Tahoe Fire Hire

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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, fire & fuels management, hand crews, helitack, interagency hotshot crews, and prevention.

Please check out the TNF-PSW R5 FY 2020 Spring Fire Hire Outreach Document for a complete Fire Hire information packet. This document provides everything you need to know about the Fire Hire process for permanent positions both on the Tahoe National Forest and throughout The Pacific Southwest Region 5.

The Fire Hire process can happen twice a year - once in the spring and once in the fall. This is the predominate time hiring occurs at the GS-09 level and below. Available permanent positions can be permanent full time or permanent seasonal. There can be also Temporary Seasonal positions available.

As positions are filled during the Fire Hire process, vacant positions are created that may not have been vacant during the outreach process. Hiring officials have the ability to immediately backfill those positions that have been vacated during the fire hiring process. This is why it is important to apply during the application period to any position and duty station you may be interested in and willing to accept if offered the job.

Wildland Firefighter Apprentice positions are permanent seasonal and could be hired at the GS-03, GS-04 level, and GS-05 level.

Process and Timeline

Please review the following document: FY2020 Outreach Spring Fire Hire

For Permanent positions - Submit Applications on USAjobs.gov between April 27 - May 13, 2020

Applications MUST be complete and submitted by May 13, 2020 by 8:59pm PST on the closing date to be considered.


For Both Permanent and Temporary Fire Positions, applications are submitted on USAjobs.gov

Review TNF PSW R5 FY2020 Spring Fire Hire Outreach for information on the application process.

  • Learn more about job openings and apply by visiting https://www.usajobs.gov/; keyword: wildland fire or https://www.usajobs.gov/Search/?k=wildland+fire.
  • Application Instructions
  • Helpful website Information
  • Contact the local U.S. Forest Service office of the duty location you’re interested in, for interest, questions, and specific hiring information. During the Fire Hire process applications are rated by subject matter experts. In order for you to rate out high, you need to make sure your application is complete and thorough. Describe in detail what your experience history is. Don’t assume people know what you do. If you are only putting one line in your work history, you will not rate as high as a candidate. List all fire training you have attended, all fire qualifications, and describe in detail your fire experience. Applicants must attach a copy of their IQSC Master Record or equivalent that shows they meet the IFPM requirements for the job.

Please apply to any position and duty station you may be interested in and would accept if offered the job, as those positions may become vacant through the Fire Hire process.

Applications for both permanent and temporary positions can be submitted when the specific job announcement opens in USAjobs.gov but MUST be complete and submitted by the closing date of the application period to be accepted.

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Temporary Positions


Interested in Temporary Fire Positions? Candidates should send contact information to TNFfirehire@gmail.com to express interest and receive further information regarding positions and application process.

For Temporary Seasonal positions
Applications are submitted on USAjobs.gov
Applications MUST be complete and submitted by the closing date of the specific application period to be accepted.

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