2019 Wildland Firefighter Positions Now Open

RENO, Nev. — Wildland firefighting positions with Bureau of Land Management Nevada are open now through February 2019. Below are the current vacancy announcement numbers and deadlines to apply. This year, positions are available for firefighters assigned to engines, handcrews or helicopters as well as equipment operators. Base hourly pay ranges from $12.74 to $27.66 per hour. Previous firefighting experience is not a requirement for entry level positions. Additional positions may be advertised over the next few months. The links to the job announcements can be found on the Nevada Fire Info site at www.nevadafireinfo.org/all-us-citizens. Information on the hiring process and wildland firefighting can be found at www.firejobs.doi.gov.

BLM Nevada has one of the largest firefighting programs in the continental U.S. and had a very active 2018 fire season. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, have a valid passport or birth certificate and a valid driver’s license, be at least 18 years old and pass a work capacity test (pack test) on the first day. Those who are hired will be seasonally employed from April through October.

Forestry Aid/Technician-Wildland Firefighter
Early Cut Off: 12/18/2018
Location: Carson City, Elko, Ely, Southern Nevada and Winnemucca

Forestry Technician-Helitack
Early Cut-Off: 12/4/2018, 1/2/2019, 2/5/2019
Location: Caliente, Elko, Ely, Las Vegas and Pony Springs

Wildland Firefighter-Handcrew
Early Cut Off: 12/18/2018
Location: Las Vegas

Engineering Equipment Operator
Early Cut Off: 12/18/2018
Location: Battle Mountain and Winnemucca

If you are interested in a specific location and would like to know more information regarding the position or the area, here are a list of district hiring contacts:

Battle Mountain: Chad Holbert, cholbert@blm.gov, 775-635-4115
Carson City: Billy Britt, bbritt@blm.gov, 775-885-6006
Elko: Craig Cunningham, wcunning@blm.gov, 775-753-0328
Ely: Ray Maestas, rmaestes@blm.gov, 775-289-1923
Southern Nevada: Jason Lanier, jlanier@blm.gov, 702-515-5218
Winnemucca: Josh Henry, jhenry@blm.gov, 775-623-1767
Winnemucca: Eric Nolan, enolan@blm.gov, 775-623-1793

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’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. 

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