Forest Fire Fighters, Forestry Jobs

Minimum ? Preferably 12th standard pass

Not required

The tasks a Forest Fire Watcher is expected to perform include:

Patrolling specified forest area to detect, prevent and control forest fires

Clearing fire lines, digging trenches, spraying water, sand, etc. to localize fire within limited area

Summoning local people to fight forest fires

Reporting occurrence of forest fire to Forest Guard or Forester as required

Clearing trees of climbers with bill-hook and keeping paths clean of leaves and twigs

Rescuing fire victims and administering emergency medical aid

Establishing water supplies, connecting hoses and directing water onto fires

Patrolling burned areas after fires to locate and eliminate hot spots that may restart fires

Participating in drills, attending seminars, conventions and conferences

Maintaining firefighting equipment

Knowledge of factors/products that can cause forest fires

quipped in firefighting operations

Proficient in controlling/eliminating forest fires

Familiar with different methods of putting out forest fires

Knowledge of chemicals used for large scale firefighting

Skilled in forest management

Skilled in survival training

Knowledge of using equipment like binoculars and radio phones

Knowledge of operating fire arms

Maintain a valid driving license

Knowledge of reading maps and directions

Skilled in operating fire suppression equipment

Basic knowledge of using emergency medical equipment


Not applicable

Manual dexterity

Physically fit

Ability to work independently

Hardworking and persistent



It is a field job

Work from home is not applicable for this profile

May require supervising a team

Part-time and contractual jobs maybe found

Local travelling is required

Working hours

Working is 9 hours daily for 6 days a week.

Shift system and overtime maybe involved according to the forest norms

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?


This job is considered mildly hazardous or dangerous

Health risks include exposure to extreme weather conditions, dust and smoke

Occupational hazards include injuries due to forest fires, interaction with wildlife, walking on uneven and difficult terrain and altercations with poachers

For freshers -INR7,000 toINR20,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Trends in Forestry2

India maintains around 20% of the forest area under a protected area network for providing ecological security. The forestry sector is impacted by other sectors such as energy, agriculture, education, water resources, industry, infrastructure development, biofuels, change in demographic structure and high economic growth. All the policies of Government of India have to move around the prime objective of the National Forest Policy and mandate of achieving 33% forest and tree cover in the country. Given the importance of maintaining a 33% cover, it becomes important to ensure that the existing forest area remains safe.

On the other hand, a survey on forests pointed out that almost 50% of the forest area in India is fire prone. Every forest reserve has mandatory positions for Fire Fighters. All these factors put together show that the demand for a Forest Fire Watcher is not going to diminish in the near future.

State governments

Job openings are in Tier III cities3