The application period for Apprentice positions has concluded. Please check back mid-summer 2018 for more information.

Hiring Wildland Firefighter Apprentices

The Forest Service will be hiring for the Wildland Firefighting Apprenticeship Program. The apprenticeship program will develop the knowledge and basic skills necessary to work as a wildland firefighter. Apprentices will complete 3,000 hours of on-the-job training. They will also complete a 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 successful completion of the program, apprentices will be in permanent GS-5 firefighter positions.

How to Apply

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November 1-15

Check Forest Service Jobs webpage for vacancy announcement numbers


Wildland firefighter apprentices are involved with wildland fire suppression, management and control. They may be away from home for weeks at a time, often work long hours outdoors and may fly in helicopters, hike into mountainous areas or patrol on roads to access wildfires. They may also speak to the public about fire prevention. Other duties may include working in a dispatch or fire prevention capacity.

Duty locations are available across the United States. Check the Forest Service Jobs webpage for updates.

Available Positions

  • Forestry Aid
  • Forestry Technician

Eligibility Requirements

  • 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*
*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.

Help is Available

Helpful information about the application process is also posted on our How to Apply website. 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.

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