BLM recruiting for seasonal firefighting jobs

Contributed Photo: A wildfire burns near the Pima Bridge during the 2019 fire season.

By June Lowery

SAFFORD – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Gila District is currently recruiting applicants for seasonal employment during the 2020 fire season. Wildland firefighters provide a valuable service, protecting American communities and public lands. To serve on a fire crew, persons must be at least 18 years of age, have a strong work ethic, be able to pass a fitness pack test, medical exam, and maintain good physical fitness, be available to travel out of state for extended periods, and be willing to contribute in a team structured environment.

Applications will be accepted through March 1, 2020. Applications are available at the front desk of the BLM Safford Field Office, 711 S. 14th Ave., Safford, Ariz., 85546. Applicants will be notified in April regarding their selection for one of the 20 positions on the crew. Recruits will receive classroom and field training. 

While most fire duties will be in southeastern Arizona, some assignments may be out of state and last 14 consecutive days, plus travel time. Recruits will be classified as Emergency Firefighters, hired on a call-when-needed basis and are only paid during a fire and/or work assignments; pay is $18.64 per hour.

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: Thatcher firefighters wet down the brush during a wildfire near the Gila River in 2019.

If you think you have what it takes to be a wildland firefighter, and if you seek meaningful employment for several months, please contact Kress Sanders or Nic Bazso at the address noted above or at 928-348-4400.

To learn more about BLM’s fire and aviation program in Arizona, visit