Wildland Fire Job Opportunities

You will notice that the greatest number of our temporary jobs are fighting fires. Seasonal jobs in firefighting include working on a local unit handcrew, on a helitack/helirappeling crew, a Hot Shot Crew, as a smokejumper, or on an engine crew. Remember, these are tough jobs usually performed in primitive, backcountry conditions. Seasonal hiring typically begins in February for the upcoming fire season.

In addition to specific requirements for each kind of job, it is essential that firefighter be in top physical condition for this demanding work. Employees and prospective employees must pass the Work Capacity Test annually before working on the fireline. The Forest Service will provide you Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) clothing, hard hat and fire shelter, but you must provide your own lug soled, leather eight-inch topped boots. The Forest Service also provides training in many specialty fields.

As the name implies, Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management is a wide field, encompassing firefighters, fire ecologists, fuels specialists, fire managers, administrative personnel, helicopter and fixed wing pilots, aviation and ground safety professionals, radio communications and electronic technicians, dispatchers, fire prevention specialists, and communicators. Generally, the Forest Service workforce reaches its highest numbers during the peak fire season each summer. There are many kinds of schedules available to work. Some sign on for a limited number of hours during the summer - they are called seasonals. Others have permanent seasonal positions, and work 26 weeks with 26 weeks off. Others work full time, year around, but have limited appointments or a "not to exceed" time limit of one to four years. And there is a large permanent, full time workforce as well — that have chosen Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management for their career. 

The people involved in Fire and Aviation Management well represent the pride exemplified by all Forest Service employees in "Caring for the Land and Serving People." The Fire & Aviation Management program's core values are Safety, Integrity, and Mutual Respect. We look for dedicated men and women from all walks of life, of all abilities, to join our workforce.

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Seasonal Firefighting Postions

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