Women in Wildland Fire Camp

Do You Have What it Takes

To be a wildland firefighter?

Are you physically fit? Do you enjoy the outdoors? Would you like to help your country? Do you want to be a leader and role model? Would you like to have a meaningful career?

If so, the Women in Wildfire (WIWF) Camp could be the perfect opportunity!

The USDA Forest Service, Southwestern Region, is seeking career-focused individuals to become temporary, seasonal employees, and on-call wildland firefighters. These positions will support wildland fire operations over the summer months and can help pave the way for future, permanent employment and career advancement with the Forest Service. The Women in Wildfire (WIWF) program is a fast paced training where people from all across the nation have the opportunity to participate in hands-on wildland fire training.

Join a WIWF Camp

If you are selected for this opportunity, you will attend and complete the Women in Wildland Fire Camp (WIWF). This Camp will provide comprehensive, formal training and orientation. Applicants must be at least 18, in order to be selected. Check full list of minimum federal qualification requirements.

  • Expenses: Time and travel may be paid depending on program, and equipment is provided.
  • Certification: After the completion of the training, participants become certified as Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2) and will be provided with information and guidance on how to apply for Fire Hire events in USAJOBS.gov.


Application, Selection, and Training Timeline

All dates are program dependent. Please check list of Program Locations to view specific application, selection, and training dates.

  1. Application Deadline

    To be considered for the WIWF program, each applicant will need to complete the application questionnaire and upload a resume. 

  2. Selection and Notification Period

    Participant selections are made and notified.

    If selected, the training consists of two parts:

    1. Online/classroom training
    2. In-person field training
  3. Online Training Deadline

    If selected, the 40+ hours of online prework must be completed by predetermined deadline (before in-person training).

  4. In-person Training

    To receive a certificate and be fully qualified, participants must attend and complete all training sessions.

    • All training sessions are mandatory.

Program Locations

All application, selection, and training dates are program dependent. Click on the forest of your interest to see current Women in Wildland Fire Camp opportunities. The Wildland Fire Learning Portal link associated with each forest will have detailed information for each forest's WIWF program.

This event has already passed. Check back in June 2024 for next event.

Application Period: July 30-August 19, 2023
Selection Period: Week of August 27, 2023
Online Course Work: Completed by October 27, 2023
In-Person Session: Session 1: October 20-22, 2023; Session 2: October 27-29, 2023
Location: Springerville Ranger District in Arizona
Contact: A_SWIWF@usda.gov
Portal link: Wildland Fire Learning Portal


Minimum Federal Qualification Requirements

  • Must be 18-37 years of age. (Exceptions will be considered.)
  • Must be in good mental and physical condition.
  • Must be able to pass basic wildland firefighter training (provided).
  • Must be able to pass the Forest Service Work Capacity Test at the "Arduous" level. This involves a 3-mile walk that must be completed in less than 45 minutes while wearing a 45-pound vest (provided).
group of cadets in yellow uniforms in front of a green blue hotshots truck.
WIWF 2017 on the Prescott National Forest.
USDA Forest Service photo.
group of cadets with hoes and tools creating a breakline in the ground to stop wildfires.
WIWF on the Kaibab National Forest.
USDA Forest Service photo courtesy of Andrew Hostad.
Female firefighter walking out of the forest with smoke and fire behind.
Chantel Herrick performing a pile burn.
USDA Forest Service photo.



Additional Firefighter Programs

  • Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Program

    Chantel Herrick pile burning at the Kaibab National Forest

    This career entry firefighter program provides education, training and paid work experience over a 12 to 48-month period, depending on experience. When requirements are successfully completed, the apprentice reaches journey-level status as a wildland firefighter.

Key Contacts

R3 Permanent Fire Hire
Point of Contact

R3 Employee Development
Point of Contact

R3 Incident Qualifications and Certification Point of Contact

R3 Outreach Point of Contact

Workforce Development & Talent Management

Southwest Engine Academy
Aaron Hulburd
SWEA Coordinator

Fire Management Contacts

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