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Join the ranks of the 12,000+ CAL FIRE employees defending California

LIFE AT CAL FIRE : More Than Frontline Firefighting

Explore our wide-ranging and rewarding career opportunities.

“Being an IT professional at CAL FIRE is a truly unique experience. We have the opportunity to travel the state and assist at the major incidents. It's incredibly rewarding.”

— Information Technology Specialist, Riverside Unit (RRU)
“I was able to transition my military skills to help people in moments of crisis.”
— Aviation Officer, Aviation Management Unit (AMU)
“Conservation research with CAL FIRE impacts the overall health of the forests that mean so much to so many of us.”
— Forestry Technician, Shasta-Trinity Unit (SHU)
A defensible space inspector points out an issue to a home owner

Hiring Seasonally
Multiple Counties
Salary: $38,832.00 - $48,012.00 Yearly

Marshal watching a fire burn
Recruitment Begins Soon
Multiple Counties 
Salary $80,328.00 – $113,700.00 Yearly
A CAL FIRE forester holds up a seedling

Now Hiring
Multiple Counties
Salary: $70,140.00 - $91,020.00 Yearly

A fire prevention specialist hands a sticker to a child

Hiring Seasonally
Multiple Counties
Salary: $41,976.00 - $54,960.00 Yearly

Communications operator preparing to dispatch resources to an incident.

Recruitment Begins Soon
Multiple Counties
Salary: $48,000.00 - $74,796.00 Yearly

Seasonal Fire Fighter carrying hose and other PPE to the fire front.

Now Hiring
Multiple Counties 
Salary $50,833.00 - $64,275.00 Yearly + EDWC

First step to a successful career: Take the State Exam

View our current exams at the links below and subscribe to any of these social media feeds for career-related updates.

 Applications are now being accepted for the following Open/Servicewide examinations. Applicants interested in testing for a servicewide classification may apply to take the examination with the state department listed, regardless of where the applicant currently works or wishes to obtain employment. Successful candidates from a servicewide eligible list will be available for hire by all participating state agencies.

Cut-Off Dates: Dates utilized when an examination bulletin is advertised as continuous-file (posted year-round). All applications submitted on or before the cut-off date are collected and evaluated against the minimum qualifications listed on the classification specification. Applications submitted after the most recent cut-off date will be held and evaluated once the next cut-off date arrives.  

Final Filing Date: Date utilized when an examination bulletin is advertised as limited-file and is posted/accepting applications for a limited period of time (typically 4-weeks). Candidates must apply on or before the final filing date in order to be considered for the examination. Late applications are not accepted or retained so candidates that miss the deadline must wait to apply during a future filing period.  


Automotive Technician II 
Cut-Off Date: TBD

Cut-Off Date: 09/30/2024

Communications Supervisor - Communications Supervisor Fact Sheet
Cut-Off Date: 08/01/2024

Cook Specialist I
Cut-Off Date: 10/11/2024

Cook Specialist II
Cut-Off Date: 10/11/2024

Direct Construction Supervisor I
Final Filling Date: 06/06/2025 

Direct Construction Supervisor II
Final Filing Date: 06/06/2025

Fire Fighter II (Paramedic)
Cut-Off Date: 10/30/2024

Cut-Off Date: 07/31/2024

Graphic Designer III
Cut-Off Date: 08/08/2024

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Lead Gunsmith
Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Supervising Cook I
Cut-Off Date: 07/31/2024

Supervising Cook II
Cut-off Date: 07/31/2024

Supervising Special Investigator I (NPO)
Cut-Off Date: Until Filled

Television Specialist
Cut-Off Date: TBD

Water and Sewer Plant Operators
Final Filing Date: 08/07/2024


Unlock the potential for a career in CAL FIRE and discover exciting opportunities to apply your skillset across numerous fields. Search below for open positions in fire protection, resource management, admin and IT, aviation and more.

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Contact Us: Email or Phone (916) 894-9585

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WHAT TO EXPECT Compensation & Benefits

Careers with the State of California offer many benefits. For more information on salary and benefits, please visit the California Department of Human Resources website.

  • Employee pension managed by CalPERS
  • Health, dental, and vision plans
  • Paid holidays, accrued leave, and other benefits
  • Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP) 
  • Upward Mobility Program
  • Certified Bilingual Positions/Pay Differential Program
  • Diversity Equity Inclusion Program (DEI)


In partnership with

California Department of Human Resources

ALL ARE WELCOME Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

CAL FIRE provides equal opportunity to all regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age or sexual orientation.