Job Overview


The BLM manages more land – 253 million acres – than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

This position serves as a Forestry Technician (Smokejumper) for the Alaska Fire Service in Fairbanks, Alaska.  This is a seasonal appointment; you will be in pay status for at least three (3) months, but less than six (6) months a year.  When work or funds are not available you will be placed in non-pay status.

The salary range given above includes base pay and locality pay, you will also receive a 5.57% cost of living allowance for Fairbanks. This allowance is subject to annual review, adjustment and gradual decrease.

For additional information about the BLM please visit BLM. Information about locations within Alaska can be found at: Alaska


As a Forestry Technician (Smokejumper) you will:

  • Serve as a highly trained and skilled member of a parachuting fire suppression squad which jumps over forest and mountainous terrain.
  • Determine the need for and order additional firefighters and equipment.
  • Use a variety of specialized tools, equipment and techniques to actively suppress fires.
  • Participate in parachute rigging and repair, paracargo rigging, and/or construction and repair of assorted smokejumper equipment.
  • Determine probable cause of fires, prepare required fire reports, and gather evidence.

For more information on the duties of this position contact the supervisor, Robert Yeager at (907) 356-5537 or Doug Carroll at (907) 356-5530.

Travel Required

  • 75% or Greater
  • This position requires frequent travel by scheduled or chartered aircraft or ground vehicles to various destinations in the western U.S. Each incident assignment may last up to 14 days.

Relocation Authorized

  • No