Bakersfield Field Office

Seasonal Wildland Firefighter Recruitment

Hiring Information

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is looking for physically fit, innovative individuals interested in becoming seasonal wildland firefighters.

Each year the BLM's Central California District has several seasonal firefighter positions open. The Central California District includes the Bakersfield, Bishop, Folsom, Hollister and Ukiah Field Offices.  For more information, or if you have questions about the hiring process, call or email Rob Hedlund at (661) 391- 6163

To apply for for a job as wildland firefighter go to

Fire shelter deployment training. BLM photo.
Emergency fire shelter deployment training.

To be selected, applicants must be at least 18 years old, and U.S. Citizens.  If selected, applicants must pass a physical and drug test. Selected firefighters will be required to provide 8 inch-high laced boots, with a vibrum non-skid soles.

Self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) BLM photo
Self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) training

Physical Requirements Information:

Wildland firefighting is a very arduous job. Therefore, firefighters are expected to be in good physical condition at the start of the season. Everyone assigned to fire supression duties is required to pass a "Field Pack Test" with an arduous rating. The Field Pack Test is a 3-mile walk carrying a 45-lb. pack. The 3-mile walk must be completed in 45 minutes or less.

Once firefighters are assigned to their duty station, they will be expected to participate in daily physical training. This is to help maintain cardiovascular fitness and build upper and lower body strength.

Wildland Fire Program

Fire Stations 

Kern Valley Hot Shots

Seasonal Wildland Firefighter Recruitment


Bureau of Land Management
Bakersfield Field Office
3801 Pegasus Drive
Bakersfield, CA 93308
Phone: (661) 391-6000
Fax: (661) 391-6041
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., M-F
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