Northern Region Fire Hire

The Northern Region is looking for a committed, hard working, highly skilled workforce to suppress wildfires and work in fuels management on 11 National Forests located in Idaho, North Dakota and Montana.  The fire and aviation management program is very rewarding and requires talented people working safely as part of a team in a variety of specialized positions; including dispatch, engine crews, fuels technicians, hand crews, helitack, interagency hotshot crews, and prevention. 

Open Vacancy Dates are August 1 through October 15, 2018

Fire Hire is a Forest Service process that we use to hire the majority of our permanent workforce in fire management positions at the GS-5 through GS-9 grade level.

Find out more information on applying for a Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship.


Fire Positions By Unit

Click here to see the full list of upcoming vacancies for the Northern Region. (  Announcement numbers have been added for 2019 jobs. Where positions are being advertised for both merit and demo candidates both announcment numbers are listed.

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More information about upcoming vacancies to be filled during the 2019 Fire Hire by Unit can be obtained by contacting the following:

Aerial Fire Depot • 5765 West Broadway Street • Missoula, MT 59808
Mitch Kearns, Training Foreman - Smokejumper Base 406-329-4894

Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest  • 420 Barrett St. • Dillon, MT 59725-3572
Contact Information: Michael Goicoechea FFMO 406-369-3712

Bitterroot National Forest • 1801 North 1st • Hamilton, MT  59840
Contact Information: Mark Wilson FFMO 406-375-2610

Dakota Prairie National Grassland • 1200 Missouri Ave. • Bismarck ND 58504
Contact Information: Robert LaPlant FFMO 701-989-7300

Flathead National Forest • 650 Wolfpack Way • Kalispell, MT 59901
Contact Information: Rick Connell FFMO 406-758-5261

Custer - Gallatin National Forest • P.O. Box 130 • Bozeman, MT 59771
Contact Information: Mike Gagen FFMO 406-587-6717

Helena National Forest  • 2880 Skyway Drive • Helena, MT  59602
Contact Information: Marty Mitzkus FFMO 406-495-3739

Idaho Panhandle National Forests  • 3815 Schreiber Way • Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
Contact Information: Mike Behrens FFMO 208-765-7499

Kootenai National Forest • 31374 US Highway 2 • Libby, MT 59923-3022
Contact Information: Dan Rose FFMO  406-283-7742

Lewis and Clark National Forest  • 1101 15th St. No.  • Great Falls 59401
Contact: Marty Mitzkus FFMO 406-495-3739

Lolo National Forest  • 24 Fort Missoula Road  • Missoula MT 59803
Contact Information: Laura Ward 406-329-1089

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests  • 903 3rd Street  • Kamiah, ID 83536
Contact: Kevin Chaffee FAFMO  208-983-4055