• Temporary
  • Olympia, WA
  • Salary: $16.62-$18.80 Per Hour

Website Department of Natural Resources WA State Department of Natural Resources WA State

Department of Natural Resources WA State

Women in the DNR Wildfire Program

The 2022 fire season is quickly approaching! The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is in search of hardworking, dedicated, responsible and reliable women to be a part of our Wildland Firefighting teams.

As a member of the DNR as a Wildland Firefighter, you can expect an extremely rewarding experience serving the state of Washington managing wildfires.  This work requires long hours and time away from home. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with other fire professionals including area fire districts, federal and other state partners; giving you exposure to a variety of learning opportunities, agency operations and the ability to build cohesive relationships across the state of Washington. You will experience a different level of collaboration within the DNR that will offer a lifetime worth of skills for your future career path. The experience and training gained can form the foundation for a successful career in forestry and other natural resource professions.

We are currently recruiting for Wildland Firefighter Crew Members (see below) to perform pre-suppression and suppression related activities as a member of Wildland Fire Engine Crew. Individuals must be willing and capable of performing strenuous outdoor work safely and productively. Top candidates for these positions are competent in understanding and following the chain of command, and are demonstratively the most responsible citizens in the communities they serve.

The duration of these positions is generally 3-6 months with work beginning as early as May and ending in late September (note: the season has the potential to begin as early as April and run as late as October). Upon hire, basic wildland fire training is provided. This training will usually take place at the agency’s fire academy. The academy provides meals and lodging for all participants and has a duration of 7-14 days.

Required Qualifications:
·Ability to act promptly and use good judgment in emergencies, and deal tactfully with the public.
·Ability to carry up to 60 lbs., run, bend, twist, walk and/or climb. Must pass the DNR work capacity test or “Pack Test” during the selection process and prior to starting work.
·Basic firefighting knowledge. Must complete and pass IS-700 and ICS-100 courses (see information below).
·Must be age 18 and possess a high school diploma or equivalent at the time of hire.
·Ability to work on uneven terrain in ALL weather conditions, including extreme heat, rain, snow, etc.
·Position is required to travel. Requires large majority of time in the field traveling between fires.
·A valid driver’s license and have two years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function. Must have an acceptable driving record free of serious traffic violations.

DNR Core Competencies: ·
Personal Accountability
Value Others
Compassionate Communication
Inspire Others
Commitment to Excellence

All employees of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Vaccination status will be verified at the time an offer of employment is made. An accommodation may be available for individuals who have a sincerely held religious belief or a medical reason for not receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, based on the essential functions of this position.

Desired Qualifications:
Previous natural resource experience.
Experience and knowledge of safe chainsaw operation.
Previous firefighting experience.
Knowledge of wildland fire pre-suppression, suppression tactics and fire behavior recognition.
Experience with firefighting safety techniques, practices, terminology, equipment, fire weather, communications, maps/compass/GPS skills and situational awareness.
Experience of water delivery hydraulics, equipment usage, pumps and tools.
Trained to a NWCG “Red Card” qualification level of Firefighter 1.
Efficient organizer and effective communicator, especially in stressful situations.
Knowledgeable about safe operation of 4-wheelers, off road vehicle operation.
Experience working in a team environment for long hours and in close quarters for weeks at a time.
Experience working under stressful and challenging environmental conditions.

What to Expect as a DNR Firefighter:
Prepare themselves for fire duty, maintain assigned equipment and vehicles for fire readiness.
Safely respond to wildland fire to suppress and prevent them from spreading.
Perform entry-level wildland fire duties including hand-line construction, water handling, general suppression and prevention activities or training.
When not engaged in wildland fire preparedness and suppression, Wildland Firefighters will perform tasks such as thinning and pruning trees for watersheds and protection of wildlife, and maintain recreation sites, buildings, grounds, roads and equipment.
Many of the duties performed on these jobs require considerable physical exertion; working outdoors in all terrain and weather conditions, working long hours, and extended periods of time away from home. Duties include but may not be limited to the ability to carry up to 60 pounds, run, bend, twist, walk and/or climb.

For the complete listing please visit Careers.wa.gov

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To apply for this job please visit www.dnr.wa.gov.