Women in Wildland Fire Boot Camp

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

You may have what it takes to become a Wildland Firefighter!

Two female firefighters talking.

The USDA Forest Service, Southwestern Region, is seeking career-focused women or other 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.

If you are selected for this opportunity, your first assignment will be to attend and complete the Women in Wildland Fire Boot Camp. The Boot Camp will provide comprehensive, formal training and orientation. Upon successfully completing this training, each person will receive a Wildland Firefighter certification and be eligible to apply for a temporary position.

Join a Boot Camp

Female firefighter conducting controlled burn.

Training is held on two consecutive weekends in New Mexico and Arizona during the late summer or early fall season.  To receive a certificate and be fully qualified, participants must attend both weekends and complete all required training.

Minimum Federal Qualification Requirements

Female firefighters clearing a fire break.

  • 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).


Key Contacts

Fire Program Contacts

Fire Hire

Karin Frost-Madrid
Regional Work Force Planning and Training Specialist
USDA Forest Service, Region 3

333 Broadway Blvd. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Office: (505)842-3206
Fax: (505)842-3806
karin.frost-madrid@usda.gov

Southwest Engine Academy

Jim Burton
SWEA Coordinator
jburton@fs.fed.us



https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r3/fire-aviation/?cid=STELPRD3830542