Snake River Hotshots

Applications for temporary positions have CLOSED.

The following announcements are posted on USAJobs:

BLM-FIRE-2021-002-DHA: Hotshot Wildland Firefighter (Forestry Aid/Technician), GS-0462-03/04/05


BLM-FIRE-2021-003-DHA: Lead Hotshot Wildland Firefighter (Lead Forestry Technician), GS-0462-06


Application Period is November 16, 2020 and closes December 8, 2020:
Any future openings will be posted on this website.

To preview the announcement and questions, enter the announcement number at www.firejobs.doi.gov. All locations listed may not be hiring; check with each location. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the FIRES Help Desk at 888-364-6432.

FIREJOBS website link: https://www.firejobs.doi.gov  

HR NIFC website - direct link to videos:  https://www.nifc.gov/jobs/jobs_main.html

Contact Snake River IHC Assitant Superintendent Kenny Bochniak for more information. Email: kbochniak@blm.gov Phone: 208-709-2461

Application Recomendations

a) List DD/MM/YY begin and end date for all work experience claimed

b) List all work experience, not just fire related

c) Elaborate on specific duties and be sure to emphasize physical labor and physical fitness

d) Highly recommended to list previous supervisor and phone number for all work experience. Be sure the phone number is current. It does not do us any good to know your former boss’s phone number from 3 years ago if it has changed. Please include an updated phone number for *all* references.

e) Contact DOI Fires Help Line at 888-364-3462 if you have any questions or problems applying. Do so before 12/8/2020. If you miss this date your chances of being included on our hiring certificates are significantly reduced.


The Snake River Hotshots are a Type I Interagency Hotshot Crew dedicated to wildland fire suppression. The crew is stationed in Pocatello, Idaho. In December 2014, the Snake River Hotshots moved into a new facility on South Valley Road. For the first time since the crew's inception in 2001, we have our own building, with space for classroom training, offices, and physical training, as well as a workshop and garage. The location of the facility near the new Cheyenne Crossing interconnect allows us to access the City of Pocatello's greenbelt trail system for additional physical training opportunities.

The crew members of the Snake River Hotshots come from a wide range of races, faiths, gender, education and regional backgrounds. We maintain a non-threatening work environment where all crew members are encouraged to actively participate in an ongoing commitment to excellence. But our schedule is difficult for many college students due to the length of the season (early May through October). Please do not apply if you cannot commit to this time frame.

After due consideration for safety, the Snake River Hotshots may volunteer for a variety of assignments. This includes working in the most physically challenging terrain. Smoke, heat, rain, snow, darkness, steep hills, close proximity to extreme fire behavior, and inadequate rest are common work conditions. Shifts can exceed 16 hours. We are away from our homes, families, and friends for weeks at a time. When fire assignments are not available, we keep busy with classroom and physical fitness training and fuels reduction projects. At times we conduct fuels work away from our home district.

The Snake River Hotshots firmly believe physical conditioning is directly related to safety on the fire line; thus the physical training regimen is demanding. Daily conditioning consists of stretching, running, power hikes, and some weight training. We cannot stress enough the importance of all potential crew members to get into shape prior to the season. Crew members and supervisors are also expected to arrive physically fit at the beginning of each fire season.

Snake River Hotshots Mission Statement:

The Snake River Hotshots will provide a safe and enthusiastic work force for wildland fires, control burns and any other work requested. This crew is made up of unique individuals, well trained both physically and mentally, who are proud to offer their individual talents in a unison effort to produce a high quality product. Through an ongoing commitment to self-improvement, the Snake River Hotshots will constantly recruit and train leaders for the future of our wildland fire programs. Crewmembers are encouraged to stay informed, ask questions, think for themselves and act in the best interest of the Snake River Hotshots and the Bureau of Land Management.

Snake River Hotshot 2019 Crew

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