Job Fairs Offer Forest Service Firefighter Careers

Job Fairs Offer Forest Service Firefighter Careers


Vallejo, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–April 20, 2004–Do you want to help the environment while protecting people from fires? Are you interested in a job that is exciting, challenging, and rewarding? Consider applying for one of 500 apprenticeship firefighter jobs now available through the USDA Forest Service.

The Forest Service Pacific Southwest Regional Office announced today that Job Fairs will be held in Sacramento, Fresno and Arcadia on Saturday April 24.

These jobs are permanent positions, with pay ranging from $8.42 – $10.31 per hour (GS-2 thru GS-4 Forestry Aid) and include benefits. All positions have promotion potential to the GS-462-5 level (Forestry Technician) after satisfying all apprenticeship training requirements and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) qualification requirements. In addition, because firefighters can work extended hours when fighting wildfire, they may earn substantially more during fire season.

“Wildland firefighters are the mainstay of our defense against wildfire, they are the people who get the job done on the ground,” said Jack Blackwell, Regional Forester for the Pacific Southwest Region of the Forest Service, “I’d like to extend a personal invitation for those interested to apply. It’s a great job.”

Wildland firefighters may be members of fire engine crews, hotshot crews, smokejumper crews, helicopter-based hand crews, or regular hand crews. During fire season, these crews often travel throughout California and other regions of the country to help fight wildfires, and occasionally provide assistance to other countries.

Those hired will receive specialized firefighting training through the Wildland Firefighting Apprenticeship program. This program includes classroom training at the apprenticeship academy in Sacramento and 4,000 hours of work experience at a variety of locations on National Forests in California.

The Sacramento Job Fair will be held at Florin Mall, 6117 Florin Road from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. In Fresno, the Job Fair will be at the Manchester Shopping Center, 1901 E. Shields Avenue from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. In Arcadia, the Job Fair will be at the Angeles National Forest warehouse, 701 North Santa Anita Avenue from 10 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Employment and fire experts will be on hand at all three sites to answer questions and to assist applicants in completing their applications. Applicants must be 18 or older and United States citizens, or be able to obtain citizenship by the end of the training program. Applicants who accept job offers will also have to pass a physical fitness and drug test.

To request an application package or additional information, please call 1-877-263-0759 or contact your local National Forest office. All applications must be postmarked by April 30, 2004. Job offers will be made by mid-May.



Matt Mathes, 707-562-9004

Job Fairs Offer Forest Service Firefighter Careers