Job Overview


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is looking for temporary employees to work as a Lead Wildland Firefighter on a variety of crews.  Work may include working on any of the following types of crews: Helitack (helicopter); Engine; Prescribed.

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.

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

Cedar City, UT
Kanab, UT
St. George, UT

Salt Lake City, 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 Lead Wildland Firefighter (GS-06, Lead Range/Forestry Tech) performs the following duties: locates fire line, directs and participates in fire line construction, backfiring and burnout operations, engine operations, tree falling and holding/patrol mop-up operations.  Serves as a lead wildland firefighter on a prescribed fire crew.  Performs prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding, and mop-up. Monitors fire behavior, fire effects, and fire weather on prescribed fires and wildland fire use.  Serves as a lead wildland firefighter on a wildland fire engine.  Drives and operates a wildland fire engine, positioning the engine for proper use and operation. Personally performs and directs others in 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. Serves as a lead wildland firefighter on a helitack crew. Leads the fire suppression efforts of the helicopter module. Directs the loading of helicopter personnel and cargo considering weight and balance, securing cargo, etc. Completes manifests of personnel and equipment being transported to the fire or other work sites. Inventories and inspects helicopter accessories, fire tools, and equipment. Assures that needed tools and equipment are available for fire fighting tasks.