Are you looking for work? Are you a veteran? The BLM is hiring
The Bureau of Land Management in Idaho is still seeking to hire 20 veterans to join the Idaho BLM fuels crew. The veterans will be organized into four five-member fuels crews to be stationed at four Idaho locations -- Boise, Burley, Pocatello and Coeur d’Alene. Government housing may be available in the Burley and Pocatello areas, officials said.
“We have received a few applications, but we are still looking for some great men and women to enhance our veterans’ fuels crew,” said Glen Burkhardt, Idaho BLM fuels specialist. “These jobs allow you to work outdoors, learn new skills and receive excellent health benefits.”
The deadline for applications is Friday, January 25.
The veterans will be responsible for conducting fuels reduction projects and assisting in fire suppression activities as needed, the BLM said in a news release.
Fuels reduction projects involve a variety of strategic vegetation treatments on public lands such as the removal of vegetation to promote land health and the creation of fire breaks to assist firefighters in managing wildland fires. Fuels crew personnel are often involved in a wide variety of tasks and get to see some of the most beautiful and remote areas of Idaho.
Similar programs in other states have provided opportunities for veterans to enjoy rewarding outdoor work, the release said. Each veteran’s fuels position will be a term appointment not to exceed 13 months, but it may be extended up to 4 years. The work schedule will be what’s referred to as “Long-Term Career Seasonal,” which means the length of each veteran’s assignment will be a minimum six months of full-time employment per year, with the possibility of longer assignments if funding, project work and weather permit.
The BLM Idaho fuels program implements a range of fuels reduction projects across the state. During the fire season of 2012, the program’s fuels reduction projects were critical in reducing wildland fire behavior and allowing firefighters to safely save homes, private property and natural resources.
If you have questions, you can contact Glen Burkhardt in Boise at (208) 373-4047 or Michelle Woods at (208) 373-3922.
To apply for a veteran’s fuels crew position or to learn more about the Idaho BLM fire program and other wildland firefighting positions, visit www.id.blm.gov.