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The fire season is quickly approaching! The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is in search of hardworking, dedicated, responsible and reliable team members to join our Wildland Fire Engine Crews throughout Washington state.  As a member of one of our engine crews you will perform pre-suppression and suppression related activities.

Firefighting is hard work and requires long hours and time away from home. You must be willing and capable of performing strenuous outdoor work safely and productively. Working for the DNR as a Wildland Firefighter is extremely rewarding. 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 as a member of an engine crew can form the foundation for a successful career in forestry and other natural resource professions.

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.

What to Expect as a DNR Firefighter:

Prepare 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.

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 (for specifics see application form below).
  • Employees of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are required to complete their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines (be fully vaccinated against COVID-19) or be approved for a medical or religious exemption and accommodation as a condition of employment. Please note, any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing verification of your vaccine status or having an approved medical or religious exemption and accommodation. No start date will be approved until you have either verified your vaccine status or have an approved exemption and accommodation. “Fully vaccinated” means the following: An employee is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Novavax) or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson (J&J)/Janssen) authorized for emergency use, licensed, or otherwise approved by the FDA or listed for emergency use, or otherwise approved by the World Health Organization.

Our ideal candidate will also have the qualifications listed below:

  • 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.

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