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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

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 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.


  • Must be age 18-37 years
  • Must be a US Citizen with valid state identification
  • High School Graduate or G.E.D.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Services

Application Process

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