Seasonal Jobs with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

Step Up to an Exciting Career

As a member of a fire crew, a Fire Fighter I fights wildland, rural and structural fires, responds to various other emergency situations including medical emergencies, repairs equipment and is responsible for general station housekeeping.

Fire Fighter I is a seasonal, temporary classification. A Fire Fighter I is usually hired in April, May or June, and the length of employment is typically between six to nine months, depending on the duration and intensity of the fire season. Being a Fire Fighter I can lead to a permanent career with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF).

Employees of this Department have the opportunity to build rewarding careers while performing work that is challenging and exciting. As a member of the CDF family, you will join the ranks of employees working together to protect the residents, resources and property of the State of California.

Applications for Fire Fighter I will be accepted year round, and must be filed by late winter for the following summer's fire season. You must file a separate application with each ranger unit in which you would like to work. Applications will not be accepted at Region Headquarters' offices.

The filing period for jobs is normally from early November through late January for the following summer.


Age: Minimum of 18 years of age at the time of appointment

Ability to: Follow oral and written directions; do heavy physical work; exercise good judgment in hazardous fire suppression activity. You must be willing to live in remote areas and work on holidays and weekends.

Salary: $2222 - $2702 per month (plus planned overtime)
Excellent salary and benefits package available.
Contact your local Ranger Unit for current information.

FF1 Hotline information: 916/654-6330
CDF Web site:

California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection
Ranger Units


Humboldt-Del Norte Unit
118 Fortuna Blvd.
Fortuna, CA 95540
(707) 725-4413

Mendocino Unit
17501 N. Highway 101
Willits, CA 95490
(707) 459-7414

San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit
6059 Highway 9
Felton, CA 95018
(831) 335-5353

Santa Clara Unit
15760 S. Monterey St.
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
(408) 779-2121

Sonoma-Lake Napa Unit
1199 Big Tree Road
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-3601

Butte Unit
176 Nelson Ave.
Oroville, CA 95965
(530) 538-7111

Lassen-Modoc Unit
697-345 Highway 36
Susanville, CA 96130
(530) 257-4171

Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit
13760 Lincoln Way
Auburn, CA 96603
(530) 823-4904  
Shasta-Trinity Unit
875 Cypress Ave.
Redding, CA 96001
(530) 225-2418

Siskiyou Ranger Unit
1809 Fair Lane Road
Yreka, CA 96097
(530) 842-3516

Tehama-Glenn Unit
604 Antelope Blvd.
Red Bluff, CA 96080
(530) 529-8548

Northern Region Headquarters
(707) 576-2275

Northern Operations Center
(530) 224-2445


Riverside Unit
210 W. San Jacinto St.
Perris, CA 92370
(909) 940-6900

San Bernardino Unit
3800 N. Sierra Way
San Bernardino, CA 92405
(909) 881-6900

San Diego Unit
2249 Jamacha Road
El Cajon, CA 92019
(619) 588-0364  

San Luis Obispo Unit
635 N. Santa Rosa
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
(805) 543-4244

Amador-El Dorado Unit
2840 Mt. Danaher Road
Camino, CA 95709
(530) 644-2345

Fresno-Kings Unit
210 S. Academy Ave.
Sanger, CA 93657
(559) 485-7500

Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit
5366 Hwy. 49 North
Mariposa, CA 95338
(209) 966-3622

San Benito-Monterey Unit
2221 Garden Road
Monterey, CA 93940-5385
(831) 647-6208

Tulare Unit
1968 S. Lovers Lane
Visalia, CA 93277
(559) 732-5954

Tuolomne-Calaveras Unit
785 Mountain Ranch Road
San Andreas, CA 95249
(209) 754-3831

Southern Region Headquarters
(559) 222-3714

Southern Operations Center
(909) 782-4140

Human Resources Office: (916) 445-7801
Equal Employment Opportunity: (916) 445-8113

This article is adapted from material developed by WFS under contract to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's U.S. Fire Administration, and published by FEMA/USFA as Many Women Strong: A Handbook for Women Firefighters.




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