BLM to host wildland firefighter hiring events in California

Events scheduled December 1-3 in Riverside, CA, and February 2-4 in Sacramento, CA


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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Bureau of Land Management is hosting two events in California to quickly fill over 100 vital wildland firefighter and dispatch positions throughout the state for the 2024 fire year. Applicants are encouraged to attend one of the in-person events but may apply online in advance.

During the events, staff will be on-site to review resumes, process applications, conduct interviews and background checks and, at the Sacramento event, potentially make job offers.

"California’s need to build our wildland firefighter workforce is increasing and the Bureau of Land Management is looking to expedite the hiring process," said State Fire Management Officer Peter Kelly. "The BLM encourages enthusiastic, energetic individuals looking for a rewarding career in wildland fire management to apply and visit with us during these hiring events.”

The BLM will be hiring wildland firefighters for engines, hotshots, handcrews, helitack and dispatchers. A summary of these types of positions is available on the National Interagency Fire Center's wildland fire job page.

The in-person events are scheduled as follows:

December 1-3, 2023
Pacific Southwest Research Station
4955 Canyon Crest Dr
Riverside, CA 92507
Hours: 9 am to 4 pm each day.

February 2-4, 2024
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Sacramento 
2001 Point W Way
Sacramento, CA 95815
Hours: Friday, 12 pm - 4 pm; Saturday. 8 am to 4 pm; Sunday 8 am to 2 pm.

In addition to the hiring events, three informational webinars are scheduled to provide applicants tips and assistance to navigate the application process. Those webinars are scheduled for Oct. 19 and Nov. 9, 2023; and Jan. 25, 2024. Please register in advance through the website.

Job announcements, including qualifications, salaries, application instructions and application deadlines, will be available at USAJOBS. 

Applicants can visit, for more information.

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.