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.
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Information and Requirements ForWildland Firefighter Applicants
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STEMMeet the Fire Scientist
NPS wildland fire management is based on best available science. Interested in STEM? Fire science may be the career for you!
Last updated: February 9, 2024