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Wildland Fire and Forest Health Specialist, Olympic Region

at State of Washington

Posted: 11/15/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2627039
Keywords: health

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Wildland Fire and Forest Health Specialist, Wildland Fire Operations Technician 2
Olympic Region – Port Angeles and Forks
Recruitment #2019-11- 7839, 7840
Full-time, permanent represented positions.
 
Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is home to Washington's largest on-call fire department that is responsible for protecting over 13 million acres in both state and privately owned lands. Working with interagency partners, DNR embraces an all hands all lands vision. DNR's Fire Program serves the communities of Washington, and are strong advocates of wildland fire prevention, suppression, and mitigation.
The Olympic Region in DNR is looking for two (2) full-time, permanent Wildland Fire and Forest Health Specialists.
 
These positions will support the agency's Forest Health Strategic Plan by supporting wildland fire suppression efforts during the active fire season and supporting hazardous fuels mitigation projects. In order to meet deliverables set forward by the strategic plan, these positions will conduct hazard risk assessments on residential properties, coordinate and accomplish Wildland Urban Interface mapping to include structure protection assessments and fire hazard assessments, as well as work on fuels reduction assignments. They will be involved in Rx burn implementation support including roles such as firing, holding, and burn boss. They will also direct the use, safety, operation and maintenance of a four-wheel drive wildland fire engine complete with 400 gallon water tank, various pumps, chainsaws, communication equipment, and hand tools.
 
Individuals will be expected to provide critical leadership in initial and extended attack fire suppression. Strong decision making skills and a desire to take on responsibility are valued and encouraged. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to the Wildland Fire Core Values of Duty, Respect, and Integrity.

What will we trust you with?
  • Using the Risk Management Process in high pressure situations to make sound and timely decisions
  • Commitment to safety and adherence to agency policies
  • Making recommendations in regards to seasonal firefighter recruitment strategies and hiring
  • Supervision of seasonal firefighters
  • Serve in the Assistant Fire Unit Manager role in their absence
  • Work independently to structure forest health work and meet deadlines
  • Communicating hazard risk assessments with members of the public and agency partners
  • Serve as the face of the agency in interactions with the public regarding wildland fire and forest health
  • Assist with instruction of NWCG courses
  • Train and mentor firefighters both formally and informally
  • Building strong working relationships with interagency partners
  • Fostering teamwork
  • Building rapport with the public
  • Working in extreme outdoor conditions
 
Why work for DNR?

At DNR, we value public service, innovation and creative problem solving, safety and well-being, and leadership and teamwork. At DNR you'll support the vision of a sustainable future by using your skills to protect and manage the state's natural resources for both current and future generations. As a DNR employee, you'll work with the public's interest in mind as we manage more than 5 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands. But managing lands is only half of our story. We house the Washington Geological Survey, a dynamic program that is the primary source of geological products and services in support of decision making in Washington. We also protect other public resources such as fish, wildlife, water, and provide public access to outdoor recreation. Two of our largest and most important state-wide resource protection responsibilities are fire prevention and suppression, and overseeing forest practices.

We are nearly 1,500 employees strong and dedicated to making DNR a great place to work. Our mission is to serve Washington's lands and communities; build strong and healthy rural communities; enhance forest health and wildfire management; strengthen the health and resilience of our lands and waters; and increase public engagement and commitment to our public lands and resources. In partnership with citizens and governments, we provide innovative leadership and expertise to ensure environmental protection, public safety, perpetual funding for schools and communities, and a rich quality of life.  At DNR we approach our work through the lens of making Washington a better place environmentally, economically and socially for current and future generations.

The Location

One of the world's most scenic places, Washington State offers breathtaking discoveries for people who love natural beauty and outdoor recreation, from the Pacific Coast shores to the rugged Cascade Mountains to the rolling hills of the Palouse.
 
Port Angeles: Just north of the Olympic Mountains along Highway 101, lies Port Angeles Washington, a coastal town that is just a hop, skip and a jump away from most everything. If you cannot find what you are looking for here, just drive about an hour or two in any direction to Forks, Sequim, or Port Townsend. Port Angeles is in a rain shadow resulting in comparatively low precipitation to surrounding areas. Port Angeles averages only about 25 inches of rain a year! The peninsula and surrounding mountains provide scenic trails for horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking. Clallam and Jefferson County are home to world class salmon and steelhead rivers, the premier spot for fishing in the Northwest. The fall brings big game hunting to the hillsides and coastal lowlands. Need a break from the outdoors? Downtown Port Angeles is an exciting waterfront tourist attraction. Catch a ride on the Coho to beautiful Victoria BC, go whale watching and catch sight of the majestic killer whales, or have a relaxing evening shopping and dining. Port Angeles is nestled between the Olympic National Park and the Straits of Juan Da Fuca. The park attracts 3.1 million visitors per year and offers over 500 miles of hiking trails. Check out some great events in downtown such as the Irrigation Festival, Clallam County Fair, CrabFest, and the yearly Halibut Derby. Take in all the excitement of the World Famous Sequim Lavender Festival every July or the simplicity of the year round local Farmers Market. Port Angeles has a little bit of excitement for everyone.
 
Forks: Nestled near the Hoh rainforest, just 60 miles west of Port Angeles, sits the small town of Forks, Washington. Forks may be a small, quaint town, but its' full of personality. If you're looking for a place to raise children or avoid the hussle and bussle of city living, Forks is where it's at. Enjoy a home-style breakfast at the Inn Place Restaurant or a tasty burger at Sully's. A short drive west will bring you to the State's most beautiful coastline. During the summer months attend the annual 4th of July Festival, demolition derby or West End Thunder car races. You will be very close proximity to many beautiful rivers! The fall here brings exciting fishing and hunting while enjoying the breath-taking sceneries.

