort from facility.
  • Respond to emergency situations, major and minor disturbances; responds to escape, fire, hostage, or natural disaster.
  • Maintains jail standards by conducting hourly checks; maintain activity schedule; provides three meals daily; provides access to medical, dental and emergency mental health care; ensures due process; maintain proper housing classification of inmates; ensure requested access to legal system; provide laundry exchanges; ensures access for requested religion.
  • Maintain job performance standards by retaining and complying with policies and procedures of the sheriff's office; write reports; read and enforce inmate rules; participate in training to maintain DPSST required standards.
  • Demonstrate reliable work attendance of duties in varying shifts and assignments; perform other related duties as necessary to carry out the objective of the position; Works under supervision of Corporal, Lieutenant/ Jail Commander, Sheriff.


Knowledge and Skills:  Knowledge of corrections practices in a correctional institution; knowledge of criminal law, Federal Statutes and Oregon Revised Statutes for jail operations, and the Oregon Jail Standards; knowledge of arrest, booking and release procedures. Skill in operating booking equipment (fingerprints/photographs); knowledge of use of force procedures and statutes; proficiency in firearms and defensive tactics; maintain valid CPR and First Aid.

Abilities: Requires the ability to carry out the full duties of the position.  Ability to exercise sound professional judgment, without biases.  Ability to operate computer equipment; ability to keep accurate records/files; ability to communicate and gain cooperation of the inmates; ability to manage difficult inmates with patience, firmness, and fairness; ability to use physical force when necessary; ability to respond quickly to emergencies; ability to communicate professionally with the public; ability to endure verbal abuse; ability to operate in emergency situations and stressful conditions; ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in reports; ability to maintain professional working relationships with co-workers, outside agencies, and public, from diverse groups and backgrounds; ability to stand for long periods of time.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Training:  High school graduate or possess GED certificate of high school equivalency required by DPSST. 

Must be able to obtain certification as a corrections deputy by the Oregon Department of Public Standards and Training (DPSST) within one year of employment.

Must be able to obtain and maintain a valid Oregon Driver's License; must have acceptable driving record.

Requires sufficient hand/eye coordination to operate a firearm and other corrections equipment and apparatus; visual acuity necessary for performing necessary functions of the job, ambulatory ability to walk or run to calls for assistance and crime scenes, and the ability to subdue a resistive or combative individual.  Requires speech and auditory abilities to carry on conversations and project voice among large crowds.

Special Requirements:

Age:  Must be at least 21 years of age.

Vision:  Not less than 20/20 in one or both eyes or corrected 20/20 in both eyes.

Physical Abilities:  Applicants must pass a medical exam and physical agility test.

Criminal Record:  Must be free of conviction of a crimes; other than some misdemeanors after four years and minor traffic violation. 

Applications can be obtained at the Harney County Sheriff's Office at 485 N. Court in Burns, or here: Job Openings & Bid Opportunities | Harney County, Oregon (

Job Features

Job CategorySheriffs's Office

Bargaining Unit: Represented SALARY RANGE: TO BE DETERMINED SUMMARY: Conduct daily operation of the facility ensuring the safety and security of the inmates, staff, and the public. Provide supervision...

Harney County Sheriff's Office is looking for Reserve Corrections Deputy Volunteers. Detailed information can be found below. Contact the Harney County Sheriff's Office at 485 North Court Avenue, Burns, OR 97702, (541) 573-6028, for more information.

Job Information

This is a volunteer position with the Harney County Sheriff's Office.

Purpose of Position

Perform duties and maintain custody and surveillance of prisoners confined in the facility. All duties related to operation of the jail and inmates. Does related work as required.

Essential Job Functions

  1. Maintain custody and surveillance of prisoners confined in the facility. Observe and report prisoner behavior and physical condition.
  2. Control prisoner movement within the facility. Supervise and instruct prisoners on work crew and on prisoner program assignments.
  3. Collect evidence and property, interview witnesses, and coordinate inmate disciplinary hearings.
  4. Inspect prisoner's quarters, issue items to inmates, i.e., clothing, personal hygiene items, meals, related utensils, and bedding. Maintain written and computer logs, including medication and care logs, of activities and prepare reports.
  5. Process persons in and out of the facility. Review documents of arrest and commitment. Fingerprint, photograph, and search prisoners. Prepare necessary paperwork and reports.
  6. Maintain jail security, control entry to and movement within the facility, escort and transport and provide security for court appearances, hospital, and other outside detention of prisoners.
  7. Follow all safety rules and procedures for work area.
  8. Performs a variety of administrative support activities within the facility, e.g. telephone, files, computer entry, etc.
  9. Maintain work area by keeping it clean and orderly.

Application Closing Date and Time

This position is considered open until filled. The applicant can apply in person or call the Sheriff's Office at (541) 573-6028 to obtain a faxed or email application.

Job Features

Job CategorySheriffs's Office

Harney County Sheriff's Office is looking for Reserve Corrections Deputy Volunteers.

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