Forest Service Hiring Event - Wildland Firefighters

Release Date: Feb 28, 2024

Contact(s): Tod McKay

Hamilton, MT, February 28 — From March 4-15th, the Bitterroot National Forest (BNF) will be accepting applications for new wildland firefighters (entry-level, permanent positions).  These GS-3/4 positions allow for paid training and travel, competitive pay (including overtime and hazard pay), and federal employee benefits, such as medical and retirement.  Additionally, these positions enable employees to gain experience and knowledge necessary for higher level positions in fire management.  

This unique opportunity allows anyone with no previous experience to begin a career as a permanent employee with the Forest Service.  In the past, firefighter career paths started with a temporary-seasonal position as an entry-level wildland firefighter or dispatcher.  For anyone who may have missed the original hiring timeline for entry-level fire positions or did not hear back about a job offer, this hiring event is another chance to apply for a wildland firefighter or dispatcher position on the BNF.  

The Forest Service will also host an in-person hiring event at the Supervisor’s Office, 1801 N. First Street in Hamilton on March 12th from noon to 7 p.m.  Interested applicants will have the opportunity to meet with recruitment officers and experienced wildland firefighters and learn more about working on a fire crew and how to apply for these positions.

Wildland firefighters are also planning to attend the Ravalli County Career Fair at Hamilton High School on March 13th to meet with Bitterroot Valley high school students interested in working for the Forest Service.      

While it is not necessary to attend an in-person event to apply, it is highly encouraged, so you can meet with hiring officials and learn more about the application process and job requirements.  For additional information contact Matt Young, Deputy Fire Staff Officer at 406-493-4391 or, or visit


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