Seasonal Helicopter Crew Member – MT DNRC Helena

February 22, 2024
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Job Description

Do you want a meaningful and rewarding summer job? Do you enjoy physical, sometimes strenuous, labor and enjoy the outdoors? Apply to be a firefighter!

Each year, DNRC seeks hundreds of dedicated individuals to help protect Montana wildlands from wildfire. These seasonal, temporary firefighting jobs are offered statewide throughout DNRC Units. Employment is generally 3-6 months with work beginning as early as May and ending in late September with the potential to begin as early as April and run as late as October depending on fire activity. We provide training, safety clothing, and protective gear. You bring enthusiasm and the ability to perform courageous outdoor work safely, productively, and responsibly.

Applications are accepted each year beginning in January. Don’t be alarmed if you don’t hear from us right away – it can be into spring before we start contacting applicants for interviews. Feel free to reachout to the contact listed on the recruitment announcement with questions you may have.

These seasonal positions will be open until filled with our first review of applications starting mid to late February. Applications will be reviewed every two weeks until filled. Early application is strongly encouraged.


Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s mission is to help ensure that Montana’s land and water resources provide benefits for present and future generations.

The DNRC believes employees are their most important asset. The DNRC empowers employees to exercise professional judgment in carrying out their duties. Employees are provided with the training and tools necessary to achieve the mission. Both team effort and individual employee expertise are supported and sustained. Not only can you gain great experience and build great friendships, DNRC can also offer great career paths for the future!

Please apply through the State of Montana website (


  1. State Application
  2. Resume
    1. Describe your training and work experience in wildland/urban interface and wildland (forest and range) firefighting.   Please list your current Red Card qualifications, any fire training courses you have completed, the number and types of fire worked on and in what capacity.
    2. Describe any outdoor work or recreation experience that you have and how it pertains to wildland firefighting.
    3. Describe your experience and ability to perform physically demanding work for long periods under hot and dirty conditions.  What do you do to remain physically fit?
    4. Describe any experience you have working in/around or with helicopters or other aircraft.
    5. Describe your ability and give an example of working with a diverse group of people.
    6. As a seasonal firefighter you will be asked to perform a wide range of tasks other than fire related duties, such as chain saw use, mechanical repair, and carpentry.  Discuss any skills and abilities you possess in these or other areas.
    7. Firefighting is performed in a team environment.  Describe some experiences where you had to work as part of a team and reach a common goal.



The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation may assess the following factors in determining whether an applicant meets the qualifications for the position: application, resume, cover letter, interview, references and a pack test.

Applicants claiming employment preference are required to provide proper documentation, i.e., Vet Preference (DD214), Disabled Vet document from U.S. Veterans Administration certifying service-connected disability or purple heart medal, disabled (SRS Certification), when submitting application.


Performs various firefighting duties; plans and directs the suppression of fires as the leader of an initial attack crew; serves as incident commander on wildland/urban interface and wildland (forest and range) fires as assigned; keeps crew time records; enforces safety standards; procures supplies; enforces maintenance standards for vehicles, pump tools and other equipment; collects data for fire reports and assists in completion of reports; trains and evaluates crew member performance and identifies training needs; directs communication between fire and dispatcher; operates Type V Type VI fire engines.


Housing is available at this location.

The seasonal positions will remain open and additional screening will occur as needed until positions are filled. Applicants for these positions must be at least 18 years of age at the time of hire and have a valid drivers’ license and less than 12 conviction points over the most recent 36 months. All persons performing firefighting duties are required to pass a physical fitness test within three weeks of employment. DNRC HAS ADOPTED THE PACK TEST AS THE REQUIRED PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST. CONTACT THE INDIVIDUAL LAND OFFICE FOR INFORMATION REGARDING PACK TEST REQUIREMENTS. 

APPROXIMATE DATES AND HOURS OF EMPLOYMENT FOR TEMPORARY SEASONAL POSITIONS will depend on each position and will vary between June and September. Positions will be terminated at the end of the normal work season or as notified by the Department.

Pay range will vary depending on experience



  • Graduation from high school or equivalent. Education will be reviewed on a case by case basis if the applicant has not yet graduated high school.


  •         Two years of experience in wildland fire suppression with supervisory responsibilities and be fully qualified as an advanced firefighter squad member on an initial attack engine crew, fire crew, or other crew with firefighting responsibilities.
  •          Must have successfully performed on two qualifying uncontrolled fires as a firefighter.  Performance on one qualifying uncontrolled fire as a type 5 Incident Commander is desirable.


  • 18 years of age at time of hire
  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • Upon hire: Must complete a physical performance test known as the “Pack Test” which requires you to carry a 45-pound pack the distance of 3 miles in not more than 45 minutes.

Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States. A valid driver’s license is required with less than 12 conviction points in the most recent completed 36 months.

In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the person selected must produce within three days of hire documents that show authorization to work in the United States. Examples of such documentation include a birth certificate or Social Security card along with a driver’s license or other picture I.D., or a U.S. passport, or a “green card”.

Applicant Pool Statement:  If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection. Training Assignment:  This agency may use a training assignment. Employees in training assignments may be paid below the base pay established by the agency pay rules. Conditions of the training assignment will be stated in writing at the time of hire.  

Salary: $17.55 – $20.52 Hourly
Benefits Package Eligibility:  Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan     
Number of Openings: 4 
Employee Status:  Seasonal (less than 6 mos) 
Schedule:  Full-Time 
Shift: Day Job 
Travel:  Yes, 10 % of the Time  
Primary Location:  Helena    
Agency:  Department of Natural Resources & Conservation 
Union:  000 – None  
Posting Date: Jan 7, 2024, 10:00:00 PM 

Closing Date: Ongoing 

Required Application Materials:  Cover Letter, Resume  

Contact Name:  Stacey Gabrio  |  Contact Email:  |  Contact Phone:  4064443309