UAF Student Firefighter

UAF Student Firefighter

  • 528376
  • Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
  • On Campus
  • Student Employee
  • Closing on: Nov 30 2024
  • Student Firefighter
  • UAF Safety Services

Do you want a career in emergency services? Are you self-disciplined, responsible and focused? Do you have room for growth in a fast-paced and ever-changing career? Apply today for our UAF Student Firefighter position!

The University Fire Department is currently 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.

Successful candidates will possess and demonstrate the following skills and dexterity in the use and manipulation of tools and apparatus used in fighting fires:

• Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively and to determine the proper course of
• Ability to react quickly and calmly under emergency conditions;
• Ability to learn and efficiently perform a wide variety of firefighting duties and emergency
medical duties, methods and techniques; d) climb stairs in multiple story buildings
carrying heavy tools and equipment;
• Ability to 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;
• Ability to climb ladders and work at considerable heights;
• Capable of understanding and executing complex oral and written instructions quickly;
• Ability to perform limited mechanical work involved in maintaining firefighting and rescue
apparatus, equipment and tools;
• Ability to work as a part of a team and to exercise independent judgement as required;
• Capable of coping with stressful situations firmly, courteously and tactfully, and with
respect for the rights of others;
• Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; and
• Ability to drive or operate large fire vehicles in a safe and efficient manner with appropriate

Minimum Qualifications:

Must be 18 years of age by time of hire.

High school diploma or GED equivalent.

Current, valid driver's license (or obtain 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 and eligible to work over 20 hours per week. 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.

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.

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.


Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact informaiotn for two (2) professional references with your application. PLEASE SEE ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS AS LISTED BELOW:


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

Fill out supplemental questionnaire for specific department information

Attach an essay, no less than 500 words telling us a little about yourself and your academic and career ambition, attach Resume; provide college or high school transcripts, and include two letters of recommendation;

Driving Record, obtained from your state's Division of Motor Vehicles and Criminal background history from local Police Department;

IFSAC/Proboard Firefighter I Certification; CPAT or Biddle agility certification of completion valid within one year; and

If already Certified as State of Alaska /IFSA/Proboard Firefighter I, 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 position at Chena-Goldstream, Steese and/or North Star 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 descriptions of the following:

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

Steese Volunteer Fire Department scholarshop firefighter job description and contact information:

North Star Volunteer Fire Department can offer a scholarship position.  For more information:

Position Details:

This position is located on the Troth Yeddha' campus in Fairbanks, Alaska.  Starting hourly rate of pay is $11.75.

To ensure consideration, please apply by NOVEMBER  1, 2024 BY 11:55 PM, Alaska Standard Time.  Applications will be reviewed beginning November 2, 2024 for Winter 2024/January 2025 positions.

Specific application submission deadlines can be found on the UAF fire Department website at ​

Successful submission for an application does not guarantee employment; applications will be reviewed and successful applicants will be contacted.  Interested applicants must apply online.  

Candidates who have not obtaine State of Alask Firefighter 1 certification by the hire date will be passed over.


*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

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 affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider 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 Kalen Middleton, UAF Fire Department Office Manager, at or (907 474-5770).


All employees at the University of Alaska are expected to uphold the highest standards of ethics and professionalism when conducting or engaged in university business.

*Each university within the University of Alaska system publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report which contains information regarding campus safety and security including topics such as: campus law enforcement authority; crime reporting policies; campus alerts (Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications); fire safety policies and procedures; programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking; the procedures the University will follow when one of these crimes is reported; and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in On-Campus Student Housing Facilities; in Noncampus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University or a recognized student organization; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus.  The report also contains fire statistics for any fires occurring in an On-Campus Student Housing Facility during the three most recent calendar years.  

Access to the reports is available at:

UAA: (Addresses Anchorage campus, Aviation Technology Complex, JBER - Elmendorf Extension, JBER - Richardson Extension, Kenai Peninsula College - Kachemak Bay campus, Kenai Peninsula College - Kenai River campus, Kodiak College, Kodiak High School Extension, Matanuska-Susitna College, Prince William Sound College, and Prince William Sound College - Cordova Extension) Online: Request a paper copy in person: UAA Police Department Office at Room 114 of Eugene Short Hall on the Anchorage campus / UAA Dean of Students Office at Room 122 of Rasmuson Hall on the Anchorage campus. Request a paper copy by mail: 907-786-1120 or / 907-786-1214 or

UAF: (Addresses Fairbanks Campus, Bristol Bay Campus, Chukchi Campus, Community and Technical College, Kasitsna Bay Campus, Seward Marine Center, Tok Campus, Kuskokwim Campus, and Northwest Campus) Online: Request a paper copy in person: UAF Office of Rights, Compliance and Accountability on the 3rd Floor of Constitution Hall. Request a paper copy by mail: 907-474-7300 or

UAS: (Addresses the Juneau Auke Bay Campus, Juneau Technical Education Center, Sitka Campus, & Ketchikan Campus) Online: Request a paper copy in person: Hendrickson Building, Suite 202 on the Juneau campus. Request a paper copy by mail: 907-796-6371 or emailing

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