Natural Resource Specialist 1 – Assistant Burn Team Leader – Two Openings – Permanent – *15205-21

Updated: 5 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 23 Jan 2022

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Agency
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Location
Multiple Locations Statewide, WA
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
$3,446.00 - $4,509.00 Monthly
Last Date to Apply
01/23/2022
Website
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/3354439/natural-resource-specialist-1-assistant-burn-team-leader-two-openings-perma
Description
TWO (2) OPENINGS FULL-TIME/PERMANENT NATURAL RESOURCE SPECIALIST 1 (NRS1) ASSISTANT BURN TEAM LEADER WDFW Wildlife Program Duty Station Options: Yakima, Washington - Yakima County (1 Opening) Okanogan, Washington - Okanogan County (1 Opening) WDFW is seeking two (2) highly skilled professionals with a strong background coordinating and performing fire regime restoration efforts. If you are passionate about supporting WDFW's mission of preserving, protecting and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats by restoring fire as a disturbance agent to fire dependent ecosystems and habitats to sustain dependent plants and animals, then apply to become a Natural Resource Specialist! The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) serves Washington's citizens by protecting, restoring and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats, while providing sustainable and wildlife-related recreational and commercial opportunities. The Burn Team provides sound science-based management recommendations through a collaborative process to inform and guide policy makers to meet habitat and recreation needs. With that in mind, Picture yourself providing the agency expertise and leadership to meet department objectives in support of managing WDFW non-forest and forestlands including restoration through prescribed burning. This is an opportunity where you’ll be teamed with the prescribed fire crew to perform specialized assignments in the application of Rx fire to achieve resource management objectives. This is a dynamic role where you’ll support fire dependent dry forest and rangelands wildlife habitat restoration and maintenance through safe fuels reduction, reconfiguration, and implementation of prescribed burns on Department of Fish and Wildlife owned and managed lands. Our ideal candidates have a strong work ethic, are highly motivated, able to take initiative, and have excellent inter-personal communication and relationship skills. We are seeking team players who respect and value the opinions of others, creating an inclusive team environment where every member feels they contribute value to the project and WDFW. Duties Our Natural Resource Specialists, Provide technical and administrative supervision to develop, maintain and assist in leading a team to accomplish overall ecological fire management. Supervise the day-to-day accomplishments by subordinates. Perform ecological fire management including planning and preparation of tools and equipment, preparation of burn areas, such as line construction, fuels inventory and area layout. Implement firing techniques using firing devices; post burn monitoring/patrolling and mop up functions. Maintain ecological function of natural systems for the benefit of wildlife and fisheries habitat. Ensure employee and public safety while implementing assigned projects including prescribed burning – will conduct on the job training to subordinates to complete these tasks within the team functions. Trouble shoot pumps, perform tool maintenance, and maintain them in a fire ready condition. Organize and track inventories of fire line equipment – maintain all vehicle binders and logs. Provide basic pre- and post-burn monitoring such as fuels inventories and vegetation surveys. Conduct field reconnaissance of prescribed fire/fuels treatment units, summarize field findings, and make basic recommendations on appropriate prescriptive criteria. Are available for wildland fire suppression activities – lead and participate in forest thinning operations to reduce stand densities prior to implementing prescribed fires. Conduct miscellaneous wildlife area duties as assigned during non-fire periods such as visitor signage replacement. Serves as a unit instructor for fire classes, repair construction, assist planting of food plots, etc. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: Work is performed in an office environment and in the field (approx. 60% and 40% of the time, respectively) – might encounter uneven terrain carrying a typical fire field pack and possibly tools in all types of weather and often smoky conditions. Schedule: Typically, work schedule is 8 hours a day and 40 hours a week – work hours will remain flexible to enhance functionality and productivity to ensure program goals are achieved – work may exceed 8 hours a day and 40 hours a week during prescribed burning season working long hours in isolated field settings. Travel Requirements: Frequent travel to conduct implementation of fuels projects, especially during prescribed burning, and other projects. Tools and Equipment: Normal office equipment will be used. During burning projects/wildland fire all firefighting tools and equipment will be used including engines, hand tools, pumps and water handling equipment, and chainsaws. Ford F-550 Wildland fire vehicles, and UTV/ATV. Customer Interactions: Regular interaction with other agencies and the public will occur – communication will be exchanged to explain fire control work. Constant interaction with the public, DFW employees, subordinates, contractors, and interagency cooperators. Other: Highly important to adhere to all workplace and safety standards for fire management operations. Qualifications REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in forestry, agriculture, aquaculture, geology, recreation, or a related natural science field. OR Professional experience as a timber faller, forestry equipment operator, forest technician, lead worker in forestry activities or in prescribed burns or wildlife suppression will substitute year-for-year for education. OR A combination of equivalent education/experience. Please note: Four (4) seasons in a wildland firefighting position will substitute for required education. Candidates Must Have Experience: Performing basic computer technology skills such as Microsoft Word processing, Excel, PowerPoint and electronic mail, internet use. Using fire management tools and fuels inventory tools. Operating ATV, UTV, 4-wheel drive vehicles, brush fire engine, water pumps. Using water handling equipment. Training and mentoring staff. Required Certifications/Licenses: Valid Driver’s License. Certified and current under National Wildfire Coordinating Group specifications and standards Qualified as FFT1 having received training in: Introduction to Incident Command System (I-100) Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service (L-180) Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190) Firefighter Training (S-130) Advanced Firefighter (S-131) Look Up, Look Down, Look Around (S-133) Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment Must be capable of passing the arduous physical fitness standard of carrying a 45-pound pack 3 miles in 45 minutes (must be completed within one month of hire and done on an annual basis) PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in