Women in Wildfire Employment

Women in Wildfire Basic Training Camp

Employment Available

This training camp opportunity will not guarantee any type of employment; however, the camp does provide certification, knowledge, and skills that will enable participants to be competitive when applying for wildland firefighter positions. Additionally, camp participants will receive professional development such as resume building, application workshops, mentorship, and networking opportunities. Participation in the training will expose applicants to professionals in the field of firefighting and other disciplines within the Forest Service. Furthermore, participants will work alongside various female leaders from the fire community (e.g., hotshots, firefighters, helitack, smokejumpers, etc.) who will serve as mentors throughout the program. All these relationships can lead to future job and career opportunities in firefighting and with the federal government.

There are multiple options to obtaining a Wildland firefighter position. Temporary, Administratively Determined (on-call) and other seasonal summer opportunities are available.  For additional employment opportunities, view Employment with the Forest Service.


Los Padres National Forest Employment Outreach

Positions are open August 10, 2020 through September 4, 2020


The Los Padres National Forest is actively seeking applicants interested in working for the agency including as a Forestry Technician (Firefighter) GS-0462, Grade 3 entry level, as part of the regional (CA) centralized Fire Hire. All job applicationa must be submitted through the USAjobs links listed below:


Entry-level Wildland Fire Position Description

If you obtain a position in wildland fire, duties may include the following:

  • Participate in training and physical fitness.
  • Keep yourself and your equipment fit for duty, and in response-ready condition.
  • Travel and work 14 and possibly 21 day assignments, including out of the state.
  • Safely engage in wildland fire suppression and emergency response operation activities.
  • Exposure to primitive living conditions such as camping in wilderness areas away from electricity, showers, and with no cell phone reception for several days.
  • Tasked with operating vehicles both on and off road, hiking, commercial flights, boat rides, and mission flights on helicopters are just some of the modes of transportation which can be expected on the job.
  • Wildland Firefighters can operate in close proximity to open flames, heat and smoke.
  • The work can be physically demanding, requiring up to 16 hour work days for up to 14 days in a row without a day off.
  • The work consists of hiking, carrying heavy equipment, operating fire apparatus, working near heavy machinery, and using hand tools such as shovels, Pulaskis, and chainsaws, sometimes in highly stressful situations.
  • Respect, flexibility, understanding, and teamwork are the foundation of any good firefighter and firefighting crew. Exhibiting these principles both on and off the clock is very important.

Typical Entry-Level Wildland Fire Minimum Federal Qualification Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be in good mental and physical condition
  • Must be able to pass the basic wildland firefighter training (provided)
  • Must be able to pass the Agency Work Capacity Test at the “Arduous” level

For more information on how to apply, please view the below videos: