Forest Service looking to hire firefighters |

Forest Service looking to hire firefighters

Thick snowfall makes it hard to imagine raging forest fires – but the U.S. Forest Service already is looking for a few good men and women to fill positions as temporary or permanent wildland firefighters.

The United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service is hosting a job fair Sunday at Lake Tahoe Community College from noon to 7 p.m.

“We’re going to be recruiting wildland firefighters for this summer,” Forest Service Capt. Rick Brower said. “Nationwide there will be about 3,500 jobs available. Locally, we’ll probably have around 30 seasonal positions and 40 on-call positions.”

Temporary positions last about six months beginning April 2001. Permanent positions include a retirement plan, health, life and vacation benefits.

Hiring will begin January 2001 to allow for necessary training.

“It’s open to everyone, women and minorities included,” Brower said. “The only requirement is that you are 18 years old at the time of hire and are a United States citizen.”

New employees are required to go through basic wildland firefighter training.

Wildland firefighters can be a member of an organized hand crew, engine crew, hot shot crew, smoke jumper crew or helicopter crew. Crews often travel to other states and regions to support fire management throughout the country.

“It’s working in the great outdoors,” Brower said. “It’s hard work that is very rewarding and it’s good pay. You get to travel a lot. You can be called to go anywhere in the United States.”

For more information, call (530) 573-2751.

Lake Tahoe Community College is located at One College Drive off Al Tahoe Boulevard.

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