BLM Ely District accepting applications for seasonal firefighters

ELY, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management Ely District is accepting applications for temporary seasonal firefighters. The application period opens Dec. 13, 2021 and closes Jan. 4, 2022.

Wildland firefighting positions are available in Ely, Pony Springs, and Caliente. Submit applications online at For additional job information and a step-by-step guide on how to apply, go to

Length of appointment varies depending on agency needs and funding, but cannot exceed 180 days, excluding overtime and training.  The normal term of employment is from May through mid-September. Salaries range from $13.45 to $16.90 per hour, depending on experience.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens.  They must also be 18 years of age at time of employment and in possession of a valid driver’s license.  Selected individuals are required to complete a physical examination and drug screening prior to employment and are subject to random drug testing during their time of service.  Those in primary firefighting positions must also complete a “pack test” upon entering duty, which consists of hiking three miles over flat terrain in 45 minutes or less while carrying a 45-pound pack. 

The District will host an application and resume workshop beginning at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 8, for those seeking entry-level wildland fire positions. The session will be held via Zoom and topics will include USAJOBS access and navigation, resume tips, and current and upcoming vacancies in the area. It is recommended that attendees establish a USAJOBS account prior to the workshop at USAJOBS Profile. Please register in advance at

For more information, contact BLM Ely District Assistant Fire Management Officer Ray Maestes at (775) 289-1923 or Fire Support Assistant Jennifer Hollingsworth, at (775) 289-1924.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our 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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