Permanent Forest Officer
Forestry - Veneta, OR

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There is one permanent, full-time position available with the Western Lane District of the Oregon Department of Forestry located in Veneta . This announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates for this position and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur. For specific questions regarding this position, please contact Tom Soward, Wildland Fire Supervisor, at (541)-935-2283.
The Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Mission is – To serve the people of Oregon through the protection, management, and promotion of a healthy forest environment, which will enhance Oregon’s livability and economy for today and tomorrow. ODF is a multi-programmed, multi-funded public agency chartered and structured to administer the forest laws and policies of the State of Oregon, within the framework of sustainable forests, for the benefit of all Oregonians.
The Western Lane District, which contains one Unit Office, is one of five Districts within the Southern Oregon Area. The District provides Forest Fire and Insect and Disease prevention, detection and suppression on 755,147 acres of forest land; contributes to an integrated forest protection system on a statewide basis; provides for cooperative work to public and private landowners to supplement the fire protections system; provides for environmental protection on commercial forests; provides technical assistance to private forest landowners through the Private Forests program; and intensively manages 26,000 acres of State forest land.
The purpose of this position is to provide leadership for the seasonal workforce, serve as an advanced initial attack Incident Commander, and function at a higher ICS level on more complex incidents. This position serves as a relief duty officer and provides operational oversight during the supervisor’s absence; is responsible for the administration and enforcement of Oregon’s fire prevention statutes and rules; serves as the primary operator of an assigned engine; is responsible for engine/crew readiness and leading assigned crews; coordinates and/or performs physical labor necessary to suppress and extinguish wildfire. Duties include detection, pre-suppression, prevention, and suppression; assists in training coordination and presentation; and is responsible for GIS project development and maintenance. The Oregon Department of Forestry: Serving Oregonians by protecting Oregon’s forests.

Duties & Responsibilities:
Duties Include:
Directs crews and participates in wildland fire suppression, pre-suppression, fire prevention and safety activities.

Responsible for wildland fire suppression serving as an initial attack incident commander directing resources in suppression activities.

Directs resources by making strategic and tactical decisions.

Responsible for enforcement of Oregon forest fire laws, and implementing a local fire prevention program and public outreach in an assigned unit.

Participates in safety meetings, develops and participates in fire training, both formal and experience based coaching, for cooperators, landowners and fire crews.

Operates department vehicles including but not limited to cars, trucks, forklifts, cache vans, All Terrain Vehicle's (ATV's), and fire engines.

Performs maintenance on fire equipment, buildings and grounds.

Completes detailed forms including but not limited to fire reports and legal documents such as burn permits and citations.

Maintains regular contact with forest operators, landowners and the public involving explanation or interpretation of forest laws and fire programs.

Builds and maintains positive working relationships with cooperators, landowners, and the public.

May function as Duty Officer in the absence of the Wildland Fire Supervisor.

May perform Industrial Fire Inspections and may require certification as a Class A Fire Warden.

Locates fires using maps, Global Positioning System (GPS) and compass.

Constructs fire line using hand tools or power equipment. Participates in mop-up duties, operates and monitors firefighting vehicles in support of wildland fire suppression.

Coordinates with the district GIS Coordinator on behalf of the Fire Program.
Maintains district maps for transportation, fire, home site, prevention sign, and gate location, and other mapping needs.
Assists with activities for the district's Community Wildfire Protection Plan and SB360 efforts.

Working Conditions:
Because the Department’s highest priority work is a forest fire emergency, this position will be utilized during those emergencies to provide assistance in a variety of ways. That assistance may be directly aiding the emergency effort in the field or at the Salem headquarters. It also may be in providing backup to fill in for another position that is being used in direct aid to the emergency, or it may be in performing an essential function in some capacity either within this Program or elsewhere in Salem or in the field. Required to drive wildland fire engines obeying all traffic laws and drive on steep narrow forest roads. Required to work various shifts including holidays, nights, weekends, and long hours on short notice. Assignments to emergency incidents may require employee to be away from duty station for up to 21 days. Occasionally required to work under adverse conditions such as noise, smoke, heat, rough terrain, dust, inclement weather and exposure to poison oak, bees and poisonous snakes. Requires occasional exposure to heavy equipment operations, aircraft, hazards of burning and/or falling material, and chemical and biological pesticides.

