Fire Hire

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A highly skilled, hardworking cast of thousands is needed to battle wildland fires. The USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region Fire and Aviation Management program requires talented people working safely together to be successful.

Careers in Wildland Fire

We hire positions in wildland firefighting across California, including both permanent and permanent seasonal opportunities. Recruitment and Hiring information.

Fie Hire symbol.Wildland firefighters work in a variety of specialized positions, including air attack, fire engine crews, fuels management, hand crews, helirappel, helitack, interagency hotshot crews, patrol and prevention technicians, and smokejumping. These crews often travel throughout California and other regions of the country. Learn more about people working in fire.

Employment Opportunities

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Employment Programs

Student and Recent Grad Pathways Internships

Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Program: The intent of the Program is to take a career entry firefighter and provide education, training and paid work experience over a 12 to 48 month period, depending on experience. Upon successful completion of all the requirements of the Apprenticeship Program, the apprentice will reach journey-level status as a wildland firefighter.

Training: Includes links to National and Regional Fire and Aviation Training Sites.

Scholarship Information

USDA 1890 National Scholars Program: Scholarships are awarded annually and must be used at one of the 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities. Each award provides full tuition, as well as room and board, for the term of the scholarship. The scholarship may be renewed each year, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance and normal progress toward the bachelor's degree.

For any questions regarding the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program, please contact:

Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement 
USDA/1890 Programs
1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Stop 0170
Washington, DC 20250
Telephone Number: (202) 720-6350
Fax Number: (202) 720-7704

Fire Organizations

Wildland Firefighter Foundation: Wildland Firefighter Foundation’s main focus is to help families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and to assist injured firefighters and their families.