Women in Wildland Fire

Women in Wildland Fire-Spark a Career Adventure with the Forest Service

Cedar City, Utah-Do you enjoy being outdoors? Ever thought about being a wildland firefighter? Four Utah National Forests have partnered to introduce women to career possibilities in wildland fire with the U.S. Forest Service. The Women in Wildland Fire program provides an opportunity to gain preparatory wild fire training and experience and introduce participants to career options with natural resource management in the U.S. Forest Service.

The Dixie, Fishlake, Manti-La Sal, and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forests are looking for motivated hardworking individuals to train and become part of the Women in Wildland Fire program as “call when needed” wildland firefighters. Applications are available and accepted online until March 11, 2016 at: bit.ly/UTwiwf2016app.

Work as a wildland firefighter can be physically demanding and involve work in close proximity to open flames, heat and smoke, but it also lends itself to achieving teamwork skills and leadership development. Work consists of hiking, carrying heavy equipment, working near heavy machinery and using fire hand tools such as shovels and chainsaws.

“If you are considering being a wildland firefighter, this program provides female mentorship and training to be successful. Why not give it a try!” said Megan Saylors, Wildland firefighter.

Minimum Federal Qualification Requirements:

  • At least 18 years old at time of employment
  • Good mental and physical condition
  • Pass provided basic wildland firefighter training
  • Pass agency work capacity test at the arduous level

For more information regarding WIWF contact:

Megan Saylors
(435) 826-5478
msaylors@fs.fed.us

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