Fire Hire, Virtual Career Fair & Employment Opportunities

The Forest works annually with fire and fuels (vegetation) on the landscape through careful prescribed fire management, hazardous fuels reduction projects, and managing human and lightning caused wildland fires throughout the summer season.  

Fire Management across the forest includes:  

  • West Yellowstone Smokejumper Base
  • Rappel Crew, Shenango Helibase
  • East, Central and West Zone Operations including fire suppression, prescribed fire use, hazardous fuels reduction work, public education and more.
    • Engine Foreman – overall operations of wildland fire engine. 
    • Assistant Engine Foreman – runs the day-to-day operations of the engine and manages the crew and engine in the absence of the Engine Foreman. 
    • Senior Firefighter – seasonal or permanent with a solid background in fire experience.  


2022 - All Seasonal Forest Positions - HIRING 

Fire Positions - Permanent Vacancies & Hiring Contacts - Each fall the forest hires permanent and seasonal employees to work the next summer. 

Visit Virtual Career Fair Info Online - and open positions 

Summer 2022 Temporary positions will be open on USA jobs November 5-12, 2021.  Forests will receive application packets just after the start of the new year.  Job offers are expected early February 2022.    


Prepare your USA Jobs profile to start

The Forest uses the Nationwide Temporary Employment hiring process. All applications are submitted using the USAjobs website.

  1. Go to and create an account.  Fill in your profile information
  2. Prepare and upload all supporting documents: resume, cover letter, IQCS Master Record, Veteran’s Preference, college transcripts, and if you were/are a Forest Service employee include your latest performance evaluation and SF-50.
  3. Contact the supervisor for each location you are applying to. Discuss job information, hiring timeline, and ask for the announcement number for each position you are applying to.
  4. Log into and search for the position by announcement number or key words and filters
  5. Choose the job and click “apply.”
  6. Throughly follow all application prompts.  Answer the qualifying questions to your highest level of knowledge, experience, and exposure to the skills.
  7. Submit application.
  8. It is a good idea to follow-up with the noted hiring supervisor each place you apply. 
  9. Notify the references you listed on your resume to return any calls from hiring officials as soon as they can. References have a very strong influence on the hiring process and the ability to contact them is vital.
  10. Answer or return any calls from hiring officials as soon as you can. The number of applicants for each job and the number of positions to fill make it necessary to keep the process as efficient as possible for the hiring officials.


The work on a wildland fire crew is physically and mentally demanding.

  • Expectations for physical fitness are high.  Firefighters are expected to come into the season able to pass the pack test. A 3-mile hike on flat ground in under 45 minutes, wearing a 45-pound pack.
  • Each crewmember should strive to complete a 1.5 mile run in under 11 minutes, 7 pull-ups, 25 push-ups, and 40 sit-ups.
  • Each day physical training consists of running, hiking with weight, strength training, and recovery with the goal of consistent physical improvement from a solid foundation.

Each district contributes to local fire management and fuels work. Crews and engines are available on a rotational basis to assist regional/national fire assignments.  Every person is expected to be available for some off-forest assignments consisting of 14 days.  Crewmembers should be ready to leave the duty station each morning with the potential for a 14-day assignment.


Homeowner Safety Resources

Wildfires burning on the public lands can impact people living in southern Montana communities.

Homeowners should take personal responsibility to educate themselves on building materials and vegetation around their home to ensure defensible space. 


Fire Management in the Forest Service