The High Desert ESD provides substitute teaching and educational assistant services for many local school districts including Bend-La Pine Schools, Redmond, Crook County, Sisters, Culver, Powell Butte Charter School, Redmond Proficiency Academy and Seven Peaks School. Additionally, the ESD provides substitute services to area Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE) programs and the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC). We work directly with the High Desert ESD Human Resources Department.

Oregon Health Authority administrative rule 333-019-1030 requires that, by October 18, 2021, all teachers and school staff either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have been granted a medical or religious exception. “Fully vaccinated” is defined as the point in time 14 days after receiving all required doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine (currently two shots of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or one shot of Johnson & Johnson vaccine).  
Upon job offer, and prior to their first day of work, successful candidates will need to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a medical or religious exception.

Thank you for your interest in working as a substitute school employee. All substitutes are required to attend an orientation meeting before they can be employed by HDESD.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 – Registration is closed
Wednesday, February 23, 2022 – 9am – 12pm
Thursday, March 17, 2022 – 9am – 12pm
Tuesday, April 5, 2022 – 9am – 12pm

TO REGISTER (please read ALL steps before proceeding):

  1. An application must be completed on Recruit & Hire:
  2. Once you have completed the online application, you will receive an email confirming your application has been submitted.
  3. After receiving the confirmation email, please contact Jamie Benton, HDREC Secretary, to register for one of the orientations listed above.

A current, valid Oregon teaching license is required to substitute as a teacher.  An application must be in process with TSPC to register for an orientation.

To obtain an Oregon Teaching License, please contact Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission at for more information.
Please note: If TSPC suggests the Restricted Substitute License (they will if you hold a Bachelor’s degree and have not completed a teacher prep program), please complete the Substitute Teacher employment application on Recruit & Hire (link above) and provide a cover letter that details your experience working with kids and why you want to work as a substitute teacher. If approved, HDESD will sponsor the applicant for the Restricted Substitute License and you will receive additional information and instructions to proceed with the license application. Please do not apply for the license before receiving approval from High Desert ESD.

Substitute pay rates for 2021-22
Licensed*:    $195.92/day
Long Term*: $206.80/day
Classified:  $15.00/hour

*For the months of November and December 2021 we are piloting an incentive for licensed substitutes who work 10 or more days in a month to receive a $500 bonus per month.