Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists
SOC: 33-2022.00


Enforce fire regulations, inspect forest for fire hazards and recommend forest fire prevention or control measures. May report forest fires and weather conditions.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
1,700 employed

Projected (2024):
2,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Access Control Officer
  • District Ranger
  • Environmental Protection Fire Control Officer
  • Fire Apparatus Engineer
  • Fire Behavior Analyst
  • Fire Control Officer
  • Fire Information Officer
  • Fire Inspector
  • Fire Lookout
  • Fire Management Technician
  • Fire Observer
  • Fire Operations Forester
  • Fire Patrol
  • Fire Range Technician
  • Fire Ranger
  • Fire Tower Keeper
  • Fire Warden
  • Forest Fire Control Officer
  • Forest Fire Lookout
  • Forest Fire Officer
  • Forest Officer
  • Forest Patrolman
  • Forest Ranger
  • Forest Technician
  • Forester
  • Forestry Fire Aide
  • Forestry Patrolman
  • Forestry Technician
  • Look Out Tower Fire Watcher
  • Lookout
  • Observer
  • Range Examiner
  • Ranger
  • Resource Protection Specialist
  • Scout
  • Tower Watchman
  • Towerman
  • Warden
  • Wildfire Prevention Specialist
  • Wildland Fire Operations Specialist

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Relay messages about emergencies, accidents, locations of crew and personnel, and fire hazard conditions.
  • Direct crews working on firelines during forest fires.
  • Estimate sizes and characteristics of fires, and report findings to base camps by radio or telephone.
  • Administer regulations regarding sanitation, fire prevention, violation corrections, and related forest regulations.
  • Extinguish smaller fires with portable extinguishers, shovels, and axes.
  • Locate forest fires on area maps, using azimuth sighters and known landmarks.
  • Maintain records and logbooks.
  • Examine and inventory firefighting equipment, such as axes, fire hoses, shovels, pumps, buckets, and fire extinguishers, to determine amount and condition.
  • Direct maintenance and repair of firefighting equipment, or requisition new equipment.
  • Restrict public access and recreational use of forest lands during critical fire seasons.
  • Patrol assigned areas, looking for forest fires, hazardous conditions, and weather phenomena.
  • Compile and report meteorological data, such as temperature, relative humidity, wind direction and velocity, and types of cloud formations.
  • Inspect camp sites to ensure that campers are in compliance with forest use regulations.
  • Inspect forest tracts and logging areas for fire hazards such as accumulated wastes or mishandling of combustibles, and recommend appropriate fire prevention measures.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • All terrain vehicles ATV
  • Backpack pumps
  • Base radios
  • Brush hooks
  • Claw hammers
  • Crew transport buses
  • Digital anemometers
  • Digital hygrometers
  • Emergency first aid kits
  • Fire finders
  • Forestry axes
  • Global positioning system GPS devices
  • Laptop computers
  • Machetes
  • Mobile radios
  • Navigational compasses
  • Passenger vans
  • Portable fire extinguishers
  • Portable weather stations
  • Power saws
  • Protective ear muffs
  • Protective safety glasses
  • Remote reading digital thermometers
  • Safety helmets
  • Signaling mirrors
  • Spotting scopes
  • Surveillance binoculars
  • Tablet computers
  • Tractor mounted mowers
  • Very high frequency VHF radios
  • Wind vanes
  • Fire incident reporting systems
  • Mapping software
  • Microsoft Word

  • protective service

    industry stats

    SOC: 33-0000

    Total Employed: 3,351,620

    Average Annual Salary: $44,610