Region 4 Fire Hire


Region 4 is using the centralized fire hire process for hiring permanent fire positions. 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-8 grade level.

We are looking for a committed, hardworking, highly skilled workforce to suppress wildfires and work in fuels management on 12 National Forests located in Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah and California. The fire and aviation management program is very rewarding and requires working safely as part of a team in a variety of specialized positions; including dispatch, engine crews, fuels technicians, handcrews, helitack, hotshot crews, smokejumpers, and prevention. The unique feature of this process is the ability to immediately backfill positions that have been vacated during the fire hiring process. See the list below of all currently vacant position and the list that shows all possible positions that could become vacant during the fire hire process. We will also hire our fire apprentices during fire hire. Please visit this link for more information on the apprentice program. This is not for summer seasonal temporary positions.

The following dates will be for the 2017 Spring R4 Fire Hire.

  • You will search and apply for jobs in USAJOBS.

The Process and Timeline

Click here to access the outreach map.October 3, 2016

Managers will send outreach announcements out on vacant positions. It is highly recommend that candidates make contact with supervisors of these positions to discuss their interest in the jobs. Please check back at later date for more information. The map will give you an idea of the duty locations.

Label that reads Applicants Apply by Deadline.November 15, 2016

Applications must be submitted through eRecruit hiring services. Applicants must attach a copy of their IQCS Master Record or equivalent that will show they meet the IFPM requirements for the job. Applicants are encouraged to apply for multiple locations. But only locations they would accept a job at. You should apply for any position that you would be willing to accept even if it isn't vacant at the beginning of fire hire. The position could become vacant during hiring week and it will be filled in the backfill process at that time. To apply go to USAJOBS if you have questions, check out the HELP GUIDE, and PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO STEP 3.

Label that reads Collect References.January 30-February 10, 2017
Starting January 30, we will go over the applications and send out reference check to applicant supervisors. The reference forms have to be back by February 9.  Reference forms will be available on this page for the supervisor to send in if they won't be available during this time or if they would like to get them completed ahead of time.

Label that reads Subject Matter Expert Review.February 13-17, 2017
Subject Matter Experts (SME) will meet to review applications per the R4 fire hire reviewing criteria.


Label that reads, February 20-24, 2017

Representatives from each forest will make recommendations for hiring. Applicants selected this week will be notified by a Forest Recommending Official by phone. Human Resource Management will notify applicants not selected either electronically or via email the following couple of weeks. Applicants need to be close to a phone.  You will be given four hours to respond to voicemails or emails when contacted by an official.

Label that reads, Early April, 2017

This is the first possible starting date (excluding drug testing, transfer of station, and less than Permanent Full Time appointments). This date may be negotiated with supervisor.

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