Wildland Fire Positions Available

Sand Creek Fire is currently seeking call-when-needed wildland firefighters for tactical water tender crews

  • Pay based on qualifications and experience, ranging from $200-$400 per day
  • Qualified Firefighter Type 1, CDL drivers, those with fire experience, and mechanically skilled individuals preferred but not required
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Annual RT130 refresher training and pack test available for the 2019 season; rookie training available, if needed

Are you interested in gaining experience as a wildland firefighter? Sand Creek Fire currently has positions open on its tactical water tenders for the 2019 fire season. Qualified individuals will work in two-person crews operating water trucks on incidents across the West, engaging both directly and indirectly with the fire.

Applicants must exhibit: dependability, flexibility, attention to detail, ability to work as a team, ability to understand and follow orders, problem-solving and communication skills, and a dedication to safety. Employees must also act as respectable representatives of Sand Creek Fire when interfacing with both fire personnel and the community.

Interested individuals should enjoy travel, camping, hard work, and long days. A flexible summer schedule with a willingness to be in cell service and on-call is a must. Free training is available for those committed to joining the crew. Training includes a physical fitness test—the Pack Test—which consists of hiking a three-mile course carrying 45 pounds on your back, completing it in less than 45 minutes. Thus, physical fitness is a perquisite for the job. Other training requirements include:

  • S-130 Firefighter Training
  • S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior
  • L-180 Human Factors on the Fireline
  • ICS-100 Introduction to ICS
  • IS-700A NIMS: An Introduction

The latter two are self-study courses that prospective employees must have the initiative to tackle on their own. Employees will also need to fill out an Individual Employee Training Verification Form to list previous fire experience.

Firefighters are responsible for providing their own NFPA-certified wildland fire boots, a headlamp, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and tent. Nomex (pants and shirts) will be provided.

Training will be offered in April, and employees are on call-when-needed status starting in June.

If an exciting and potentially lucrative summer employment opportunity in wildland fire interests you, please fill out the form below. In the message section, tell us why you’re interested in working with Sand Creek Fire. Include any previous employment experience that makes you a good fit for this line of work.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.