Applications are now closed

Recruitment is now underway for 300 new Project Firefighters (PFFs) to conduct critical bushfire prevention work across Victoria.

Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) Chief Fire Officer Chris Hardman said: “We are looking for men and women to join Forest Fire Management Victoria over the summer season to assist with the prevention and suppression of bushfires in parks and forests.”

“Project Firefighters are based at more than 80 locations throughout the state and are on the frontline fighting bushfires, conducting planned burns and undertaking roadside vegetation and fire trail maintenance.

“No two days are the same, and this is a great opportunity to learn new skills and be part of a diverse and inclusive team that helps protect the community.

“A range of seasonal positions are on offer including roles as frontline firefighters, fire support officers and rappel crew members, with 18 positions that have been identified for Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people.

"Our firefighters are men and women from all walks of life and backgrounds, and many past PFFs have gone on to rewarding careers in permanent roles within the department.

“Successful recruits receive comprehensive training and get the opportunity to work with experienced personnel from a range of fire management agencies.

“These new PFF roles will add to our existing 300 firefighters currently on three-year contracts.

“Once recruitment is complete we will have over 1000 frontline forest firefighters trained up and ready for this coming season, with 600 PFFs and 340 permanent Forest Fire Operations Officers.

“Crews will be supported by a further 2000 staff from across the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Parks Victoria, Melbourne Water and VicForests who have a fire role in addition to their normal duties.

“These roles will help deliver our Safer Together program and ensure we work with regional communities to deliver the best outcomes for the community.”

Employment is full-time for a period of up to 26 weeks, generally starting between November and April.

Applications for Project Firefighters are open from Thursday 1 August and close on Sunday 25 August.

Page last updated: 05/09/19