Seasonal firefighters

A summer challenge, unlike any other. Become a Melbourne Water seasonal firefighter.

Woman and man in firefighting gear with water swirling around them

November 2019 to April 2020

Got plans this summer? Take on a challenge where you're contributing to the wellbeing of both local and city communities and protecting our precious water catchments, flora and native wildlife.

We're looking for men and women from all walks of life who are community-minded and love the outdoors. You'll be on the frontline as a first responder for bushfires but importantly you'll be involved in prevention activity and land management, to stop or slow fires well before they start.

Positions also involve elements of water supply maintenance and general maintenance, and no two days are the same.

We are now recruiting in the following regions:

  • Healesville Depot
  • Warburton Depot
  • Thomson Depot.

What you need to do

Task-based assessments will be carried out simulating the kinds of field work you'll do. This includes carrying 20kg over 4.83km in under 45 minutes. 

All applicants will undergo:

  • a national police record check
  • phone and face to face interviews
  • psychometric testing
  • medical test
  • fitness test.

Successful applicants will receive general firefighting training.

Fires are unpredictable, so standby hours apply. Flexibility of hours is required, so being able to be on standby during the employment period in case of fire outbreaks is essential. For Healesville and Warburton you'll need to be able to respond in 20 minutes (max) and within 30 minutes (max) for Thomson.

Check your fitness

Thinking of training up for selection? It's a great idea to check with your doctor prior to undertaking any vigorous activity, particularly if you:

  • are over 40
  • have experienced faintness, light-headedness or blackouts
  • have experienced unusual heartbeats such as skipped beats or palpitations
  • have been told that you have abnormal blood pressure
  • have high cholesterol
  • have had heart troubles or a heart attack
  • have a family history of heart problems
  • have any major illnesses.

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Last updated:
12 September 2019