ELKO FIELD OFFICE NO. 2008-16
FOR RELEASE: December 27, 2007
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
Summer Firefighter Job Fair Scheduled for Elko
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) will host a Job Fair at the BLM Elko District Office 3900 East Idaho Street in Elko on January 3, 2008 from 6 pm until 8 pm.
Applications for summer seasonal firefighting and dispatching positions for the 2008 fire season must be submitted online. BLM, BIA, and Forest Service fire staff will be on hand to help people apply and computers will be available as well. Applications must be submitted no later than January 17, 2008 to receive first consideration for Nevada BLM locations.
“Summer fire fighting jobs are very popular,” said BLM Elko Assistant Fire Management Officer Jeff Arnberger. “The benefits include earning money for college or travel and gaining experience with the federal government that will help people go into a public land management job other than fire. Plus it’s a great job – working outdoors, traveling the West, and constantly changing work assignments and settings. Our firefighters routinely pay a year’s college expenses with what they earn in a summer.”
“We’re recruiting for positions on engine crews at stations in Elko, Carlin, Mountain City, and Wells, positions on the Ruby Mountain Hotshot hand crew, and the Elko Helitack Helicopter firefighting crew,” Arnberger continued. “Government housing may be available at these stations depending on location. Salary for these positions ranges from $9.18 thru $15.59 per hour depending on experience, with a normal term of employment from June 1 through mid-September.”
Selected applicants must complete a pre-employment drug screen and physical examination prior to appointment, and are subject to random drug screen testing during their period of employment. Selected applicants for primary firefighter positions must also pass the “pack test” after entering on duty. This test consists of a 3-mile walk over flat terrain carrying a 45-pound pack in 45 minutes or less.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs, Eastern Nevada Agency fire program is also currently recruiting for on-call firefighters and camp crew members for the 2008 fire season. For the fire crew, applicants must be in good physical health and must be at least 18 years old prior to June 1, 2008. For the camp crew, applicants must be 16 years old prior to June 1, 2008. Interested applicants should pick up a paper application packet at the front desk at the Elko BLM office.
For more information about fire jobs call the Elko BLM Fire Information Hotline at 775-753-0301.