Qualifications & Desired Attributes:
Minimum Qualifications

Forest Officer
Four (4) years in wildland fire suppression OR a Bachelor's degree in forestry or closely related natural resources field and one (1) year of wildland fire suppression, OR
Two (2) years in wildland fire suppression and an Associate's degree in forestry or closely related natural resource field. (One 3-6 month season is equivalent to 1 year of experience) .
Transcripts are required to be attached to your application if you are using education or coursework to meet the minimum qualifications. Transcripts must clearly show 1) your name; 2) the name and address of the institution; 3) the degree received and; 4) required courses completed with a passing grade. For application purposes, photocopies are acceptable; however official or original documents may be requested to validate education.

Applicants must be 18 years of age by time of hire.
Successful applicants must take and pass the physical fitness Work Capacity Test at the arduous level as a condition of hire. Please click this link for more information about the Work Capacity Test.
Must obtain the Class B Warden certification within the trial service period.
Applicants must have a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record at the time of hire. An Oregon driving check will be conducted on the top applicants to ensure a valid license and acceptable driving record. If your license is from outside Oregon, you will be required to submit at least a three year driving history at the time of interview.
Preference may be given to candidates who have current fire qualifications. You must submit your current wildland fire incident qualification card with your application materials to provide proof of your qualifications. Attach this document to the 'Attachments' section of your job application.

Desired Attributes:
Maintains situational awareness at all times.
Communicates with both internal and external customers including cooperators, landowners, public and fire crews.
Demonstrates strong decision making capabilities.
Works collaboratively as a member of a team.
Ability to work independently with general direction and minimal supervision.
Demonstrates strong leadership and mentoring skills and has the ability to direct a crew of diverse individuals.
Ability to perform in high stress, fast paced emergency situations.
Ability to complete accurate reports in a timely manner with strong attention to detail.
Analyzes information and evaluate results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Develops specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Maintains an adequate level of fitness to perform assigned duties.

Additional Information:
To improve communication with all applicants the State of Oregon now requires an e-mail address be provided on all applications. If you do not currently have an e-mail address and do not know where to go to get one, please refer to our Applicant Frequently Asked Questions web page, scroll down to the 'How to apply for a job' section, question #14 to view several links to internet providers where you can get a free e-mail account. The State of Oregon does not endorse any particular provider.

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Please note: The employee in this position will be represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and will be subject to all terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement. Due to budgetary shortfalls, this position may be required to take furlough days (mandatory unpaid days off) during the 2011-2013 biennium. Pay and benefits on all job announcements may change without further notice.
If you require an alternate format in order to complete the employment process, you may call ODF Human Resources at 503-945-7200.
Only complete applications will be considered. Your answers to the supplemental questions must be reflected in the work experience section of your application. Be sure to answer all supplemental questions and attach all required documents. Responses to the supplemental questions will determine if you meet the minimum qualifications, any special qualifications and/or desired attributes for the position. Do not submit a resume in place of completing the Supplemental Questionnaire or the Work Experience section of the application.

Qualified applicants whose responses most closely match the requirements for this position will be invited to interview. Transcripts must be submitted to receive credit for education coursework at the time of application.

Veterans - If you are an eligible veteran and you meet the minimum qualifications, veterans’ preference points will be added to your score. To receive veterans’ preference points you MUST attach to your electronic application the following required documentation:
A copy of the DD214/215 for the five (5) point preference;
OR A copy of the DD214/215; AND a veteran's disability preference letter from the United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs for the ten (10) point preference.
For more information on veterans’ preference points visit , and select veterans’ preference.
PLEASE NOTE: The Oregon Department of Forestry does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete U.S. Department of Homeland Security form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States.

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