Wildland Fire Opportunity for Veterans – Applications due November 27, 2015

Earn While You Learn Wildland Fire Skills–Potential for Permanent Forest Service Careers!

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Qualified veterans: apply now for paid training in prescribed burns and wildland fire suppression with potential to continue your valued national service by joining the ranks of professional firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service.

There is potential to stay on beyond April for a permanent U.S. Forest Service career. Learn more here.

Position Details:
• Prescribed fire, wildland fire suppression and prevention.
• Move dirt, chop brush, or fell small trees; patrol fireline to locate and extinguish sparks, flare-ups and hot spot fire; perform other resource management activities as assigned.
•Must be available from January 25, 2015 through April 2015 or longer.                                  • Salary: GS-03: $12.19/hr                                                                                                                    • Provide own transportation to/from duty site.
• Resume/DD-214 must be received by COB November 27, 2015.

Qualifications:
• 18 years or older with positive attitude
• Honorable military discharge
• Meet VRA eligibility requirements
• Interest in outdoor work
• Must pass work capacity test during first week of employment as condition of employment.
• Must successfully complete 2 week basic firefighter training course on the Ocala National
Forest during first 2 weeks.

According to this article, “The discipline and command structure of firefighting crews are similar to the military, firefighters say, and the skills they gained in military service — like working as a team for a common mission — are fully transferable.”

Questions? Contact:

Deidre Smith, Equal Opportunity Specialist, USDA Forest Service
Phone: 334.421.8414
Fax: 404.347.0563
Email: dwsmith@fs.fed.us

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