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State of Montana Wildland Firefighter 3 - Fire Operations Specialist 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. TheDNRCbelieves 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 mission of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is to ensure that Montana's land and water resources provide benefits for present and future generations. The Swan Unit represents the DNRC’s, Forestry and Trust Land Management Divisions within its assigned areas of Lake and Missoula counties. Specifically, the Swan Unit is responsible for directly providing wildland fire protection to approximately 136,585 acres of Federal, State and private land. A portion of the land area is wildland urban interface, which presents a complex fire situation with high values at risk. In addition to providing fire protection the Swan unit also administers the private forestry assistance, hazardous fuels reduction, forest practices, and community forestry programs within their Unit boundary. The Swan Unit administers 56,200 acres of blocked and scattered State owned trust land as part of the Swan River State Forest. On these lands the Unit is responsible for directly applying and administering the State Forest Land Management Plan to generate money for the various trust beneficiaries. Job Overview: * This position is located at Swan Unit and is a crucial position that will provide leadership both on and off the fire line to the Unit engine crews. This position may also be responsible for various Trust Land Management Division (TLMD) duties. This position is responsible for coordination and implementation of the Swan Unit fire program, and to supervise all operations for wildland fire initial attack personnel and equipment to provide a safe and effective fire management capability for the Unit. Work assignments require cooperation and coordination with County, State, and Federal agencies, the general public, permanent and seasonal employees, and private contractors. The position administers seasonal activities related to wildland fire protection, the maintenance of buildings, grounds, and vehicles, and fire-related program projects of the Unit. The incumbent may attend county fire meetings and plan and coordinate county fire trainings. One of the priorities for the Swan Unit is our cooperator relationships, therefore the Fire Operations Specialist will help build and maintain relationships with the adjoining DNRC Units, surrounding National Forests and other federal agencies, and surrounding counties. This position will directly supervise the engine crews as directed by the Fire Management Officer who supervises this position. This position assists with Unit fire prevention work, duties, and plans. Consequently, the Unit Fire Operations Specialist will provide input in developing the Fire Prevention Plan. This position reports directly to the Swan Unit Fire Management Officer. *Essential Functions (Major Duties or Responsibilities): /These job functions are some of the essential duties of the position and are not all-inclusive of all the duties that may be assigned to the incumbent./ Fire Management and Coordination (60% of time) The incumbent has the responsibility to plan, coordinate, and supervise several concurrent activities within the Unit Fire Program or where assigned. Fire Pre-Suppression 1. Ensures fire crew personnel and equipment are at the appropriate state of readiness commensurate with changing fire potential. Ensures initial attack readiness of Unit fire crews and equipment to provide rapid and effective control of wildland fires. Initiates action to enhance fire readiness by preposition-ing resources or assigning tasks and worksites to meet anticipated fire response needs. 2. Serves as Duty Officer for the Unit on a rotational basis during fire season. The Duty Officer is required to be available by pager, radio, or telephone to provide a contact person for the dispatch center, public, and cooperators after business hours and on weekends. The Duty Officer receives reports of wildfires and must initiate an appropriate response of manpower and equipment commensurate with actual or anticipated fire conditions. The Duty Officer also coordinates manpower and equipment to support requests from the Interagency Dispatch Center for off-unit fire assignments. 3. Assists the Fire Management Officer to ensure seasonal Unit fire personnel are competent to perform job performance requirements through training and on the job demonstration. 4. Monitors subordinates to ensure proper safety procedures are followed in accordance with agency standards and guidelines. Promptly corrects unsafe practices or conditions to prevent accidents or injuries. 5. Assists the Fire Management Officer in wildland fire training for Unit personnel, fire crews, emergency firefighters, and others by instructing classroom sessions and conducting field exercises to evaluate performance. Supports the County Coop Program by providing training and serve as a course coordinator for Volunteer Fire Department Courses. Provides support to the training section of the Fire Management Bureau and Land Office by acting as an instructor at local, area and state level training courses. Participate in zone level (interagency) training as requested. M-410 (Facilitative Instructor) is required as a training supplement for this position. 6. Assists the Unit Fire Management Officer in preparing contracts with private businesses and local government entities to hire manpower and equipment needed for firefighting activities. Equipment must be inspected, rates negotiated, and rental agreements completed before utilizing these resources on a fire. Requires working knowledge of the Department's fire business management practices and completion of S-260 (Interagency Incident Business Management). Fire Suppression 1. Directs ground and air operations as the Incident Commander on complex initial attack, multi-resource, extended-attack, and wildland urban interface fires. Supervises control actions, orders needed resources, and provides for accountability of personnel and equipment. Develops strategies and tactics to success¬ful¬ly suppress fires in a timely and cost-effective manner. Provides direction and training for developing Incident Commanders as well as other ICS positions as appropriate. 