Wildland Fire Hiring Event

Thank you to all candidates who joined us for our wildland fire hiring and career fair!

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The U.S. Department of the Interior held a career fair in Denver, Colorado, to fill wildland firefighter positions across the U.S. for the 2024 fire year.  

Colorado Fire Hire and Career Fair

April 6-7, 2024
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center
15500 East 40th Avenue
Denver, Colorado
*Wildland fire positions were available on USAJOBs beginning Wednesday, March 27, 2024 and closed the last day of the event, Sunday, April 7, 2024. 

At the career fair, tentative job offers may be made on the spot. Interviews can be scheduled until 4 p.m. each day. Wildland fire and human resources representatives from the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be onsite. They will offer: 

  • Live wildland fire career presentations: learn about adventurous careers in wildland fire and talk with current personnel to find out if this is the career for you!
  • Resume café: learn how to create a simple, effective wildland fire job resume from human resources and wildland fire management professionals and get assistance with navigating our application portal, USAJOBS!
  • In-person interviews: wildland fire managers and human resources professionals will conduct interviews on the spot and talk with potential candidates.
  • USAJOBS tips and tricks: learn how to successfully navigate the federal hiring system, create a resume, apply for wildland fire positions, and find the right wildland fire job for you! 

Check out the bureau websites to learn more about the varied wildland fire management opportunities and locations: 

If you can't attend in person but still want to apply online, check out our pro-tips for landing your first fire job and then find your ideal positions on USAJOBS.

Informational Webinar

We held an informational webinar on March 20 to help you get the most out of the upcoming Interior Department career fair on April 6-7 in Denver, Colorado. If you missed the live webinar, check out the recording to learn more about wildland fire jobs, how to apply, and how to prepare for the career fair. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the vacancies located?

Federal wildland fire positions that will be filled at this career fair are located throughout the U.S. When viewing a position on USAJOBS, you can find the available locations under the Overview section in the column on the right.

Are the jobs permanent or temporary? Year-round or seasonal?

The jobs that will be filled at this career fair include full-time permanent, temporary seasonal and permanent seasonal vacancies.

  • Full-time permanent personnel are employed year-round.
  • Temporary seasonal personnel are employed for roughly six months per year for only one year.
  • Permanent seasonal personnel are employed for a minimum of six months per year on a recurring basis.

What positions are being filled?

The available positions will be announced in the coming weeks. Check back for additional details. The positions will likely include wildland firefighters for engine crews, hotshot crews, hand crews, helitack crews, and dispatchers. 

A summary of position types is available on the National Interagency Fire Center's wildland fire job page. Detailed position and wildland fire qualification information is available in the National Wildland Fire Coordinating Group's position catalog.

Do I have to attend in-person to apply?

No, you do not have to attend the career fair to be considered for these positions. If you can't attend in person, check out our pro-tips for landing your first fire job. Qualified applicants will be considered regardless of whether you apply online or in-person.

Attending in-person provides the opportunity to speak directly with hiring officials, which can be beneficial if you haven’t held a federal job before. It will also give you the opportunity to start pre-employment checks, such as fingerprinting, and possibly receive tentative job offers on the spot.

Do I have to apply online in advance?

No. However, we highly recommended you apply in advance so you can schedule in-person interviews during the event. You may submit applications in-person and still have an interview at the event without applying online, but you will have to wait for an open interview time. During the career fair, hiring officials will be available onsite to answer questions, review resumes, conduct interviews and help you navigate the application process. 

Do I need firefighting experience to apply?

Some of the available positions are entry level and require no prior firefighting experience. With a few exceptions, entry-level positions require you to be under the age of 37. For more information about exceptions, please carefully read the requirements in the job listing on USAJOBS.

What do I need to bring with me? 

  • Two forms of valid, government-issued ID, such as a driver’s license and social security card or passport
  • Complete resume (preferably one built within USAJOBS Resume Builder linked to your USAJOBS account)
  • Military records (DD214, VA Letters), if applicable 
  • Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) report or other training records, if applicable
  • Recommendation letters, if available
  • Pen and paper 

How soon will I know if I’ve been hired?

Some tentative job offers may be made onsite. Other applicants will be notified a couple weeks following the event.

Can I bring my family with me? 

Yes, families are welcome to attend. Family members will not be permitted in the interview rooms. There will be exhibits on display and wildland fire personnel available, so you and your family can learn about potential positions and how you can grow your career within the Department of the Interior.

How long should I expect to be there? 

The entire process could involve several hours. Registering and applying online in advance will reduce the amount of time you need to spend at the career fair. You’ll also have opportunities to visit exhibits, talk with wildland fire professionals, and learn more about wildland fire careers during the event.

I'm not feeling well. Should I still attend?

We want everyone to stay healthy. If you aren't feeling well, please don't attend. You can still apply for these positions online, as well as other wildland fire jobs throughout the year using USAJOBS.

I have more questions. Who should I contact? 

Email us at DOI_Office_of_Human_Resources@ios.doi.gov.

How to Apply Videos

Check out the National Interagency Fire Center's video series on applying for wildland fire jobs to learn more about the USAJOBS application process.

Help Spread the Word

Help us spread the word about the career fair. Share this page on your social media, or print and hang the event flyer!

Additional Questions? 

Contact DOI_Office_of_Human_Resources@ios.doi.gov.

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