Job Overview


If you like remote and rugged conditions, extended travel and overnight camping, then becoming a wildland firefighter may be for you. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is looking for temporary employees to work on a variety of wildland firefighting crews.  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. This position has been categorized 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.

These positions are located in Fort Peck/Roy/Jordan, MT (Charles M. Russell NWR).
For information on fire programs for the US Fish and Wildlife Service click here.

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


A Wildland Firefighter Trainee (GS-03, Range/Forestry Aid) is a member of a fire crew; performs assignments as a firefighter in developing a working knowledge of fire suppression and fuels management techniques, practices, and terminology; may assist trained personnel in more specialized assignments such as backfire and burnout, mobile and stationary engine attack; construction of helispots, helitack operations, and performing hover hookups.

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.