FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Winter-like conditions are just beginning to settle in around Alaska, but the federal Bureau of Land Management is recruiting for next year's fire season.
The BLM will be seeking 1,700 employees for firefighting and fire management positions over the next few months.
About half are permanent year-round jobs or career seasonal jobs. The other half are temporary seasonal jobs lasting six months.
Beginning pay rates start at $8.71 per hour. Some positions require applicants to pass a physical fitness test.
''There will be many opportunities for current temporary seasonal employees to hold permanent full-time or career seasonal positions,'' Larry Hamilton, director of the BLM's Office of Fire and Aviation, said in a news release. ''That will mean better benefits and more job security for them.''
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