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2020 Engine Leader, Northeast Region

at State of Washington

Posted: 11/15/2019
Job Reference #: 2620224
Categories: Other/General
Keywords: kitchen

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Overall Job Objective


Please read everything in its entirety as you will only be able to apply once per year.
The 2020 fire season is quickly approaching!  The Northeast Region of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is in search of hardworking, dedicated, responsible and reliable team members to join our Wildland Firefighting team.

We are currently recruiting for Engine Leader's (see below) to perform pre-suppression and suppression related activities as a member of a Hand Crew or Wildland Fire Engine Crew. Individuals must be willing and capable of performing strenuous outdoor work safely and productively and of accepting direction and acting responsibly. The duration of these positions is generally 3-4 months with work beginning approximately mid-June and ending mid-September (note: the season has the potential to begin as early as May and run as late as October).

While firefighting is hard work and requires long hours and time away from home, working for the DNR as a Wildland Firefighter is extremely rewarding.  You will have the opportunity to collaborate with other fire professionals including area fire districts, federal and other state partners.  This will allow you exposure to a variety of learning opportunities, agency operations and the ability to build cohesive, interagency relationships across the state of Washington.  You will experience a different level of collaboration within the DNR that will offer a lifetime worth of skills for your future career path. 



The Northeast Region consists of four districts:
Arcadia – located in Deer Park, WA.
A large part of the Arcadia District is located in the Wildland Urban Interface of the greater Spokane area. This district conducts suppression actions on 240 to 250 fire starts annually. They staff 13 wildland engine crews that include 13 Engine Leaders and 38 firefighters.
The Spokane area allows for you to enjoy a fast pace city environment while providing a wide array of easy accessible outdoor recreation activities. See all the things the Spokane area has to offer by visiting
North Columbia – located in Colville, WA.
This district serves areas such as Colville, Hunters, and Kettle Falls. North Columbia on average has 100 to 125 fires per year and staffs 7 wildland engine crews. These crews include 7 Engine Leaders and 25 firefighters. North Columbia also staffs a 20 person hand crew; however unlike the Highlands hand crew, North Columbia doesn't have housing available to offer the crew.
If you enjoy small town living, the Colville area is a great place to be. It allows for some great outdoor adventures right outside your doorstep. For a list of exciting things to do in Colville please visit
Highlands – located in Loomis, WA.
This district serves areas such as Loomis, Oroville, Republic and Tonasket. Highlands on average has 50 to 80 fires per year and staffs 11 engine crews. These crews include 11 Engine Leaders and 33 firefighters. Highlands district also hosts a 20-person hand crew that operates out of the Highlands duty station. The 20-person hand crew has designated facilities for hand crew members including separate male and female living quarters, laundry facilities and kitchen facility operated by a crew cook.
Highlands duty station is located on the Sinlahekin wildlife refuge near Loomis, WA. There are many outdoor recreational activities and areas available for crew members within a short distance of Highlands duty station including the Loomis state forest and Pasayten Wilderness area.
South Okanogan – located in Omak, WA.
This district serves areas such as Omak, Okanogan, Winthrop and Twisp. South Okanogan on average has 50 fires they respond to per year and staffs 10 engine crews. These crews include 10 Engine Leaders and 32 firefighters.
The South Okanogan and Highlands districts are located in Okanogan County. You will see a different type of terrain here that will allow for some of the best wildlife viewing in the state. Okanogan County is located close to the Canadian Border and opens up a wide variety of places you are able to visit and things to do during your off time. For more information regarding the activities available in Okanogan County please visit
Many of the duties performed on these jobs require considerable physical exertion; working outdoors in all terrain and weather conditions, working long hours, and extended periods of time away from home. Duties include but may not be limited to the ability to carry up to 60 pounds, run, bend, twist, walk and/or climb. A work capacity test or "pack" test that measures the physical fitness of candidates is administered as part of the selection process. Candidates are required to pass at the "arduous" level for a firefighter crew member or natural resource worker position. Below is a chart describing what the work of a wildland firefighter may include:

Time/Work Volume:

  • project work that may include pre-commercial thinning, trail and campground maintenance, etc. 
  • long hours (minimum of 12 hour shifts or more) when performing suppression duties
  • irregular hours
  • shift work
  • multiple and consecutive assignments
  • pace of work typically set by emergency situations
  • living out of a backpack for 2 or more weeks
Physical Requirements:
  • using shovels, Pulaskis, and other hand tools to construct fire lines
  • lifting and loading boxes and equipment
  • driving/riding for long hours
  • flying in helicopters/fixed wing airplanes
  • working both independently and in teams
  • wearing PPE (hard hat, boots, eyewear, ear plugs, fire shelter, etc.)
  • extensive walking, climbing, hiking, kneeling, stopping
  • pulling hoses
  • providing rescue or evacuation assistance
  • very steep terrain
  • rocky, loose, or muddy ground surfaces
  • thick vegetation
  • down/standing trees
  • wet leaves/grass
  • varied climates (cold, hot, wet, dry, humid, snow, rain)
  • high altitudes
  • heights
  • holes and drop offs
  • very rough roads
  • open bodies of water
  • isolated/remote sites
Physical Exposures:
  • light (bright sunshine, UV)
  • burning materials
  • extreme heat
  • airborne particles
  • smoke, fumes, gases
  • falling rocks and trees
  • allergens
  • loud noises
  • snakes, insects, poisonous plants
  • trucks and other large equipment
  • close quarters, same people, limited/disrupted sleep
  • hunger, irregular meals, dehydration

