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Training and Employment

Training

The Division of Forestry sponsors many local and interagency training opportunities each year. Contact your local area office for local course offerings. Higher level and interagency offerings will be posted on the Wildland Fire Learning Portal (WFLP). The WFLP is an interagency platform that hosts a comprehensive nationwide schedule of courses offered, and many self-study courses as well. You can find more information on our course offerings on the portal at https://wildlandfirelearningportal.net/. Contact your local area office/training officer for more information on course eligibility and the nomination process.

Basic Firefighter/FFT2 Training

The Division of Forestry conducts Basic Firefighter Training at each Area Office every spring and is piloting a blended Statewide Basic Firefighting Class in February of 2022. Upon completion of a Red Card Class, traditional or blended, you will be a fully qualified FFT2 and eligible to receive a Red Card. Your Red Card will need to be renewed each subsequent year to remain active, with a RT-130 Refresher Training and a Fitness Test.

Statewide Red Card Class

Statewide Blended S-130/190/L-180 - Feb 14-25, 2022

Tuition : $55 course w/e-book, $73 course with paperback book

Course Registration Link (https://form.jotform.com/213477925141154)

Registration Deadline - Feb 8th, 2022

This course will be offered on the online Navigate Platform and includes an in-person field day at a local area office. You can schedule your field day when you register for this course. Upon completion of the Registration Form, you will receive an email with instructions on how to purchase the Navigate Course Enrollment Key. For more information call 907-822-8626.

Area Red Card Classes

Mat-Su Forestry Red Card Class

  • Chugiak, March 7-18 (virtual classroom); April 24 (in-person field day); registration deadline is Feb. 28
  • Palmer, April 11-22 (virtual classroom); May 1 (in-person field day); registration deadline is April 4
  • Registration link: https://form.jotform.com/220176338524151

Fairbanks Forestry Red Card Class - May 21-22 and May 28-29 (in-person classroom and field day)
Soldotna Forestry Red Card Class - April 22-24 and April 29-May 1 (in-person classroom and field day)
Delta Forestry Red Card Class - Dates TBD
Tok Forestry Red Card Class - Dates TBD
Glennallen Forestry Red Card Class - April 23-24 and April 30-May 1 (in person at Valdez-Copper River Forestry office at Mile 110 Richardson Highway)
Southwest (McGrath) Forestry Red Card Classes - Dates TBD

RT-130 - Refreshers w/Pack Test

Mat-Su - Dates TBD
Fairbanks - Tuesdays at 6 p.m. March 29-May 31.
Soldotna - Dates TBD
Delta - Dates TBD
Tok - Dates TBD
Glennallen - March 26; April 2, 9, 16, 30; May 7 at 10 a.m
Southwest (McGrath) Forestry Red Card Classes - Dates TBD

Emergency Firefighters - EFF

During periods of high fire danger and/or activity, the Alaska Division of Forestry supplements its staffing levels with the help of the Emergency Firefighter (EFF) employment program. This program provides temporary employment and experience to individuals willing to be available "on-call" while the need exists for additional personnel. EFF are hired to work on crews, helicopters, fire engines and more. In addition to firefighters (FFT2), the Division of Forestry hires temporary support positions. These positions include: dispatchers, drivers, warehouse workers, administrative aides, and operators w/equipment. (See our Equipment Hiring page for more information.) While some of these positions require specialized training and experience, many are 'no experience necessary.'

Statewide Emergency Firefighter Hiring Information

If you are interested in employment as an emergency firefighter (EFF), contact the nearest Alaska Division of Forestry Area Office.

Permanent Jobs with the Division of Forestry

The Division of Forestry has many employment opportunities across the entire state in wildfire operations, prevention, dispatch, administration and logistics. While some are year round, many of these job are seasonal. Permanent positions and wildland fire crew positions are advertised and hired on Workplace Alaska. Go online or contact your local area office for more information on these and other employment opportunities.

For more information, call your local Forestry office

  • Fairbanks: 451-2635 or 451-2651
  • Haines: 766-2120
  • Kenai-Kodiak Area (Soldotna): 260-4200
  • Mat-Su/Southwest Area (Palmer): 761-6300
  • Mat-Su/Southwest Area (McGrath): 524-3010
  • Tok: 883-1400
  • Valdez/Copper River (Glennallen): 822-5534
  • Delta Junction: 895-4225