Cal Fire Jobs - USFS Seasonal Firefighter
If you need additional information, please contact our Human Resource Management (HRM) Contact Center at (877) 372-7248, and press 2.
The HRM Contact Center is available 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Mountain Time), Monday through Friday.
Update: Selected applicants who applied in August for a wildland firefighter position will be contacted October 30-November 17 for interviews.
Helpful information about the application process is also posted on our How to Apply website.
NOTE: Vacancy announcements will be posted on USAJOBS November 1-15.
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Several duty locations are available in the Northern, Rocky Mountain, Southwestern, Intermountain, and Pacific Northwest Regions.
The 2018 Fire Season application process typically opens in November 2017.
As the name implies, Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management is a wide field, encompassing firefighters, fire ecologists, fuels specialists, fire managers, administrative personnel, helicopter and fixed wing pilots, aviation and ground safety professionals, radio communications and electronic technicians, dispatchers, fire prevention specialists, and communicators.
Generally, the Forest Service workforce reaches its highest numbers during the peak fire season each summer. There are many kinds of schedules available to work. Some sign on for a limited number of hours during the summer - they are called seasonals. Others have permanent seasonal positions, and work 26 weeks with 26 weeks off. Others work full time, year around, but have limited appointments or a "not to exceed" time limit of one to four years.
And there is a large permanent, full time workforce as well — that have chosen Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management for their career.
Individuals who want to be seasonal firefighters need to think about wildland fire hiring as early as November as alot of the announcements close in January.
Thats when most applications are due. Learn more about different job openings by visting the FSjobs website.
Seasonal jobs in firefighting include working on a local unit handcrew, on a helitack/helirappeling crew, a HotShot Crew, as a smokejumper, or on an engine crew. Remember, these are tough jobs usually performed in primitive, backcountry conditions. In addition to specific requirements for each kind of job, it is essential that firefighter be in top physical condition for this demanding work. Employees and prospective employees must pass the Work Capacity Test annually before working on the fireline. The Forest Service will provide you Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) clothing, hardhat and fire shelter, but you must provide your own lug soled, leather eight-inch topped boots. The Forest Service also provides training in many specialty fields.
The people involved in Fire and Aviation Management well represent the pride exemplified by all Forest Service employees in "caring for the land and serving people." We look for dedicated men and women from all walks of life, of all abilities, to join our workforce.
While the Fire District maintains a Career staff of professionally trained firefighters at nearly all of its fire stations, some are staffed solely through utilization of a Paid-Call Firefighter staff.
In addition, the Paid-Call Firefighter Program adds personnel to an already staffed fire apparatus, in order to provide an augmentation of staff for each emergency response.
This Program is administered by a CAL FIRE employee and serves the entire Fire District.
The general public is unable to differentiate between Career and Paid-Call Company members.
Therefore, the responsibility is equal to that of all Firefighters who serve in the Fresno County Fire Protection District.
All Company Members are required to meet and maintain established minimum standards of physical fitness, personal discipline, training and emergency response.
Accepting an appointment as a PCF, is the acceptance of responsibility to serve as a Firefighter of the Fire District and expresses a commitment to meet and maintain the minimum standards required by any Firefighter serving in the State of California.
Each individual should take pride in the services they provide to their Community and should strive to perform at the highest level of proficiency and professionalism.
The Wildland Firefighter Apprentice Program is an accredited, educational program designed to enhance and develop future Fire and Aviation Managers. The intent of the Program is to take a career entry firefighter and provide education, training and paid work experience over a 12 to 48 month period, depending on experience. Upon successful completion of all the requirements of the Apprenticeship Program, the apprentice will reach journey-level status
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