Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Northeast Region
2145 Key Wallace Dr
Cambridge, MD 21613
(410) 228-2677
Fire from the air. Credit: USFWS
Marshmaster. Credit: USFWS

Fire Program at Blackwater

Fire management is one of the tools refuge managers use to ensure that abundant and healthy vegetation exist for wildlife. In fact, fire has been used to manage Blackwater's wetlands for over 60 years. Among the goals of the Blackwater NWR Fire Program are:

  • to reduce the risk of loss of human life and property due to wildfires
  • to stimulate the growth of vegetation beneficial to waterfowl and other wildlife through the use of prescribed fire
  • to increase the overall health of the wetlands

Take a moment to learn more about the Blackwater NWR Fire Program by following the links on the left and discover for yourself the role that prescribed burns have played in keeping the Blackwater ecosystem healthy and productive.

Seasonal Job Opportunities with the Blackwater NWR Fire Program

A seasonal fire crew of up to four firefighters is hired annually during our fire season, which typically runs November thru April. Positions are a mix of GS-3, 4 and 5 ratings. Housing is provided on the Refuge. Crew members will participate on many prescribed burns both on and off the Refuge. Application information can be found at or Thank you for your interest in the Blackwater NWR Fire Program.

More info about our fire program

Last updated: September 30, 2010