BLM seeks seasonal call-when-needed firefighters 

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: Looking for a seasonal job outdoors protecting nature? Then the Bureau of Land Management has an opportunity for you, and you make $20 an hour.

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SAFFORD – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Gila District is currently recruiting applicants for seasonal call-when-needed wildland firefighters for the 2023 fire season. Wildland firefighters provide a valuable service, protecting communities and public lands.  

To serve on a wildland fire crew, persons must be at least 18 years of age, have a strong work ethic, be able to pass a fitness test and medical exam, maintain good physical fitness, travel out of state for extended periods, and contribute to a team-structured environment.  

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 Administratively Determined (AD) Emergency Firefighters, hired on a call-when-needed basis, and are only paid during a fire and/or work assignments; pay is $20.20 per hour. 

Recruits will receive classroom and field training, and all essential equipment assigned that will enable them to perform wildfire suppression safely and effectively.    

Applications will be accepted through March 13. Applicants will be notified in April regarding their selection for one of the available firefighter positions and can apply in the following ways: 

  • Request, and send application forms back, by email, to the email address, (or) 
  • Pick up and drop off application forms at the Safford Field Office located at 711 S. 14th Ave.  

If you think you have what it takes to be a wildland firefighter, and if you seek meaningful employment for several months, please contact Bernie Romero, at 520-541-0131 or

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