Hiring for the 2015 Fire Season Begins December 1, 2014
We will begin accepting applications for engine crews December 1, 2014. It is highly recommended that you apply before January 13, 2015 for early consideration. It is important that you do not miss the deadline. Typically all of our engine crews are selected off the early consideration roster. Applications received after January 13, 2015 may not be considered if the roster is full.
What job to apply to?
If you would like to work for the BLM in Idaho Falls, Pocatello or Salmon as a wildland firefighter on an engine, apply to the following job announcement number:
Make sure to specify WHICH LOCATION YOU PREFER--Idaho Falls/Pocatello or Salmon.
If you have NO PREVIOUS FIREFIGHTING EXPERIENCE, make sure you apply as a GS-03 position. If you are confused about your GS level, click here.
When you are ready to apply go to www.usajobs.gov, or click on the active link above. Once on usajobs, you will need to search for the job announcement BLM-FIRE-2015-004. You will need to create an account and fill out your application online, so make sure you save your password and login information.
If you are interested in other fire jobs elsewhere in the country, go to www.firejobs.doi.gov. This web site is a central location for information about seasonal fire jobs for the Department of the Interior.
If at any time you have questions regarding this process, please contact us or read this instructional pdf.
After you submit your application online, check to make sure it has been received by calling the contact number on the job announcement.
Seasonal firefighters will start around the first week in June and work until about mid October. Returning firefighters often come on earlier and there is sometimes work late into the winter. We believe you only become a better firefighter if you travel so plan on doing some traveling. We work in every state wherever and whenever help is needed. During busy seasons you can plan on going off district a couple of times a year.
Early Consideration for GS-5: 1/13/2015
Early Consideration for GS-3/4: 1/27/2015
More About the Idaho Falls District BLM Fire Engines
Our Engines are responsible for initial attack coverage over all of east Idaho. We staff around 16 Engines each year (5 person Type 4 Wildland Engines) with guard stations in Salmon, Dubois, Atomic City, Idaho Falls, Blackfoot, Fort Hall, American Falls, Chubbuck, Pocatello, Malad, and Soda Springs. Also included are two initial attack dozers and water tender. Government housing is available at five locations on the district.
We also work closely with the Snake River Hot Shot Crew in Pocatello. Our engine crews are used to fill in on the crew during the summer as needed. Engine crew personnel from our program, who have the desire, successfully complete a season on one of our Engine Crews, and meet the physical fitness requirements have the advantage of getting selected first on our Hot Shot Crew the following season.
Physical conditioning is directly related to safety on the fire line. Therefore we feel that maintaining a high level of physical fitness is the key to a safe and effective program. Our daily physical training program is something we take seriously and expect this of all of our firefighters. All firefighter positions require passing the Work Capacity Test (three mile hike with 45lbs. in 45 minutes or less). In addition we have set fitness goals from "Fit To Work" a publication from the Missoula Technology Development Center.
District engine crew fitness goals:
1.5 mile run in a time of 10:35 or less
40 sit-ups in 60 seconds
25 push-ups in 60 seconds
The district crews also participate in the BLM National Fire Operations Fitness Challenge. The requirements of this challenge can be found here, along with other fitness related information, such as nutrition and pre-season physical fitness training plans. The averages fitness scores of new employees and the high numbers for each category are listed below
Pre-Season Rookie Fitness Average
|1.5 mile run
Pre-Season Best Fitness Scores Overall
|1.5 mile run
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