Do you enjoy the outdoors? Looking for adventurous career? Want a job that challenges you physically? A wildland firefighting job might be for you!
Wildland firefighters often travel to remote locations, many that are rarely seen by most people. Adventure is part of this profession; you could spend two weeks in the pristine mountains of Alaska and then spend two weeks in Idaho’s remote wilderness.
There’s a few steps you will need to take to apply for wildland fire positions. We break it down for you below.
Step one: Go to www.usajobs.gov and create an account.
You will be asked to fill out a short form with basic personal information, select “Submit” at the bottom when you are finished. Once you submit this form, you will be automatically logged into your USAJOBS account.
Step two: Build a federal resume.
You must build a resume with the USAJOBS Resume Builder before applying. Select “Build New Resume” then follow the steps to build your resume. On the last tab, “Finishing Up” select “Save for Later,” this saves your resume. You can store up to five resumes in USAJOBS. We don’t accept uploaded resumes. So make sure not to skip this step.
Step three: Find a vacancy announcement.
On USAJOBS, select “Search Jobs” then select either “Basic Search” or
“Advanced Search” and fill in the blocks with the information you are searching for. Once you have completed the blocks, select “Search” and then you will see the list of open vacancy announcements.
Step four: Make sure you are qualified.
Review the announcement thoroughly. The announcement describes who is eligible to apply, what experience and/or education are required and what supporting documentation you need to fax/upload with your application. Your resume and documentation must support your responses to the vacancy questions. So, for example, if you answer a vacancy question with information about your duties as an engine crew member, you should have information about your engine crew experience on your resume.
Step five: Apply and send in supporting documentation.
Click the “Apply Online” link at the right side of the page. Select your USAJOBS resume to submit with your application and answer the vacancy questions.
Submit required supporting documentation that applies to you (follow the Faxing/Uploading Steps). Then click “Finished.” You will be redirected back to “My Account” on USAJOBS, where you can track your application. You must complete the entire application process and be redirected back to USAJOBS to successfully apply to a vacancy announcement.
Step six: Check your application status.
Select “Application Status “once you are logged into your account, find the vacancy you applied to. Under the status column, it will indicate your status. If you select “More Information” it will direct you to another screen, where comments are posted concerning the status of job you applied to. You will be notified via e-mail if you are referred to the selecting official.
Keep in mind, wildland firefighting jobs required specific training and qualifications. To learn more about how to get training to be a wildland firefighter, visit nwcg.gov.