What is required of a Smokejumper?
Because the work is often extremely physically
demanding, all jumpers must be in excellent condition. It is not uncommon
to construct fireline 14 to 16 hours a day on a regular basis. Both strength
and endurance are of utmost importance to the job. A medical examination
is required of all smokejumpers to ensure their ability to work and irregular
and extended work hours under extreme physical danger without hazard to
self or others. Failure to meet any of the requirements will be grounds
Distance vision of greater than 20/100 Snellen in one eye and 20/200
in the other eye is not allowed. Corrected vision greater than 20/20
in one eye and 20/30 in the other is permissible with the use of eyeglasses
or contact lenses. Candidates must be able to read typewritten size
characters and be able to pass the Eldridge-Green lantern test or one
equivalent for color vision.
Candidates must be able to hear the normal spoken voice at 20 feet in
each ear and the whispered voice at 15 feet without the use of hearing
Applicants must be a minimum of 5 feet tall and a maximum of 6 feet,
5 inches tall and weigh at least 120 pounds but no more than 200.
Prospective jumpers must be at least 18 years old.
Prospective jumpers must be United States citizens.
Previous parachute training, either sport or military, is neither required
nor advantageous for prospective smokejumpers.
Smokejumping requires a high degree of motivation,
individual responsibility and initiative. Jumpers must be willing to work
long, hard hours and be away from home for extended periods of time.
For questions contact
Further information regarding fire
positions, please click on a link below. To
search below you will need to enter the following: Forestry Technician,
GS-0462-05 and the name smokejumper in the title.
- Search USAJOBS
for Smokejumper Position Vacancies
- Application Instruction
- *Supplemental Sheet (HTML)
*Must download and attach to application.
Note: Smokejumper positions are not entry-level wildland
Helpful Hints for Applying
- You must indicate the base you are applying for.
- Before submitting your application be sure that you have marked all
boxes and check all basic qualifications on your application for correct
- If you are new to Smokejumping make sure you are applying for a GS-5
rookie Smokejumper position. If you have previous smokejumper experience
you can apply for a GS-6 seasonal temporary Smokejumper position.
- Make sure to supply USAJOBS
with your e-mail address in order to receive confirmation of your application