Job Overview


 This position serves as a wildland firefighter Apprentice on various wildland fire crews with responsibility for the operation and maintenance of specialized tools or equipment. The incumbent will be assigned 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.

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). 

This is a continuously open vacancy announcement for one or more locations throughout the Forest Service. Not all locations anticipate hiring Apprentices at this time. Apply only to locations that you would accept a job offer. To ensure continued interest, 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

    Many 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
    • Alamogordo, NM
    • Albuquerque, NM
    • Santa Fe, NM
    • Silver City, NM
    • Taos, NM
    • Sparks, NV
    • Baker City, OR
    • Bend, OR
    • Corvallis, OR
    • Hines, 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
    • Price, UT
    • Richfield, UT
    • Salt Lake City, UT
    • Vernal, UT
    • Colville, WA
    • Everett, WA
    • Olympia, WA
    • Vancouver, WA
    • Wenatchee, WA
    • Cody, WY
    • Dubois, WY
    • Jackson, WY
    • Lander, WY
    • Laramie, WY
    • Sheridan, WY