Forest Service Fire Career Cards

This card set highlights many different Forest Service employees and their fire-related careers. Each card provides information about the employee, their favorite parts of their job, the challenges they have overcome, and more. For more information about the different pathways into a Forest Service Career, check out our Forest Service Careers page! 

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Introduction and Scavenger Hunt

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Alexa Scanlan, Prevention Technician

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  • B.A., MNR, University of Idaho
  • USDA Forest Service
  • My job in prevention is about public education and outreach, making sure that we share consumable knowledge about our forests, and how to prevent fires. I also still respond to and fight wildland fires. 

 

Alfonso Montoya, Fuels District Assistant Fire and Management Officer (AFMO)

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  • B.S., Colorado State University-Pueblo
  • USDA Forest Service
  • My job is to manage the land and serve the public through fire management and fuels reduction.

 

Angie Matos, Engine Captain

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  • High School
  • USDA Forest Service
  • I supervise an engine crew and fire engine in Montana. When I am on the fire line, I operate as an incident commander, division group supervisor, helicopter manager, crew boss, engine boss, task force leader, or sawyer. All these qualifications require keeping my crew and assigned resources safe!  

 

Brandon Everett, Fire Management Officer, Job Corps Fire Program

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  • High School
  • USDA Forest Service
  • A fire management officer for Job Corps trains, mentors, and leads young men and women to be better and provide public service as a firefighter. I also make decisions daily on resource staffing and preparedness to ensure we are ready to respond to new fires or support existing fires. 

 

Brian Campbell, Assistant Fire Management Officer (AFMO), Fuels

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  • B.S., University of Montana
  • USDA Forest Service
  • I plan and implement fuels-related work in the district. Spring and fall are my busy seasons, implementing prescribed burns and completing field work.  

 

Debbie Beard, Forest Fire Management Officer

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  • B.S., Stephen F. Austin State University
  • USDA Forest Service
  • I manage the prescribed fire and wildfire suppression program for the national forests in Florida. I am in charge of policy, budget, hiring, reviews, etc. I also am a type 2 incident commander for the southern area gold team as well as a hospital and family liaison.

 

Jacob Gear, Regional Fire Prevention Coordinator

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  • Humboldt State University
  • USDA Forest Service
  • I provide regional-level guidance on fire prevention for 18 national forests and 1 national scenic area. In my role, I work with many internal and external stakeholders on things such as industrial fire restrictions, public use restrictions, fire prevention messaging, and education. 

 

Jeff Walther, Deputy Center Manager

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  • B.S., Northern Arizona University
  • USDA Forest Service
  • I help manage the Geographic Area Coordination Center (GACC) assisting in resource allocation (aviation, equipment, crews, and overhead) throughout the Pacific Northwest for fire support and suppression efforts. 

 

Jen Neppl, Assistant District Fire Management Officer

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  • B.S., Murray State University
  • USDA Forest Service
  • As an assistant district fire management officer, I coordinate the daily operations of six firefighters, including one fire engine and two bulldozers. We respond to local wildfires, and we treat 25,000 acres with prescribed fire in our district each year. We also respond nationally to wildland fires and provide emergency response to all-risk incidents including hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. 

 

Jessica Sherwood, Unit Aviation Manager

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  • High School
  • USDA Forest Service
  • I manage all aviation (fixed wing, rotor wing, and unmanned aircraft systems) in central Oregon for the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Bureau of Land Management's Prineville District. This includes in-briefing incoming fire aircraft, procuring aircraft for project work such as wild horse counts, or flying bridge materials in to replace bridges. 

 

Jordan Gulley, Assistant Superintendent, Redmond Hotshots

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  • B.S., Washington State University
  • USDA Forest Service
  • I lead 20-25 firefighters daily. This includes developing fire line tactics, identifying and mitigating hazards, ensuring the crew is logistically supported with supplies and equipment, and building a team of hotshots. We dig in the dirt, crawl around in the mud, and cut down trees. 

