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Wildland Firefighter

Min Hourly Max Hourly Min Monthly Max Monthly Min Salary Max Salary
$10.47 $31.42 $1,814.77 $5,446.03 $21,788.00 $65,364.00


Respond as requested to wildland fire incidents under the supervision of Emergency Services personnel.


The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job.  The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time. 

  • Use, operate, and maintain basic wildland fire equipment and vehicles including a variety of hand tools for fire-line construction, portable pumps, chain saws, firing equipment, and portable radios.
  • Ensure personal protective equipment (PPE) is worn at all times and safety procedures are followed during all operations.
  • Maintain inventory and required equipment on assigned apparatus.
  • Take direction from assigned fire-line supervisors and communicate fire status, safety, and equipment information as necessary or assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • General physical and training demands required of a basic wildland firefighter.
  • Meet physical fitness standard as set by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group(NWCG) for wildland firefighter.
  • Able to hike at a reasonable pace carrying a minimum of 25-pound pack plus hand tool unassisted over long distances and rough terrain common to Larimer County.
  • Demonstrate manual dexterity required in the use and operation of wildland fire hand tools and power tools (chain saw and portable pumps).


  • The position of Firefighter Type II is considered an entry level position and individuals must have successfully completed at a minimum; Introduction to ICS (I-100), Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service (L-180), Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190) and Firefighter Training (S-130).
  • Must be 18 years of age to apply.
  • Applicants must hold a valid and current drivers license. 

Physical Requirements:

  • Must have near and far vision of 20/40 with or without corrective lens.
  • Must have appropriate voice skills to be clearly understood on the radio and in direct contact.
  • Must be able to hear a normal spoken voice at a distance of 20 feet and a whispering voice at 15 feet.
  • Must be able to sit, stand, or walk for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to run for short distances.
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, stretch, twist, reach, kneel, squat, and balance.
  • Must be able to lift, carry, drag, or push.
  • Must be able to engage in physically strenuous activities, including search and rescue and firefighting in all types of terrain, in dangerous situations, and during all types of weather.
  • Must have fine and gross motor skills and full use of fingers, hands, and arms to operate equipment and motor vehicles.
  • May be required to climb ladders or enter small confined areas/
  • Must be able to work in hazardous work areas.
  • Must be capable of performing manual labor tasks (e.g., working hand and power tools).
  • Will be subjected to caustic, flammable, or other hazardous materials.
  • Will be required to work in inclement weather conditions.
  • Must be capable of working under stressful situations.
  • Must have good cognitive skills and awareness of work accuracy
  • Must have ability to concentrate on more than one task at a time and to make independent decisions.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain first aid and community CPR certifications.

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