California Wildland Fire Hiring Events
The Bureau of Land Management is holding two events in California to quickly fill over 100 wildland firefighter and support positions for the 2024 Fire Year. Applicants are encouraged to attend one of the in-person events, but may apply online in advance.
Outreach Event in Riverside
Hiring Event in Sacramento
December 1-3, 2023
February 2-4, 2024
|Hours: 9 am to 4 pm each day.||Hours: Friday, 12 pm - 4 pm; Saturday. 8 am to 4 pm; Sunday 8 am to 2 pm.|
|Pacific Southwest Research Station (Google Map)||Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Sacramento (Google Map)|
|Apply online between Nov. 29 - Dec. 4||Apply online between Jan. 29 - Feb. 4|
During the in-person events, hiring officials will be available onsite to answer questions, review resumes, conduct interviews and help you navigate the application process.
At the Sacramento hiring event, selected applicants will be able to complete background checks, medical exams and job offers may be made on-the-spot. There will also be a LIVE Q&A where applicants can ask questions of current wildland fire personnel. Interviews may be scheduled up until 4 pm each day.
The event in Riverside will be catered toward applicants that prefer to work in southern California and/or may not be available to travel to Sacramento.
If you can't attend in person but still want to apply online, check out our protips for landing your first fire job.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where are the vacancies located?
BLM California has positions located throughout the state. When you look at a position on USAJOBS, you can find available locations under "Overview” in the column on the right.
Are the jobs permanent or temporary? Year-round or seasonal?
The jobs include full-time permanent, temporary seasonal and permanent seasonal vacancies.
- Full-time permanent positions are employed year-round.
- Temporary seasonal positions are employed for roughly six months per year for only one year.
- Permanent seasonal positions are employed for a minimum of six months per year on a recurring basis.
What positions are being filled?
The available positions include wildland firefighters for engines, hotshots, handcrews, helitack, and dispatchers. A summary of position types is available on the National Interagency Fire Center's wildland fire job page. Detailed position and wildland fire qualification information is available in the National Wildland Fire Coordinating Group's position catalog.
Which event should I go to?
Interested applicants should attend the Sacramento event. If an applicant is only interested in Ridgecrest, Apple Valley, Riverside, Essex, Yucca Valley and Banning, California locations, they should attend the Riverside event.
Do I have to attend in-person to apply?
No. Attending in-person provides the opportunity to speak directly with hiring officials, which can be beneficial if you haven't held a federal job before. It will also be beneficial to applicants because we can start the pre-employment checks, such as medical evaluation and fingerprinting, and possibly receive tentative job offers. If you can't attend in person, check out our protips for landing your first fire job. Qualified applicants will be considered regardless of whether they applied online or in person.
Do I have to apply online in advance?
No. However, it is highly recommended to apply in advance during the open application period listed so applicants can schedule their in-person interviews during the events. Applicants may submit applications in-person and still have an interview at the event without applying online, they will just have to wait for an open interview time.
During the in-person events, hiring officials will be available onsite to answer questions, review resumes, conduct interviews and help you navigate the application process. At the Sacramento event, for those that are selected they will conduct background checks and medical exams; job offers may be made on-the-spot.
Do I need firefighting experience to apply?
Some of the available positions are entry level and require no firefighting experience. With few exceptions, entry level positions require applicants to be under the age of 37. For more information about exceptions please carefully read the requirements in the job listing on USAJOBS.
What do I need to bring with me?
- Two forms of valid, government-issued ID, such as a driver’s license and social security card, or passport
- Complete resume
- Military records, if applicable (DD214, VA Letters)
- IQCS report or other training records, if applicable
- Recommendation letters, if available
- Pen and paper
- Be prepared to complete a health history questionnaire and a medical exam, if selected
How soon will I know if I’ve been hired?
Riverside event: Job offers will be presented in late January.
Sacramento event: Some tentative job offers will be made on-site, pending background checks, drug screenings, and a medical exam. Other applicants will be notified a couple of weeks following the event.
Can I bring my family with me?
Yes. They must stay outside the interview rooms. There will be fire engines on display and crews available to chat with, so you and your family can learn about your future career!
How long should I expect to be there?
It could take several hours to go through the whole process, including medical and background checks if selected.
I'm not feeling well. Should I still attend?
The fire year in California is year-round, and we want everyone to stay healthy. If you aren't feeling well, please don't attend. You can apply for positions online throughout the year using USAJobs.