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Idaho Department of Lands seeking temporary workers for firefighting efforts

By: - July 20, 2021 5:24 pm
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Smokejumpers wear Kevlar suits and carry about 110 pounds of gear when they parachute in to battle remote wildfires. (Photo by Clark Corbin/Idaho Capital Sun)

The Coeur d’Alene Interagency Fire Cache, which stocks and maintains wildland firefighting equipment and supplies, is in need of more truck drivers and warehouse workers to assist with the severe fires burning across the state, according to a release.

Wildfires in Idaho and across the West are depleting resources, the release stated, and there is a need for workers to replenish firefighting equipment by performing such tasks as washing hoses, boxing up supplies, loading and offloading trucks, pressure-testing water equipment and more. Driving positions are also available.

There are 10 open, temporary positions for truck drivers (CDL not required) and 20 openings for warehouse workers in Coeur d’Alene. The positions will remain open until filled. The hours will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., six days a week, with one scheduled day off per week, at $16.76 an hour. Positions are overtime eligible. Experience driving a forklift is welcomed and applicants need a driver’s license. Wildland firefighting qualifications are not required.

“We want to thank those who have answered the call for extra help. We already have 15 drivers and 8 warehouse workers hired as part of this effort,” said Idaho Department of Lands Director Dustin Miller. “This is one way people can support our crews on the fire line during this unprecedented fire season.”

Those who are interested can apply by emailing a resume to [email protected] or by visiting the Idaho Department of Lands Jobs Page.

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Kelcie Moseley-Morris
Kelcie Moseley-Morris

Kelcie Moseley-Morris is an award-winning journalist who has covered many topics across Idaho since 2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree in public administration from Boise State University. Moseley-Morris started her journalism career at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, followed by the Lewiston Tribune and the Idaho Press.