Wildland Fire Crews
Wildfire Response Program
The Wildfire Response Program provides civilians with training and work opportunities to fight wildland fires in New Mexico. Wildland crew members are Administratively Determined firefighters (AD’s), which means they are only called upon or hired during an actual wildland emergency.
Each crew member follows the same qualification and training system as seasonal AD firefighters from any other Forestry Division district across the state.
What we do
Fighting wildland fires is dynamic and physically demanding work. It is both challenging and deeply rewarding. In this program, you will learn and use vital skills to manage and combat wildland fires.
New Mexico Hotshot Crews
Consisting of the Pecos River and Eagle Peak crews, these full-time wildfire response crews are coming on-line in 2024.
We are currently hiring for Administrative Management Officers, Assisstant Superintendents, Squad Leaders, Senior Firefighters and Crew Members.
Positions offer Tier 1- Tier 5 classification, hazard pay, health benefits, pension and more.
Click below to learn more about these positions in detail.
To apply for these positions, visit the Join Our Team page.
Who can become a Wildland Firefighter?
To be eligible to participate, you are required to meet the following criteria:
- Submit a completed AD Hire application.
- Live within two hours of Santa Fe. While fire emergencies can happen anywhere, participants must report to the program’s headquarters to be dispatched to assignments.
- Be able to remain on fire assignments for an extended period of time, and be available at short notice (within two hours). Due to the unpredictable nature of wildfire emergencies, involvement is seasonal and does not conform to a set schedule.
- Have the physical capacity to work for an extended period of time. An example would be working for approximately 16 hours per day for 14 consecutive days.
- Have the physical capacity to perform duties in steep and/or rugged terrain under adverse weather conditions, while carrying a pack weighing up to 45 pounds.
- Complete the required training and physical fitness testing yearly.