2018 Bighorn NF VFA Team

Expected Dates
May 13, 2018 to August 4, 2018
Bighorn National Forest
Position ID
The Veterans Fire Corps is comprised of post-9/11-era US Military Veterans receiving essential training, credentials and experience to competitively pursue wildland fire and/or forestry careers. In this internship members will serve in teams of five with an experienced SCA Project Leader. Teams may work in National Forest, National Park and/or National Fish and Wildlife Service units in South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and/or Florida.

Corps members will become familiar with federal agencies via fire training through multiple disciplines such as wildlife ecology, botany and resource management. Team Projects may include, but are not limited to, participation on prescribed fires, fuels reduction, fire effects monitoring, trail maintenance, wildlife and wilderness monitoring, educational outreach, and pre-fire preparation of burn units. A typical schedule consists of four consecutive 10-hour days with three days off.

Wildland firefighting demands a high level of fitness to work in difficult environmental conditions, including steep terrain, extreme temperatures, altitude, and smoke. Members will be required to pass the Work Capacity (Pack) Test at the “arduous” level. The Pack Test consists of completing a 3-mile hike with 45-pound pack in 45 minutes. Physical conditioning prior to the start date is highly recommended and physical training will be conducted during the term of service.

The following qualifications are required for selection: Post 9/11 US Veteran status; for potential career status in Federal Fire an age of 37 or younger; a form DD214 indicating an Honorable discharge.  A General discharge (under Honorable conditions) may be acceptable on a case-by-case basis. Acceptance into this program is contingent on proof of age and Veteran status.

Members of this program must also have a valid driver’s license, successfully pass a criminal background check and be comfortable and willing to live and work with veterans from all branches of service. Benefits include housing, transportation, a living allowance of $280/week and eligibility for an AmeriCorps education award.

  • Bighorn National Forest. This crew site is remote and at high elevation. Teams should expect unpredictable weather - extreme temperatures, wind, arid and/or humid conditions throughout the duration of the team.
  • Members will begin the project by joining our other Conservation Corps and VFC Teams for Training outside of Salmon, Idaho.
    SCA Orientation
    Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR
    -S212 Chainsaw Certification
    -S130 Basic Wildland Firefighting (Red Card)
  • Chainsaw
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience