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Recruitment & Employment

The McCall Smokejumper Base is searching for well-qualified wildland fire fighters interested in becoming Smokejumpers. This page contains information to help you apply for temporary Smokejumper positions with the McCall Smokejumpers in the United States Forest Service Intermountain Region, Payette National Forest. 

Smokejumper positions are not entry-level firefighting positions.  All applicants must meet specific medical, physical, and firefighting work experience requirements to be considered for these positions.  Candidates must be in top physical condition and capable of performing arduous duties.  Any physical problem sufficient to impair efficiency or endanger fellow workers will disqualify the applicant. 

Applicants must meet the minimum 90 days of wildland fire experience and have 12 months of qualifying experience at the GS-04 level.  However, due to the quantity of applicants, quality applicants are encouraged to have at a minimum 3-4 years of fire experience with a diverse background of work experience on a good organized crew such as hotshot, helitack, engine, and Type 2 Initial attack crews, qualified to the FFT1 and ICT5, possess leadership experience, and have a safety conscious attitude.

If you lack this required fire experience, you may want to consider applying for a position on an Interagency Hotshot Crew or a district engine, helicopter, or fire suppression hand 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 information contact your local job service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, or National Park Service office, or check out the Office of Personnel Management website at http://www.usajobsopmgov.us/ under current openings for the GS-0462 job series.

Employment period: Approximately May 18 to September 19

Entry grade level: GS-462-5

Recruitment period:  If you are interested in applying for the 2015 season you will need to go to https://www.usajobs.gov/ to create an account as well as an applicant profile. Apply to vacancy announcement 15-TEMP-SJ-GS0462-05-DT-MR. This announcement will open on October 1st and close on December 1st so applications must be submitted prior to that date to be considered. We plan to request a certificate for referral on December 8th, 2014. 
If you wish to apply to other USFS Smokejumper Bases, you may use this same vacancy announcement. When applying you will want to select all bases you are interested in considering your application.

Selected applicants should receive an offer of employment in early February. Upon reporting for duty, you must satisfactorily complete five weeks of intensive training in parachute jumping, physical conditioning, and fire suppression.

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 answers.
  • If you are new to Smokejumping make sure you are applying for a GS-5 rookie Smokejumper position.
  • Make sure to supply your e-mail address on your application in order to receive confirmation of your application acceptance and any possible hiring correspondence.

For questions contact the McCall Smokejumper Training Office:


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