Pay & Subsistence
Smokejumper candidates are hired at the GS-5 level ($15.00/hr.). Overtime hours are paid at one and one-half the hourly base rate. Smokejumpers also receive hazard duty pay where applicable under USDA Forest Service pay regulations.
Employees must provide
their own subsistence while working out of the base at McCall. On fire
or project assignments away from the base, subsistence allowances are
provided by the government. Keep in mind it will take approximately four
weeks to receive your first paycheck, so you must have sufficient funds
to support you during this time.