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Wildland Firefighters

Advancement Prospects

After several years of experience, seasonal wildland firefighters may be offered full-time positions or promotions to the position of incident commander or smokejumper. Others are asked to join hotshot fire crews, which are teams of highly skilled firefighters who are assigned the toughest firefighting tasks. Advancement also comes in the form of pay raises and promotions (including to managerial positions). With extensive experience and additional training, some wildland firefighters become forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists. Others become wildland firefighting on-site trainers or fire science professors.

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