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State of Montana Fire Management Officer Swan Unit - 60802 in Swan Lake, 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.

This position is the Fire Management Officer for Swan Unit and is responsible for planning, directing, and analyzing the fire management programs and activities within the assigned geographic area; coordinating resources; and providing guidance to internal and external cooperators. This position is also assigned responsibility for supervising and training subordinate staff and other Unit employees in the fire prevention, fire suppression, and fire readiness components of the Unit’s fire management program and providing professional assistance in carrying out the Unit’s forest-management and other trust lands programs.




Fire Program Planning, Operations, and Implementation:*


  • Plans and directs unit-wide fire management programs and activities including developing and implementing wildland fire prevention plans; managing program budget allocations; managing fire readiness levels; designing and managing comprehensive initial attack plans; analyzing changing fire suppression trends, practices, techniques and issues; designing and implementing comprehensive fire management plans for counties within the protection area; designing and coordinating multi-agency fire response simulations; providing management direction for the burning permit program within the responsibility area; planning and organizing a seasonal work force; and coordinating and supervising building, grounds and maintenance activities for the Unit.

  • Provides information, expertise and guidance to multiple cooperating and dependent organizations involved in fire prevention, planning and suppression including county planning boards and local governing bodies, incident management teams, rural fire districts and volunteer fire departments. Promotes interagency and stakeholder coordination and planning of actions that contribute to achieving landscape wildfire resiliency.

  • Encourage proactive vegetation management on public and private forests and rangeland. Coordinate and promote continued planning and fuel reduction programs that promote and sustain the creation of fire‐adapted communities (e.g. FireWise, and Community Wildfire Protection Plans).

  • Participate on DNRC and interagency task forces, boards, associations, and working groups related to local fire & fuels programs. This includes providing leadership, expertise, and resource support to organizations including; counties, Interagency Fuels Mitigation Taskforces, Forestry Workgroups, NGOs, and Neighborhood/Homeowner Associations.

  • Coordinates and monitors resource deployment and availability to ensure effective and efficient use of personnel and equipment to ensure fire program objectives are met throughout the year and oversees and coordinates Unit detection and dispatch activities.

  • Provides guidance to others on county planning issues associated with subdivision layout and design, fire suppression tactics and strategy, fire laws and codes, interpretation of fire data and changing conditions, fire occurrence and potential, and methods to educate the public on fire prevention.

Supervision and Training:



Directly supervises the Swan Unit Fire Operations Specialist and Senior Engine Boss. Indirectly supervises 5 seasonal firefighters. This involves recruitment and selection, assigning and reviewing work, training, establishing performance standards and evaluating performance, handling corrective action, and recommending termination if necessary.


General Swan Unit Operations Assistance:



Performs a variety of other duties necessary for the comprehensive and effective operation of the Unit such as coordinating and planning building, grounds and maintenance activities, projects and contracts by providing for accurate property inventory through management of inventories, requisitions and reports on State-owned equipment, and by preparing and administering contracts for outside services required for maintenance. The position also assists other forest and land management programs, including but not limited to Good Neighbor Authority Implementation, Trust Land Timber Management and Prescribed Fire, Service Forestry and private land assistance programs.

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*What are some benefits that you can expect from working at DNRC?


Paid Vacation, Sick Leave and Holidays

Health Coverage

Retirement Plans

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) – Employment with the State of Montana may qualify you to receive student loan forgiveness under the PSLF.  Look here, to learn more and see if you may qualify! 



The DNRC may include the following factors in determining whether an applicant meets the qualifications of a position vacancy by: State of MT application form, cover letter, current resume, educational requirements, structured interview, a performance test, job-related reference checks, job-related work experience, job-related past and current performance.  

Approximately 15% travel time with occasional overnight travel.

APPLICATION MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSTION ARE: Your online State of Montana application; Cover Letter, Resume and References.


Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience):*


  • Must have a thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, and procedures of wildland fire management.

  • Must have the ability to plan, organize and direct a comprehensive and complex wildland fire program.

  • Must have knowledge of, and the ability to interpret and apply Department and interagency policies, rules and regulations as well as state and federal laws. Must have the ability to work within an interagency environment to accomplish DNRC fire program objectives.

  • Applicants must have the ability to provide strong leadership to DNRC employees and diverse external publics, and cooperators to accomplish program goals.

  • 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 the ability to facilitate or speak at public meetings and represent the DNRC to media representatives.

  • Must have a basic knowledge and ability in various computer programs used for word processing, electronic mail, and data analysis.

  • Must be proficient with most Microsoft Office Products (i.e. Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.). Must be willing to learn to maintain and update DNRC databases (Incident Qualifications Systems, F300/F1000) as well as mobilization and resource tracking programs, Resource Ordering and System Status (ROSS), and to utilize ArcGIS software.

Education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in forestry, fire management, public administration, or a related field and three (3) years’ progressive experience including Incident Command System (ICS) training, related fire program management experience, and supervisory experience.

It is required of this position to meet and maintain fire suppression qualifications at the Division/Group or Incident Commander III level or equivalent and achieve a rating on the work capacity (pack) test commensurate with these qualifications.

This position is expected to have the equivalent of four years of:

• Related professional experience in wildland fire management, planning, personnel training and management; and

• Progressively responsible positions in fire management in both administrative and operational capacities.

Two years of supervisory experience is required.

This agency will accept alternative methods of obtaining necessary qualifications.

SPECIAL INFORMATION:Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States. A valid driver's license is required with less than 12 conviction points in the most recent completed 36 months.

ELIGIBILITY TO WORK:In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the person selected must produce within three days of hire documents that show authorization to work in the United States. Examples of such documentation include a birth certificate or Social Security card along with a driver’s license or other picture I.D., or a U.S. passport, or a "green card".

Job: *Project/Program Management

Title: Fire Management Officer Swan Unit - 60802

Location: Swan Lake

Requisition ID: 19143217