This position is responsible for providing on-going analysis and assessment of the wildland fire situation and decision support for the Alaska Geographic Area at the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center. This position will be held responsible for determining short and long term effects of weather and fuel conditions. This information is integrated into fire behavior predictions, long term fire analysis, and utilized for resource movement, supplementation, and assisting in determining the fire environment for the workforce. The position also analyzes climate, vegetation, fuels, and fire danger conditions for ongoing and long term outlooks. Principle expert on interpreting Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating Systems (CFFDRS) indices.
This position works closely with National Weather Service Predictive Services. Provides fire weather assessments and assists in development of fire weather databases. Monitors the accuracy or fire weather information. Prepares or reviews information bulletins and operational guides. Updates databases for weather information, Fire Family Plus, and related information sources.
Responds for public affairs, educational and scientific institutions, and public requests for information concerning fire danger, fuels conditions, and fire behavior. Serves as focal point for RAWS, CFFDRS, WIMS, and fuels analysis. May prepare case studies for individual fires and examines potential outcomes and comparative results. Produce short and long term fire behavior analysis.
Serves as primary consultant to Alaska Interagency Coordination Center as Fire Behavior and Fuels Specialist.
Instruct seminars and workshops for staff.
Periodically serve on fire assignment.
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Applicants must be at least eighteen years of age.
Most positions require National Incident Qualification System certifications. Because there are different specialty areas in this field, recruitment and selection will be made from among those candidates who meet the experience and the basic National Incident Qualification System training requirements specifically listed in the recruitment bulletin. The specialty areas are within one of the following functions: fire operations, wildland fire prevention, and aviation support.
For positions assigned work in the field, applicants must be able to pass the Work Capacity Test at the “Arduous” level as defined in Federal Publication PMS 307, Work Capacity Test Administrator’ Guide. This test requires that the applicant complete a 3-mile hike carrying a 45-pound pack over level terrain in 45 minutes or less. For office positions that do not require field work, applicants are not required to pass an “Arduous” level Work Capacity test.
Applicant must possess an Alaska driver’s license. An individual without an Alaska driver's license, who meets the minimum age and experience requirements, may apply for the vacancy. An applicant qualifying under this option may receive a job offer conditional upon acquisition of an Alaska driver's license. Proof of licensure will be required prior to reporting to duty.
Positions may require travel both in and out-of-state for fire suppression assignments; stand-by or recall status during the fire season; must be available for assignments in and out of the area that requires the absence from the duty station for 14 to 21 days; flying in small fixed wing aircraft or helicopters, and handling hazardous materials.
Some positions may require a commercial driver's license with appropriate endorsements.
Red Card qualification under the National Incident Qualification System (see required job qualifications special note).
Twelve months of advanced level wildland fire fighting experience in the fire management program. This required experience includes work as a Wildland Fire and Resource Technician IV with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.
Twenty-four months of journey level experience in the fire program in fire suppression or in a support capacity. This required experience includes work as a Wildland Fire and Resource Technician III with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.
Twenty-four months of journey level logistics dispatch experience. This required experience includes such work as Wildland Fire Dispatcher II with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.
There is no substitution for the National Incident Qualification System (Red Card) qualifications.