Hiring and Employment Information
There are two announcements for the crew. One is for all crewmembers at the GS 03,04,05 levels and is the one everyone should apply to. There is also an announcement for a senior (lead) GS 06 temp position that MAY or MAY NOT be used. If you qualify at the GS 06 level you can apply, but we don't know if we will select anyone from this list. This list will only be used in the event we do not fill our permanent positions.
LINK TO 2017 GS 03-05 CREWMEMBER ANNOUNCEMENT ON USAJOBS
LINK TO 2017 GS 06 TEMP LEAD CREWMEMBER ANNOUNCEMENT ON USAJOBS
PLEASE READ ALL OF THE FOLLOWING BEFORE YOU APPLY!!!!
How to Apply and Common Hiring Questions . . .
HOW DO I APPLY?
As the Diamond Mountain IHC is a Bureau of Land Management Hotshot crew, we use USA Jobs .
For detailed application instructions and useful hints please go to www.firejobs.doi.gov
Please follow these instructions to apply for a job with us. Follow the links above to take you to USAJOBS and the current open announcements.
Once you get to USAJOBS and see the announcement is should be. At the bottom of the page you will find a button that says APPLY ONLINE. Click on this link to take you to the application pages. If you have never created an account on USAJOBS, you will need to do that now. Click on the "Create Account Now" button to create your new user account. If you already have an account with USAJOBS, enter your username and password to login.
This will take you through a series of screens where you must enter your personal information, contact information, and work history. Please be thorough when entering job history information and be sure to fill in each block.
Once you have completed the registration process and work history, you will begin the application process for the current position. Select your resume that you want submitted (this comes from the job history you just entered). You will then go to the assessment questions. Check all grades you wish to be considered for (GS 02,03,04, and/or GS 05) and the location. For Diamond Mountain you need to select Susanville, CA. You can select UP TO, but NO MORE THAN SEVEN locations, but no more. For each selection you choose you will be considered in that location.
Complete the questions and then click submit and then click finished on the final page to submit your application.
If you have questions on the above process or need help, give us a call.
WHEN SHOULD I APPLY?
RIGHT NOW!!!! The announcement is currently open and will remain open until April. The early consideration date is December 20th, 2017 so get your applications in NOW.
HOW CAN I BE SURE MY APPPLICATION WAS ACCEPTED?
We have NO control over this and we are unable to verify that anyone has applied until after the closing date of the announcement. You must follow the instructions on the FIREJOBS site closely and be sure to send in any supporting documentation that is required.
If you need assistance or have questions contact the FIREJOBS help desk at 888-364-6432 or email at email@example.com
SHOULD I SEND A COPY OF MY RESUME DIRECTLY TO THE CREW?
By all means, YES! Send a copy of your resume directly to the crew at:
Bureau of Land Management
Diamond Mountain IHC
2550 Riverside Drive
Susanville, CA 96130
Send only your resume, we DO NOT need to see copies of your fire certificates, pictures of yourself or your family, fire patches, clever letters, transcripts, birth certificates, or the like. It IS helpful to include a training record and a copy of your red card with your resume.
HOW MANY VACANCIES WILL YOU HAVE?
The Diamond Mountain Hotshots commonly experience anywhere from 2-6 vacancies each year. The actual number is not usually known until early spring. The vacant crewmember positions are highly competitive and we normally experience 200-300 applicants per year per grade.
WHEN WILL YOU MAKE SELECTIONS?
We will have our first list of applicants in early January and job offers will be made sometime after that.
WHEN (OR IF) SHOULD I START CALLING?
It never hurts to contact the crew to show interest and ask questions. The winter is busy time for the crew overhead and we are not available at all times to answer questions and talk to each potential applicant. Making a visit to Susanville is always encouraged but not necessary. We WILL make an effort to return calls and schedule a meeting with any applicants who wish to make the trip to Susanville.
Email questions should be directed at the Superintendent.
CAN I BE HIRED IF I HAVE NO EXPERIENCE?
It is possible to be hired with no prior wildland fire experience, although your chances are less as we can have no more than 20% of the crew without prior wildland experience. If you have no prior experience, you still must have a red card and the required basic firefighter training, S-110, S-130, and S-190. You don't have to worry about a pack-test as that will be done on your first day if you are selected.
DO YOU HIRE STUDENTS OR HAVE STUDENT SLOTS?
We normally reserve 1-2 students slots each season for RETURNING crewmembers only. We do not typically hire first year student crewmembers. You must be available from May 1st to October 31st.
DO YOU HAVE CREW HOUSING?
Yes, but minimal - contact us sooner than later. Crewmembers are responsible for making there own housing/lodging arrangements. We can assist in supplying a list of local rental companies and other interested individuals.
WHEN SHOULD I START TRAINING FOR THE 2017 SEASON?
Right now!!! The backbone of all Interagency Hotshot Crews is a high level of physical fitness. Daily physical fitness training will start the first day if you are selected and will continue until the crew is laid-off in the fall. Give us a call if you need help with a physical fitness regiment.