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Fighting wildfire in Michigan
Michigan DNR wildland firefighters respond to hundreds of wildfires across the state each year, protecting people, homes and nature from the effects of wildfire. They also carefully use fire as a tool during prescribed burns to improve wildlife habitat and reduce wildfire risks.
In addition to fighting wildland fires and conducting prescribed burns, firefighters assist with forest management including cultivation work, operate heavy machinery, work with partner organizations and maintain firefighting equipment.
There are several opportunities to participate in wildland firefighting. All firefighters must pass a fitness test and pre-employment screening to qualify for service.
Full time wildland firefighters
Become a full-time firefighter with the Michigan DNR for a rewarding career in natural resources. You’ll receive health and retirement benefits and opportunities for career growth.
- Pay begins at $21.43/hour
- Work 40 hours per week
Apply to be a DNR fire officer
Peak-season temporary firefighters
Join the Michigan DNR during peak wildfire season to gain experience and be prepared to apply for full-time opportunities.
- Pay rate of $21.43/hour
- Work a period between March – October, 40 hours per week
Apply to be a seasonal firefighter
On-call firefighters (MiWFF program)
Work as an on-call wildland firefighter with a variable schedule through the Michigan Wildland Firefighter program.
- Pay begins at $18/hour, $20/hour with Engine Boss credential
- Work variable hours depending on fire season severity and location of fires
How to apply