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.

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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 people 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 fight 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 fighting efforts.
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.

Last updated: April 8, 2018