DNR NE Region also maintains one 20-member hand crew and one 10-member hand crew. The 20-member crew is maintained at Highlands Camp near Loomis, WA and the 10-member crew is based out of Colville.   At the Highlands location only, shared crew housing is provided. Meals may be provided at Highlands Camp and approximately $4.00 per meal is deducted from each paycheck.  Applicants should assume housing is not provided unless it is explicitly stated otherwise.  Notification for job screening and selection for the Highlands Crew will not begin until March 1, 2020.
DNR provides fire crew members with required safety clothing and Personal Protective
Equipment (PPE). This clothing is expected to be worn during regular work hours and must be
worn while firefighting. Crew members are required to wear lace-up boots with Vibram
soles and constructed entirely of heavy leather that extends a minimum of 8 inches
above the heel cup (inside of boot). DNR will reimburse (as approved) up to $350 (with
original receipt) for the cost of pre-approved boots. Other clothing, such as rain-gear, coats, hats etc., must be provided by
the individual.

Job training will be provided for all firefighter positions at DNR. This training will take place at
the agency's fire academy. The academy provides meals and lodging for all participants and has
a duration of 7-14 days.



  • Must be age 18 and possess a high school diploma or equivalent at the time of hire.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and two years of driving experience.
  • Must have an acceptable driving record free of serious traffic violations (for specifics see application form below).
  • Ability to act promptly and use good judgment in emergencies, and deal tactfully with the public.
  • Must pass the DNR work capacity test or "Pack Test" during the selection process and prior to starting work.
  • Must complete and pass IS-700 and ICS-100 courses (see supplemental information below)
  • Generally perform a leadership role within a crew; and, candidates are required to have 3 months of previous natural resource work experience.  Engine Leader duties may include:
    • Supervising and/or leading crews on the fire line, fire suppression and prevention, operating and maintaining small motorized equipment, operating light or heavy trucks (e.g. 1-ton 4x4, 240 gal., 2-3 person fire engine).
    • Marking and measuring timber, cutting brush on survey lines, leading small crews to maintain roads and recreation facilities, and operating and maintaining small hand and power tools.
  • Current Red Card rating of Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2).

  • Current Red Card rating of Engine Boss.
  • Strong leadership skills.

Supplemental Information

ENGINE LEADER salary range is: $3,071 - $3,556 per month or $17.65 - $20.44 per hour, maximum salary, depending on time spent in the position.

  • Overtime is paid at the rate of time and one-half in excess of 40 hours worked.
  • For all hours worked under the Incident Command System, two dollars ($2.00) is added to an employee's regular hourly rate of pay.
  • Typical work is an 8-hour day, five days a week. Positions may require response during off-duty hours for emergency fire suppression needs.
  • Returning agency employees may be eligible for health and dental coverage.
For applicants meeting position qualifications and who may be considered for an interview, you will be required to provide a current Employment/Commercial driving record issued from every state you possessed a driver's license in during the last three years. Details on how to obtain this record from Washington State can be found on the Department of Licensing website at:  You will have two weeks (14 days) from the request date to provide the driving records. If you do not provide a copy of all driving records for the last three years within that two week period, your application will not be considered.  You may attach a current, 3 year (3 years from date of submission of the application, may not be an older copy) driving abstract to this application. 
  • A copy of your driver's license
  • Certificate of course completion for IS-700 and ICS-100. General information about these courses is included in this announcement.
  • Completed Waiver and Release Form.
  • Completed Health Screening Questionnaire (HSQ). 
  • Employees must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
Engine Leaders (regardless of work experience with DNR) who receive a contingent employment offer, must provide copies of their certificates of completion for these two courses prior to or on the day of the work capacity testing. Failure to do so will disqualify candidates for employment in these positions. If you have previously taken and received credit by DNR for these courses, you will not have to retake the courses or submit a certificate of completion.
During the DNR Work Capacity Testing for Wildland Engine Leader, safety is of primary importance and concern. An element of safety is personal physical fitness and is important for co-worker safety, personal safety and health and for efficient fire line operations. The "Pack Test" is a work capacity test that measures aerobic capacity, muscular strength, and muscular endurance. Firefighters, strike team leaders, line scouts, and others assigned arduous duty must be prepared to work in steep terrain; and in extreme temperatures, altitude, and smoke-while maintaining reserve work capacity to meet unforeseen emergencies.
Engine Leader candidates must pass the arduous fitness level by completing a 3-mile walk with a 45lb pack in 45 minutes. The test is Pass/Fail only. Failure to pass will disqualify candidates for employment in these positions.
Prior to reporting for work, applicants are strongly encouraged to train for arduous level work capacity.  However, before you begin to train for testing or before substantially increasing your level of activity please review the health screening questionnaire (HSQ) and consult your health care provider if necessary.  You may contact DNR Recruiting at  for a copy of the HSQ.    

For more specific information about DNR Uplands Regions and how to contact those regions, please visit