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California Wildland Firefighter Hiring Events

The Forest Service is hosting two in-person hiring events to quickly fill approximately 400 permanent, permanent seasonal, and temporary wildland fire positions across various forests in California. Using the Direct Hire Authority we will have onsite application help and tentative job offers for qualifying candidates.

Where's the Fire?

January 24 to 25, 2023 from 9 AM to 5 PM PST

     Double Tree Hotel

     Ballrooms: Tioga, Sierra, Sequoia 

     2233 Ventura Street

     Fresno, CA 93721

     Skip the line and reserve your spot today: In-Person Fresno Fire Hire

February 14 to 15, 2023 from 9 AM to 5 PM PST

     Red Lion Hotel

     Ballrooms: Siskiyou, Cascade, Trinity, and Sacramento Room A

     1830 Hilltop Drive

     Redding, CA 96002

      Skip the line and reserve your spot today: In-Person Redding Fire Hire

Applicants do not have to attend an in-person event to apply. For applicants who plan on attending an event, we highly suggest applying before the event and reserving a scheduled time in order to avoid a long wait. Our goal with these events is to answer questions and match local candidates with local positions in California. 

Applicants may still attend the event as walk-ins. However, we cannot guarantee a walk-in applicant will make it through the application and job offer process during the scheduled event. 


 

Fire Job Announcements

Job announcements open January 17 through 26, 2023 and February 7 through 16, 2023, on USAJOBS.gov. 

Positions for hand crews, engine crews, hotshot crews, and more:

Important: Selecting the "Location Negotiable After Selection" option during the application process implies your willingness to be considered for ANY official duty location listed on the announcement or those duty locations not listed for this announcement that we may have a need to fill later. We ask that you consider the specific locations you are willing to live or move to. Additionally, when selecting location negotiable, we ask that you only do so IF you are willing to live or move to ANY available location. 

Eligibility

Applications will be accepted from any U.S. citizen or national who is at least 18 years of age. Direct Hire Authority will be used to fill the available wildland firefighter positions and veterans' preference does not apply to these vacancies. 

  • Positions are entry-level and require no firefighting experience.
  • GS-03: 
    • Six months of general experience that demonstrates the applicants ability to perform the work of the position that provided familiarity with subject matter or processes of the occupation; Examples of qualifying general experience are: Performed farm/ranch labor, such as feeding/tending livestock or general maintenance of farm/ranch facilities; worked in a greenhouse, nursery or landscaping e.g., planting, moving, watering, and tending plants; animal caretaker in a laboratory, zoo or pet store; volunteer work at a park, hospital, community sports league, local fire department, etc.
      OR
      Successful completion of 1 year of study above high school that included at least 6 semester hours/9 quarter hours in a combination of courses such as range management or conservation, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, mathematics, or other natural or physical sciences.
  • GS-04:
    • Six months of general experience and six months of specialized experience; Examples of qualifying general experience are: Performed farm/ranch labor, such as feeding/tending livestock or general maintenance of farm/ranch facilities; worked in a greenhouse, nursery or landscaping e.g., planting, moving, watering, and tending plants; animal caretaker in a laboratory, zoo or pet store; volunteer work at a park, hospital, community sports league, local fire department, etc. Examples of qualifying specialized experience are: Performed a variety of suppression work such as fire line construction, mop-up, patrolling OR Performed fuels reduction work such as thinning projects, hand piling slash, prescribed burning, and/or used a variety of hand and/or power tools to control spreading wildland fires and to prepare lines prior to prescribed burning.
      OR
      Successful completion of 2 years of study above high school that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours in mathematics is creditable;
      OR
      Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

*Permanent and some temporary applicants MAY be subject to drug testing as part of the hiring process. Drug testing may be available to local candidates. Permanent applicant must meet maximum entry age, 18-37, or veteran preference eligibility, other than 37, and request a waiver to the requirement. 

How to Apply

  1. Visit USAJobs.gov
  2. Create a profile.
  3. Upload or create a resume.
  4. Search for jobs in USAJOBS. You can limit searches to Pathways positions with the Forest Service.
  5. Review the job announcement.
  6. Apply!

Hiring Selection Timeline

Many applicants may receive a tentative job offer while attending an in-person event, while others may be notified a few weeks following the event. Employment start dates will vary.


 

Webinars

The Forest Service is hosting webinars to help you through the application process. Join us and get answers to your questions.

Note: You may be prompted to download the free Microsoft Teams application. All webinars will be available to watch on-demand after the date and time listed.


 

Other Opportunities

We're always hiring. Check out the Recruitment and Hiring webpage for more information. You can also book a free consultation with a Forest Service recruiter.

More Information

Visit the Careers in Wildland Fire page for full list of benefits, information on eligibility requirements, and to find out which job is right for you. Wildland firefighting vacancies are open year-round.

Questions?

For questions specific to this event email us at sm.fs.fire_hire@usda.gov

For questions about career opportunities and applications call 1-877-372-7248 (select Option 2 and follow prompts). We're open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mountain Time) Monday through Friday and closed on all federal holidays.

You can also find specific information related to Forest Service jobs on our Next Steps page, including our jobs resource directory, our webinar schedule, or contact information for our recruiters.


 

The USDA is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202)720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/working-with-us/jobs/CA-FireHire