Job Overview

Summary

About the Agency

If you like remote and rugged conditions, extended travel and overnight camping, then becoming a wildland firefighter may be for you. The National Park Service (NPS) is looking for temporary employees to work on a Hand Crew or Engine Crew. 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. These positions have been categorized as a Senior Firefighter (SFF) and require selectee to meet 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.

All locations may not be hiring for all grades; check with each location.

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:

01/10/2017
Hot Springs, SD (Wind Cave NP)
International Falls, MN (Voyageurs NP)

01/24/2017
Interior, SD (Badlands NP)

For contacts and information regarding housing availability visit Fire Contacts on the DOI Fire Jobs website and select the state that you are interested in.

Duties

A Wildland Firefighter (GS-03 Range/Forestry Aid) performs assignments as a wildland firefighter crew member in developing a working knowledge of fire suppression and fuels management techniques, practices, and terminology; may assist 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 wildland firefighter. 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 performing all aspects of wildland and prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding and mop-up. 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.