For general State of Alaska employment information, visit the Department of Administration web page, Workplace Alaska.
During periods of high fire danger and/or activity, the Alaska Division of Forestry supplements its staffing levels through the Emergency Firefighter employment program. This program provides temporary employment and experience to individuals willing to be available "on-call" while the need exists for additional personnel. The Division of Forestry cannot guarantee employment, or any duration of employment, within this program.
If you are interested in employment as an emergency firefighter (EFF), contact the nearest Alaska Division of Forestry (DOF) Area / Dispatch office listed below:
- Delta Junction: 895-4225
- Fairbanks: 451-2635 or 451-2651
- Haines: 766-2120
- Kenai-Kodiak Area (Soldotna): 260-4200
- MatSu/Southwest Area (Palmer): 761-6300
- MatSu/Southwest Area (McGrath): 524-3010
- Tok: 883-1400
- Valdez/Copper River (Glennallen): 822-5534
The Division of Forestry conducts training each Spring and does not make any guarantee of employment or duration. Emergency firefighters must be at least 18 years of age, have successfully completed initial and recurrent firefighter training, as well as an annual physical fitness test, prior to employment.
In addition to firefighters, the Division of Forestry hires temporary non-firefighter positions to support suppression activities when DOF is faced with a high wildland fire workload. These positions include, but are not limited to:
- warehouse workers
If you are interested in this type of work, contact the Alaska State Employment Service (Job Service) Office in your community. Each DOF office works closely with the State Employment Service if and when they have casual labor needs.
You may also fill out an Emergency Firefighter (EFF) Application to be on file at your nearest DOF office for use in extreme emergency situations.
Emergency Firefighter (EFF) Application
You can get the information packet which includes: an Emergency Firefighter Application (EFF), General Information about the work, Emergency Firefighter Application Instructions, and Alaska Division of Forestry EFF Rates. You may obtain this packet of information from any DOF office or you may view and print this packet here on the web by using Adobe Acrobat Reader as described below.
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