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Release Date: 12/03/13
Contacts: Media Only: Paul Petersen , 775-861-6668 ,
News Release No. 2014-006

Federal Firefighting Agencies Recruiting Summer Firefighters

Reno, Nev.—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is accepting applications for summer seasonal firefighting and dispatching positions for the 2014 fire season. Applications must be submitted no later than January 14, 2014 using the Office of Personnel Management’s USAJobs website at to receive first consideration for most positions.

Salary for these positions ranges from $10.95 to $22.50 per hour depending on experience, with a normal term of employment from May through September. Government housing may be available at some stations depending on location.

Selected applicants for BLM positions must complete a pre-employment drug screening and physical examination prior to appointment and are subject to random drug screening during their period of employment. Candidates for primary firefighter positions with BLM must pass a “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. To learn more, interested applicants should visit the Employment Opportunities with BLM Nevada Fire and Aviation website at

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. 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.

For more information about BLM firefighting positions in Nevada, please contact the following:

Elko District - Dylan Rader - Assistant Fire Management Officer - (775) 753-0395
Winnemucca District – Mike Fettic - Zone Fire Management Officer - (775) 623-1705
Carson City District – Billy Britt – Fire Operations Specialist - (775) 885-6006
Ely District - Ray Maestes - Assistant Fire Management Officer - (775) 289-1923
Southern Nevada District - Chris Glode - Assistant Fire Management Officer - (702) 515-5131
Battle Mountain District - Barry Burt Assistant Fire Management Officer - (775) 635-4114

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 04-20-2015