What makes DNR a great place to work?
  • Transitioning to a modern work environment
  • Mobile work
  • Infants at work program
  • Commitment to organizational health and wellness
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council
  • Leadership that empowers and supports employees
  • Work/life balance
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Educational aid and career development stipends
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Eligibility
  • Opportunities to participate in wildland fire suppression assignments
  • Opportunities to stretch your professional skills
  • A comprehensive benefit package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave and vacation days. Visit http://careers.wa.gov/benefits.html for more information.
 
Why do people choose to work for DNR?
 
"I enjoy the clients I support and there are a ton of smart, fun, passionate people in this agency that I have the privilege of interacting with and learning from. DNR is a great place because of the people who are here. They are passionate, hard-working, loyal, intelligent, kind, and FUN! The aspects of the agency that speak to me are how diverse the work is that we do; from forests to grass lands, from mountain tops to under water, the composition of the agency made up by various different responsibilities makes it so interesting."
 
"The idea of managing the resources in perpetuity really speaks to me. I like that the work DNR does tries to strike a balance between business and conservation and that I don't have to compromise one for the other because I am expected to do both. We are expected to be good stewards of the resources and the decisions we make mean something...in perpetuity." 
 
 
Who are we looking for?
 
Required Qualifications:



The right candidate has:
  • Fully qualified to the NWCG "Red Card" qualification of one or more single resource boss (SRB) qualifications: Heavy Equipment Boss, Firing Boss, Crew Boss, Helicopter Crew Boss, Felling Boss, or Engine Boss.
  • Experience supervising or leading wildland firefighting personnel.
  • Proven ability in computer applications, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher, and Global Positioning Systems.
  • Knowledge and/or experience of:
    • DNR Burn Permit Regulations
    • Smoke Management
    • Regulatory Education
    • Fire Regulatory and Enforcement
    • Fire Prevention Programs
    • Fire Investigation
    • Fire Suppression
  • Ability to work with the public, sometimes under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to act promptly and use good judgment in emergencies.
  • Must be 18 years of age at time of hire.
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must complete and pass IS-700 and ICS-100 courses (see supplemental information below).
  • Successful candidate will be required to meet physical fitness standards for arduous level wildfire suppression work. This requires passing a work capacity test by completing within 45 minutes a 3-mile walk carrying a 45 pound pack. Supervised tests are administered by the Department of Natural Resources annually. Offers of employment are contingent on passing the arduous level pack test. If hired before passing the pack test, failure to pass the test would result in termination of probationary employment. (For promotional candidates, failure would result in reversion from trial service employment.)
  • The fire suppression and prescribed fire work is strenuous outdoor work in all weather conditions.  Must be able to traverse uneven and mountainous terrain.
  • The incumbent in this position is required to travel.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and have three years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function.  Employees who drive for state business, whether in a state or privately-owned vehicle, are required to possess a valid license as defined in policy PO02-006 and abide by all other driver responsibility requirements. Finalists and/or interview candidates will be asked to provide a driving record from all states in which they have held a license during the past three years.
  • Must have an acceptable driving record free of serious traffic violations (for specifics see application below).
 
Desirable Qualifications:

  • Hold multiple single resource boss qualifications and/or Incident Commander Type 4, Strike Team Leader/Task Force Leader, and Wildland Fire Investigator.
  • Knowledge of and experience with:
    • Prescribed Fire Operations
    • Burn Plan Writing
    • GIS
    • Fire Effects and Fuel Load Monitoring
    • Ability to work on uneven terrain in all weather conditions.
  • A Bachelors or Associates Degree from an accredited institution in a Fire Science, Natural Resource, or related field.
  • Knowledge of employment rules and regulations as they apply to Permanent, Seasonal Career, and Seasonal DNR Employees.
 
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 Wildland Fire Operations Technician 2 position. Below is a chart describing what the work of a Wildland Fire Operations Technician 2 may include:
  • Time/Work Volume:
    • long hours (minimum of 12 hour shifts or more)
    • 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, 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
  • 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 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.
 
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 (3 years from date of submission of the application, may not be an older copy) driving abstract to this application. 
  
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.
 
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE IS-700 and ICS-100 COURSES
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 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.
 
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. 

APPLICATION PROCESS 

To be considered you must apply online at www.careers.wa.gov (Click on the APPLY button above). You must complete the entire online application to be considered for the position.
  • You must attach the following:
    • A letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile, required and desired position qualifications, and special position requirements. 
    • A resume including the names of three to five professional references
Carefully review your application materials before submitting. If you fail to submit the required documents or complete the entire online application, you may no longer be considered for the position by the supervisor.

Application Status – once you submit your online application, you can check your status by logging into your account.  Finalists for the position will be contacted by the hiring managers directly. 
 
Questions? Pease contact hiring supervisors: Matt Cervenka at Matt.cervenka@dnr.wa.gov, 360-640-3650 or Eric Flanigan at eric.flanigan@dnr.wa.gov, 360-640-2660 or e-mail us at DNRrecruiting@dnr.wa.gov.
 
Washington State Department of Natural Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind.  We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities in a fair and impartial manner for all persons without regard to age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, creed, color, national origin, religion, pregnancy/parental status, genetic information, military status, political affiliation, criminal history or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained service animal by a person with a disability.  Persons with a disability who need assistance during the screening process or those needing this announcement in an alternative format may contact DNR Recruiting staff (360) 902-1350. DNR may be contacted using the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) by dialing 711.