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Veterans to Wildland Fire Employment



Welcome to the Wildland Fire Career Road Map

The information provided on this and associated pages will hopefully assist you in finding a job and guide you in your career plans.  Although the focus of this site is on assisting military or veterans in finding a job, the information is also helpful to anyone interested in working as a wildland firefighter or in wildland fire management. 

How to use this road map to find a job

This site has information divided into three sections, or phases, presented in a series of questions and answers to help improve your understanding of the types of jobs in wildland fire that could lead to finding a job or career in wildland fire management. 

  • The first is the "Exploratory Phase," where you will be guided in your search of job opportunities and to find out if a job in wildland fire may be right for you.

  • The second is the "Application Phase," where you can find out about applying for jobs.

  • The third is the "Integration Phase," where you can learn more about what to expect on the job and how you can make wildland fire fighting a career.   

Vet2FF_no_blackTo learn more about the types of jobs and career opportunities in wildland fire, check out the Fire Management Career Ladders which provides a view of jobs and career progression opportunities with short job descriptions

The Wildland Fire Program within the Department of the Interior (DOI) is providing the information on these pages as career transition advice for Veterans in support of promoting their recruitment, employment, training, and development.   To find out more on how DOI is committed to increasing the employment of Veterans within the Department's workforce please see the Veterans Employment Programs page.

Many veterans are already working in wildland fire.  Visit our Success Stories page to read about some of their experiences in wildland fire.

For a listing of links of related information, please see our Other Links for Veterans page.  If you would like to view all of the questions from the various phases mentioned above, please see our Veterans to Wildland Fire FAQ page.