Wildland Fire Employers
Who hires wildland firefighters? Where are the jobs?
More than 30,000 people work as wildland firefighters each year in the U.S. Five federal agencies (Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and U.S. Forest Service) employ 54 percent of wildland firefighters, with state and local agencies making up most of the remainder. Many Native American tribes and nations also hire wildland firefighters.
The majority of wildland fire jobs are in the western U.S., although wildland firefighters work almost anywhere in the country.