ELKO FIELD OFFICE NO. 2009-02
FOR RELEASE: December 23, 2008
CONTACT: Dylan Rader, Assistant Fire Management Officer, 775-753-0395
Federal Firefighting Agencies to Host Job Fair
Elko, Nev.—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the U.S. Forest Service are accepting applications for summer seasonal firefighting and dispatching positions for the 2009 fire season at locations nationwide, including the Elko area and other duty stations across Nevada. Applications must be submitted no later than January 20, 2009, to receive first consideration for most positions.
There will be a job fair at the Elko BLM district office, located at 3900 E. Idaho Street, on January 7, from 6-8 p.m. to assist interested applicants with the application process. Fire management personnel will be on site to discuss available job opportunities and to assist applicants with the internet-based application process. Applicants who are interested in attending the job fair are asked to bring a resume (either hard copy or electronic format) that includes past work experience to expedite the time needed to apply for these positions.
Applications for BLM and Forest Service firefighting and dispatch positions nationwide must be submitted using the Office of Personnel Management’s USAJOBS website (www.usajobs.opm.gov/). To learn more about fire and aviation employment opportunities and access a link to the USAJOBS website, applicants should call the Elko BLM Fire Information Hotline at 775-753-0301, or visit the Elko BLM Fire and Aviation website at www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/elko_field_office.htm.
Selected applicants for primary firefighter positions must 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. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age prior to employment. The federal government is an equal opportunity employer, and all applicants will receive equal consideration without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, handicap or other non-merit factors.