Vale BLM sponsoring Women in Wildland Fire Boot Camp

VALE, OR – (Release provided by the Vale BLM) Vale Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is offering paid training in October for women interested in a career in wildland fire management. 

In addition to controlling and suppressing wildfires that threaten communities and natural resources, wildland firefighters play a key role in using fire strategically to manage sustainable, working public lands. 

Upon completion of the Women in Wildland Fire Boot Camp, participants will have fulfilled several key entry-level training requirements for employment dispatchers, engine crews, hand crews, fuels crews, helitack, hotshots, and other positions. They will be eligible for seasonal employment by with the BLM, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, state agencies and private contractors for the 2021 fire season. 

Students will be paid $15.29 per hour for training time. Training materials, personal protective equipment and meals will be provided. Training is a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on field exercises ranging from firefighting techniques, tools and equipment to communications and safety.

Applications will be accepted through Sept. 18 and selections will be made by Sept. 25. The boot camp will be held near Juntura, Ore., over two consecutive weekends, October 9-11 and October 16-18. Students will be paid for their time at camp. 

The complete outreach notice and application can be requested by calling 541-473-6297 or emailing candrews@blm.gov

For more information, contact Cassandra Fleckenstein at 541-473-6295.