THE state government is recruiting 300 forest fighters to help fight any fires over the coming season.

The new positions with Forest Fire Management Victoria are for a range of roles including general firefighters, fire support officers and rappel crews.

The fixed term positions are at more than 80 locations throughout the state.

Successful recruits will undertake emergency response activities, planned burning, pest and weed control, road maintenance and other land management activities.

Twenty of the roles are allocated to Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people, helping traditional owners to ‘care for country’ and lead cultural burning.

Victoria’s existing fire staff include more than 1100 frontline firefighters who are supported by more than 2000 permanent staff who can be called on to perform emergency roles when required.

Crew will work alongside key fire management agencies including the Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Fire Rescue Victoria.

Forest Fire Management Victoria chief executive, Chris Hardman, said recruits could be operating heavy machinery one week and responding to an emergency the next. “No two days are the same,” he said.

“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.”

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Action, Lily DÁmbrosio, said this was a great employment opportunity for regional communities.

Applications for project firefighter positions close on Sunday, July 31.

For further information and to apply, visit ffm.vic.gov.au.