Boise NF Wildland Firefighter Academy

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


The purpose of this Outreach Notice is to inform interested candidates that the Boise Wildland Firefighter Academy will be hiring wildland firefighter recruits who are pursuing a career in wildland fire management with the United States Forest Service.

Employment Dates:  May - October

Interested candidates must submit the Outreach Notice Form and a Resume to the following email address no later than March 15, 2020.




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About the Boise Wildland Firefighter Academy

The Boise National Forest Firefighting Academy provides a training and mentoring platform that is open to everyone including our military veterans and all diverse candidates looking to pursue a career in wildland fire management. The composition of the program includes a Type 2 IA Handcrew (Crew 8) and a Type 4 Engine (E-481).

Recruits are trained as on-call-emergency wildland firefighters, for firefighter training and gaining wildland firefighting field experience on both Crew 8 and Engine 481. The training program includes basic wildland fire school, chain saw use, pumps and water handling, along with other suppression and leadership courses instructed throughout fire season. The combined training and work experience prepare recruits to be competitive for seasonal firefighting positions or candidates for the Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Program. This is a six-month program held from May to October each year. In

addition to wildland firefighting, the modules are utilized to help with fuels and vegetation work to accomplish land and resource management objectives.

Resume writing and job interview skills, along with job application workshops will be taught to assist recruits through the hiring process. The goal is to make everyone competitive for wildland firefighting jobs across the Intermountain Region and the Western United States. 

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About the Positions

Title:  Wildland Firefighter

AD Pay Rate: AD-C- $18.96 per hour

Duty Location:  Boise, Idaho

Tour of Duty:  May-Oct

Housing: No government quarters are available.

Academy Dates:  May- October 2020


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Wildland Firefighter Duties

This position serves as a wildland firefighter on a 20-person Type 2 Initial Attack Fire Crew or on a Type 4 Wildland Fire Engine. Recruits may rotate through both modules to gain a variety of wildland firefighting experience.

The primary purpose of this position is to 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 recruit 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 hazardous fuels 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 chain saw and portable pumps to control the speed of wildland fire/and or to prepare control lines before prescribed fire activities.

Recruit 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 techniques, practices, and methods of fire suppression and in the safe, efficient operations 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 assignment.


Work Schedule

The Academy will begin in May and graduation will be in October. May and June will be filled with classroom and field training. Practical experience as wildland firefighters will be gained once all required training is completed. As wildland firefighters you 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 hour shifts and occasionally longer when on a fire assignment. This work schedule could be intermittent depending on fire activity and required training.


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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) to pass the WCT, which consist of 3-mile hike over level terrain carrying a 45-pound pack in 45 minutes or less.


Who Can Apply and What Are The Prerequisites?

The opportunity to apply is open and inclusive to everyone, including military veterans and all diverse candidates. You are encouraged to apply if you are seeking a challenging and rewarding career in wildland fire management. You must be 18 years old at the start date of the Academy. You must be able to complete the Work Capacity Test (WCT) at the start of the Academy. You must have a valid driver’s license. You must be in good standing with law enforcement and meet the requirements for the Declaration for Federal Employment found at the Office of Personel Management form OF-306. A background check is required before employment.

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How to Apply

Interested candidate must submit the attached information sheet below and a resume no later than March 15, 2020 to:

For additional information go to:


Contact Information:

Mike Towers, Fire Management Officer

Boise Wildland Firefighter Academy

(541) 848-8431


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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. Additional information can be found on the Boise Chamber of Commerce website:


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