 

Kurt Atkins, Air Tactical Group Supervisor (ATGS, aka "Air Attack")

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  • B.S., University of New Hampshire
  • USDA Forest Service
  • Air attack is essentially air traffic control over a fire's airspace. We coordinate all aircraft to safely provide support to the firefighters on the ground. We also provide a bird's eye view and critical information for the ground personnel. 

 

Kyle Cannon, Forest Fire Management Officer

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  • B.E., Colorado School of Mines
  • USDA Forest Service
  • I manage the fire, fuels, and aviation program in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. I also serve as a type 1 operations section chief on a type 1 incident management team. 

 

Lindsey Kupfer, Fire Engine Operator

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  • B.S., Utah Valley University
  • USDA Forest Service
  • I am a wildland firefighter who travels nationally and occasionally globally, using my qualifications on wildfires. These qualifications include operating fire engines, managing hand crews, managing/working on helicopters, acting in middle management operational roles on large complex wildfires, and acting as an incident commander on intermediate wildfires. 

 

Mary Lata, Fire Ecologist

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  • B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • USDA Forest Service
  • My job includes teaching firefighters, speaking to communities at public events, collaborating with others on issues related to fire ecology, consulting with other land management agencies, predicting (modeling) how wildfire and prescribed fire behave, and presenting at conferences. 

 

Milena Rockwood, Fuels Technician

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  • M.S., Utah State University
  • USDA Forest Service
  • A fuels technician plans and implements vegetation management projects. I am responsible for overseeing the fuel projects and ensuring that expectations are met for each project. I also support the forest with fire suppression, measuring fuels' moisture levels, collecting photos and data, and scouting areas for new projects. I also monitor conditions to implement prescribed burns. 

 

Molly Booth, Assistant Center Manager, Intelligence Coordinator

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  • B.S.S., Cornell College
  • USDA Forest Service
  • My primary duty is to serve as the assistant center manager for Payette Interagency Dispatch Center. In this capacity, I help with the coordination and operations of wildland fire resources to help with prescribed fire, fire suppression, aircraft operations, and fire management. 

 

Olivia-Iniabi Collette, Wildfire Prevention Officer 

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  • Graduate, National Wildland Firefighter Apprentice Academy
  • USDA Forest Service
  • As a wildfire prevention officer, I provide guidance, leadership, and program management with a focus on wildfire prevention and education to my unit employees and customers to establish appropriate and effective methods to educate, manage, and modify their behavior with the goal of preventing adverse impacts caused by unplanned wildfire ignitions. 

 

 Paul Corrigan, Utah Interagency Smoke Coordinator

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  • B.S., Virginia Tech
  • USDA Forest Service
  • As a smoke coordinator, I am the liaison between all the land managers doing prescribed fire (Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Utah Department of Natural Resources, etc.) and the Utah Division of Air Quality. 

 

Rex Thompson, Fire Prevention Technician

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  • High School
  • USDA Forest Service
  • My position as a fire prevention technician gives me the opportunity to meet and educate the public about fire safety and ways to protect natural resources for future generations.

 

Sally Davis, Interagency Fire Training Officer

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  • B.S.S., Ohio University
  • USDA Forest Service
  • As an interagency fire training officer I maintain training records for wildland firefighters and fire support personnel. 

 

Shaniko Cowie, Deputy Fire Staff, Fuels

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  • M.S., University of Idaho
  • USDA Forest Service
  • I manage the fuels program at the forest level, which includes coordinating prescribed fire and fuels reduction treatments across our 2.3-million-acre forest. During fire season, I provide expertise in fire behavior and fire growth modeling. I also provide fire management leadership and expertise for the forest fire program as a whole. 

 

Aaron Rowe, Forest Fuels and Fire Prevention Specialist

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  • B.S., University of Washington
  • USDA Forest Service
  • My job is to implement effective fuels treatments to make a more fire-resilient and fire-adapted landscape as well as prevent unwanted human-caused wildfires.