The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is looking for skilled applicants from diverse backgrounds to work as wildland firefighters for the upcoming season in various locations across Nevada. Jobs range from working as a member of a fuels crew, engine crew, helitack crew, Interagency Hotshot Crew (IHC), and dispatch positions. |
General job requirements for wildland fire positions include the following: 18 years of age prior to appointment, U.S. Citizenship, completion of a physical exam, completion of an arduous physical fitness test (Pack Test) which consists of a 3 mile walk carrying a 45 lb pack in 45 minutes or less, and you may be required to submit a negative pre-employment drug test. Many duty stations offer government housing that is available during your employment period.
The Bureau of Land Management in Nevada is organized into six District Offices (Elko, Winnemucca, Carson City, Ely, Las Vegas, and Battle Mountain). Each of these District Offices has a fire management program that consists of fire engine crews, fuels management personnel, dispatch personnel, and fire management personnel. In addition, some District Offices have helitack crews (firefighters delivered by helicopter who work to put out fires using bucket drops from the helicopter), and Interagency Hotshot Crews (highly trained and organized 20-person hand crews that construct fire line to extinguish fires). Most firefighting jobs are seasonal in nature; Nevada’s fire season usually begins around May 1 and ends around October 1. While firefighters primarily concentrate on initial attack fires within their districts or near their stations, firefighters are routinely dispatched nationwide.
Priority consideration will be given to those applicants who apply prior to the initial cut off date the first part of January. To learn more about the different types of temporary seasonal and career seasonal jobs that are available and how to apply for these positions, read Applying for Jobs with Nevada BLM Fire and Aviation. All federal government fire jobs are posted on the Office of Personnel Management’s USAJOBS website, in order to apply for positions you must create an account and build your resume using this website. For information about on-call employment (Emergency Firefighter / AD Employment) please visit the Eastern NV Agency BIA Fire Management link.
Applying for Jobs with BLM Nevada Fire and Aviation
Current BLM Fire Jobs (Updated 12-03-13)