BLM hosts wildland firefighter hiring events

The Bureau of Land Management hosts two events in California to quickly fill more than 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.

BLM seeks firefighters. File photo

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:
Riverside, California
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1-3, Pacific Southwest Research Station, 4955 Canyon Crest Drive, Riverside.

Sacramento, California
Noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 2; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 3, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 4, Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Sacramento, 2001 Point W. Way, Sacramento.

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. Register in advance through the website.

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

Applicants can visit https://www.blm.gov/california-firehire, for more information.