Jobs & Volunteering

Permanent Fire Hire

Apply for permanent fire positions on between August 1 - 28, 2019.

Region 6 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-9 grade level.

We are looking for committed, hardworking individuals for fire and fuels management positions on 17 National Forests in Oregon and Washington. The fire and aviation 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 map that shows all possible positions that could be available during the fire hire process.

Map Showing Locations for Permanent Fire Positions

Hiring Process


August 01, 2019

Application announcements activated in USAJobs.

Application Deadline

August 28, 2019

Apply through USAJobs. Applicants are encouraged to apply for multiple locations (where they would accept a position if offered), even if vacancies for certain locations are not listed as vacant. Vacancies may occur during the hiring process and could be filled during selections.

Application Evaluation

October 15-November 1, 2019

Subject matter experts will generate Reference Evaluations and gather this information for selecting officials. 


November 4-22, 2019

Representatives from each forest will make recommendations for hiring. Applicants selected will be notified by a Forest Service representative by phone. 


Fir Hire Resources and Documents

2019 Permanent Fire Hiring Outreach (.pdf)

2019 Permanent Fire Hiring Position List (.xlsx)

2019 Permanent Fire Hiring Position List (.pdf)

2019 Permanent Fire Hiring Position List *Including USAJobs Links (.pdf)