An appeal to those in the know.
I have searched exhaustively and come up with very little for my efforts, aside from learning its best to know someone to get your foot in the door with firefighting.
What I am trying to do is get a seasonal/temporary position on a wildland crew - either handcrew or engine.
I just finished Fire Academy where I got my First Responder, Hazmat Operations, FFT1, FFT2 for structural fire. I also have my S130/S190, ICS100, ICS200, ICS700, and I have an A.A.S. Degree in Forest Technology.
I just have one small problem - I live in Florida but I want to work out west, particularly the southwest.
I have heard CALFIRE won't recognise any of my certifications, so I really don't want to go to California. Other than that I am completely flexible (Anytime, anywhere, any job - as long as its wildfire:D ).
I have been checking USAjobs and AVUE but it really seems like those that can walk in and have a face to face with the folks in charge have a leg up on someone applying from afar through a computer program.
Not to mention those sites are somewhat difficult to navigate at the best of times.
A couple other questions I thought of:
When is the ideal time to apply? When do fire seasons range in the southwest?