Job Overview


The Bureau of Land Management is looking for temporary employees to work as Fire Dispatchers in Utah.

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. This position has been categorized as a Initial Attack Dispatcher (IADP) 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:

Cedar City, UT (Color Country District)
Vernal, UT

Salt Lake City, UT

Richfield, UT

For information on the The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) fire program, please visit their website.

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


A Fire Dispatcher (GS-04 Range/Forestry Technician) provides a wide range of fire dispatch support functions; including mobilization, demobilization, logistics support. This involves the movement of aircraft, personnel and equipment in accordance with local dispatch mobilization guides and planning documents.

A Fire Dispatcher (GS-05 Range/Forestry Technician) receives fire reports, determines location, land status, and current fire information, and dispatches personnel, equipment, aircraft, and/or supplies according to pre-defined plans or in response to resource orders from the field. Anticipates needs based upon the status of fire suppression activities and makes recommendation regarding orders/anticipated orders. Collects, processes, collates and submits incident information to support fire operations. Organizes and reviews completed records of all orders placed. Processes and interprets weather information. Inputs data into a number of fire-related computer applications.