Working in Wildland Fire

Two firefighters with driptorches ignite vegetation along a path.
Firefighters use driptorches to ignite the Goliath Prescribed Burn at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in 2016.


National Park Service (NPS) Fire and Aviation Management offers a broad range of opportunities for individuals passionate about protecting public lands and managing wildland fires. Whether you're interested in frontline firefighting roles or providing vital support in various administrative and specialized positions, there's a place for you to contribute to the NPS's mission.From administrative assistants and budget analysts to fire ecologists and smoke management specialists, each role plays a crucial part in ensuring the success of wildland fire management efforts. Whether you're stationed in parks, regional or national offices, or geographic area coordination centers (GACCs), your contribution helps advance the common goals of wildland fire and fuels management.With a team of nearly 400 permanent employees and 600 seasonal employees, the NPS's wildland fire management program is robust and dynamic. Collaboration with partners and conservation corps rganizations further enhances the workforce, creating opportunities for veterans, and young women and men from all walks of life to engage in meaningful work within the field of wildland fire management through conservation crews.If you're motivated, safety-conscious, and enthusiastic about making a difference in protecting and enhancing public lands, the National Park Service invites you to join our team. Whether you're on the frontlines or behind the scenes, your dedication contributes to the preservation of our natural and cultural heritage for generations to come.

A firefighter patrols a prescribed burn.
Careers in Wildland Fire

Explore different careers from front-line firefighters to information officers, fire scientists to fuels specialists.

wildland fire fighter watching a burn
Current Job Opportunities

Discover what wildland fire jobs are available today.

A group of fire staff on an overlook at Yosemite National Park.
Why the National Park Service

Learn what makes the National Park Service different when it comes to wildland fire management.

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Last updated: May 28, 2024