Seasonal Firefighters


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Apply for the 2017 seasonal fire positions at USAJobs.



Many applicants are curious and wonder what is expected of a seasonal wildland firefighter. A few questions to ask yourself BEFORE applying for a wildland firefighter position are:
• Do I enjoy the outdoors?
• Do I enjoy strenuous physical activities?
• Am I physically fit?
• Do I work well with others?
• Am I willing to travel?
• Am I willing to work long, unusual hours?
• Do I have any special outdoor skills?
• Am I willing to sleep in a tent for 14 days?


The majority of the duties performed by a wildland firefighter are outdoors and often in remote locations. Experiencing adverse weather elements, while working in the field, are not uncommon. Most duties for seasonal wildland firefighters are related to wildfire suppression, fire preparedness and occasionally prescribed burning. These duties include serving as an engine operator/crewmember during wildfire suppression activities; conducting regular maintenance and repairs on various equipment such as fire engines, ATV’s, other fire vehicles, chainsaws, and hand tools; serving as a crewmember during firebreak preparation which involves tree trimming, brush removal, mowing, etc. You may have the opportunity to assist other refuges as well as other federal agencies throughout the nation with prescribed burning and wildfire suppression. When not involved in fire related activities you will be providing assistance in conducting natural resources related project work on the Charles M. Russell NWR and/or on behalf of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s many refuges throughout the country.


All of the CMR’s seasonal firefighter positions, with the exception of the seasonal dispatcher position, are classified as arduous duty fire positions under the Interagency Wildfire Qualifications Standards adopted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. As a condition of employment, you must pass a pre-employment medical examination (which the Service will pay for). You will be required to achieve an arduous rating on the “Pack Test,” which requires you to walk 3 miles with a 45 pound backpack in 45 minutes or less. The Pack Test is correlated to measures of aerobic and muscular fitness as well as performance in field tasks such as working with hand tools or carrying loads over rough terrain. The Pack Test will be administered when you first report for duty. If you cannot meet the required fitness score for the Pack Test when it is initially administered, you must retake the test within a two week period. In the event you are unable to meet and maintain the fitness requirements you will be terminated in accordance with applicable personnel regulations.

fire crew fencing


If selected for a fire position you will be expected to wear protective and safety equipment. The government will supply most items- hard hat, leather gloves, fire resistant clothing, backpack, tent, etc. You will only need to furnish your personal belongings. 

Wildland fire boot stipend:

The following is the policy for all bureaus and offices within the Department, and to all employees regardless of the employment status. The payment of a one-hundred dollars ($100.00) per year stipend is authorized for employees holding a valid Incident Qualification Card with a fitness Rating of moderate or arduous, and who, as a condition of employment, are required to purchase wildland fire boots that satisfy the standards described in the Interagency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviation Operations and the Wildland Fire and Aviation Program Management and Operations Guide (BIA). Validity of the Incident Qualification Card is determined by the Fitness Expiration date on the card.


CMR has fully functional bunkhouses at each of the field stations, Fort Peck, Jordan, and Sand Creek. Government housing is offered to all of our seasonal firefighters at a fairly reasonable cost to the employee. In most cases, rooms will be shared with other seasonal firefighters. Incumbents are required to bring their own sheets, pillows and other bedding material of his/her choice. However, pots, pans, utensils, and other appliances are provided by the government. Other housing options in the surrounding areas of Fort Peck, Jordan and Sand Creek can be very limited and hard to find. 


 Fort Peck bunkhouse

Fort Peck Bunkhouse


Jordan bunkhouse








 Jordan bunkhouse


Sand Creek bunkhouse

Sand Creek bunkhouse