The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is California's fire department and resource management agency. The organization is comprised of nearly 8,000 permanent and seasonal employees. The mission of the Department is to serve and safeguard the people and protect the property and resources of California.

CAL FIRE is an equal opportunity employer, providing equal opportunity to all regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age or sexual orientation. CAL FIRE offers well-paying careers and opportunities for advancement.

When you join CAL FIRE, you join a family of employees that function as a team. You will build trust and friendship with your co-workers, as together you respond to emergencies and challenging situations. CAL FIRE provides employees with a variety of career choices and opportunities. We hope that you will consider a rewarding and challenging career with CAL FIRE! 

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Vacancies in CalCareers are available only to individuals who have eligibility based on either:

  • Successful completion of a competitive State civil service examination; or
  • Current employment with the State of California in a class which is comparable under transfer rules; or
  • Previous employment with the State of California in a class that is comparable under reinstatement rules

For more information on salary and benefits for State of California employees, please visit the California Department of Human Resources website.

For details regarding the Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP) please visit the Cal Careers website.

For questions about the exam process, job application process, or about career opportunities with CAL FIRE, email our Recruitment Unit at or call our office at 916-894-9585.

Veterans: Please visit our Returning Veterans; Enlisting Their Skills (R.V.E.T.S.) page to explore a variety of employment options and educational opportunities for service with CAL FIRE.


Use the following links for more information on the jobs process and to create your Cal Careers account.


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