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Federal firefighting agencies recruit summer firefighters

By ThisIsReno

ELKO — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and the U.S. Forest Service are accepting applications for summer seasonal firefighting and dispatching positions for the 2011 fire season at locations nationwide, including the Elko area and other duty stations across Nevada. Applications must be submitted no later than January 11, 2011 to receive first consideration for most positions.

The Elko BLM District Office is recruiting for positions on engine crews at stations in Elko, Carlin and Wells. In addition, Elko BLM is recruiting for positions on the Ruby Mountain Hotshot crew and the Elko Helitack crew. Government housing may be available at these stations depending on location. Salary for these positions ranges from $10.95 to $22.50 per hour depending on experience, with a normal term of employment from June 1 through mid-September.

Selected applicants for BLM positions must complete a pre-employment drug screening and physical examination prior to appointment and are subject to random drug screening during their period of employment. Applications for BLM and Forest Service firefighting and dispatch positions nationwide must be submitted using the Office of Personnel Management’s USAJOBS website www.usajobs.opm.gov.

Applicants also must meet certain physical requirements. To learn more about fire and aviation employment, interested applicants should visit the Elko BLM Fire and Aviation website at www.nv.blm.gov/elko/fire.

The U.S. Forest Service, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, also is recruiting for engine crew member positions for the upcoming fire season at various outstations. The Mountain City Ranger District, Elko Office is recruiting for positions on the Mountain City engine stationed in Elko. U.S. Forest Service positions are currently being advertised on the AVUEcentral website at www.avuecentral.com. Vacancies can be located at either the AVUE or USAJOBs websites.

Selected applicants for primary firefighter positions with the BLM or Forest Service must also pass the “pack test” after entering on duty. This test consists of a 3-mile walk over flat terrain carrying a 45-pound pack in 45 minutes or less.

The Eastern Nevada Agency (ENA) of the Bureau of Indian Affairs is also recruiting for on-call firefighters and camp crew help for the 2011 fire season. Applications are available at the front desk at the Elko BLM Office, 3900 E. Idaho St. in Elko, and are also available from the Elko BLM Fire and Aviation website at www.nv.blm.gov/elko/fire. Applications must be completed by both new applicants and returning ENA employees and returned to the Elko BLM District Office no later than April 22, 2011. For more information about ENA on-call firefighting positions, call Spencer Gregory at 775-753-0308.

There will be a Job Fair at the Elko BLM office to assist interested applicants with the application processes (including computers available to apply online) on January 4, 2011 from 6-8 p.m.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age (16 years old for ENA camp crew positions). The federal government is an equal opportunity employer, and all applicants will receive equal consideration without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, handicap or other non-merit factors.

For more information, please contact Dylan Rader, Interagency Fire Management Officer at 775-753-0395 or by email at [email protected]

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