forestry, agriculture, aqua culture, business, engineering, geology, forestry, or a related natural science AND one (1) year of related professional experience. Trainings: Portable pumps and water use (S-211) Initial attack incident commander (S-200) Intermediate fire behavior (S-290) Firing Operations (S-219) Facilitator Instructor(M-410) Ideal Candidates are/have: Career oriented toward fire ecology/science and learning to use fire to achieve resource management objectives. First-aid/CPR certification or similar certification such as first responder. Experience: Using specialized prescribe fire programs. Supervising a team in a professional setting. Supplemental Information Please note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification. In order to successfully apply for this position, you MUST complete your profile at www.careers.wa.gov and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application: A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (Generic cover letter will not be accepted). A current resume. Three professional references. IMPORTANT NOTES: On Monday August 9, 2021, Governor Inslee enacted Proclamation 21-14 which requires that all employees of all state agencies not headed by an elected official be fully vaccinated with a recommended COVID-19 vaccine by October 18, 2021 as a condition of employment. Fully vaccinated includes the two-week waiting period after the last shot in each series, or single shot, is given. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide verification of COVID vaccination. A list of acceptable documents to provide verification can be reviewed here. Vaccination acceptable documents link (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader) The Department of Fish and Wildlife’s priority during the Covid-19 health crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public safe. We are hiring and encourage you to apply to open positions. We have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to include web-based interviews. All new employees must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form) on their first day of work. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide documentation proving you are eligible to work in the United States. For a list of acceptable documents, please use the following link: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/form-i-9-acceptable-documents JOIN THE WDFW TEAM: Learn about our agency and the perks of working for WDFW! The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has some of the most talented people in the natural resource field. We celebrate and value diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community, and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfilling the agency’s mission. We value demonstrated skill in living WDFW values of Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE). WDFW employees may be eligible for the following: Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth. UNION - WAFWP: This position is in the bargaining unit represented by the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Professionals and is subject to the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Professionals. VETERAN PREFERENCE NOTICE: To take advantage of veteran preference, please do the following: Email a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22 or USDVA signed verification of service letter to RecruitmentTeam@dfw.wa.gov. Subject line should include recruitment number, position, and Vet (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – Veteran) Include your name as it appears on your application in careers.wa.gov. MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE NOTICE: To take advantage of military spouse preference, please do the following: Notify us of your military spouse status by email at RecruitmentTeam@dfw.wa.gov. Subject line should include recruitment number, position, and MS (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – MS) Include your name as it appears on your application in careers.wa.gov. Note: Please blackout any PII (personally identifiable information) data such as social security numbers. For further information, please contact us at RecruitmentTeam@dfw.wa.gov. As part of WDFW’s efforts to advance respectful and inclusive work environments, the Agency expects inclusivity as part of our professional interactions and communications. Therefore, we want to ensure that all individuals feel welcome, are treated fairly and respectfully. All staff are empowered to fully contribute to serving their work unit, Agency, and the citizens of Washington. The Department of Fish and Wildlife is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2276 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (800) 833-6388. If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing, or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or support@neogov.com. Follow us on social media: LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram
Qualifications
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in forestry, agriculture, aquaculture, geology, recreation, or a related natural science field. OR Professional experience as a timber faller, forestry equipment operator, forest technician, lead worker in forestry activities or in prescribed burns or wildlife suppression will substitute year-for-year for education. OR A combination of equivalent education/experience. Please note: Four (4) seasons in a wildland firefighting position will substitute for required education. Candidates Must Have Experience: Performing basic computer technology skills such as Microsoft Word processing, Excel, PowerPoint and electronic mail, internet use. Using fire management tools and fuels inventory tools. Operating ATV, UTV, 4-wheel drive vehicles, brush fire engine, water pumps. Using water handling equipment. Training and mentoring staff. Required Certifications/Licenses: Valid Driver’s License. Certified and current under National Wildfire Coordinating Group specifications and standards Qualified as FFT1 having received training in: Introduction to Incident Command System (I-100) Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service (L-180) Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190) Firefighter Training (S-130) Advanced Firefighter (S-131) Look Up, Look Down, Look Around (S-133) Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment Must be capable of passing the arduous physical fitness standard of carrying a 45-pound pack 3 miles in 45 minutes (must be completed within one month of hire and done on an annual basis) PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in forestry, agriculture, aqua culture, business, engineering, geology, forestry, or a related natural science AND one (1) year of related professional experience. Trainings: Portable pumps and water use (S-211) Initial attack incident commander (S-200) Intermediate fire behavior (S-290) Firing Operations (S-219) Facilitator Instructor(M-410) Ideal Candidates are/have: Career oriented toward fire ecology/science and learning to use fire to achieve resource management objectives. First-aid/CPR certification or similar certification such as first responder. Experience: Using specialized prescribe fire programs. Supervising a team in a professional setting.
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Salyse Duckworth

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