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BLM looking for temporary volunteer firefighters to serve Ely area

The Bureau of Land Management Ely District is looking to hire temporary seasonal firefighters.

Applications will be accepted through March 28, but any submitted by Jan. 10, will receive first consideration.

A variety of positions are available, including ones in engines, in Helitack and dispatch. Those hired will serve in Caliente, Ely or Pony Springs.

The length of employment varies, depending on agency needs and funding, but cannot exceed 180 days, excluding overtime and training.

The normal term of employment is from May through mid-September. Salaries range from $11.30 and $15.49 per hour, which are based on experience.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years old at the time of employment and possess a valid driver’s license.

Selected individuals are required to complete a physical examination and drug screening prior to employment and are subject to random drug testing during their time of service.

Those hired into primary firefighting positions must also complete a “pack test” before beginning duty. The pack test requires an individual to hike three miles over flat terrain in 45 minutes or less while carrying a 45-pound pack.

Applications must be submitted online at usajobs.gov, available through the following link: http://www.firejobs.doi.gov. For more information, contact BLM Ely District Assistant Fire Management Officer Ray Maestes at (775) 289-1923.

Contact reporter Mick Akers at makers@pvtimes.com. Follow @mickakers on Twitter.

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