Current Apprenticeship Job Opportunities within the USDA Forest Service

U.S. Forest Service Hiring Wildland Firefighter Apprentices

What you need to know

The Forest Service is excited to offer an apprenticeship training program for prospective wildland firefighters age 18-37. The application period is TBD

Purpose of Apprenticeship Program

  • The apprenticeship program is intended to develop the knowledge and basic skills necessary to work as a wildland firefighter. Apprentices will attend a 3,000 hour on-the-job learning program, which includes up to a 2 month-long residential firefighting academy at the Wildland Fire Training Center in McClellan, California.

  • Apprentices will be paid and all costs of training will be covered by the Forest Service.

Upon Completion of Training

Apprentices are eligible for Forestry Technician "Firefighter Type 1" positions and will be eligible for permanent, full-time positions. Multiple duty locations are available for the permanent jobs.

Duties and Responsibilities

Typical duties of an apprentice firefighter consist of wildland fire suppression and fuel management in harsh conditions of heat, terrain and fuels. Basic fire operations are performed to include the use of hand and power tools, fire line constructions, fuel burning or removal and mop-up. Fire apparatus operation duties will also be required. Such duties involve meeting licensing requirements, driving over adverse terrain, operating fire pumps and valves to regulate water pressures, working with fire hoses and water additives.

Available Positions:

  • Forestry Aid GS-3
  • Forestry Technician GS-4/5
  • Forestry Technician GS-5

Qualification Information

  • Must be a US Citizen or US National
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
  • Must possess and maintain a Valid Driver's License
  • Subject to negative drug test prior to entrance on duty
  • If applying to a GS-5 position, must meet IFPM qualifications
  • Position requires a Work Capacity Test (WCT)
  • May require a Commercial Driver's License (CDL)
  • Willing to live/work in remote locations
  • Must meet Maximum Entry Age (MEA) requirements, ages 18-37*
  • Primary firefighter retirement covered position

Visit the Forest Service website for locations and additional requirement information. Apply on USAJOBS.

*Veterans and applicants eligible for the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) may apply if they are older than 37. For more information, contact Human Resources Management at (877) 372-7248, Option 2.

Application Process

Academy Staff and Instructor Openings

Submit applications by June 1, 2017 for priority consideration