GOLETA, Calif. Dec. 5, 2018 – Los Padres National Forest is seeking highly motivated people to attend an introductory fire career awareness camp which will include training designed for entry level firefighters. Individuals selected for the program will be introduced to and gain basic knowledge of the Incident Management System, firefighting techniques, suppression equipment, safety, strategy, and tactics, as well as fire behavior.

Field exercises will be part of this valuable hands-on training. Participants will also receive leadership and career development training.

This year’s Women in Wildfire Basic Training Camp will begin Sunday, March 24, 2019, and conclude Friday, March 29, 2019. This 5 day, 4 night Camp will be hosted in Santa Barbara, California. If selected, participants will be paid for the training and physical fitness test portion of the camp. Participants will be staying in cabins, and meals will be provided throughout the week. Full attendance is mandatory for the entire week.

Graduates of the program will be highly competitive for temporary seasonal wildland firefighter positions upon completion of the training camp. These entry-level positions provide support to wildland fire operations over the summer. Firefighters safely engage in wildland fire suppression and emergency response operation activities. They travel and work up to 14 and possibly 21 day assignments, including out of the state. The work consists of hiking, carrying heavy equipment, operating fire apparatus, working near heavy machinery, and using hand tools such as shovels, Pulaskis, and chainsaws, sometimes in highly stressful situations. Career opportunities are also available in wildland firefighting to lead fire and aviation management programs.

For more information, please view the Outreach Notice or visit our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf.  To apply, select the following link: Women In Wildfire Training Camp – APPLICATION. You can also contact Equal Employment Specialist Julissa Gonzalez at (805) 680- 4559 or LPFJobs@fs.fed.us.