State of Washington - Goldendale, WA

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Service, Science, Sustainability
Under the leadership of the Commissioner of Public Lands, our work at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is done with the public’s interest in mind, which means transparency and public knowledge. Our decisions are guided by sound science as we manage state trust lands, native ecosystems and natural resources. We support the vision of a sustainable future by protecting and managing the natural resources so future generations will have them.
DNR manages over 5 million acres of state-owned land that includes forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands. We generate revenue that supports public schools, state institutions and county services. But managing lands is only half of our story. 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.
The DNR has an annual operating budget of approximately $187 million and has over 1200 permanent employees with approximately 300 additional staff hired during the summer fire season.

Natural Resource Specialist 2 - Fire Unit Forester
Recruitment #2013-01-3120

Salary Range: $3,213 – $4,214 per month
($3,117 – $4,088 with 3% temporary reduction)

Note: From July 1, 2011 through June 29, 2013 a 3% temporary salary reduction is in effect for most positions. For specific information on the Temporary Salary Reduction, click here.
Type of position: Non-permanent, full-time, through December 2013.

This position is represented by the WPEA. Once appointed to this position the incumbent will be required to pay union dues or other representation fees within the first 30 days of employment.
Closes: January 31, 2013

Under the direction of the Fire Program District Manager, the Goldendale Fire Unit Forester is responsible for planning and implementing pre-suppression activities within the unit; and, ensuring permanent and seasonal staff training and preparedness for response to wildland fire suppression dispatches. Develops, coordinates and implements an annual unit training plan. Supervises 2 permanent NR Specialist 1, Fire Foresters, in program activities including training, pre-suppression, suppression, fire regulation enforcement, and burn permit activities.
Assesses and determines wildland fire risks to private forested landowners within the Unit. Recommends to Fire District Manager fire prevention activities/actions and fire prevention education program activities needed to mitigate and educate public entities within the district. Ensures the implementation of these fire prevention actions and activities upon approval.

  • Four years of experience working in a wildland fire program which includes experience in supervising wildland firefighting personnel, training, preparedness and suppression
  • Regulatory education and enforcement experience
  • Forest fire prevention and suppression techniques
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of and experience in the incident command system.
  • Proven ability in computer applications such as Microsoft Office Suite
  • Bachelor’s degree or Associate’s degree in Natural Resource Management, Fire Science or related field
  • Two years of wildland fire experience which includes issuing burning permits and conducting fire prevention/education activities
  • One year of supervisory experience with responsibility for assigning work, coaching and evaluating other staff.
  • Certified at Task Force Leader / Strike Team Leader and Incident Commander Type 4 or higher
  • Experience in writing permits, and smoke management issues concerning the public, industry, and other agencies
  • Must possess valid driver’s license and have two years driving experience.
  • Must possess at minimum, current Fire Fighter Type 1 NWCG qualification.
  • Must pass work capacity test at the arduous level.
  • Must pass Criminal Justice Records Check. (For Police Powers certification)
  • Ability to work on uneven terrain in all weather conditions.
  • The incumbent in this position is required to travel.

This recruitment is open to anyone who meets the required qualifications for this position.

To be considered for this position, please submit:
  • A letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile, required and desired position qualifications, and special position requirements. Please indicate in your letter of interest how you learned of this opportunity.
  • A completed application – DNR Job Application and Resume
  • The names of three to five professional references.
  • An online voluntary Applicant Profile Questionnaire . (This form is not required and is submitted online. Please do not print out and send in with application materials).
  • Finalists will be asked to provide an employment/commercial driving record issued from the state in which you are currently licensed.
The first screening will be based on information contained in your candidate materials.
Submit all materials to: Sally.bollinger@dnr.wa.gov
Electronic method preferred. You must indicate recruitment number # 2013-01-3120 in the subject line of your e-mail.
Questions? Please contact Matt Eberlein at phone number (509) 925-0968 or e-mail matt.eberlein@dnr.wa.gov .

OR other method to:
Sally Bollinger
Department of Natural Resources
713 Bowers Road
Ellensburg, WA 98926
By submitting the application materials you are indicating that all information is true and correct to the best of your knowledge. You understand that the state may verify information and that untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from applicant pool or dismissal if employed.
This announcement is published by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The DNR is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial, and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, veterans and disabled veterans are encouraged to apply. 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 or (360) 902-1097. DNR may be contacted using the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TTY) by dialing 711.

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