Forest Service Careers in Fire

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. Watch the videos below for a peek inside wildland firefighting. 


Heart of a Firefighter

The men and women involved in Fire and Aviation Management well represent the pride exemplified by all Forest Service and other employees in "caring for the land and serving people."

Get Fired Up!

Learn how you can become a wildland firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service. Hear first-hand what it takes to become part of the team.

Inspired by Nature While Growing up in L.A.

For Alberto Ortega, being a Fire Prevention Captain is a dream come true. His biggest impact is making contact with the public in amazing places, and inspiring others to love their public lands.

It's Not Just Fire

Generations of ranching led Francesca Chavez to consider a career in wildland firefighting with the Forest Service. Her deep interest in conservation and fire ecology have allowed her to connect to a different side of fire, such as fire behavior and weather prediction.

Connected to the Land as a Wildland Fire Ecologist

Jessica Hudec’s interest in fire began in Alaska when she was conducting evacuation drills and working with the public. She was energized to learn more about fire and today, Jessica is a fire ecologist. Jessica’s work makes her feel connected to the land and the people she works with. 

Fighting Wildland Fire for the Next Generation

Johnny Walker never thought he’d be fighting fire, hiking mountains and helping with people. Johnny considers the firefighting community as a family because it has shaped and molded him into who he is today. He reflects on his new child and how his job helps him provide for her while also doing something positive for her generation. 

Taking Flight in the Forest Service

As a lead and one of the few Forest Service female pilots, Mary Verry explains how everyone in aviation is in support of something bigger than themselves. She shares on advice on becoming part of a dynamic profession.

Managing Family and Work

Christina Douglas had a dream of becoming a fire fighter. Her dream came true and now she is a wildland firefighter managing her family and work.