Fire Hire

There is a big variety of wildland fire positions.


Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management is a wide field, encompassing firefighters, fire ecologists, fuels specialists, fire managers, administrative personnel, helicopter and fixed wing pilots, aviation and ground safety professionals, radio communications and electronic technicians, dispatchers, fire prevention specialists, and communicators.

There are several work schedules. Some sign on for a limited number of hours during the summer - they are called temporary seasonals. Others have permanent, but seasonal positions, and work 26 weeks with 26 weeks off.  And there is a large permanent, full time workforce as well.

Permanent seasonal & full-time positions: 

Fire Hire is a centralized hiring event that provides a streamlined, consistent approach to recruiting and filling fire and dispatch vacancies at the GS-9 level and below. A planning and implementation team comprised of representatives from each Forest has been is working on the design and implementation of R6 Permanent Fire Hire.  The Fire Hire window for 2020 hiring was August 2019. Check back in summer 2020 for the next round of Fire Hire.

Temporary, seasonal positions:

Individuals who want to be seasonal firefighters or dispatchers need to prepare early- applications were due in September on for the 2020 fire season.  For information about permanent fire positions in national forests in Washington and Oregon visit the Pacific Northwest Fire Hire site.  To apply for seasonal and temporary firefighting jobs, visit the Temporary Job Opportunities page.

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.

What applicant needs to know

  • Read the entire announcement before you begin

  • Resume:  Use the USAJOBS resume builder AND upload your resume. Data requested in USAJOBS is specifically needed to determine an applicant’s eligibility. Ensure you include previous supervisors with their current email address and phone number

  • Include a narrative in your resume that addresses the specialized experience found in the job announcement.
  • Apply to positions and duty stations you would accept a position at even if there is not currently a vacancy. If a vacancy occurs as a result of FIRE HIRE it will be filled through a back fill process at that time
  • Include and upload ALL of your SF- 50 notice of personnel actions.
  • Include current Incident qualifications record. This can be obtained by your supervisor
  • If you complete a task book during this fire season scan and upload a copy of the certification page into your application profile.
  • Include current, signed Performance Appraisal. This can be obtained by your supervisor
  • Include College Transcripts if applicable
  • Prepare your application package NOW and upload all your attachments as you may find yourself on assignment and having to apply while in travel status or while on R&R
  • Firefighter positions must 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.
  • For fireline positions, the Forest Service will provide you Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) clothing, hardhat and fire shelter.  You must provide your own lug soled, leather eight-inch topped boots.
  • The Forest Service provides training in many specialty fields. 

The people involved in fire represent the pride exemplified by all Forest Service employees in "caring for the land and serving people." The Fire & Aviation Management program's core values are Safety, Integrity, and Mutual Respect. We look for dedicated men and women from all walks of life, of all abilities, to join our workforce

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer