BLM looks to fill firefighter positions
The Bureau of Land Management’s Ely District will begin accepting applications for temporary seasonal firefighters on Monday, Nov 30. Applications will be accepted through March 29, 2016, but those submitted by Jan. 12, will receive first consideration.
Positions are available on engines, in Helitack and dispatch. Successful applicants will serve in Caliente, Ely or Pony Springs.
Length of appointment varies depending on agency needs and funding, but cannot exceed 180 days, excluding overtime and training. Salaries range from $11.17 and $15.31 per hour, depending on experience.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, 18 years of age at time of employment and in possession of a valid driver’s license. Selected individuals are required to complete a physical examination and drug screening prior to employment and are subject to random drug testing during their time of service. Those in primary firefighting positions must also complete a “pack test” upon entering duty, which consists of hiking three miles over flat terrain in 45 minutes or less while carrying a 45-pound pack.
Applications must be submitted online at usajobs.gov, available through the following link: http://www.firejobs.doi.gov. For more information, contact BLM Ely District Assistant Fire Management Officer Ray Maestes at 775-289-1923.
The introductory 80-hour program — announced in May as one solution to Nevada’s oft-lamented skilled labor shortages — is designed to train people in construction, building maintenance and related trades.