Job Overview


The National Park Service is looking for temporary employees to work on a variety of wildland firefighting crews in Fairbanks, Alaska (Yukon-Charley River NP). 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-05 level have been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard. These positions have been categoriezed 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.

*In addition to the base salary, you will receive a 5.57% cost of living allowance for the Fairbanks, Alaska location. This allowance is subject to annual review, adjustment and gradual decrease.

FIRST CONSIDERATION DATE:   The following location 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 you are interested in. Thereafter, applications may be considered as needed by location; during the open period of the announcement:

Fairbanks, AK (Yukon-Charley River NP)

For information on the National Park Services fire program, please visit their website at National Park Service (NPS) - Includes positions at National Parks (NP) and National Monuments (NM).

For contacts and information regarding housing availability visit Fire Contacts on the DOI Fire Jobs website and select Alaska.


A Wildland Firefighter (GS-04 Range/Forestry Technician) is a skilled firefighter crew member on engine, helitack, hand crew or prescribed fire 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.

PLEASE NOTE: These positions will be based out of Fairbanks, Alaska, but will have fire management responsibilities in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Interested candidates need to be flexible and self-motivated individuals who are willing to participate in the varied aspects of fire management without focusing solely on fire operations.  Fire management responsibilities and opportunities may include but will not be limited to hazard fuels reduction planning and implementation, fire ecology, GIS, cabin database project, fire communication and education, cache management, training instruction, and assisting with resource management projects.Operationally, individuals could fill fire roles (either single resource or on a crew) inside and outside of Alaska depending on fire activity and fire qualifications of the individual, assist with structure protection and prescribed fire projects, and/or monitor fires via aircraft.