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McCall Smokejumpers

Jump plane to fire

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.

A McCall Smokejumper making a parachute landing


Rookie Smokejumper Opportunities

The McCall Smokejumper program is expecting to fill multiple temporary seasonal and/or detail positions for the 2022 fire season. Please review our 2022 hiring outreach notices posted below and visit our recruitment and employment page for more information on how to apply.

Forestry Technician (Rookie Smokejumper) - GS-5 Temporary Seasonal
Forestry Technician (Rookie Smokejumper) - Detail

For more information about being a McCall Smokejumper refer to the Related Content.