The Pike-San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region and is located in Southern Colorado. The PSICC covers just over three million acres and stretches from Leadville, CO to Elkhart, KS. The forest supervisor office is in Pueblo, Colo. with district offices in Leadville, Salida, Canon City, Conifer, Colorado Springs, Fairplay, Springfield, CO, and Elkhart, KS. The area is known for ample hiking, fishing, skiing, camping, and biking opporunities. View more information about the PSICC.

Permanent Employment

Permanent hiring for the forest service is conducted year-round as positions become available. Applicants will find advertisements for current, open, competitive positions on USAJobs.gov and can learn more about employment with the federal govenment by visiting the Office of Personnel Management website.

Seasonal Employment

The Forest Service employs both permanent and temporary seasonal employees. Adverstisements for the summer season typically appear on USAJobs.gov in December for work that will be performed between May and September. Winter season positions are typcially advertised in the summer for work to be performed between November and April. Employees are expected to work 40 hours per week through the seasons. Crew schedules can usually accommodate students returning to school.

Temporary appointments are limited to about 6 months, depending on available funds. Employees earn sick leave and paid vacation time, and if employed for 90 days or more, are eligible to enroll for health benefits. Housing may be available on some districts, contact the district you wish to work in to learn more about availability and cost. Potential applicants who would like to learn more about working for the Forest Service can go to the national jobs website.

Positions currently available are:

Location Grade Series Title Announcement No.

Fire Positions

The PSICC hires both seasonal and permanent fire positions. Firefighting jobs are tough jobs usually performed in primitive, backcountry conditions from mid-April through early fall. The Forest Service provides personal protective equipment, clothing, hardhat and fire shelter, but employees must provide thier own lug soled, leather eight-inch topped boots. The Forest Service provides training in many specialty fields that are as diverse as the Forest Service itself. Applicants will search for job series 0462, which includes most fire-related jobs, when searching USAJobs and regional listings.

Series and Name: GS-0462, Forestry Aids/ Technicians

Fire-Related Specialties Description
Fire Suppression (Hand Crew) Crewmember or leader of a suppression crew, building fire lines to control spreading wildland fire. Patrols controlled fires and extinguishes remaining burning material. Observes, collects, and preserves evidence of the cause of fires.
Fire Suppression (Engine) The fire engine operator drives fire engines to fire locations and work with specialized firefighting equipment to help construct fireline, facilitate burnout operations and mopping up hotspots near the edge of the fire.
Hotshots Serves as a crew member or leader of a 20-person organized interagency hotshot suppression crew building fireline, conducting burn out operations, and mopping up after the fire using chainsaws and hand tools such as pulaskis and shovels. The crew is made up of temporary and career agency personnel. Hotshot crews draw specialized assignments that reflect their higher levels of experience and training, and they’re often dispatched nationwide to larger fires.
Helitack Serves as member or leader of a wildland fire suppression crew, which specializes in helicopter operations; helicopter operations may include loading helicopter cargo and completing manifests of crews and equipment being transported.
Crew members may land at/or near a fire or rappel from a hovering helicopter in remote areas to construct helispots or to initial attack fires. Build fireline using hand tools, chainsaws and support equipment.
Helishots Serves as member or leader of a wildland fire suppression crew, which combines the skills and crew size of a Hotshot crew and a Helitack crew. Helishots have the capability to perform as a large hand crew, while at the same time conducting tactical and logistical helicopter operations.
Smokejumper Specialized firefighters or leaders who parachute into remote areas for initial attack of wildland fires. They perform maintenance on fire equipment, and inspect and pack parachutes. Smokejumpers must be self-reliant and work both in small groups, or as part of larger organized crews. They must be in outstanding physical condition and have at least one year of prior firefighting experience.
Fire Prevention Serves as a fire prevention technician, establishing contact with forest users, visitors, and local residents. Informs the public of fire danger, advises of precautions to prevent occurrence of destructive fires, and explains pertinent laws and regulations.
Lookout Serves as fire a lookout at remote tower stations. Observes, plots and reports fire starts, reporting locations, estimated size, and fire behavior. Interacts with fire suppression crews and dispatch through radio communications.
Dispatch Serves as fire dispatcher, operating two-way radios, telephones, telecopiers, and computer terminals to order and dispatch resources for fire suppression purposes. Responsible for processing information for fire weather conditions, forecasts and other factors affecting fire management.
Fuels Performs fuel management duties, including prescribed burning, collecting fuel inventory data, hand and machine piling and other brush disposal techniques. Gathers data and records information on fuel types, weather conditions, fire behaviors, and status of work accomplished

Pike Hotshots

The Pike Interagency Hotshot Crew provides safe, professional, organized, motivated, and cost effective resources for wildland fire, natural resource management and disaster assistance for all-risk incidents throughout the world. Crew members work, eat, rest and travel together which requires a high level of committment, flexibility, teamwork and camaraderie. The Pike IHC averages approximately 100 days per season on assignments away from home and are considered on-call 24 hours a day.

The Pike IHC supports fire operations by constructing fire lines, conducting burnout operations, mop-up, monitoring, and rehabilitation. They work to accomplish all aspects of prescribed fire activities, timber stand improvement, hazardous fuels reduction, trail maintenance and construction, range improvements, and recreation site cleanup. The work is hard and requires each member to pass the Work Capacity Test at the arduous level.

Monument Helitack

Monument Helitack is a specially trained, 10-person crew based in Monument, Colo. The Monument team can be rapidly deployed to incidents within the Rocky Mountain Region and work cooperatively with many agencies including BLM, BIA, NPS, Colorado State Forest Service, Counties and private lands to provide initial attack, aerial suppression and operational and logisitc support to fire operations for the PSICC, partner and cooperating agencies in the Pueblo Dispatch Zone, and other incidents througout the nation. Because of the strenous nature of the mission, people interested in postitions with this elite team must pass the Work Capacity Test at the arduous level. For more information, contact the helibase Monday-Friday during normal business hours at 719-487-8107.

Student Programs

There are many opportunities for part-time and temporary employment for high school and college students. Find out more about summer intern programs.


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