VetsWork Fire

VetsWork Fire is a career training program for military veterans interested in wildfire landscape management, wildland firefighting and other natural resource management / public lands careers. VetsWork Fire participants serve with the Umatilla National Forest and live in Forest Service bunkhouses for the duration of the program.

VetsWork Fire Is Many Things

  • A career development program where participants learn new skills and build professional networks.
  • A workforce development program where land management agencies have an active role in shaping its future workforce.
  • A community and national service program (AmeriCorps) that engages veterans in civilian service to our public lands and natural resources.

VetsWork Fire participants receive a modest living stipend, and an AmeriCorps education award.

Meet Our Interns

2023 VetsWork Fire: Mark Dahl

I grew up in Northern California, spending time in Placer and Nevada County. Growing up, I always enjoyed the adventure and open terrain of the outdoors, spending a lot of my time snowboarding, fishing, camping, and playing music. I graduated from Colfax High School,...

2023 VetsWork Fire: James Tucker

I am James Tucker. I'm 32 years old, and I haven't lived anywhere longer than six years. I've lived in a lot of places, and Denver and southern Germany are my favorites. I have a family history of military service, and I was in the Navy for two years as a Cryptologic...

VetsWork Fire Internships

FILLED  –VetsWork Fire Position Description in Ukiah, OR 

How to Apply

Include the Following:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
    1. Include one for each position you’re applying to (you can apply to more than one).
    2. If you are unfamiliar with cover letters, click here to learn more.
  • Copy of your DD 214
  • Three professional references: Include their name, phone number, email, and relation to you.

Your application will not be considered without all of the required documents.

Email completed applications with documents to:

Katie Schmidt, Recruitment Coordinator


Use this form to contact Recruitment.

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Partners & Sponsors

As a partner of the program, your organization directly benefits from the support of a VetsWork Fire intern team on wildfire landscape management projects (or other team based projects could be discussed). Additionally, you have the opportunity to train potential new members of your workforce.

Partners are required to provide a cash match, have time to supervise / mentor the team, and provide housing for the team. It might sound like a lot but our past partners would tell you that it’s worth it. If you and/or your organization is interested in sponsoring a VetsWork Fire team, please contact us via the button.

Current Program Partners

We partner with the Umatilla National Forest for VetsWork Fire. You can learn more about the Forest by selecting the link below.