McCall Smokejumpers

McCall Smokejumpers

The McCall Smokejumper program has provided rapid deployment of firefighting personnel and equipment whenever and wherever it is requested since 1943. 

The McCall Smokejumpers provide a very diverse skill-set that can be utilized in the management and suppression of wildfires, prescribed fire planning and implementation, and a vast array of land management techniques.

The McCall Smokejumper Base is located in McCall, Idaho on the shores of Payette Lake in the West Central portion of the state. The base is directly adjacent to six National Forests: the Boise, Nez Perce/Clearwater, Payette, Sawtooth, Salmon-Challis, and Wallowa-Whitman. This area presents many opportunities for the deployment of Smokejumper aircraft, personnel and equipment. The ability to move resources around the United States has given the McCall Smokejumpers a very large area in which they can be utilized. It is not uncommon to have personnel from McCall spread out all over the U.S. each fire year.

2020 Job Opportunities

All GS-05 temporary and detail rookie smokejumper announcements are now closed for the 2020 season.  Those who applied can expect their applications to start being reviewed on or around January 13, 2020, with job offers anticipated in early February 2020.


Fire from the air
The view from a Twin Otter over a fire in Central Idaho.
McCall Smokejumper
Smokejumper exits a Twin Otter over Central Utah, 2016.