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2020 Engine Leader, Pacific Cascade Region

at State of Washington

Posted: 11/15/2019
Job Reference #: 2621354
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2020 SUMMER WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER ENGINE LEADER JOB OPPORTUNITIES
PC REGION
 
Please read everything in its entirety as you will only be able to apply once per year.

FIRST CONSIDERATION/REVIEW DATE WILL BE 1 FEBRUARY 2020

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is currently recruiting for Engine Leader for the 2020 summer season to perform pre-suppression and suppression related activities as a member of a Wildland fire engine crew. This is an excellent opportunity for motivated individuals and students who desire a career in natural resource management or to gain fundamental forestry experience through fire crew employment. 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). The experience and training gained as an Engine Leader can form the foundation for a successful career in forestry and other natural resource professions.
 
WORK LOCATIONS
 
Pacific Cascade Region is composed of 3 Fire Management Units below is a description of each
fire unit, prospective duty locations within each unit. Additionally, at the bottom of this
announcement is contact information for the fire staff of each unit.

North Fire Unit:
North Unit is spatially the largest unit, encompasses Lewis, Pacific and a portion of Grays Harbor
counties. As such the unit ranges from scrub forests and sand dunes of the coast, to the foothills
of the cascade mountain range. The unit is primarily composed of private and public
timberlands, generally supported by rural communities but also home to several larger
municipalities such as Centralia, Chehalis and Raymond Washington. The unit houses 7 engine
crews out of 4 duty stations: Naselle, Menlo, Chehalis and Morton Washington. No agency
housing is available although private accommodations can be found.

Central Fire Unit:
Central Unit is home to the Region Headquarters (Castle Rock) and connects North and South
Unit. As such Central Unit is commonly called upon to provide assistance to North and South
Units in addition to its own fire suppression load. Central Unit is located in Cowlitz and
Wahkiakum counties, the unit houses 6 engine crews with duty stations in Woodland, Kalama,
Castle Rock and Kelso/Longview Washington. No agency housing is available, however private
accommodations are available.

South Fire Unit:
South Unit has the smallest occurrence of protected lands, due in large part to the amount of
federally protected lands. However, south has the greatest population levels as it is commuting
distance to the Portland Metro Area and therefore has the largest amount of Wildland Urban
Interface and public interaction. South Unit is located in Clark and Skamania Counties, houses 6
engine crews out of Battle Ground and North Bonneville Washington. No agency housing is
available, however private accommodations are readily available.

Duties

WORKING CONDITIONS
 
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:

  • long hours (8-16 hour shifts are common)
  • irregular hours and days
  • 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 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, stooping
  • pulling and pushing heavy objects
  • providing rescue or evacuation assistance
Environment:
  • 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
  • night time working with headlamps
Physical Exposures:
  • light (bright sunshine, UV)
  • burning materials
  • extreme heat
  • airborne particles
  • smoke, fumes, gases
  • falling rocks and trees
  • allergens
  • loud noises
  • wildlife, insects, poisonous plants
  • trucks and other large equipment
  • close quarters, same people, limited/disrupted sleep
  • hunger, irregular meals, dehydration
 
DNR provides fire crewmembers 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.

Qualifications

GENERAL JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • 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  and professionally 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)
 
ENGINE LEADER JOB DESCRIPTION
 
  • 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.
 
JOB REQUIREMENTS
 
  • Current Red Card rating of Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2).
 
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
 
  • Current Red Card rating of Engine Boss.
  • Strong leadership skills.
 
PAY, HOURS, AND BENEFITS
 
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.
 
REQUIRED PRIOR TO INTERVIEWS BEING SCHEDULED:
 
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: www.dol.wa.gov.  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 driving abstract to this application. 
 
REQUIRED AT TIME OF INTERVIEW:
  • A copy of your driver's license 

REQUIRED ON OR BEFORE THE WORK CAPACITY TESTING:
  • 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). 
 
REQUIRED UPON HIRE: 
  • Employees must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Supplemental Information

North Fire Unit Contact Info:
Clay Stigall Fire Unit Manager
360-827-1357
Clay.stigall@dnr.wa.gov
 
Josh Mohler Assistant Fire Unit Manager
360-515-1523
Josh.mohler@dnr.wa.gov
 
Central Fire Unit:
Marcus Hynning Fire Unit Manager
360-880-6828
Marcus.hynning@dnr.wa.gov
 
Trent Crossland Assistant Fire Unit Manager
360-827-0001
Trenton.crossland@dnr.wa.gov
 
South Fire Unit
Ty Estes Fire Unit Manager
360-827-1404
Tyler.estes@dnr.wa.gov
 
Kyle Buckmiller Assistant Fire Unit Manager
360-846-8360
Kyle.buckmiller@dnr.wa.gov 

 
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE IS-700 and ICS-100 COURSES
 
Firefighter Crew Member and Engine Leader candidates (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.
 
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE WORK CAPACITY TEST ("PACK TEST")
 
During the DNR Work Capacity Testing for wildland Firefighters and 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 and other various positions 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.

Firefighter and 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.
 
WORK CAPACITY TEST ("PACK TEST") TRAINING
 
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 DNRRecruiting@dnr.wa.gov  for a copy of the HSQ. 
 

For more specific information about DNR Uplands Regions and how to contact those regions, please visit http://www.dnr.wa.gov/about/dnr-regions-and-districts