If you like remote and rugged conditions, extended travel and overnight camping, then becoming a wildland firefighter may be for you. The Department of the Interior is looking for temporary employees to work on a variety of wildland firefighting crews nationwide. Work may include working as a crew member on any of the following types of crews: Hand; Helitack (helicopter); Engine; Prescribed. For more information on Crew Types, click here.
Positions at the GS-5 level have been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard. This position has been categorized as a Senior Firefighter (SFF), and is subject to meeting the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position. Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at the IFPM website by clicking here.
All locations may not be hiring for all grades; check with each location individually to find out the grades they are hiring for.
FIRST CONSIDERATION DATE: The following locations will begin to consider applicants prior to the closing date of the announcement. You must apply on or before the date indicated below to receive first consideration for the location(s) you are interested in. Thereafter, applications may be considered as needed by location; during the open period of the announcement:
Tulelake, CA (Klamath Basin NWR)
Chiloquin, OR (Klamath Marsh NWR)
Denio, NV (Sheldon-Hart Mountain NWRC)
Plush, OR (Sheldon-Hart Mountain NWRC)
Cheney, WA (Turnbull NWR) - for the GS-3 only
Colville, WA (Little Pend Oreille NWR) - for the GS-3 only
Jamul, CA (San Diego NWRC)
Burns, OR (Malheur NWR)
Los Banos, CA (San Luis NWRC)
Burbank, WA (Mid-Columbia River NWRC)
Othello, WA (Mid-Columbia River NWRC)
Cheney, WA (Turnbull NWR) - for the GS-4 & 5 only
Colville, WA (Little Pend Oreille NWR) - for the GS-4 and 5 only
Willows, CA (Sacramento NWRC)
For information on the Fish and Wildland Services (FWS) fire program, please visit their website at: United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) - Includes positions at National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) and Wetland Management Districts (WMD)
For contacts and information regarding housing availability visit Fire Contacts on the DOI Fire Jobs website and select the state you are interested in.
During the application process, you may select up to SEVEN (7) locations from the list of available locations given at the top of this announcement.
A Wildland Firefighter Trainee (Entry Level) (GS-02, Range/Forestry Aid), receives training, performs simple tasks, and serves as a member of a fire crew. This may include suppression, prescribed fires, or wildland fire.
A Wildland Firefighter Trainee (GS-03, Range/Forestry Aid) is a member of a fire crew; performs assignments as a firefighter in developing a working knowledge of fire suppression and fuels management techniques, practices, and terminology; may assist trained personnel in more specialized assignments such as backfire and burnout, mobile and stationary engine attack; construction of helispots, helitack operations, and performing hover hookups.
A Wildland Firefighter (GS-04 Range/Forestry Technician) is a skilled firefighter crew member on engine, helitack, hand crew or fuels crew. May be assigned to carry out specialized assignments such as tree falling, backfire, and burnout operations; utilizes a variety of specialized tools, equipment and techniques while actively managing wildfires. May be required to operate light vehicles and 4X4s.
A Wildland Firefighter (GS-05 Range/Forestry Technician) is a senior wildland firefighter; on either a hand crew, prescribed fire crew, wildland fire engine crew or a helitack crew; gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents. May be required to operate light vehicles and 4X4s.