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Wildland Fire Careers

The Forest Service employs approximately 10,000 wildland firefighters, including hand crews, Interagency Hotshot Crews, engine crews, helitack crews, and smokejumpers.

Wildland Firefighters are involved with wildland fire suppression/ management/control working on an engine, helitack module, or hand crew with responsibility for the operation and maintenance of specialized tools or equipment. Other wildand fire related duties may involve fire prevention, patrol, detection, or prescribed burning.

Positions range from entry-level firefighter to senior fire management positions. Appointments range from temporary, seasonal positions to permanent, full-time year-round positions.

Are you interested in a wildfire career with the U.S. Forest Service?  Then you've come to the right place to start your new career. Challenge yourself to new limits, join the Forest Service men and women who serve to protect millions of acres of our forests, our communities, and our natural resources.  

Wildland firefighters may be required to work long hours in challenging and changing conditions, such as high temperatures and steep terrain. This job does have many rewards, including the opportunity to work in some of the most beautiful places in the country and create friendships that last a lifetime.

The U.S. Forest Service and other federal agencies hire wildland firefighters at different times of the year, depending on the location. To apply for a wildland firefighter job with the US Forest Service or other federal agencies follow these steps:

1)  Visit USA Jobs 

2)  Type in  “wildland firefighter” in the “Keywords” box

3)  Click “Search”

A listing of current job openings will come up. If you are interested in working on a specific National Forest, visit the US Forest Service website and use the “Find a Forest or Grassland” tool on the right side of the page to find the National Forest you are interested in and use the contact information provided to ask about wildland fire positions on that particular National Forest.


Inspiring Videos About Working in Wildland Fire for the U.S. Forest Service


Interagency Fire Program Management Standard (IFPM)

The Interagency Fire Program Management Standard (IFPM) is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Interior wildland bureaus to establish minimum qualification standards for key positions in Fire and Aviation Management (FAM).  In addtion, the U.S. Forest Service implemented an agency addendum to IFPM called the Forest Service Fire Program Management Standard (FS-FPM). 

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