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DNR is Washington state's largest on-call fire department.

The 2021 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:

  • Must be age 18 and possess a high school diploma or equivalent at the time of hire.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and two years of driving experience.
  • Must have an acceptable driving record free of serious traffic violations (for specifics see application form below).
  • Ability to act promptly and use good judgment in emergencies, and deal tactfully with the public.
  • Must pass the DNR work capacity test or “Pack Test” during the selection process and prior to starting work.
  • Must complete and pass IS-700 and ICS-100 courses 

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 quarter 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.

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