Become a Wildland Firefighter

Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex is looking for hard-working, motivated men and women for this upcoming fire season.

Successful candidates will serve as a crewmember on an engine crew using a variety of specialized tools, equipment, and techniques on wildland and prescribed fires; you will learn to use equipment associated with wildland fire engines, including pumps and hoses as well as communications equipment.

The Klamath Basin Fire Management Zone unit is headquartered at Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge, in Tulelake, CA. It staffs a Type 3 and a Type 6 engine through-out the summer. Fire season starts in May and can extend through November. Engines are typically the initial attack resource dispatched to new fire starts, and average up to 30 responses per year; engines can be called to respond to incidents anywhere in the nation.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) manages fire to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats while protecting FWS facilities and surrounding communities. Fire management is integrated into the FWS land management program.

If you are physically fit, work well with others, are willing to travel and sleep in a tent for 14 day stretches this position may be right for you!

  • You must be a US citizen Be between 18 and 35 years old
  • Have a valid state driver's license
  • Pass mandatory pre-employment drug test
  • Be able to pass a physical fitness test


How to Apply

Applications must be on-line through Visit our careers page to learn more about the online application process.

Contact us for more information

Engine Captain Kyle Bonham (530) 667-8317

Engine Captain Jim Adams (530) 667-8320

Fire Management Officer Philip Bordelon (530) 667-8304