UAF Student Firefighter

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  • Job Number:521166
  • Classification:Student Firefighter
  • Grade:Student Firefighter
  • Work type:On Campus, Student Employee
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF Safety Services
  • Location:Fairbanks
  • Categories: Police/Fire

Position Summary:

The University Fire Department is an extraordinary program to prepare student fire fighters for careers in fire and emergency services. Students work a full 56-hour per week shift schedule which includes emergency responses, station upkeep, apparatus maintenance, training, and attending college classes. The combination of training, education, and real-world experience has resulted in an impressive placement rate for our alumni. Many of our alumni become top candidates in fire service jobs and often promote to management positions.


100Responds to fire alarms and extinguishes fire; Responds to calls for emergency medical services, and renders first aid; Responds to and renders assistance in emergency cases; Cleans and inspects equipment and apparatus after returning from a fire; Inspects equipment and apparatus and notifies superior officer of any defects; Makes minor repairs to equipment and apparatus, performs routine preventative maintenance tasks, and keeps records of such action; Keeps fire station, equipment and grounds in a clean and orderly condition; Participates in training activities and instruction sessions; Acquires and retains a thorough knowledge of the response area, including streets, buildings, water supply, unusual hazards and related items; Performs various public information or education tasks; Enters inspection, training and (on occasion) fire and emergency medical service calls into the records management systems; Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with departmental policies and procedures; Works in a safe manner and reports unsafe activity and conditions.Essential

About this position:

The University Fire Department is accepting applications from UAF students committed to preparing for successful careers in firefighting and emergency services. This unique program, based at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, provides college students with the opportunity to pursue a degree while gaining valuable experience working as a firefighter and EMT and earning wages for living expenses. Student Firefighters work a typical 56-hour shift schedule while attending college classes towards degrees such as fire science, para-medicine, and emergency management. The combination of training, education, and real-world experience has placed many of our alumni into careers throughout the United States. Many of our alumni become top candidates in fire service jobs and often promote to management positions.



Skill and dexterity in the use and manipulation of tools and apparatus used in fighting fires.

Ability to:

a) analyze situations quickly and objectively and to determine the proper course of action;

b) react quickly and calmly under emergency conditions;

c) learn and efficiently perform a wide variety of fire fighting duties and emergency medical duties, methods and techniques;

d) climb stairs in multiple story buildings carrying heavy tools and equipment;

e) perform physically demanding duties such as carrying victims, hoisting equipment using ropes, and using heavy equipment;

f) establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by the work;

g) climb ladders and work at considerable heights;

h) understand and execute complex oral and written instructions quickly;

i) perform limited mechanical work involved in maintaining fire fighting and rescue apparatus, equipment and tools;

j) work as a part of a team and to exercise independent judgement as required;

k) cope with stressful situations firmly, courteously and tactfully, and with respect for the rights of others;

l) communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;

m) drive or operate large fire vehicles in a safe and efficient manner with appropriate instruction.



Once hired, student employees must maintain a 2.0 semester/cumulative grade point average (GPA) and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours of University coursework per regular semester.  While in a student position, a student cannot hold any other type of simultaneous employment with the university. 

For information on the following requirements, please see

  • Applicant must obtain and submit a Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) certificate issued by the University Fire Department or any approved CPAT testing agency, or evidence of passing a Biddle exam from a sanctioned Biddle test administrator.  
  • Applicant must submit with this application and maintain an acceptable criminal history and driving history.
  • Applicant must be eligible for student employment and be eligible to work over 20 hours per week.



  • High school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Current, valid driver's license (or obtain a one within 30 days of employment and within 90-days of entry into the state);
  • Enrolled, or express intent to enroll, as a full-time student at UAF;
  • Alaska State Firefighter 1 certification is required by date of hire. For applicants from outside of Alaska, reciprocity can be attained for IFSAC and Pro-Board Firefighter 1 through the State of Alaska Fire Standards Council.



Application deadline is March 31, 2023.  Applications will be reviewed beginning April 1, 2023 for a possible May 2023 hiring and an upcoming August 2023 hiring.

Specific application submission deadlines can be found on the UAF Fire Department website www.uaf/

This is a pool position and successful submission of an application does not guarantee employment; applicants will be reviewed on an as-needed basis and successful applicants will be contacted as positions become available.  Interested applicants must apply online.  Candidates who have not obtained State of Alaska Firefighter 1 certification when job openings occur will be passed over and will remain eligible for future job openings.

This recruitment is Open Until Filled.

Starting hourly rate of pay:  $11.00



To be complete, this application must include the following supplemental documents:

  1. Fill out supplemental questionnaire for specific department information

  2. Attach an essay, no less than 500 words telling us a little about yourself and your academic and career ambitions; 

  3. Resume;

  4. Driving record, obtained from your state’s Division of Motor Vehicles; Criminal background history from local Police Department;

  5. IFSAC/Proboard Firefighter l Certification;

  6. CPAT or Biddle agility certificate of completion valid within one year;

  7. College or high school transcripts, and;

  8. Two letters of recommendation.

If already certified as State of Alaska /IFSAC/ProBoard Firefighter l, please attach your certificate to your application. 

This application is for a paid student firefighter position at the University Fire Department, and, if indicated in the supplemental questionnaire, may be considered for a scholarship firefighter position at Chena-Goldstream and/or the Steese Fire Departments. If indicated in the supplemental questionnaire, this application will be viewed by the departments specified in the questionnaire.  Below is the full job description for the University Fire Department.  For job descriptions of the following:

Chena-Goldstream Volunteer Fire Department scholarship firefighter job description and contact information:

Steese Volunteer Fire Department scholarship firefighter job description and contact info:  

Must be 18 years of age by time of hire.

UAF COVID Requirements:

At this time, all university employees are strongly encouraged to vaccinate themselves against the COVID-19 virus. While the federal government is not actively enforcing its COVID-19 vaccine mandates, including its mandate requiring vaccination of federal contractor employees, UAF remains contractually obligated as a federal contractor to comply with those requirements should federal enforcement efforts recommence. As a result, UAF may adjust its vaccination requirements for covered UAF employees (currently Troth Yeddha’ campus and employees working in connection with certain federal contracts) at any time in the future, as needed, in order to comply with its contractual obligations.

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Lee Ann Amerson, HR Coordinator, UAF Financial Services Central Admin Office, at or (907) 474-6664.

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