Boise National Forest Wildland Firefighter Emergency Hiring

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Job opportunities to jumpstart your fire career with the U.S. Forest Service

The purpose of this Recruitment Outreach Notice is to inform interested candidates that the Boise National Forest will be recruiting and hiring personnel looking to pursue a career in wildland fire management.


Employment Dates:

  • May - October

Interested candidates must submit the Outreach Notice Form and a Resume to the following email address no later than April 21, 2019.





Purpose of the Boise National Forest Wildland Fire Career Development Training Program

The Program manages a Type 2 IA Handcrew and a Type 4 Wildland Fire Engine, providing work experience opportunities for a diverse population to learn and work in fire suppression and logistical support roles. Employees will develop knowledge through classroom instructed suppression courses and field exercises.              

Experience will be gained in fire suppression, prescribed fire, and natural resource management guided by highly skilled Boise National Forest Fire Personnel. By the end of the fire season, personnel should have gained the knowledge, skills and abilities to be competitive when applying for temporary seasonal firefighting positions and/or the Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Program.


About the Positions

Title: Wildland Firefighter Type 2

Pay Plan: $18.64 hourly

Duty Location: Boise Idaho – Extended periods of travel are anticipated.

Housing: No government quarters are available

Requirement:  Must be 18 years old to be considered.



This position serves as a crew member on a 20 person Type 2 Initial Attack Wildland Fire Crew or on a Type 4 Wildland Fire Engine. Personnel may rotate through both of the modules to gain a variety of experience.

The primary purpose of this position is to perform work as a Wildland Firefighter. The position will perform work directly related to wildfire suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring and hazardous fuels reduction. Other Forest Management projects could be possible, as well as performing other duties as assigned based on Forest priorities.

The incumbent performs assignments as a wildland firefighter in developing a working knowledge of fire suppression and fuels management techniques, practices and terminology. Serves as a crewmember assisting in prescribed fires for hazardous fuel reduction and wildlife habitat improvement.

Chops brush, fells small trees, and moves dirt to construct fireline using various hand tools such as axes, shovels, Pulaski’s, McLeod’s, and may use power tools including chainsaws and portable pumps to control the spread of wildland fire and/or to prepare control lines before prescribed fire activities.

Cleans, reconditions, and stores fire tools and equipment. May assist trained personnel in more specialized assignments such as backfire and burnout, mobile and stationary engine attack. Participates in fire and safety training in the techniques, practices, and methods of fire suppression and in the safe, efficient operation and use of tools, equipment and vehicles used in fireline activities. Participates in crew proficiency checks and drills. Participates in safety sessions and After Action Reviews (AAR). Ensures own and others' welfare and safety in all aspects of the assignments.


Work Schedule

Wildland firefighters are often away from home, without days off, for 14 or more days at a time; responding to local, regional and national fire assignments. Wildland firefighters do not typically work regular schedules of 8 hour days and are often asked to work 16+ hours while on fire assignments.

Administratively Determined (AD) employees are paid up to 80 hours for training after which the employees will be called to action when the crew and/or engine is ordered to a fire assignment, or in times of high fire danger or high fire activity. The typical fire season runs from mid to late June and extends thru mid-September. The crew can expect to work approximately 70+ days on fire assignments.


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Work Capacity Test (WCT)

The Forest Service administers the Work Capacity Test (WCT) for current or prospective employees to determine physical fitness for wildland firefighting activities.

Wildland firefighters are required to complete a Health Screening Questionnaire (HSQ) and pass the WCT, which consists of a 3-mile hike over level terrain carrying a 45 pound pack in 45 minutes or less.


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Boise is a full-service community. The Boise metropolitan area’s economy is strong with many dual career opportunities, including a wide variety of federal agencies within easy driving distance, and many private sector job opportunities. The cost of living is slightly below the national average, though real-estate has been steadily increasing in the last few years. There are several institutions of higher learning in the area, including Boise State University. Health care facilities and churches are widely available. Entertainment opportunities abound in Boise and the metropolitan area, with a wide array of restaurants, dinner theaters, museums and sports-and-music venues.

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