Are you looking for a career that is challenging but also exciting? By becoming a Forestry Aid you will be performing fire suppression and battling the wildfires to protect this beautiful country, its natural habitats and its residents! We are looking for young and highly physical individuals to join us as we work to fight wildfires.
This position is represented at the following bureaus
The ideal candidate must have working knowledge of standard wildland fire management program requirements, suppression tactics, methods and procedures and skill in the use of wildland firefighting hand tools, pumps and hoses, and chainsaws sufficient to perform routinely assigned fire suppression and prescribed fire assignments and to maintain firefighting tools and equipment. Working knowledge of fire behavior, hazards, and accepted fire safety practices and procedures to prevent injury and loss of life. Ability to perform duties under stressful and adverse operating conditions, such as long work hours, heavy workloads, emergency situations, adverse working and environmental conditions.
The work is primarily performed in forest, range and desert environments in steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely uneven, rocky, covered with thick tangled vegetation, smoky conditions, etc. Temperatures commonly exceed 100 degrees F and fall below freezing. Risks include smoke inhalation, fire entrapment, snake or insect bites and stings, exposure to excessive machinery noise, and falling and rolling material.
Minimum Education Requirements
Career Level Requirements
Responsibilities by Level
- Searches out and extinguishes burning materials by moving dirt, applying water by hose or backpack pump, etc. Chops brush, fells small trees, and moves dirt to construct fireline using various hand tools such as axes, shovels, Pulaskis, and McLeods.
- As directed, patrols fireline to locate and extinguish embers, flare-ups, and hotspot fires that may threaten developed firelines.
- May perform project work such as road and trail maintenance, habitat manipulation, and miscellaneous equipment and facilities maintenance.
- Patrols fireline on foot or vehicle to locate and extinguish embers, flare-ups, and hotspot fires that may threaten developed firelines.
Strengths by Level
AccountabilityHolds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.Show Tool TipEntry 2-3
Oral CommunicationExpresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.Show Tool TipEntry 2-3
Physical Strength and AgilityAbility to bend, lift, climb, stand, and walk for long periods of time; ability to perform moderately heavy laboring work.Show Tool TipEntry 2-3
ResilienceDeals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.Show Tool TipEntry 2-3
StaminaExerts oneself physically over long periods of time without tiring (which may include performing repetitive tasks such as data entry or coding).Show Tool TipEntry 2-3
TeamworkEncourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.Show Tool TipEntry 2-3