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State of Montana Program Specialist 1 - Fire Adapted Communities Coordinator in Missoula, Montana

Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation's mission is to help ensure that Montana's land and water resources provide benefits for present and future generations. 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. Work Unit Overview: * The Forestry Division of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) ensures the sustainability of Montana forests, rural lands, and communities through cooperative wildland fire protection and sound forest management practices; protects the state's natural resources from wildfire, insect pests, and disease; sustains or improves the natural resources of private forestland for the good of all Montanans; promotes and supports conservation practices on all lands in Montana; enforces the State's forest practices laws in a manner that is both fair and consistent to all parties and that complies with the intent of the legislation; and encourages the maintenance, planting, and management of trees and shrubs in Montana communities. The Division consists of the Fire Protection Bureau, the Forestry Assistance Bureau, the Forestry Division Business Office, and six area offices located throughout the state. It is the mission of the DNRC Fire Protection Program to protect lives, property, and natural resources from wildfire by providing safe and effective services to Montana’s citizens as well as leadership, coordination and resources to the State’s wildfire organizations. The DNRC carries out a unified fire protection program spanning the state of Montana. The Department implements that program in two major ways: by directly protecting approximately 5.5 million acres of state, private and federal land, and by protecting approximately 45 million acres of state and private land via State/County Cooperative (County Coop) protection. The DNRC Fire Protection mission requires a robust approach to community preparedness and fire prevention enabling wildland fire protection activities across the state of Montana and actualizing a commitment to achieving a well-rounded fire protection program that, to the extent we can while redeeming our statutory mandates, embraces the three tenets of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy: effective wildfire response, fire adapted communities, and resilient landscapes. Our Fire Protection Program incorporates, as critical components, community preparedness, homeowner risk reduction, and fire prevention, as well as prescribed fire and hazardous fuels reduction. We deliberately engage Montana’s citizens to prepare themselves, their property and their communities for wildfire. It is through the Community Preparedness and Fire Prevention Program that the Department’s aspirations in these areas become reality. The Southwestern Land Office (SWLO), one of six DNRC land offices in the State, encompasses all or part of eight counties in southwestern Montana: Mineral, Missoula, Ravalli, Powell, Granite, Anaconda-Deer Lodge, Butte-Silver Bow, and Lewis & Clark. Within those counties, SWLO manages approximately 290,000 acres of State trust lands. The SWLO has headquarters in Missoula, and includes four satellite Units (Missoula, Clearwater, Anaconda, and Hamilton), two initial attack stations (Lincoln and Garrison), and one helibase (Missoula) where employees and operations are located. The communities of Superior, Lincoln, Seeley Lake, Hamilton, Missoula, Phillipsburg, Anaconda, and Butte all lie within the land office. Through both direct protection and the County Cooperative Fire Management Program, SWLO is responsible for providing fire protection on approximately 1.9 million acres of land including complex and high value Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) lands. There are thousands of people and billions of dollars in infrastructure at risk in the WUI. Compared to all other counties in Montana, Ravalli and Missoula have the highest number of homes built in high wildfire hazard areas since 1990. *Job Overview: The Fire Adapted Communities Coordinator (FACC) primarily focuses on leading the development and implementation of a unit level program for community preparedness, fire prevention, fire information, and public outreach supporting both the current operational needs and the strategic initiatives of their Land Office, the Fire Protection Program, and the Forestry Division. The Missoula Unit FACC operates under the supervision of the Missoula Unit Fire Management Officer (FMO) and collaborates with the Area Community Preparedness & Fire Prevention Specialist (CPFPS). Areas of emphasis include fostering fire adapted communities and promoting community preparedness, reducing human caused fires, supporting SWLO efforts to create and maintain resilient landscapes using prescribed fire and hazardous fuels reduction, and educating the public. The incumbent may be requested to provide fire information and function in an ICS position or support role during emergency situations and during special projects as assigned. Work assignments are covered by established policies and general program objectives; and the incumbent is responsible for working with the CPFPS to jointly determine the methods and techniques necessary to carry out assigned responsibilities. The FACC serves as the principal subject matter expert and point of contact for their designated Unit (Missoula) regarding matters pertaining to community preparedness, fire prevention, fire information, and public outreach. The incumbent serves both as an internal resource to DNRC Unit personnel and to key DNRC partners in local, state, tribal, and federal government. On a daily basis, the FACC works to build and maintain the capacity of the SWLO Community Preparedness and Fire Prevention program and cooperating partners by sustaining or creating where needed a comprehensive and coordinated system of fire prevention and community preparedness, and by providing technical assistance to DNRC personnel who support the DNRC Fire Protection mission and affiliated programs of the Forestry Division. The incumbent contributes substantially to ongoing and sustained efforts to implement the DNRC Fire Prevention and Community Preparedness Program at SWLO. The incumbent must perform a variety of other professional and administrative tasks in support of the Missoula Unit and SWLO, as assigned by the supervisor. This may include representing the agency at meetings and conferences, coordinating, and directing special projects, and attending training and/or continuing education as required. These professional and administrative tasks require general knowledge of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, the DNRC Fire Protection Program Strategy, and other areas related to overall missions of the Fire Protection Program, the Forestry Division, and the Department. Relationship-building is a function critical to the success of this position. The incumbent establishes and maintains effective working relationships with Unit and SWLO staff, other agency FACCs and staff, interagency partners, dispatch centers, local government, and the public. The FACC will maintain daily communication with the Missoula Unit FMO regarding current issues, projects, and operations. This position is currently grant funded and while the department will make every effort to continue funding for the position it cannot be guaranteed after 2 years from date of hire. What are some benefits you can expect? * Health Insurance * Retirement * Paid Vacation, Sick Leave and Holidays Application Materials Required for this Position Are: * State Application * Resume * Cover Letter Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience): The required knowledge, skills and abilities are typically acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in communications, forestry, natural resources, or related field or four years of progressively responsible experience including communications, education, fire prevention, community preparedness, training, and program management. The incumbent must be able to attain and maintain National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) qualification/certification as a Fire Prevention Education Team Member (PETM). Public Information Officer (PIOF) certification is desired. Required knowledge, skills, and abilities: * This position requires knowledge of communication, fire and fuels management, wildland fire prevention, and community preparedness. The position requires knowledge of public information, collaborative teamwork, and project management and administration. The position requires skill in written and verbal communication, as well as public information, education, and outreach. The incumbent must demonstrate ability to clearly and effectively communicate complex information pertaining to wildland fire prevention and community preparedness programs, procedures, activities, and operations. The position also requires a working knowledge of Forestry Division and DNRC policies and practices; strategic planning; research principles and practices; and the Incident Command System. The responsibilities of this position require the ability to coordinate and support the work of technical, professional, and clerical personnel within the Department and from cooperating federal, state and private entities; understand and apply Department policy; make sound decisions; train, direct, motivate, and lead others effectively; maintain effective working relationships; achieve work plan objectives through others; apply general management concepts such as goal-setting and work planning; and develop and administer a variety of functions concurrently. Title: *Program Specialist 1 - Fire Adapted Communities Coordinator * Location: *Missoula Requisition ID: 24140305