This is an important Wildland Firefighting recruitment opportunity that we would like you to share with your talented students asap (applications opened today, but deadlines for different positions vary).

The U.S. Forest Service is hiring for positions in wildland firefighting in California, and at locations nationwide, including permanent and permanent seasonal opportunities. We will be hiring around 1,000 permanent firefighting jobs across the nation. California will fill about 500 of those positions. The positions available will start as low as the GS-3. There are about 150 targeted at the GS-3 to 4 level. Since these are entry level, many students should be able to compete. Please see the qualifications section on each position announcement.

I have included all the info you will need to apply.  It includes announcement numbers, open and close dates, virtual job fairs, Tips for Job Seekers webinars and the links and phone numbers to the webinars.  Please note, the GS6 and above have a shorter open period. 

Make a lasting impact on the world around you and unlock opportunities for professional growth and career advancement. Join the U.S. Forest Service and be a part of an organization that is committed to caring for the land and serving people.

The following positions will be open on Apr. 27-May 13.

 Apr. 27-May 8

  • Forestry Technician (Squad Leader), GS-06


  • Fire Engine Operator, GS-06


  • Forestry Technician (Smokejumper), GS-06


  • Supervisory Forestry Technician (Supervisory Fire Engine Operator High Complexity), GS-07


  • Supervisory Forestry Technician (Fire), GS-07


  • Supervisory Forestry Technician (Fire), GS-07


  • Forestry Technician (Dispatcher)/Asst Center Manager, GS-08



Apr. 27-May 13

  • Forestry Technician (General Suppression), GS-03/04


  • Forestry Technician (Fire Dispatcher), GS-04


  • IA Dispatcher/Initial Attack, GS-05


  • Forestry Technician (Senior Fire Fighter Engine), GS-05


  • Forestry Technician (Hotshot/Handcrew), GS-05


  • Forestry Technician (Airtanker Base), GS-05


  • Forestry Technician (Senior Fire Fighter Helitack), GS-05



Review the job announcement carefully for required information to include in your application.


Visit the Forest Service Jobs webpage,, to learn more about career opportunities, benefits, hiring events, and resources to help with the application process.


We are hosting a series of virtual hiring fairs and webinars to help you through the application process. Join us and get answers to your questions.


  • Virtual hiring fair: Tuesday, Apr. 28, from 3-4 p.m. PDT
  • Virtual hiring fair: Thursday, Apr. 30, from 12-1 p.m. PDT
  • Virtual hiring fair: Tuesday, May 5, from 4-5 p.m. PDT
  • Virtual hiring fair link: Adobe Connect (you can join from a mobile device and listen in)
  • Tips for job seekers webinar: Friday, May 1, from 12-1 p.m. PDT
  • Tips for job seekers webinar: Wednesday, May 6, from 4-5 p.m. PDT
  • Webinar link: Adobe Connect (you can join from a mobile device and listen in)
  • Call-in: 1-888-844-9904; Access Code: 1203670#


If you need further assistance or help with the application process, you can contact Lily Nieves at or (559) 288-9384. You may also contact our recruitment staff Diann McGlothen at or Stephen Thomas at