Are you looking for a gig? The National Park Service is looking to hire temporary employees to work on a variety of wildland firefighting crews.

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Imagine working somewhere, Dinosaur National Monument for example, as a Wildland Firefighter Forestry Aid or Forestry Technician. A number of locations, some in Colorado, are accepting applications right now. You'll need to hurry, though. The application deadline is coming up.

What are the distinctions associated with each job? Well, per usajobs.gov, the job descriptions are as follows:

  • GS-03 Forestry Aid - performs assignments as a wildland firefighter crew member in developing a working knowledge of fire suppression and fuels management techniques, practices, and terminology; may assist in more specialized assignments such as backfire and burnout, mobile and stationary engine attack.
  • GS-04 Forestry Technician - a skilled wildland firefighter. May be assigned to carry out specialized assignments such as tree falling, backfire, and burnout operations; utilizes a variety of specialized tools, equipment and techniques while actively managing wildfires. May be required to operate light vehicles and 4X4s.
  • GS-05 Forestry Technician - a senior wildland firefighter performing all aspects of wildland and prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding and mop-up. Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents. May be required to operate light vehicles and 4X4s.

How much does a gig like this pay? According to usajobs.gov, pay ranges from $13.32 to $20.41 per hour. The site adds these opportunities are full-time competitive service temporary seasonal positions, and will not exceed six months.

Locations in Colorado looking to hire include:

  • Dinosaur
  • Mesa Verde National Park

If you're looking to get out of Colorado, job positions are available in several states including Wyoming, New Mexico, even Hawaii. When you apply, you can select from up to seven locations to work from.

This appears to be an excellent opportunity. You won't get rich, but it's a chance to do important work in a number of fascinating locations. It certainly won't hurt to look into it.

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