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Careers in Wildland Fire

Challenge yourself to new limits, join the Forest Service men and women who serve to protect millions of acres within our national forests, our communities, and our natural resources.

The Forest Service employs approximately 10,000 wildland firefighters. Positions range from entry-level firefighter to senior fire management positions.


What to Expect

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.


Job Opportunities

  • 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 wildland fire related duties may involve fire prevention, patrol, detection, or prescribed burning.
  • Helitack - Loads helicopter personnel and cargo. Responsible for operation and maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland and prescribed fire situations.
  • Hotshot/Handcrew - Utilizes a variety of specialized tools, equipment, and techniques to actively suppress wildfires.
  • Fire Suppression – Performs assignments to develop knowledge of fuels management and fire suppression techniques and practices such as fire line construction, use of pumps and engines, hose lays, foam and retardant, working around aircraft, safety rules, and fire and fuels terminology.
  • Engine crew - Drives engine to fire locations, frequently over unimproved roads and positions engine in appropriate locations in consideration of the safety of crew and equipment and how the equipment can best be used in control and mop-up operations.
  • Fuel management – responsible for gathering data on fuel types, weather conditions, fire behaviors, and informing visitors of fire hazards and prevention regulations.
  • Explore the many opportunities today!


Frequently Asked Questions

Please review the FAQs about becoming a Forest Service Wildland Firefighter.


Apply Today!

Explore available Forest Service wildland firefighting jobs and apply today on USAJOBS. Remember to attach all required documentation to be considered for the position(s). Apply for a Forest Service Job – has helpful information to help you through the application process.


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