BLM, NPS and USFWS to host wildland fire hiring events

Events scheduled November 5-6 in Redding, CA, and November 19-20 in Northridge, CA


The Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Wildland firefighters watch an airtanker drop retardant on the Horse Park Fire in Colorado in 2018.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are hosting two hiring events to quickly fill 200 wildland firefighter and support positions in California and parts of Nevada, for the 2023 wildland fire year. 
The first of two hiring events will be held on Sat., Nov. 5 and Sun., Nov. 6., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Red Lion Hotel, 1830 Hilltop Dr., Redding, CA 96002. A second hiring event will be held on Sat., Nov. 19 and Sun., Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at California State University, Northridge – University Student Union, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330. Hiring officials will be on site at these events to answer questions, review resumes and help those interested in fire positions to navigate the application process. Some job offers may be made on-the-spot.
"Our need to build a year-round, firefighting and fuels management workforce has increased tremendously in tandem with the historic fire activity of the last decade," said Peter Kelly, Deputy Regional Fire Management Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “To meet that demand, we encourage enthusiastic, energetic individuals who are looking for a rewarding career in wildland fire management to apply and visit with us during these hiring events.”
Federal agencies will be hiring for wildland firefighters, engine captains, forestry aids, forestry technicians, firefighter apprentices, dispatchers and a helicopter crew supervisor. A summary of position types is available on the National Interagency Fire Center's wildland fire job page. Detailed position and wildland fire qualification information is available in the National Wildland Fire Coordinating Group's position catalog
To receive early consideration, job applications can be filled out online between Oct. 10-17, or in person at the events. Job announcements, including qualifications, salaries, application instructions and application deadlines, are available at Applicants can visit, for more information about the two hiring events.

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.