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FIRE/FORESTRY TECHNICIAN, LEVEL 2

VACANCY ANN #:   STOI-20-035
TITLE:   FIRE/FORESTRY TECHNICIAN, LEVEL 2
SUPERVISOR:   FIRE MANAGEMENT OFFICER
DEPARTMENT:   FIRE MANAGEMENT
STATUS:   FULL-TIME, TEMPORARY
RATE OF PAY:   $15.99/PER HOUR
OPENING DATE:   JULY 6, 2020
CLOSING DATE:   OPEN UNTIL FILLED 

INTRODUCTION:
This position is located on the Spokane Indian Reservation within the Fire Management organization. The purpose of the position is wildland fire suppression/management/control as a Senior/FFT1/Squad Boss Firefighter on an engine, or hand crew with responsibility for the operation and maintenance of specialized tools or equipment. Other wildland related duties may involve fire prevention, patrol, detection, or prescribed burning. The incumbent may be assigned for varying periods of time into one or more types of positions within the Fire Management program where the individuals specialized skills are required. This is an arduous position and subject to medical screening and physical fitness testing.

MAJOR DUTIES (50-60%)
• Assist Crew Lead with supervision of ten man crew. Serves as a senior firefighter on an engine, hand crew, or prescribed fire crew. Performs all aspects of wildland and prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding, and mop-up. Collects fire weather data, fuel and/or soil moisture samples, maps projects, and maintains records.
• Serves on a fire engine crew, as a senior/FFT1 firefighter, gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, range/forest types, fuel types, and fire behavior in responding to fire incidents. Recommends best approaches and practices to use in protection of the resource when positioning and moving equipment based on erodibility, weather, range/forest cover and other practical conditions and operational considerations.

• Drives engine to fire locations, frequently over unimproved roads. Positions engine in appropriate locations in consideration of safety of crew and equipment, and how the equipment can best be used in control and mop-up operations. Personally performs and may direct others in starting pump engine, priming pump, adjusting engine speed and pump valves, laying hose and using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustment for effective use of water and additives to suppress wildfires.
• Responsible for maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland and prescribed fire situations. Accomplishes emergency repairs as necessary to permit continued use of equipment. In those instances when the apparatus cannot be used effectively in suppressing the fire, the incumbent takes aggressive control action within safety guidelines, attacking the fire, using other means.
• May serve as an Initial Attack Incident Commander or Fire Engine Operator for Type IV and Type VI wildland fires/engines with a three to five person crew.

ADDITIONAL DUTIES (40%)
• The incumbent will assist staff with unit layout and administration of fuels/forestry treatment contracts. They also provide staff with necessary field and map information to prepare forest work contracts. Other duties will include working with all phases of the reforestation effort when required which could include, cone gathering, seedling orders, seedling deliveries and planting inspections.
• Assist staff setting up Hazardous Fuel Reduction (HFR) and Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) fuel treatment and/or Forest Development units. This consists of flagging, tagging and general mapping of areas to be treated.
• Uses GPS to collect, correct and create files for projects with direct staff assistance.
• Assists crew to accomplish thinning and chipping of wildland fuels. This could include operating a chipper, utilizing chainsaws and piling slash.
• Assists staff with posting bid opening advertisements.
• Assists staff with basic contract administration and unit inspections.
• Assists resource professionals in field survey efforts such as: stocking inventories, fuels inventories and fire effects data collection.
• Under supervision may be required to operate a tractor, chipper or similar equipment on fuels treatment areas and maintains such equipment.
• Serves as Firefighter Type 1 or Ignition Specialist on prescribed burn projects.

OTHER SIGNIFICANT FACTS:
• Must pass a fire physical for arduous positions annually.
• Must take a refresher firefighter training class annually.
• Must obtain and maintain a red card with a minimum of FFT1/ICT5 qualifications.

KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY POSITION:
• Knowledge of standard fire program requirements, suppression tactics, methods and procedures and skill in the use of wildland firefighting hand tools, pumps and hoses, and chainsaws sufficient to perform routine fire suppression or prescribed fire assignments and to maintain firefighting tools and equipment.
• Working knowledge of fire behavior, hazards and accepted fire safety practices and procedures to prevent injury and loss of life.
• Ability to perform duties under stressful and adverse operating conditions, such as long work hours, heavy workloads, emergency situations, adverse working and environmental conditions.
• Knowledge of agency and interagency qualification, position task book requirements and certification standards and procedures adopted by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group.
• Knowledge of Tribal and ICS reporting requirements and procedures.
• Oral and written communication skills sufficient to effectively interact with people at all levels, internal and external to the organization, including the public.
• Detailed knowledge of methods and procedures associated with wildland fire suppression and management to resolve a full range of irregular or problem situations when suppressing wildland fires.
• Specific technical firefighting knowledge such as, but not limited to, fire engine and pump operations, hand crew operations to enable incumbent to function in assigned capacities and to instruct or lead others in those duties if necessary.
• Ability to operate pumping mechanisms and determine proper hose lays for the most effectiveness in accomplishing the appropriate fire management activities.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
• Must have a minimum of two-fire seasons fire fighting experience.
• Incumbent must be red card qualified as a FFT1/ICT5.
• Valid Washington State license and a good driving record required to be Tribally insurable.
• Incumbent must demonstrate proficiency at a Fire/Forestry Technician Level 1.
• Incumbent must pass a Medical Standards Examination and an Arduous Fitness test
• Must have the ability to perform duties under stressful and adverse operating conditions, such as long work hours, heavy workloads, emergency situations, adverse working and environmental conditions.

 

Applications Are Available In the Tribal Human Resources Department
P.O. Box 206 Wellpinit, WA 99040
Contact: Sabrina McCoy or Andrea Flett
Ph# (509) 458–6583 or (509) 458-6527
E-mail: hrfrontdesk@spokanetribe.com
Fax #: (509) 458-6556
Or, downloaded at:
www.spokanetribe.com
Applications Must Be Received In the Human Resources 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
Applicants Are Subject To A Pre-Employment Drug Test
Positions Subject To A 90-Day Orientation Period