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Wildland Fire Careers

Are you interested in a wildfire career with the Forest Service? Then you've come to the right place to start your new career. Challenge yourself to new limits, join the Forest Service men and women who serve to protect millions of acres of our forests, our communities, and our natural resources.

Wildland firefighters may be required to work long hours in challenging and changing conditions, such as high temperatures and steep terrain. This job does have many rewards, including the opportunity to work in some of the most beautiful places in the country and create friendships that last a lifetime.

The Forest Service and other federal agencies hire wildland firefighters at different times of the year, depending on the location. To apply for a wildland firefighter job with the Forest Service or other federal agencies follow these steps:

1)  Visit USA Jobs 

2)  Type in “wildland firefighter” in the “Keywords” box

3)  Click “Search”

A listing of current job openings will come up. If you are interested in working on a specific national forest, see the list of national forests and grasslands. Visit the site and use the contact information provided at the bottom to ask about wildland fire positions on that particular national forest or grassland.


Inspiring Videos About Working in Wildland Fire for the Forest Service

Interagency Fire Program Management Standard (IFPM)

The Interagency Fire Program Management Standard (IFPM) is a collaborative effort between the USDA Forest Service and the Department of the Interior wildland bureaus to establish minimum qualification standards for key positions in Fire and Aviation Management (FAM). In addition, the Forest Service implemented an agency addendum to IFPM called the Forest Service Fire Program Management Standard (FS-FPM).