Fire Team Leader-Kalispell
State of Montana 53 reviews - Kalispell, MT

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Position Title:
Fire Team Leader-Kalispell

  • Applications must be received by Midnight Mountain Time on the closing date.
Listing Number: 9705-132E


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:

$15.65 - $17.39

Salary Unit:

Additional Salary Information: Employees new to state government begin at an hourly salary of $15.650- $17.389 per hour DOQ with raises granted by the legislature. State employees scheduled to work at least halftime are also provided benefits

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 Kalispell, MT , a Salish word meaning “flat land above the lake”. 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 midnight March 08, 2013 to DNRC/Human Resource Bureau/PO Box 201601, Helena MT 59620 or to a Montana Job Service. If applying online, go to:

The Kalispell Unit of the Northwestern Land Office represents the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation within its specified geographic area, with areas in Flathead, Lake, and Lincoln Counties. The Unit conducts field activities, and is responsible for all day-to-day operations of these Divisions within the geographical area. The Unit provides direct wildland fire suppression services for approximately 760,000 acres of state, private and federal land. A portion of the land area is wildland residential interface, which presents a complex fire management situation. The unit administers the State/County Cooperative Fire Program in Flathead and Lake Counties and provides assistance to the County and its rural fire departments as needed. The unit manages and administers 57,380 acres of State owned land. On these lands the State is responsible for lease administration, rights-of-way grazing, forest product sales, forest improvement projects, gravel permits, other uses, and the administration of the Recreational Access Law. The unit provides resource management assistance and administers the logging slash hazard reduction law on all private lands. The Unit administers the Best Management Practices (BMP) and Streamside Management Zone (SMZ) resource protection laws regulating commercial timber sale practices on all Federal, State, and private land within the Unit Boundaries.

This position is the Fire Team Leader on the Kalispell Unit. The position has the responsibilities to coordinate, implement and supervise Boorman Station wildland fire initial attack personnel and equipment to provide a save and effective fire management capability for the Kalispell Unit. Work assignments require cooperation and coordination with State and Federal agencies, county OES and fire departments, the general public, permanent and seasonal employees and private contractors. The position administers seasonal activities related to wildland fire protection and prevention, buildings, grounds, vehicles and fire-related program projects of the Unit in the Boorman Station zone of operations. This is also the primary duty station for position during the summer months. This position provides operational oversight and expertise in implementing fire management plans, coordinating resources and providing leadership in presuppression, suppression and prevention efforts.

Applicants must have the ability to provide strong leadership to DNRC employees and diverse external publics and cooperators to accomplish program goals. Requires knowledge of how to quickly and accurately assess a wildland fire situation and determine strategy and tactical methods to control wildland fire. Knowledge of fire behavior, Montana forest fire rules and regulations, Montana burning-permit requirements, local fire prevention needs, Incident Command System and radio use. Skill in driving 1-ton or larger engines on unimproved road systems, reading maps, using a hand compass, GPS, hand tools, chainsaws, and other firefighting or project-related equipment. Has ability to perform physically demanding, arduous work for extended time periods, effectively communicate verbally to others, properly complete agency paperwork, and complete wildland firefighter training courses. Coordinate, develop, and instruct wildland fire/related training to subordinates and cooperators. Has ability to work within an interagency environment to accomplish DNRC fire program objectives. Must have the ability to direct and supervise others, maintain effective working relationships in often-stressful emergency situations, and communicate effectively and concisely, both orally and in writing. Must have a basic knowledge and ability in various computer programs used for word processing, electronic mail and data analysis. Work with minimal supervision and manage time effectively on short and long term projects.

The knowledge, skills and abilities are typically acquired through successful completion of at least two years of vocational technical course work, five seasons of progressive employment in wildland fire suppression (with at least two years in a supervisory level), and must be fully qualified at the Incident Commander Type 4 and Single Resource Boss levels. Also required is the ability to provide leadership and direction to others; the ability to synthesize multiple, rapid and critical information inputs quickly implement appropriate actions; the ability to direct and coordinate multi-agency participation; and the ability to meet the physical fitness requirements of the position as outlined in the DNRC 800 Presuppression Manual.

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 will 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.

Describe your fire suppression experience and training. Please list your current red- card qualifications, completed training courses, and experience in managing initial attack wildland fires.
Describe your job experience in coordinating, instructing and evaluating the effectiveness of wildland fire training. Please list courses and/or lessons you have instructed including dates and locations of those courses.
Describe your supervisory experience and training. Please list the number and type of employees supervised and the amount of time you have been in a supervisory position. Please include supervisory duties in your day-to-day experiences, and supervisory experiences gained during wildland fire, structural fire or other emergency services assignments.

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