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Wildland Firefighter (Temp, On-Call)

Larimer County

This is a Contract position in Fort Collins, CO posted November 22, 2021.


$20.01 Hourly


FC 1303 N Shields, CO

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Sheriff’s Office

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Firefighters respond as requested to Wildland fire incidents under the supervision of Emergency Services personnel.

Assists with wildland fire suppression, management, and control, as a firefighter on an engine or hand crew. Other wildland fire-related duties may involve fire prevention, patrol, detection, or prescribed burning.


This selection process will be in preparation for the 2022 fire season.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office is seeking talented people from all backgrounds to join our team of temporary, part-time, on-call Wildland Firefighters. Wildland Firefighters will work with the Larimer County Yellow Jackets Fire Crew. Come join a team that has maintained a very high standard and is known throughout the United States for its training and dedication to safety on the file line. to read more on the Larimer County Wildland Fire program.

Specifically, Wildland Firefighters:

  • Uses operates and maintains basic wildfire equipment and vehicles plus a variety of hand tools, portable pumps, chain saws, and firing equipment for constructing fire lines and suppressing the wildfire.
  • May be a fire line supervisor depending on National Wildfire Coordination Group (NWCG) qualifications and experience.
  • Ensures personal protective equipment (PPE) is worn always and safety procedures are followed during all operations.
  • Maintains inventory and required equipment on assigned apparatus.
  • Takes direction from assigned fire line supervisors and communicates fire status, safety, and equipment information as necessary or assigned.
  • Participates in year-round monthly training.
  • When a local declaration of emergency or disaster is declared by the Board of Commissioners, all Larimer County employees may be required to work as a Disaster Service Worker.
  • Performs other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.

to view the complete job description for Wildland Firefighters.


To be eligible, all applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications at the time of application:

  • Must have successfully completed at a minimum:

    • NWCG or FEMA Introduction to ICS (I-100)

    • NWCG Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service (L-180)

    • NWCG Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190)

    • NWCG Firefighter Training (S-130)

    • National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) (IS-700)

    • OR be currently enrolled in a training program.

      • Proof of enrollment must be included in the application.

  • Must be able to maintain first aid and community CPR certifications

  • Must successfully complete the NWCG Work Capacity test

  • Must live within 50 miles of 1303 N. Shields, Ft. Collins, CO 80524.

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Must hold a valid, current driver’s license.

  • (The Red Card is an agency-issued document that certifies that an individual has the training, experience, and physical fitness to perform the tasks of a specified position on a wildland or prescribed fire.)

    Supplemental Information

    Other Information to Note:

    • The Sheriff’s Office prohibits possession of marijuana by employees under any circumstances and expects employees to comply with federal law.
    • All application components must be submitted by 11:59 PM MT on the closing date listed.

    Application Process:

    • Application and submittal of required certifications

    • Prescreening

    • NCIC/CCIC Check

    • Conditional offer upon successful completion of previous steps

      • Complete Health Screening Questionnaire (HSQ).

      • Waiver of Liability for the Work Capacity Test

  • Review of HSQ (if there are areas of concern, a medical exam may be required prior to the next step)

  • Work Capacity test – Walking 3-miles in 45 minutes, carrying 45 lbs.

  • Please note – candidates applying for this position must upload the following certificates: S130/190, L-180, I-100, and IS-700. Failure to upload these documents will result in a delay in processing your application. New applicants can upload these documents when creating their profile in the area entitled “Cover Letters.” Returning applicants can log into their candidate accounts, click “Update Profile” on their dashboard, scroll down to the “Cover Letter” section, and upload the documents before clicking “Update Profile.” If you are unable to upload these documents, you must email Kari Valdez at and/or Rachel Nye at for assistance.