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What is a project firefighter?

Project firefighters are primarily employed to support NPWS' fire management program, particularly fire preparedness, response, and prescribed burning operations.

When not directly involved in fire suppression, a project firefighter will undertake a range of fire prevention and reserve management activities. This can include track and trail construction, fencing and facilities maintenance, slashing fire breaks, weed control and operating a variety of plant and equipment such as chainsaws and tractors.

Work is mainly outdoors, often in remote environments and is physically demanding. Project firefighters may be required to work outside of normal hours, including weekends and public holidays, and can be deployed away from home for up to 7 days.

Senior project firefighter positions are also available and lead a small team to undertake the above activities.

How to apply

There are two ways you can apply to become a project or senior project firefighter:

  • Annual recruitment – up to 9-month contracts from September to May. Positions are advertised around June each year.
  • Term pool register – register interest for positions that may become available during the season.

Find out the essential requirements of becoming a firefighter. Get the inside story from staff in the short video below.

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Unfortunately, NPWS Fire Management does not take on volunteers due to limited resources, however, you can volunteer with the SA Country Fire Service.

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