FOREST Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) is looking for people in Gippsland who are keen to help protect Victorian communities for the upcoming bushfire season, and to assist with land management activities, to join its team.

FFMVic’s Sam Quigley said applications were now open for about 90 project firefighters (PFF) to work in Gippsland.

“These fixed term positions are a fantastic opportunity for people from all walks of life who are physically fit to get out in the bush, protect Victoria from bushfires and help to maintain public land right across the state,” he said.

“You could be operating machinery one week and responding to an emergency the next.

“The roles involve being on the frontline fighting bushfires, conducting planned burns, managing roadside vegetation, pest and weed control, maintaining access to fire trails and roads, and supporting other emergency work to help protect the community and environment.”

The range of PFF roles available include general firefighters, fire support officers and rappel crew.

Eighteen roles are also solely dedicated for Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people across Victoria, reflecting the government’s commitment to a diverse workforce while also supporting traditional owners to care for country and lead cultural burning across the landscape.

“Successful recruits will be fully trained and get the opportunity to work with experienced staff from a range of fire management agencies right across the state, and potentially nationally and internationally if required,” Mr Quigley said.

Driver licence and medical and fitness assessments are required.

Applications are now open and close Sunday, July 31, to apply visit jobs.careers.vic.gov.au/pff or call 136 186.