Do you fight forest fires? Do you want to fight forest fires? Would you like to fight fires on an engine this summer?

~We are NOW HIRING for Entry Level Firefighters and Experienced Firefighters for summer fire engine duty~


We are looking for hard-working individuals with a desire to learn about fighting fires on an engine and experience the 2018 wildfire season that is upon our region. The company we are hiring for is a well known outfit that provides Type-6 firefighting apparatus under contract for wildland and forest fire incidents in the Pacific Northwest. We have approximately 10 slots available for firefighter level positions. We are interested in entry level applicants and experienced FFT-2 and FFT-1 firefighters with verifiable qualifications and task books/certificates. We are currently not hiring for Engine Boss positions, but will always accept resumes in that position for future hiring opportunities.


Benefits in working for our company:

*We offer competitive wages- Entry level hourly $11.25 + $4.41 = $15.66 per hour. For experienced FFT-1 qualified firefighters, we offer $15.00 + $4.41 = $19.41 per hour to start.

*We have opportunities to advance for the right leadership-driven individuals.

*You work with two other employees on fire engines, so your needs are generally much better addressed and less militarized than would usually occur on a typical 20-person hand crew.

*We have opportunities for employment and training as a raft guide (to add to your summer employment profit) when working for our company. This is a unique benefit for firefighting.

*Free guided raft trips will be available to employees and their family, when not fighting fire.

*The owner of the company is a genuinely good person who cares about his employees and will do whatever he has to in order to take care of his people. He's a good person to work for, which can actually be quite difficult to find in the private firefighting industry. In addition to owning a successful firefighting company, long-time rafting company, and well-known mini-mart, the company owner is also a fire chief. He knows his stuff well, and that is a valuable benefit to have as our primary leadership.


Requirements when working on our engines this summer:

*Must able and willing to travel to Maupin Oregon for fire dispatch within three hours notice. This is an on-call position and we need you available and within cell phone signal during the summer months.

*Must be willing to live in a tent while being away from home, family, internet, civilization, fast food, alcohol, and pot for up to 30 days at a time. Seriously. You must have a good attitude while doing this.

*You cannot use illegal drugs at all (working or not), and we will randomly test for them.

*You cannot use firefighting as a means of detox from drugs or alcohol abuse. We've seen it before with other companies- but it is strictly unacceptable with our company. We have well trained and highly experienced supervisors who can tell the signs of withdraw symptoms and if suspected, personnel will be drug tested and sent home (without pay) before ever leaving home base. Do not even waste our time if you are addicted to chemical substances please. We have a zero-tolerance policy.

*Must be able and willing to learn and FOLLOW DIRECTIONS. That one's a biggie.

*Must be able and willing to work hard for long hours- for several weeks straight, in hot, dry, smoky and dusty conditions with occasionally little access to showers, real toilets, or convenience stores with tobacco and junk food. At the minimum when fighting fire- food, water, a bush to piss behind, and a place to throw out a tent will always be provided to you. We want workers- not just bodies to fill seats- so we need individuals who are capable of and willing to work hard, under stress, with a good attitude.

*You must have a valid drivers license.

*You will have to provide your own fire boots (leather, 8 inch height, no steel toe), tent, sleeping bag, and any other supplies for long duration camping. We provide everything needed for work like nomex (fire clothes), tools, fire pack, fire shelter, helmets, gloves, tools, etc.

*You must be 18 years old or older with two forms of identification to fill out the federal I-9 form (photo ID and social security card, birth certificate, or other qualifying form of ID).


To become a firefighter with us, you'll be expected to be able to perform the following process and complete the associated requirements prior to employment (hired on first-come first- serve process – there is no current closing date for this process). Information on where to send your resume/cover letter can be found at the bottom:


  1. Follow the instructions for this process. We are looking for individuals who follow directions.


  2. Submit a resume with any and all experience/education/volunteer service you have that can relate to general firefighting, following direction, working as a group to accomplish tasks, and any other labor type work. If you're fresh out of high school, currently enrolled in college or graduated, we want to know a little about your grades, area of study, and GPA. You do NOT need to provide any sensitive information such as social security numbers at this point. We are only asking for your experience, education, and contact information in this initial resume stage.


