ELKO — The Eastern Nevada Agency (ENA) of the Bureau of Indian Affairs is accepting applications until April 20 for on-call wildland firefighters for the upcoming fire season.
Firefighting handcrews consist of 20 men and women who travel to fires throughout the United States, for up to 21 days at a time. They work long hours in remote locations constructing firelines to halt the spread of wildfires and mopping-up to control wildfires.
Firefighters must be 18 years old prior to June 1 of the current fire season, must be a U.S. citizen, must pass a pre-employment drug screening and physical fitness test. The fitness test, or Pack Test, consists of a three-mile hike over flat ground in 45 minutes or less, while carrying a 45-pound pack.
The ENA is also accepting applications for camp crew workers for the upcoming fire season. Camp crew members provide support for the logistical needs of large fire camps. Camp crews are also available for dispatch anywhere in the country and work is performed outdoors in a camp setting under non-hazardous conditions. Camp crew workers must be 16 years old prior to June 1 of the current fire season, must be a U.S. citizen, must pass a pre-employment drug screening and physical fitness test. The fitness test consists of a two mile hike over flat ground in 30 minutes or less with a 25-pound pack.
A hard copy application can be picked up from the front desk at the Elko BLM District Office, 3900 E. Idaho St., Elko, and from the Eastern Nevada Agency BIA Field Office, 1555 Shoshone Circle, Elko. Applications will also be available from tribal offices located within the jurisdiction of the Eastern Nevada Agency BIA. Representatives will be on hand at the Great Basin College Career Opportunity Fair from 9 a.m. to noon on April 11. For more information or to download an application, visit www.blm.gov/dw5c or contact Spencer Gregory at 753-0308.