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.


Employment with the National Park Service offers a variety of exciting opportunities. The National Park Service Fire and Aviation Management program requires talented people working safely together to be successful. These interagency wildland firefighters are the best trained and the best equipped firefighters in the world.

A large number of staff support firefighters in their roles as dispatchers, fire scientists, budget analysts, purchasing staff, program assistants, communication and education specialists, electronic technicians, safety and prevention managers, and more. They all have a place in making wildland fire management successful. Together, they work for the common goals of fire management, fire prevention, and fire suppression.

The National Park Service’s fire program includes nearly 400 permanent employees and 600 seasonal employees. The Service both assists and receives assistance from our partners to manage fires, and to enhance the resources through fuels reduction projects. Whether directly fighting fires on a fire crew or providing support on an Incident Management Team (IMT), NPS employees spend thousands of hours supporting the nation’s fire management efforts.

The National Park Service has been partnering with conservation corps organizations across the country to create opportunities in wildland fire for women and veterans, and plans to continue hosting conservation crews in the future.

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: February 9, 2024