Fire and Aviation Employment Opportunities

East Fork Fire 2006The Forest Service workforce reaches its highest numbers during the peak fire season each summer. There are many kinds of schedules available to work.

*Note: Individuals who want to be seasonal firefighters need to think about wildland fire in January. That's when most applications are due.

Places to look

What do I need to know about working Fire?

Seasonal jobs in firefighting include working on a local unit handcrew, on a helitack/helirappeling crew, a Hot Shot Crew, as a smokejumper, or on an engine crew. Remember, these are tough jobs usually performed in primitive, backcountry conditions. In addition to specific requirements for each kind of job, it is essential that firefighter be in top physical condition for this demanding work.

Employees and prospective employees must pass the Work Capacity Test annually before working on the fireline. The Forest Service will provide you Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) clothing, hardhat and fire shelter, but you must provide your own lug soled, leather eight-inch topped boots. The Forest Service also provides training in many specialty fields.

US Forest Service Fire Recruitment Video