Fire Prevention and Investigation Prog Coordinator
State of Montana - Missoula, MT

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Position Title:
Fire Prevention and Investigation Prog Coordinator

  • Applications must be received by Midnight Mountain Time on the closing date.
Listing Number: 9306-133


For more information contact:
State Agency:
Natural Resources and Conservation

P.O. Box 201601

Helena , MT

Phone: (406)444-0513

Fax: (406)444-1357

TTY: (406)444-0517


  • OR -
Local Montana Job Service Workforce





Job Status:
Full-Time Permanent


Date Posted:

Closing Date:

Natural Resources and Conservation


Fire and Aviation


State Application Required:

$19.97 - $22.97

Salary Unit:

Additional Salary Information: The normal salary received for employees new to state government is $19.97-$22.97/hr with raises granted by the legislature. State employees scheduled to work at least halftime are also provided paid health, dental, and life insurance.

Applicant Pool: If another department
vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may
be used for the selection.

Special Information:
The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation ’s (DNRC) mission is helping to ensure that Montana’s land and water resources provide benefits for present and future generations. This position is located in Missoula, MT , along the Clark Fork and Bitterroot Rivers in Western Montana and at the convergence of five mountain ranges, thus is often described as being the "Hub of Five Valleys".

The DNRC believes employees are their most valuable asset. The DNRC empowers employees to exercise professional judgment in carrying out their duties. Employees are provided with the training tools necessary to achieve the DNRC’s mission. Both team effort and individual employee expertise are supported and sustained.

This position will be the Fire Prevention and Investigation Program Coordinator, and is expected to make all decisions consistent with the duties of the position. Guidance and advice is available to the incumbent from Training and Prevention Section Supervisor and /or the Bureau’s Chief Officers.

Online applications are encouraged; however, for applicants choosing not to apply online, please note the State of Montana Employment Application Form is required. Completed application materials (State of Montana Application Form, Answers to the Supplemental Questions, resume and letter of interest to include your education and relevant experience for this position) must be received by midnight Thursday, January 17, 2013 to DNRC/Human Resource Bureau/ATT: Carol Nelson, PO Box 201601, Helena MT 59620 or to a Montana Job Service. If applying online, go to:

S erves as Fire & Aviation Bureau Fire Prevention Program Coordinator responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring various fire prevention, mitigation, and education projects proposed by local communities, government agencies, private interests, and others; R esponsible for Statewide Fire Prevention program, Keep Montana Green, Urban Interface Planning, Investigation and Training within those disciplines. A nalyzes state and national fire prevention, mitigation, and education issues for federal, State, local, and other organizations. R eviews proposals and/or grant applications prepared by local communities, government agencies, private interests, and others. M anages statewide campaigns and projects, severity budgets by monitoring allocations, project plans and objectives, funding agreements, and expenditures; i ncluding projects, initiatives, like Firewise, “Ready Set Go” and funds pertaining to fire prevention. D evelops and implements public information and outreach plans to promote Montana's needs and objectives related to the fire program, showcase project success stories, and provide information on emerging issues; i ncluding the development and dissemination of press releases, videos, printed materials, and other media. S erves as the Executive Director of the Keep Montana Green Association [KMG] C oordinates or delivers training for Bureau personnel, local government employees, fire professionals, and the public on prevention issues. M anages the fire-billing procedures for the States cost recover program. M anages the Bureau’s budget for fire prevention. C oordinates with county, federal, tribal, State, and private cooperators to establish and maintain effective communication and support networks. P rovides technical information and resource coordination on wildland fire prevention and safety to County Fire Wardens or County Commissioners; i s the Fire Investigation Program Supervisor to assist the Land Offices to identify cause and origin of wildland fires. Works with law enforcement and cooperative agencies to identify and pursue arsonists. P erforms a variety of other duties as assigned by supervisor. R eports to the Training, Fire Prevention and Investigation Program Manager, Fire and Aviation Management Bureau, Forestry Division of the Montana DNRC.

KNOWLEDGE: The position requires extensive knowledge of public information and media relations techniques and practices; wildland fire prevention principles and practices; wildland fire management principles and practices; project planning, management, and administration; fire incident command system; forest fire related laws, rules and safety practices; a variety of standard office software applications (e.g., word processing, spreadsheets, databases, etc.); and training methods and techniques. The position requires basic understanding of the use and operation of tools, equipment, and vehicles used in wildland fire control and forest management activities.

SKILLS & ABILITIES: The position requires ample skills and abilities in communicating effectively verbally and in writing, public speaking and delivering presentations to groups and individuals, coordinating and directing multiple personnel and resources to complete work objectives, working on multiple projects simultaneously, working well with others, and maintaining a positive working environment. The position also requires the ability to provide leadership and direction to others; synthesize multiple, rapid, and critical pieces of information quickly and implement appropriate actions; direct and coordinate multi­agency participation.

Education and Experience required the first day of work: The required combination of knowledge, skills, and abilities are typically acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in forestry, resource management, communications, public or media relations, or related field plus two (2) years of relevant experience.

Supplemental Questions:
Please answer the following supplemental questions. This provides you an opportunity to present more complete and specific details regarding your qualifications. The responses should be clear and concise since the hiring team may view them as a sample of your written communication skills. This supplement is reviewed separately from the state application form and is part of the evaluation process. Applications will not be considered unless accompanied by this completed supplement.

Describe your experience working with Fire Prevention campaigns and list 2 examples of how you interacted with the public during those campaigns.
Describe your experience with educating students and constituents.
Describe your experience in developing budgets in general and specifically for fire prevention programs.

Additional Materials Required:
Cover Letter

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