Alturas Field Office

General Firefighter Information

  • Hiring
  • Common Mistakes Made On Applications
  • Physical Requirements
  • Working Conditions
  • Equipment
  • Hours-Pay-Days Off




If you are interested in seasonal employment with BLM, you can find information on job availability and the application process by going to Applications for early consideration have to be submitted by the middle of January, well before the start of the fire season. The majority of seasonal firefighters are employed between March and November.

To apply you must be a United States citizen, and at least 18 years of age by the time of appointment. All applicants must have a valid drivers license.  You will be considered without regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation; marital status; race; color; sex; national orgin; non-disqualifying physical or mental handicap; or age. Please submit application by entering


On reporting to work, you will be issued fire gear, ranging from protective clothing to individual fireline equipment - sleeping bags, packs, canteens, first aid kits, headlamps, etc. Keeping your equipment in working order during the fire season is your personal responsibility.

You will also be responsible for supplying certain personal clothing for work, as well as outfitting your fire pack. This should include leather boots with non-skid soles, several pairs of boot socks, underwear, towels, wash cloths, t-shirts, a warm jacket or sweatshirt and personal gear - soap, shampoo, etc. If you have prescription medicine or extra eye glasses, pack them to.

  • It is possible that you may have to live out of your fire pack for two to six weeks at a time, so pack accordingly. You will be issued a "Fire Bag" for clothing and toiletries.