Candidates must be highly
motivated individuals in top physical condition and capable of performing
arduous duties. Any physical defect sufficient to impair efficiency or
endanger fellow workers will disqualify the applicant. Individuals interested
in becoming smokejumper candidates must meet the qualifications listed
completion of 4 years of study leading to a bachelor's degree in a related
field, plus at least one season* of wildland fire suppression work, as
* A season is at least 3 months of continuous employment on a seasonal basis.
Note: Entry level smokejumper positions are not entry-level firefighting positions.
All smokejumper applicants must have demonstrated skills for the effective application of fire suppression tactics using diverse resources including hand tools, chainsaws for felling and bucking trees up to twenty-four inches in diameter (24" DBH), and experience operating portable pumps using hoselay methods needed for effective operation in the wildland fire environment.
If you lack this required fire experience, you may want to consider applying for a position on an Interagency Hotshot crew, or district helicopter or engine crew. These crews receive valuable training and experience in fire suppression work. There are numerous crews located throughout the United States with the majority being in the West. For specific information, contact your local Job Service, Forest Service or BLM office. You can also check out these Web sites:
If you feel you are qualified and have questions or would like a smokejumper application packet, please contact the training office at 208-634-0380 or 208-634-0381.