So, you want to fight fires with Strategic Wildfire? That’s great. We are always looking for fit, tough, good-natured, hardworking individuals that know their way around the outdoors.
Here are a few of the traits that make great wildland firefighters. If you’ve got what it takes, let us know by answering each of these questions in your cover letter.
We might as well get this out of the way. If you can’t carry a 45-pound pack for three miles in under 45 minutes, then you are probably not cut out to be a firefighter. This is an arduous stress test that every firefighter working at Strategic Wildfire must demonstrate.
You can train for this by carrying around rocks in a bag. If you are having serious difficulty, then just imagine how hard it would be after 14 straight days on the fireline. If that sounds daunting, this might not be the job for you. You need a very high level of fitness to even be considered.
Firefighting takes physical endurance and mental stamina. The season can be a long, tough haul. And it’s not for everyone. Be prepared to work 12 hours a day, for weeks at a time (and be compensated handsomely for all that overtime*). However, be warned: The conditions aren’t pretty. For starters, you are in the middle of wildfire. You will be fighting fires and nothing else - for weeks at a time. If you can soot up every day, face the heat, and still have a smile on your face, you’ve got the grit that we want.
* Note: Strategic Wildfire offers paid travel, daily and weekly overtime
We are always looking for seasoned, experienced wildland firefighters that are a good fit with our organization.
The best wildland firefighters are just as comfortable in the outdoors as they are in their own home. They camp, hike, explore, and fish for fun. If you’ve got this far, you must have a few good camping/fishing stories, and at least your own gear, including:
*Note: All safety equipment and tools provided
Good wildland firefighters can make the most of uncomfortable conditions and are readily familiar with bugs, bad weather, disorientation, blisters, wild animals, and also the joys of being outdoors.
When you have been staring flames in the face for days, and living with a bunch of filthy humans, can you still crack a joke? Can you walk the fine line between bush scratch and injury, and help a friend when you’d rather be sleeping? Can you be fully present and connected, out here in the wild, yet always be looking for more ways to help out your comrades, even when every muscle in your body aches? That’s good spirit. That’s a positive attitude. And THAT – is what you see in the best.
Tell us how this is you.
You’ll need your S-100 and S-185. If you don’t have it, no problem, we can provide training at no cost - click here.
First Aid, OFA1 (occupational first aid) and Transportation Endorsement or OFA3 (level 3) - preferred.
You need to be able to follow instructions and adapt to changing circumstances. This is a crucial part of being in a team, and is critical when you are up against a wall of flame. Prove to us you can process our most basic requirement of putting your cover letter in our seven-answer questionnaire format, and we will know you are serious about working for Strategic Wildfire.