U.S.Forest Service Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Program

This program offers education and training for future wildland firefighters.  Its intent is to enhance and develop the knowledge and basic skills necessary to work in assignments such as a forestry aid firefighter.  Entry level firefighters will attend a 3,000 hour on-the-job learning program, to include a 2 month long residential firefighting academy at the Wildland Fire Training Center in McClellan, California.

Upon successful completion of program requirements, Apprentices are eligible for Forestry Technician “Firefighter Type 1” positions, and can later be awarded a permanent full time position on a specific crew.

Typical duties of an apprentice firefighter consist of wildland fire suppression and fuel management in harsh conditions of heat, terrain and fuels.  Basic fire operations are performed to include the use of hand and power tools, fire line construction, fuel burning or removal and mop-up.  Fire apparatus operation duties will also be required.  Such duties involve meeting licensing requirements, driving over adverse terrain, operating fire pumps and valves to regulate water pressures, working with fire hoses and water additives


  • Applicants must access vacancy announcements through USAJobs;  http://usajobs.gov
  • Establish a profile and build or upload a resume at the USAJobs site.
  • For assistance, go to: http://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Main_Page
  • Data will be used in all future applications without the need to reenter
  • Must re-certify your application every 60 days


  • Must be age 18 -37 years
  • Must be a US Citizen with valid state identification
  • High School Graduate or G.E.D.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Services


California Region 5, Fire Recruiter, Rita Yates
Phone:  (707) 334-1394 or (530) 621-5288
Email: ryates@fs.fed.us