Application Process

Small fire on the Shasta Trinity National Forest on July 3, 2009If you are interested in becoming a Smokejumper candidate, you can apply online at: USAJOBS.GOV. The minimum requirements include at least one season of  wildland fire suppression work.
Generally, all Rookie candidates are GS-5 seasonal employees with the exception of detailers which may hold a different GS level. If you are eligible and qualified you will be ranked among other applicants. Your experience and training will be compared with other applicants as well.


Two Smokejumpers descend toward a jumpspot.Make sure you read the vacancy announcement thoroughly from top to bottom and follow the instructions carefully when filling out your application, usajobs has good tips for preparing your application. Do not hesitate to call the California Smokejumper Unit (530-226-2888) for clarification regarding the hiring process.

If you are chosen as a candidate, you will still have to successfully complete Rookie training in order to become a Smokejumper. Good luck!

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