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How to Become a Firefighter

Permanent "Full-time" Firefighter Positions - Check with the specific agency you are interested in to obtain information on permanent positions available. Each agency's employment practices, requirements, and time tables vary.

Helpful sites

  • Examples of firefighter duties, work conditions, hours, pay, physical fitness requirements, training, personal responsibilities and how to apply, can be found at www.fire.blm.gov/recruit.htm.
  • Bureau of Land Management hiring information is found at www.fire.blm.gov/recruit.htm.
  • National Park Service hiring information is found at www.nps.gov/fire (click on Employment).
  • United States Forest Service hiring information can be found at www.fs.fed.us/fire/people/employment.
  • Applications for federal jobs and other information are online at www.usajobs.gov.
  • You can search via the Office of Personnel Management, OPM-USA Jobs for federal fire jobs. The federal job series for fire positions are 0462 and 0455. To simplify your search for these openings, you can select Series 0462 and Series 0455 jobs and be automatically updated two times a week (Tuesdays and Fridays) of current job listings.