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VACANCY ANN #:               STOI-21-137

TITLE:                                     ASSISTANT FIRE MANAGEMENT OFFICER TRAINEE



STATUS:                                 REGULAR, FULL-TIME,

RATE OF PAY:                     $21.00-$24.50/PER HOUR

OPENING DATE:                 APRIL 2, 2021

CLOSING DATE:                  APRIL 16, 2021



This is a standard wildland fire management position description based on the standard being used in the Department of the Interior (DOI) and modified to meet the Spokane Tribe’s guidelines. The incumbent serves in a key fire management position in the Spokane Reservation wildland fire management program as a Assistant Fire Management Officer Trainee (AFMOT). The AFMOT assists the Fire Management Officer (FMO) in planning, developing, implementing, coordinating and evaluating an integrated fire management program to achieve resource management objectives on the Spokane Reservation.


In the absence of the FMO, the incumbent serves as the Acting FMO.

Program Management (20%)

  • The AFMOT assists the Fire Management Officer (FMO) in directing a fire management program with a moderate complexity level. Analyzes current fire management plans and makes recommendations to meet changing conditions within the limits of current or anticipated funding.
  • Coordinates fire management activities with federal, state tribal and local government entities/agencies. Develops implements and administers grants and agreements (e.g., Emergency Equipment Rental Agreements, mutual assistance and Rural Fire Assistance).
  • Reviews programs and plans, and makes recommendations concerning the inclusion of wildland fire principles, practices and policies into local land management programs.
  • Provides guidance and assistance on wildland fire prevention and mitigation programs to the field, and provides expertise and materials to all supported programs.
  • Assists in managing unit aviation program and operations.
  • Incumbent will coordinate the agencies lead fire investigator and have oversight on all wildland fire investigations.

Planning (20%)

  • Assists with fire and aviation management planning. Planning involves interacting with officials from federal, state, tribal, local agencies and the public. Plans include short-range issues as well as long- ranger strategies.
  • Reviews preparedness actions and operating plans used in the management of wildfires. Negotiates cooperative agreements and resolves difficult and difficult public relations problems. Develops alternative wildland fire strategies considering values to be protected and selecting the appropriate alternative.
  • As qualified, reviews and evaluates fuels management and fire use plans and prescriptions to achieve specific ecosystem and resource management objectives.
  • Identifies and evaluates the implications of the fuel’s management program on air quality standards.
  • Implements fire restrictions on burn bans, camp fires and hoot owls and other burn bans.

Operations (60%)

  • As directed by FMO, coordinates and initiates all fire management activities based on firefighter and public safety, cost effectiveness, and values to be protected consistent with resource objectives, by using the full range of strategic and tactical options otherwise known as Appropriate Management Response (AMR) as described in an approved Fire Management Plan (FMP
  • Coordinates AMR on wildland fires with the FMO.  In association with FMO, initiates a Wildland Fire Implementation Plan (WFIP) for all wildland fires and ensures a Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) is completed and retained for all fires that escape initial attack.
  • Coordinates operations with cooperating agencies on multi-jurisdictional wildland fires addressing risk to human safety and potential for damage to resources and improvements.
  • Monitors fire season severity predictions, fire behavior, and fire activity levels and takes appropriate actions to ensure safe, efficient and effective operations.
  • Organizes, trains equip, and directs a qualified work force to meet local, geographic area, or national level fire program management needs.
  • Organizes, trains equip, and directs a qualified work force to meet local, geographic area, or national level fire program management needs.
  • May manage national wildland fire support resources (e.g., Interagency Hotshot Crews, aviation assets, or other types of specialized wildland fire modules).
  • Provides technical and administrative supervision to the unit(s).  Plans and directs overall work to be accomplished by subordinate supervisor(s), sets and adjusts priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work.  Assigns work to subordinate requirements of assignments, and the capabilities of the employees.  Finds ways to improve production or increase the quality of work directed.  Negotiates and coordinates work projects with other unit managers and supervisors.
  • Develops performance standards and evaluates work performance of subordinates.  Advises, counsels, or instructs employees on both worked and administrative matters.
  • During a wildland fire event, assists with the development and implementation of additional strategic wildland fire mitigation and protection planning which assesses the actual and potential risks and hazards.
  • Hears and resolves minor complaints from employees.  Refers group grievances and more serious unresolved complaints to higher level supervisor or manager.
  • Effects minor disciplinary measures such as warnings and reprimands with knowledge of FMO and recommends other action in more serious cases.
  • Identifies and provides for routine training needs and makes recommendations on special, controversial, or costly training for subordinate employees.
  • Manages the environmental and workplace hazards of the wildland fire environment and provides leadership and direction to subordinates in the recognition and mitigation of these hazards following applicable laws, policies, and guidelines.  Personal accountability and zero tolerance for unsafe acts are paramount.
  • Responsible for the on-the-job safety and health of all employees supervised.  Ensures that a comprehensive job hazard analysis is conducted and a risk management process is implemented.  Responsibilities include identifying and correcting safety and health hazards, instructing employees on safety requirements, reviewing and reporting loss incidents, implementing corrective measures for violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act standards, directing the periodic inspection of all workplaces, managing work/rest ratio and length assignment guidelines, developing and executing a comprehensive physical fitness training program, debriefing with incident management team personnel, and coordinating safe travel plans.

