Certifications & Employment

Certification Opportunities

Having the right certification is an essential component when  applying for job opportunities.  The Santa Cruz County Office of Education Wildland Fire Academy program provides students opportunity to earn  the following CAL FIRE & National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Certificates:

       National Incident Management System (NIMS) Certificates

Benefits and Earnings

CAL FIRE Fire Fighter 1 is eligible for the following:


$3672 - $4643 Base Salary (paid every month)

$1824 - $2305 Extended Duty Week Compensation (paid every 4 weeks)

$50,833 – $64,247 Annual Compensation (max of 9 months)


In addition to the above pay items, employees are eligible for medical benefits (health, dental, vision) and may be eligible for other pay differentials.

Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.