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BLM Nevada News
FOR RELEASE:  Monday, Dec. 3, 2007
CONTACT:  Chris Hanefeld, (775) 289-1842; chris_hanefeld@nv.blm.gov

BLM Ely District Accepting Temporary Seasonal Firefighter Applications

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District is accepting applications for temporary seasonal firefighting positions.  Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, June 25, 2008, but those submitted by Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, will receive first consideration in the hiring process.

Temporary seasonal positions include engine, fuels or Helitack crew members, as well as dispatchers. The district is filling positions in Caliente, Ely and Pony Springs.  Applications must be submitted using the BLM’s automated application system, called FIRES, available on the Internet at: http://www.firejobs.doi.gov

Length of appointment varies, depending on agency needs and funding, but cannot exceed 180 days, excluding overtime and training, during a service year.  Salary for these positions ranges from $10.09 to $13.83 per hour, depending on experience, with a normal term of employment from June 1 through mid-September.

Applicants must be 18 years of age at time of employment.  They must also be a U.S. citizen.  Selected applicants must complete a preemployment drug screening and physical examination prior to appointment, and are subject to random drug screen testing during their period of employment.  Those selected for primary firefighter positions must also pass the "pack test" after entering on duty.  This test consists of a three-mile walk over flat terrain carrying a 45-pound pack in 45 minutes or less.

For information call Ely Field Office Assistant Fire Management Officer Ray Maestes at (775) 289-1923, Ely Field Office Fire Operations Supervisor Bill Panagopolous at (775) 289-1921, or Caliente Field Station Fire Operations Supervisor Ty Mizer at (775) 726-8112.


Last updated: 12-07-2007