With over 150 temporary applicants bidding for 1-3 positions, it is imperative you make a considerable effort to touch base with the senior staff at Lolo IHC. We highly encourage you to visit our clubhouse located in Missoula, MT but if you cannot make the trip (at minimum) set up a phone interview so we can establish a connection.
Applicants often ask what qualities we seek for first year crewmembers...? We don't make selections based solely on experience but having time on a district (crew or engine) or aviation (helitack, rappel) will greatly benefit you and your transition into hotshot life. The Standards for Interagency Hotshot Crew Operations guide states all IHC's must have "at least 80% of the crew members with at least one previous season of fire experience." The majority of applicants have between 3-5 seasons of experience before arriving. Entry level qualifications vary across the board, but we do not hire based on qualifications alone. However, supplementary qualifications (EMT, HECM, FALB, FALC) and non-fireline (sewing, construction work, mechanical skills, welding) are useful skills in our day-to-day operations and will be taken into consideration during the selection process. If you have these skill sets please describe your proficiency in our recruitment form.
Applicant selection is based on the 'best fit for the team' and filling any experience gaps our crew needs for a particular season. Bringing an array of life experiences (military, student athlete, culture, perspectives, family life) all contribute to your application. Adherence to the core values of duty, respect, and integrity weigh heavy on selection. Wanting to be a part of Lolo IHC and the unique set of our working principles is paramount.
In an attempt to gauge applicants and give you the opportunity to share your experiences, we generated a recruitment form you will find below. We highly encourage you to take some time and fill it out - don't rush the process. Its your first impression and it helps us understand why you want to be a part of Lolo IHC.
When finalized, please return the complete form to or
After you send the recruitment form, await contact from Lolo IHC to set up a time and date that best fits our schedule for an interview. If you are swinging through Missoula or want to make plans to visit sometime over the winter months please contact us. Please be considerate of our day-to-day workload and do not stop by unannounced. Given the applicant contact load post fire season it may take us several weeks to get a hold of you so please be patient!