2. Gathers specific and highly variable fire-site information in the form of fire behavior, fuels, weather, topography, and resources at risk details to formulate and execute a safe and effective control plan for wildland fires. Solicits additional information from subordinates to evaluate strategic decisions made and adjusts, if needed, to attain control objectives. Trust Land Management (15% of time) This position may be responsible for managing various Trust Land activities as directed by the Unit Manager and Unit Fire Management Officer. 1. Coordinates and participates in the Swan Unit prescribed fire program under the direction of the Trust Lands Forest Management Supervisor and the Unit FMO. Implements prescribed fire utilizing the most current and accepted prescribed fire practices and procedure. 2. Executes complex and non-complex prescribed burn plans in accordance with the DNRC 400 manual and State Forest Land Management Plan. Analyzes, discusses and conducts briefings on weather forecasts, fuel conditions, safety and resource availability for all staff and dispatch on prescribed fire activities. Plans for all prescribed fire follow-up including mop-up and patrol and required reporting documentation. 3. Assists Trust Lands Foresters with forest management activities, to include cruising, marking, road layout, road reclamation, and mid-term classified forest grazing evaluations in riparian areas. Fire Prevention/Community Preparedness (15% of Time) 1. Provides leadership to Engine crews to accomplish fire prevention activities as needed. Requires a working knowledge of Montana Forest Fire Rules and Regulations, in addition to standard forest fire prevention practices. 2. Assists the Unit Fire Management Officer in preparing, presenting, and displaying high quality audio/visual presentations regarding fire prevention to groups. Groups range from pre-school/elementary classes to civic and community-wide organizations. 3. Provides training and supervision to personnel in the execution of assigned prevention duties. Ensures subordinates have a working knowledge of the Montana Forest Fire Rules and Regulations. 4. Provide guidance, oversight, advice and recommendations to private landowners, industry professionals, contractors and developers in reducing the wildland fire hazard around homes and subdivisions. Completes risk reduction assessments of home sites and potential developable lands, provide detailed suggestions on methods and procedures for safe debris burning or other slash disposal methods, fire resistant landscaping principles, ignition resistant construction, stand-alone community infrastructure and adequate emergency access and egress to ensure an effective evacuation plan. May also provide advice on fuels management techniques and available cost share programs if appropriate. Facility/ Vehicle Maintenance (5% of Time) The incumbent plans, coordinates, implements and administers projects and duties pertaining to buildings, grounds and vehicle maintenance at the Unit from the Unit Manager, FMO, and Land Office mechanic. 1. Provides for the security of as¬signed equipment and vehicles, including fire engines, pickups, pumps, chainsaws, radios, etc., and ensures they are kept operational by being properly maintained and repaired. This requires extensive knowledge of automotive and small engine mechanics. Coordinates with the Swan Unit Maintenance Supervisor and Land Office mechanic to determine the most efficient or economical repair source. 2. Identify maintenance needs, and performs the necessary maintenance on assigned equipment, to ensure maintenance is completed to agency and/or manufacturer standards. This position supervises a senior engine boss, engine bosses, seasonal firefighters. What are some benefits you can expect? * Health Insurance * Retirement * Paid Vacation, Sick Leave and Holidays * *Application Materials Required for this Position Are: * State of Montana Application * Resume * Cover Letter 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. Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience): Qualified at the Strike Team Leader / Task Force Leader level as well as Incident Commander Type 4. Expectation of obtaining prescribed fire qualification of Firing Boss will be required within the first 3 years of holding this position. Required knowledge, skills, and abilities: * The position requires knowledge of fire management and suppression practices and techniques; fire protection systems; jurisdiction and land ownership; the availability, capability and limitation of resources within the unit; DNRC’s legal requirements and standard operating procedures; map-reading; geographic area and site-specific hazards relating to resource mobilization. This position requires skill in written and verbal communication; supervisory skills and practices; and maintaining effectiveness and control under periods of extreme stress. Equipment used: radio systems, GPS units, chainsaws, type 5 and 6 engines, power tools, computers (Microsoft Word, Excel), USGS topographic maps, Weather Information Management System, the National Fire Danger Rating System, etc. This position demands a high degree of skill and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others, to communicate effectively verbally and in writing, to learn and apply program rules and processes; to read and interpret topographic and aerial maps; and to gather, research, assemble, and present information for use by others. Requires the ability to establish and maintain good rapport with program cooperators and the general public. *Special Requirements: Field work could require strenuous physical exertion for extended periods including walking, climbing, digging, chopping, operating portable power equipment (such as chainsaws and pumps), throwing, lifting and carrying. The incumbent must be in good physical condition. Work involves physical exertion up to 16 hour shifts working on the fire-line. This position requires an annual completion of an arduous Wildland Fire Work Capacity Test, which includes walking three miles over level ground, with a 45lb. pack in no more than 45 minutes. Work schedule will be varied and will often require weekend and evening work, being on call, and fire assignments for up to 14 days. Title: Wildland Firefighter 3 - Fire Operations Specialist Location: Swan Lake Requisition ID: 24140853