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Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Program

Firefighter stands in front of the Thomas Fire in the hills above Los Padres National Forest, December 20, 2017. Forest Service photo by Stuart Palley
We're Hiring!

Become a wildland firefighter apprentice and challenge yourself to new limits. 


The Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Program is designed to enhance and develop future leaders in wildland firefighting. As an apprentice, you’ll receive pay as you complete a 3,000 hour on-the-job training program at a residential wildland fire academy. The Forest Service covers all training costs. When you complete the program, you’ll have journey-level status as a wildland firefighter.


Wildland firefighter apprentices are involved with wildland fire suppression, management, and control. You may be away from home for weeks at a time, often work long hours outdoors and may fly in helicopters, hike into mountainous areas or patrol on roads to access wildfires. You may also speak to the public about fire prevention. Other duties may include working in a dispatch or fire prevention capacity.

Rough Fire, California 2015 Dirk Charley and Brian Vasquez. Forest Service Photo.

Roosevelt Hotshot Brianhead Fire, Utah 07/03/2017. Forest Service Photo

Explore Wildland Fire Careers 

Visit the career in wildland fire to learn more about careers in wildland fire.

Current Opportunities

The Forest Service is hiring for the Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Program. Announcements are posted on USAJOBS. See below for details. 

Wildland Firefighter Apprentice Program announcement links

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National.
  • If you are a male born after 12/31/59, you must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
  • Meet Interagency Fire Program Management qualifications.
  • Take the required Work Capacity Test.
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
  • Pass a drug test with negative results.
  • Meet Maximum Entry Age requirements, ages 18-37. If you are a veteran or eligible for the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, you may apply if you are older than 37. Call 1-877-372-7248, Option 2 for more information

Nationwide Opportunities

Visit your local Forest Service website for more information including location information and application dates.

Helpful Information

Help Is Available

The How to Apply webpage has helpful information to help with the application process. Contact us with questions about your application by calling 1-877-372-7248, select Option 2, and follow the prompts. We're open from 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Mountain time Monday through Friday, and closed on all federal holidays.

For information about the Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Program, please send an email with your name and contact information to

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