Does protecting life, property and natural resources from wildfires sound like a rewarding career? How about using planned, controlled fire as a natural management tool to restore rare prairie plant communities on which many animals, including endangered species, depend? TVCC's Wildland Fire options help prepare you for this exciting career. Combine your interest in the outdoors and intense physical activity with training to start as a forestry fire technician, wildlife technician or endangered resource technician.
At TVCC, students gain hands-on training needed to manage controlled burns, implement fuels planning, work with fire suppression and more. Our classes are also designed to meet or exceed federal course standards as outlined by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG).
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TVCC is an active partner with local and regional federal and state agencies to provide training opportunities for current agency personnel, private fire contractors and individuals seeking employment as firefighters. Find out how to enroll in these short-term training courses here
Degrees & Certificates
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AAS - Associate of Applied Science
This program prepares students for positions on fire crews including crew boss or member of the heli-tech team, with the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, or other public and private agencies that manage firefighting on public lands.
This degree is designed for students wishing to directly enter the workforce. It is not designed for transfer to a four-year institution, although some coursework may be transferable. Students who wish to transfer coursework are strongly encouraged to work closely with their TVCC advisor to develop a transfer plan and to identify and contact an advisor at their chosen transfer institution. A minimum of 90 credits and a minimum grade point average of 2.0 are needed to graduate with a degree.
1YR - Certificate (One Year)
The Wildland Fire certificate prepares students for entry level seasonal jobs in fire-fighting for the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service, and other public and private agencies that manage firefighting on public lands. During summer quarter students can incorporate required NATR 280 (Cooperative Work Experience) with the work they are doing in the field. Students should make appropriate arrangements with their program advisor.
All courses in this certificate may be transferred into the Natural Resources Wildland Fire Associate of Applied Science Degree. A minimum grade point average of 2.0 is required to obtain the certificate.