Tahoe Fire Hire

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The Fire Hire process is for hiring permanent fire positions and apprentice positions.The Fire Hire process is not for summer temporary positions – see below for more information on Temporary Positions.

In 2014, the Tahoe National Forest will be hiring approximately 5 Wildland Firefighter Apprentice Program positions. For more information, click here.

These Apprentice positions are permanent seasonal:

  • GS-03 and GS-04 level - guaranteed/required 13 pay periods (6 months);
  • GS-05 level- guaranteed/required 18 pay-periods (8 months).

After completion of the Apprentice program, employees will be moved to permanent full time position at the GS-05 level.

The Fire Hire process happens twice a year - once in the spring and once in the fall.  This is the only time hiring occurs at the GS-09 level and below.

As positions are filled during the Fire Hire process, vacant positions are created that may not have been vacant during the outreach process. Hiring officials have the ability to immediately backfill those positions that have been vacated during the fire hiring process This is why you need to apply for any job at any location that you would be willing to accept if offered the job.

Process and timeline

  • November 01, 2013─Outreach begins.
  • January 27, 2014─Application deadline.
    Applica­tions must be submitted through USAJobs. Applicants are encouraged to apply for multiple locations, even if vacancies for certain locations are not listed as vacant, vacancies may occur during the hiring backfill process.
  • March 3, 2014─March 16, 2014-Application evaluation.
  • Subject matter experts will evaluate applicants using a defined set of criteria. Managers need to submit reference checks by this date.
  • March 17-28, 2014─Hiring. Representatives from each Forest will make recommendations for hiring. Applicants selected will be notified by a Forest Service representative by phone. (Applicants not selected will be notified by e-mail.) It is very important for applicants and managers to be available by phone during this week.


  • During the Fire Hire process applications are rated by subject matter experts. In order for you to rate out high you need to make sure your application is complete.
  • You need to describe in detail what your experience history is. Don’t assume people know what you do. If you are only putting one line in your work history you will not rate out very high.
  • You need to list all fire training you have attended, list all fire qualifications, and describe in detail your fire experience.
  • Applicants must attach a copy of their IQSC Master Record or equivalent that will show they meet the IFPM requirements for the job.

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Temporary Positions

  • The Tahoe National Forest will soon be filling TEMPORARY Fire positions. Openings will be available at the GS-03, GS-04 and GS-05 levels. These positions will be available on engines, handcrews, helitack crew, and dispatch. The Tahoe National Forest will begin requesting applications from USA Jobs for TEMPORARY Fire positions as early as Feb 1, 2014 and could continue through June of 2014.
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply early and update their profiles and resumes every 60 days to ensure their application remains active within USAJOBS. Be sure to indicate the city of the Ranger District where you want to work when applying in USA JOBS.

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