  3. With your completed resume, we would like a one page cover letter explaining why you want to fight fires on an engine, what skills you can bring to the table, and a genuine description of any criminal convictions that might arise in your background check. A conviction does not automatically disqualify you. As many people in the real world understand, sometimes 'life' happens. Just tell us about it. Lying about convictions however, will automatically disqualify an applicant.


  4. Once we have reviewed your resume and cover letter, we will notify you by phone or email within 72 hours about your pending status. If we like what we see, we will be in contact with you by phone to proceed with our official application process at which point we will perform a thorough criminal records background check, fire records and certificates verification (for experienced firefighters), and contacting of your references. We will need three references with at least one professional reference.


  5. You must be able and willing to attend a class at our Maupin Oregon training facility (100 miles north of Bend). This is the location of the company you will work for and the site of the training classes for this summer. Like all other firefighting companies, we do not compensate (pay) you for your class participation, travel or lodging expenses, or food costs.


    *For entry level applicants- you will be required to attend a four day class from June 28th through July 1st. It is imperative {if you want to pass this class} that you are there on-time every day, with a good attitude and clear mind. These are 10 hour class days which include breaks, field exercises, and a pack test (FYI- often we work 16 hour days on the fire line so 10 hours in a classroom should be no problem). There will be onsite tent camping, with one onsite bathroom, available for registered class members. Lodging in town, and site camping on the river are also available nearby. You will have to provide your own food and drink, and there are stores within walking distance for those commodities.


    *For experienced fire personnel who still need a refresher and/or pack test AND want to work for our company this summer- you will have to attend a refresher class on Sunday July 1st and it will last up to ten hours when including the pack test and classroom breaks.


    *For experienced fire personnel who already have their refresher class and pack test for the 2018 year, we can accept that documentation with your resume/cover letter. If your present employer has your records due to certification sponsorship, we will buy those records from your employer if we chose to hire you.


  6. The pack test. Ah the wonderful pack test. You will be required to 'speed-walk' a distance of three miles on flat ground, carrying 45 pounds- within 45 minutes. Packs weighing 45 pounds will be provided, and you're welcome to use your own after it's weighed and checked by us.


After you have made it though these steps, you will be certified to fight wildfires for the summer fire season of 2018.


Legal Disclaimer and Understanding:

The classes described above allow an individual to become certified in wildland firefighting. These classes are not free, and cost the sponsor company money to provide the necessary space, materials, and teachers. The average cost (per firefighter) of a four or five day entry-level class is $350, and for an experienced firefighter the cost of the refresher class with pack test is approximately $100. These fees are waived when you agree to work for the company that is sponsoring your training, such as ours. If any employee becomes trained by us in 2018, but then goes to work for another company during the 2018 fire season, that company and/or the employee is responsible for the costs associated with training. Records and certification will not be released unless the training and class fees are paid in full, should an individual request their records prior to the completion of fire season. Once the 2018 fire season is over, you will have full access and rights to your training and certificates at no charge.


We've covered the process and expectations, so here's where to send your resume and cover letter:


Send an email with “Resume and cover letter” in the subject line to


Please make sure to attach your documents in PDF format (multiple files are fine). Resumes and/or cover letters sent in the text body of the email will be disqualified for failing to follow directions.


If you have any further questions, please send those to


Fire season is upon us so please don't hesitate to send us your resume and cover letter. Seats in the class will fill up too, so reserve yours before they're gone. We look forward to adding you to our team!

Downloadable PDF Employment Application
Once you are accepted to move onto the official application stage, you will download this employment application, fill it out, and email it back to us.
Fire Job Application.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [2.3 MB]

Contact Us Today!

Peak Forestry
PO Box 632

Bend, Oregon 97709

Phone: 541-948-9300


"In a globalized world, one application can spread like wildfire and there's only one winning company, which means you have to invest more than you've ever had."

-Douglas Leone

"It is known that wildfires behave unpredictably - this is fundamental - but it is my experience that humans in the presence of wildfire are also likely to behave in aberrant and unpredictable ways."

-Michael Leunig

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