US Forest Service Seeks Wildcat Nation’s Seniors to Join the Fight Against Wildfires


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Do you like working outdoors? If so, you’re in luck! The US Forest Service is recruiting seniors 18 or older by February 20th to work this summer as wildland firefighters. This is a chance for seniors to earn money, learn teamwork skills and build strong friendships. This adventurous and exciting job is a great way to find your passion and help your environment.

Local USFS Fire Management Officer Terry Nickerson thinks this is a great opportunity for seniors:  “This is a good way to give back to your community, learn about forestry, fire management, and possibly travel the country,” he says.  

Mendocino National Forest staff will be at Pomolita Middle School on January 13-14th  for signups. After this, applicants will go through a basic fire course consisting of about 10 days of in-person and virtual paid training. Once you have completed this program you will be certified as a firefighter Type 2 (this is the entry-level for firefighting). 

Wildcats interested in the opportunity can contact Eric Crawford at for an inside perspective of the job. 

Ukiah High’s USFS local contact is Terry Nickersen whose contact information is below: 

Terry Nickerson

Division Chief

Upper Lake and Covelo Ranger District

Mendocino NF

p: 707-275-1441

c: 707-489-4801

f: 707-275-0676

10025 Elk Mtn. Road

Upper Lake, CA 95485

Izzy Nickerson
Izzy Nickerson
Izabella Nickerson is an editor and chief for the UHS newspaper and a Junior at Ukiah High School. Izabella enjoys playing sports like tennis and volleyball, baking/cooking, and being outdoors. Izabella is creative and hardworking doing her part to make the UHS newspaper informative and entertaining. Izabella has been a part of the UHS news team for 3 years. She enjoys writing about the sports that students participate in at Ukiah High School as well as articles addressing women's rights and more. She would like to continue Journalism and make a career out of it. Becoming a sports journalist or a sports broadcaster.

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