Join our Seasonal Firefighting Team

Do you want a meaningful and rewarding summer job? Do you enjoy physical, sometimes strenuous, labor? Each year DNR seeks hundreds of dedicated individuals to help protect 13 million acres of Washington wildlands from wildfire. 

What’s new this year?

DNR has 30 new full-time positions for qualified wildland firefighter leaders interested in forest restoration and wildfire preparedness and prevention work in the off-season, along with fighting wildfire in the summer. When it isn’t wildfire season, duties will include the application of prescribed fire (a controlled burn conducted to restore forests) and wildfire risk assessments for communities and people’s homes. Positions are available at DNR regions across the state and pay up to $53,904 a year. Applications are due Dec. 1.  Learn more.

Apply for a 2020 job as a DNR Seasonal Wildland Firefighter

These seasonal, temporary firefighting jobs are offered statewide. Expect to work three to four months beginning mid-June and ending in mid-September. We provide the training, safety clothing and protective gear. You bring enthusiasm and the ability to perform courageous outdoor work safely, productively and responsibly. Watch for firefighter jobs to open We want you to be successful. See these online resources and keep the following three tips in mind when you apply: 

Qualifications needed

  • 18 years old when hired (typically mid-June)
  • Have a high school diploma or GED when hired (typically mid-June)
  • Have a valid driver’s license, 2 years of driving experience and an acceptable driving record with no serious traffic violations. We cannot accept the following:
    • License suspension/revocation due to reckless driving, hit and run, leaving an accident scene, failure to appear, DUI or other vehicle-related felony
    • More than 3 moving violations in the past 12 months
    • More than 4 moving violations in the past 24 months
  • Able to operate a manual transmission
  • Able to buy regulation boots for $250 – $350 (reimbursed up to $350 with a receipt after purchase)
Don’t be alarmed if you don’t hear from us right away – it can be several months into spring before we start contacting applicants for interviews.  
Know that the experience and training you’ll take with you as a DNR wildland firefighter can form the foundation for a lifelong career in forestry, a related natural resource profession, or a permanent position within DNR Wildfire.  
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