Job Overview


A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

Serves as a smokejumper, performing a variety of duties in the areas of parachute jumping and fire suppression.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 14(1)-462-SMKJMPR-5/6G. Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement.

This is a vacancy announcement for one or more locations throughout the Forest Service. The number and location of positions to be filled will be dependent upon individual unit needs. Tours of duty include full-time or less than full-time (guaranteed minimum 6 months/13 pay periods of full-time employment). If on a seasonal schedule, you will be placed in a non-pay status for the rest of the season. Availability of government housing, federal day care facilities, and bargaining unit status will vary by location. To ensure continued interest and availability, applicants will be notified via e-mail reminding them to re-certify their application every 60 days.

This position has been identified to meet the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) core Incident Management Qualifications. The applicant must be able to obtain these qualifications to be considered eligible for this position. For further information: /

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.


Performs parachute jumps and other duties in the suppression of wildland fires. Assists with fire dispatch through operation of radios, telephones and other necessary equipment to exchange information for fire weather and other forest suppression activities. Performs fire suppression duties. Cares for and maintains tools, equipment, jump gear and parachutes.

Performs wildfire suppression support as directed within training and physical capabilities and other duties as assigned. Duties listed are at the full performance level.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Less than 25%

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Maybe be authorized for current career or career conditional employees only.
  • Additional Duty Location Info

    FEW vacancies in the following locations

    • Redding, CA
    • Grangeville, ID
    • McCall, ID
    • Missoula, MT
    • West Yellowstone, MT
    • Redmond, OR
    • Winthrop, WA