How do you become a forest fire fighter for Boulder Mountain?
Physical fitness, stamina, outdoor experience and a positive attitude are the qualities we value most.
The minimum requirement for fitness is the ‘Arduous’ pack test. You must be able to carry a 45 pound pack for three miles under 45 minutes.
Note: In our experience, candidates who have difficulty finishing this test well under 45 minutes often don’t have the fitness level for the work we do. We strongly advise candidates to train carrying weighted packs well before the fitness test.
The fire season is often long and difficult. We commonly work 12 hours a day, 14 days in a row. We routinely work on steep, rocky ground with a long (uphill) approach. We value firefighters who can work hard day after day and still have a sense of humour.
Our best firefighters in past years spent their free time playing or working in the outdoors. These people own most of the gear we consider important:
Even more important, these folks have experienced bad weather, difficult trails, darkness, camp life, isolation, exhaustion and sore feet. They already know what to expect working outdoors and living in camp.
We value candidates with the following attributes:
Unfortunately, there are more people interested in joining the ranks than positions available. To stand out, stress in your resume the attributes we value and give examples.