Options Other Than Wildland Firefighting
You have options in the type of wildland firefighter appointment you accept to evaluate if the job is right for you. As with most jobs you can always give your notice and move on to something else if wildland firefighting does not meet your expectations. Within the Federal government's civilian service you can be hired in a seasonal, term, subject-to-furlough, career-seasonal, or career types of appointments. Seasonal employment provides you the ability to try different kinds of jobs within wildland fire, without making a permanent commitment. This type of job is called a "1040 hour" appointment because it does not exceed 1,040 hours in a service year.
Outside of the government similar opportunities exist such as the Veterans Fire Corps and Veterans Green Jobs. The Veterans Green Jobs program provides opportunities to work in a job and receive training while you determine if the job is a good fit for you. The Veterans Green Jobs Program extends beyond wildland fire. If you are uncertain about wildland firefighting, it can expose you to a variety of other employment opportunities.