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2021–22 Project Firefighter annual recruitment

Annual recruitment for the 2021–22 season is now open. Please apply via the I WORK FOR SA website.

What are Seasonal Project Firefighters?

DEW employs Seasonal Project Firefighters annually, to assist in delivering its fire and land management responsibilities. Participation in bushfire suppression and prescribed burning operations are the major focus of the job.

The statewide recruitment process occurs annually between the months of June and July, with employment contracts being offered to successful candidates for up to 9 months for the period of September through to May.

Project Firefighting can be challenging and physically demanding. Applicant’s undergo a rigorous, merit based selection process ensuring they meet the demands of the job. DEW supports workplace diversity and is committed to ensuring equality in the workplace across gender, race and age. Women and people with various ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

Project Firefighters form part of Regional Programs Fire Management, located in various regional offices spread across the state of South Australia. 

Find out more about each region here.

For further desirable skills and other information about the position, please refer to the role descriptions for Project Firefighter and Senior Project Firefighter

Wondering what it takes to become a DEW project firefighter? Get the inside story from the staff themselves in the short video below.

Recruitment application process

The recruitment process has seven steps. For more information see the Project Firefighters Recruitment Step Process flow chart

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