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What are seasonal fire crew?

Seasonal fire crew are primarily employed to support NPWS fire management, particularly fire preparedness, response, and prescribed burning operations.

Seasonal fire crew also contribute to a range of fire preparedness, prevention, response and land management activities. This can include track and trail construction, slashing fire breaks, weed control and operating a range of equipment such as chainsaws and brushcutters.

Work is mainly outdoors, often in remote environments and is physically demanding. Seasonal fire crew 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.

Seasonal fire crew positions are also available to support and guide a small team to undertake the above activities.

How to apply

There are two ways you can apply to join the seasonal fire crew:

  • 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 joining the seasonal fire crew. Get the inside story from staff in the short video below.

Wondering what it takes to join the seasonal fire crew?


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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