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Lewis & Clark Hotshots Recruitment

The fire season for the Lewis and Clark IHC general runs from the third week in May to the first week in October, depending on the severity of the fire season. Positions on an IHC are highly desirable and a heavy commitment to bear. Applicants need to be available for the entire time of the field season, be in top physical condition, mentally resilient, and want to work in a very challenging and dynamic environment as a member of a highly organized team.

The Lewis and Clark IHC employs 4-6 seasonal positions each year, new positions depend on non-competitive rehires. In order to be considered for one of the positions, a potential candidate can submit an application through USAJOBS.

As a training crew, each season the Lewis & Clark IHC also employs a compliment of 6-8 “detailers”. The application process for one of the detailer positions starts with an outreach announcement that is general distributed nation wide in November. Only current career conditional employees are eligible for the detail positions. Working with the employee and supervisors, the Lewis & Clark IHC will select applicants based on individual needs, as well as crew needs.


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If you are interested in becoming a Lewis and Clark Hotshot and would like more information on their program

Please contact Matt Holmstrom, IHC Superintendent at
(406) 791-7788
or by
e-mail Matt at mholmstrom@fs.fed.us
for current information on the Lewis and Clark IHC program, or information regarding detail opportunities.