2018 Fall Black Hills NF VFA Team

Expected Dates
August 20, 2018 to November 9, 2018
Black Hills 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 in the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota. Corps members will become familiar with the Forest Service via fire training through multiple disciplines like wildlife ecology, botany and resource management. Team Projects may include, but are not limited to, participation on prescribed fires, fuels reduction, fire effects 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. A form DD214 is required indicating an Honorable discharge or General discharge (under Honorable conditions) on a case-by-case basis.

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 or General discharge (under Honorable conditions) 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.
  • The Black Hills National Forest is located in the far western side of South Dakota and parts of eastern Montana.
  • Members of this Team will participate in the following trainings:
    -Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
    -S212 Chainsaw Certification
    -S130 Basic Wildland Firefighting (Red Card)
  • Chainsaw
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected

None listed.