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PNW Fire Hire

Region 6 is using the centralized fire hire process for hiring permanent fire positions. Fire Hire is a Forest Service process that we use to hire the majority of our permanent workforce in fire management positions at the GS-5 through GS-9 grade level.

We are looking for a committed, hardworking, highly skilled workforce to suppress wildfires and work in fuels management on 19 National Forests in Oregon and Washington. The fire and aviation management program is very rewarding and requires working safely as part of a team in a variety of specialized positions; including dispatch, engine crews, fuels technicians, handcrews, helitack, hotshot crews, smokejumpers, and prevention. The unique feature of this process is the ability to immediately backfill positions that have been vacated during the fire hiring process. See the list below of all currently vacant position and the list that shows all possible positions that could become vacant during the fire hire process.

The following timeline is for the 2019 R6 Fire Hire. Applicants will search and apply for jobs in USAJOBS.

Process and Timeline


August 01, 2018
Application announcements will be activated in USAJobs.

Final 2019 Fire Hire Outreach (.pdf)

Application Deadline

October 15, 2018 11:59 EST
Apply through USAJobs. Applicants are encouraged to apply for multiple locations (where they would accept a position if offered), even if vacancies for certain locations are not listed as vacant. Vacancies may occur during the hiring process and could be filled during Selections.

Application Evaluation

January 21 to January 27, 2019
Subject matter experts will generate Reference Evaluations and gather this information for selecting officials. Supervisory Reference Checks will occur this week. Please ensure your references are notified of this and they are available at the email address (preferred) or phone number provided on your application.
Reference Check Form (.pdf)


January 28 to February 15, 2019
Representatives from each forest will make recommendations for hiring. Applicants selected will be notified by a Forest Service representative by phone. Interviews will occur for all GS-08/09 and GS-09 positions during this time, including weekends. If you are interested in a GS-08/09 and/or a GS-09 position, you MUST BE AVAILABLE at the phone number listed on your application to receive an interview. You might not be considered for a position if you are unavailable.

Published 2016 August 06, last updated 2018 July 03.

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