Seasonal Project Firefighters

Seasonal Project Firefighters complement our permanent firefighting staff and are responsible for bushfire suppression and prevention activities including planned burning. Many project firefighters return from previous years, bringing with them valuable skills and experience. All firefighters are trained comprehensively before being involved in fire operations.

Positions are available each year (generally between November and April) and include:

  • firefighter (includes designated Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people positions)
  • rappel crews (specialist firefighting roles performed in remote locations)
  • fire support officers (predominantly administrative roles).

Vacancies, when available, are advertised on Careers.Vic.

General enquiries: 136 186

Project Firefighter Brochure (PDF, 2.0 MB)
Project Firefighter Brochure - Designated Roles of Aboriginal People (PDF, 9.6 MB)

Register your interest

Applications are closed for the current fire season. If you want to be notified when the next intake is open, please register your interest.


Forest Fire Operations Officers

Forest and Fire Operations Officers (FFOO) are field staff who deliver forest management activities in Victoria's state forests and undertake fire management and firefighting activities in Victoria's national parks, state forests and protected public land.

Team members operate within work centres and are responsible for implementing a wide range of operational tasks and fire prevention activities. There is a strong focus on emergency response and may involve deployment across the state for both emergency response and planned burning activities.

There are different levels of FFOO ranging from entry-level to experienced supervisors.

Vacancies, when available, are advertised on Careers.Vic

General enquiries: 136 186

FFOO Role Handbook (PDF, 169.0 KB)
Candidate Guide - How to apply (PDF, 172.2 KB)

Fit for Emergency Medical Assessment (Project Firefighter and Forest and Fire Operations Officer)

Please note: To meet its obligations under the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions and the OH&S Act, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning will request vaccination information or evidence of an exemption in the pre-employment stage. (Inability to provide this may impact your subsequent employment to the Department.)

Firefighting roles are physically and psychologically demanding.

Project Firefighters Field staff must meet our highest medical standards:

  • Category A Firefighter – Rappel
  • Category B Firefighter – Arduous

If you are considering applying for either a Forest and Fire Operations Officer or a Project Firefighter position, and would like to discuss your health or medical suitability for a role, please contact our medical provider:

Corporate Health Management(CHM)
PH: 03 9941 3155

Watch the videos to know more

Watch these videos before completing applications so you know exactly what to.

Medical and fitness assessment

What to expect in your spirometry (breathing) test

Medical conditions that may prevent you from becoming a Project Fire Fighter

Page last updated: 07/12/22