Interagency Wildland Fire Dispatcher
State of Montana - Dillon, MT

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Position Title:
Interagency Wildland Fire Dispatcher

  • Applications must be received by Midnight Mountain Time on the closing date.
Listing Number: 10558-13AC


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 Seasonal (permanent)

Date Posted:

Closing Date:

Natural Resources and Conservation



State Application Required:

$11.90 - $13.37

Salary Unit:

Additional Salary Information: The normal salary received for employees new to state government is $11.90 - $13.37/hourly DOQ with raises granted by the legislature. State employees scheduled to work at least halftime are also provided paid health, dental, and life insurance. Other benefits for eligible state employees include:

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 DNRC mission is to help ensure that Montana’s land and water resources provide benefits for present and future generations. This position is located in Dillon, MT . Dillon in located in Montana’s Gold West Country.

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

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 must be received by 5:00 PM, Wednesday, July 10, 2013 to DNRC/Human Resource Bureau/PO Box 201601, Helena MT 59620 or to a Montana Job Service. If applying online, go to:

This position is generally assigned to the interagency fire dispatch center and works under the guidance and direction of the Interagency Dispatch Center Manager, and the Dillon Unit Fire Supervisor. The Dispatcher is expected to use initiative and judgment to dispatch resources for initial attack and support of wildland fires during complex and multiple incidents that are beyond the scope of developed guidelines. The incumbent is responsible for planning, organizing and supervising dispatch support staffing during high periods of dispatch activity and/or expanded dispatch operations.

Applicant should have considerable knowledge and skill in written and verbal communications, and a thorough knowledge of fire management and agency terminology are required. Applicant must have the ability to plan for, coordinate and supervise dispatch activities frequently under stressful conditions for long periods of time often without complete informa¬tion for guidance. The dispatcher must be able to function during times of critical incidents when the lives and safety of others are threatened. Applicant should also be skilled in the operation of computerized radio systems, multi-key telephones, paging systems, FAX machines, U.S. Forest Service, and IBM compati¬ble personal computers. Knowledge of and skill in using computer software such as Windows, Microsoft Office software, WIMS (weather), ROSS, Wild Cad, State IQS, and Federal IQCS is also important. Applicant should have the ability to recognize inconsistencies in information and to use judgment in determining reasonableness of requests for the dispatch of resources. Finally the applicant must have the ability to work long shifts for extended periods while making sound decisions and maintaining an effective working relationship with associates, news media, and the public.

The knowledge, skills, and abilities are typically acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to a Associate’s degree in natural resource management, or directly related field and 3 years of progressively responsible experience and extensive specialized training including one season as a supervisory firefighter.

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 other application materials and is part of the evaluation process.

Describe your education and work experience in fire dispatching and the use of radio systems or comput¬erized dispatching systems.
Please list your certification of completion of fire courses that you have received.
Describe your education and work experience with computers. Please list types of computers and software used, i.e. IQS, ROSS, WIMS, Microsoft Office software, and or web page design.
Describe your work experience relating to interagency fire management and at what levels it occurred.
Describe your work experience as a supervisory firefighter and the type and number of incidents with which you have been involved.

Additional Materials Required:

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