Knowledge Required by the Position

  • This position requires the completion of a full degree in Forest/Fire Resource management or related field or an approved program equivalent. (401 series 24 credits)
  • Professional knowledge of natural resource management, fire ecology, fire behavior, and fire management theories, concepts, principles, and standards in a wildland fire environment specializing in prevention and mitigation.
  • Knowledge of the policies, techniques and practices of wildland firefighting obtained through substantial service as a primary firefighter of the Federal government or in a similar firefighting position outside the Federal government. This is a mandatory requirement of this position.
  • Knowledge of the established principles, practices, and concepts of wildland fire management (e.g., fire effects, fire hazard and risk analysis, fuel and flammability assessment, smoke management, incident management, prescribed fire, and fire use) sufficient to perform recurring assignments
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations, and agency policies and procedures applicable to the use and protection of natural and cultural resources.
  • Knowledge of accepted wildland fire safety practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge to determine the appropriate materials needed to clearly communicate information to a variety of public audiences (technical and non-technical), political and legal representatives, natural resource specialists and wildland fire and land managers.
  • Knowledge of supervisory policies, procedures, and methods in order to manage a diverse workforce.
  • Knowledge of contracting procedures and ability to serve as a Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR).
  • Ability to interact with individuals and special interest groups with diverse and potentially conflicting viewpoints regarding natural and cultural resource management priorities.
  • Skills in oral and written communication sufficient to prepare reports, present training, and coordinate work efforts.
  • Knowledge of federal, tribal, state, local and other agencies, wildland fire and emergency management policies, practices and philosophies related to the following: restriction and closure plan regulations, cooperative agreements, fire management and ecosystem planning, wildland fire use, wildland fire mitigation principles, and wildland fire suppression techniques.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective relationships with local public interest groups; community planners; private landowners; and federal, tribal, state and local governments involved with fire management planning efforts.

Other Significant Facts (In addition to Level II)

  • Must have a minimum of 5 year’s fire fighting experience.
  • Must have a four-year degree in Natural Resources or its equivalent (401 Series).
  • Must be qualified TFLD AND RXB2

Factors – Knowledge required by position (In addition to Level II)

  • Must have successfully completed S-390, Advanced Fire Behavior
  • Must have successfully completed S-215, Fire operation in the Urban interface
  • Must have successfully completed I-300, Intermediate Incident Command
  • Must have successfully completed M-580, Fire in Ecosystem Management
  • Must have successfully completed M-581 Fire Program Management

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS (In Addition to Factors Above):

  • Prior Wildland Firefighting experience on the fireline is a mandatory requirement. Minimum single resource qualified and a training plan to be Task Force Leader (TFLD) and Burn Boss Type 2(RXB2) qualified.
  • The incumbent will serve as the wildfire training officer for the fire program and utilize the Incident Qualifications and Certification System.
  • Agency need to have at least a moderate complexity rating.
  • This position requires a valid state driver’s license and a good driving record for insurance purposes.

 It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide sufficient evidence to show they fully meet the qualification requirements as stated in the job announcement.




Applications are available at the Tribal Human Resource Department

Contact: Sabrina McCoy or Andrea Flett

P.O. Box 206 Wellpinit, WA 99040

Phone: (509) 458-6583, (509) 458-6527, (509) Fax: 509-458-6556

E-mail: hrfrontdesk@spokanetribe.com

Applications must be received in the Human Resource Department no later than 4:30 p.m. on the closing date

The Spokane Tribe reserves the right to hire according to its

Indian Preference Policy

All Applicants may be subject to a Pre-Employment Drug Test

All Positions with the Spokane tribe of Indians are subject to a

90-day orientation period