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Alaska Fire Service Jobs
There are many diverse career opportunities with BLM Alaska Fire Service (AFS). If you like working outside and in a rewarding career with the opportunity to protect and manage some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country, working with the BLM AFS may be for you. Many BLM AFS employees began their career working as a temporary employee and progressed to become permanent employees with the organization. Temporary employees normally work from May through September. Career seasonals work a minimum of six months – April through September. Permanent full-time positions are year round. Employees may be stationed in remote field camps for up to two weeks. Payroll deduction is offered to pay for housing at the BLM barracks for temporary and career seasonal employees and meals are available at the BLM Dining hall, both located on Fort Wainwright. Fireline positions require completing the Work Capacity Test at the arduous level. Fireline positions also have additional fitness requirements specific to the position.
Working in Alaska is unique and has is challenges. Learn more about Fire Duty in Alaska.
Learn more about each of our organization's jobs in the BLM AFS Hot Careers Brochure and below:
Fire Operation Positions:
- Hotshot Crews
- Fire Specialists
- Alaska Smokejumpers
- North Star Crew
- Fire Medics
Fire Support Positions:
- AFS Supply Cache
- Information Technology
- Facilities Management
BLM AFS hires crews on an as-needed basis from villages within the AFS Protection Area. These crews are used to supplement the regular work force in the event of wildfire emergencies. Crew structure for use in Alaska consists of 16- 20 persons including one crew boss, three squad bosses, up to four sawyers and 8-16 crew members. Individuals hired for an EFF crew assignment must be at least 18 years of age and meet national standards for training, medical and physical fitness. Learn more about being an Emergency Firefighter (EFF)
BLM AFS hires short-term support personnel through your local job centers or tribal/city offices during periods of heavy fire activity. Positions include warehouse workers, drivers, timekeepers, food service workers and dispatchers. Job centers and tribal/city offices normally takes applications during the month of April.