Job Overview


The National Park Service is looking for temporary employees to work as Lead Wildland Firefighter (Helitack Crew Leader) located in Fairbanks, Alaska (Yukon-Charley River NP).

For more information on Crew Types, click here.

Positions at the GS-06 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 Service's (NPS) 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 Lead Wildland Firefighter (GS-06 Helitack Crew Leader) Performs and leads crew in fire prevention, preparedness, detection, wildland fire suppression, rehabilitation, mobilization (step-up), prescribed fire, aviation operations and training programs. Serves as a fully trained helitack squad boss. Calculates helicopter weight loadings and oversees loading of cargo and personnel. Directs others and gives on the job instruction to subordinates. Serves as Helispot Manager on incidents requiring the establishment and use of a helispot.

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.