Job Overview


A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

This position serves as a wildland firefighter Apprentice within the fire management organization. The purpose of the position is wildland fire suppression/management/control as an apprentice firefighter on various wildland fire crews with responsibility for the operation and maintenance of specialized tools or equipment. The incumbent will be assigned for varying periods of time into one or more types of positions within the wildfire program where the individual’s specialized skills are required at one or more locations thoughout the forest service.

The locations listed in this announcement are for recruitment only. These are not necessarily the actual duty locations where you will work. If selected, you will be placed in a duty station within the Forest that you are applying to. These locations will vary by Forest.

Information about the Wildland Fire Apprentice program can be found at:

These are permanent positions with varying tours of duty and may include weekend work. Tours of duty are less than full-time seasonal (guaranteed minimum 6 months/13 pay periods of full-time employment). When on a seasonal tour, you will then be placed in a non-pay/non-duty status for the remainder of the year.

Pay rates vary depending on location. See the OPM website at  for additional information on pay rates.

Relocation expenses are NOT authorized for this position.

PERMANENT OPEN CONTINUOUS RECRUITMENT: This is a continuously open vacancy announcement for one or more locations throughout the Forest Service. The number and location of positions to be filled will be dependent upon individual unit needs. Not all locations anticipate hiring Apprentices at this time. Apply to locations that you would accept a job offer. Availability of government housing, federal day care facilities, and bargaining unit status will vary by location. To ensure that you receive consideration, applications submitted through the on-line application process must be received by 11:59 p.m. eastern time the day before a certificate of candidates is issued. When there are no applicants for specific locations, the search area may be broadened when generating certificates to include locations in the closest city nearby. To obtain more information about the US Forest Service and individual locations, go to (a search can be done by State or by Name). We encourage applicants to contact supervisors at the chosen locations for specific information. To ensure continued interest and availability, applicants will be notified via e-mail reminding them to re-certify their application every 30 days.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.


Serves as an apprentice firefighter on a wildland fire crew performing fire suppression and/or fuels management duties under the most adverse conditions of climate, fuels, and terrain.

Performs various aspects of wildland and prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding, and mop-up, Driving engines to fire locations, frequently over unimproved roads. Starting pump engine, priming pump, adjusting engine speed and pump valves, laying hose, and using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustment in effective use of water and additives, Loading helicopter personnel and cargo considering methods, weight distribution, necessity for securing, total weight, etc. and completes manifests of personnel and equipment being transported to the fire or other work site.

Performs wildfire suppression support as directed within training and physical capabilities and other duties as assigned. Duties listed are at the full performance level.

  • Additional Duty Location Info

    few vacancies in the following locations

    • Flagstaff, AZ
    • Phoenix, AZ
    • Prescott, AZ
    • Springerville, AZ
    • Tucson, AZ
    • Alturas, CA
    • Arcadia, CA
    • Bishop, CA
    • Clovis, CA
    • Eureka, CA
    • Goleta, CA
    • Nevada City, CA
    • Placerville, CA
    • Porterville, CA
    • Quincy, CA
    • Redding, CA
    • San Bernardino, CA
    • San Diego, CA
    • Sonora, CA
    • South Lake Tahoe, CA
    • Susanville, CA
    • Willows, CA
    • Yreka, CA
    • Delta, CO
    • Durango, CO
    • Fort Collins, CO
    • Glenwood Springs, CO
    • Monte Vista, CO
    • Pueblo, CO
    • Boise, ID
    • Coeur d'Alene, ID
    • Grangeville, ID
    • Idaho Falls, ID
    • McCall, ID
    • Salmon, ID
    • Twin Falls, ID
    • Jackson, MS
    • Wiggins, MS
    • Billings, MT
    • Bozeman, MT
    • Dillon, MT
    • Great Falls, MT
    • Hamilton, MT
    • Helena, MT
    • Kalispell, MT
    • Libby, MT
    • Missoula, MT
    • Sparks, NV
    • Alamogordo, NM
    • Albuquerque, NM
    • Santa Fe, NM
    • Silver City, NM
    • Taos, NM
    • Baker City, OR
    • Bend, OR
    • Corvallis, OR
    • Hood River, OR
    • John Day, OR
    • Lakeview, OR
    • Medford, OR
    • Pendleton, OR
    • Prineville, OR
    • Roseburg, OR
    • Sandy, OR
    • Springfield, OR
    • New Ellenton, SC
    • Cedar City, UT
    • Moab, UT
    • Richfield, UT
    • Salt Lake City, UT
    • Vernal, UT
    • Colville, WA
    • Everett, WA
    • Olympia, WA
    • Vancouver, WA
    • Wenatchee, WA
    • Cody, WY
    • Jackson, WY
    • Laramie, WY
    • Sheridan, WY