Wildland Forestry Technician II

Workplace Alaska - Soldotna, AK

Full-time | Part-time | Temporary
Kenai Kodiak Area Initial Attack
Wildland Forestry Technician II (Aviation and Training Officer)

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry is currently recruiting for a Wildland Forestry Technician II position located in Soldotna, Alaska. This is a permanent, full-time seasonal position, normally staffed approximately 7-10 months annually.

The Wildland Forestry Technician II is the lead level in the series with significant authority for specific fire or resource program operations or work projects. Work at this level is characterized by: the responsibility and authority for planning and coordinating an operation or support functions within a geographical area; knowledge and skills required to serve as the main contact point for the operations or functional area; responsibility to provide technical direction and oversight to staff; the authority to assign work, set task priorities, and evaluate work quality and performance; technical knowledge and experience required to exercise judgment and discretion, interpret and apply program principles and concepts, and manage and administer the execution of program objectives; make decisions and recommendations that are usually limited in scope and impact, affecting individuals or crews on matters related to the specific program function or operation.

Wildland Forestry Technicians II lead technical staff and, as a technical specialist, serve as an aviation manager, training manager, maintenance and warehouse supervisor, or an area prevention manager.

While incumbents may lead crews, lead level responsibility and authority is temporary and limited to short term or specific duty assignments rather than on-going operations and functions.

Examples of Duties

Preparedness and Suppression:
As a firefighter, this position provides the protection of life and property in the wildland/urban interface from wildland fire;
Ensure fire readiness for engines, helicopter, and personal gear on a daily basis;
Meet fitness standards as required on daily basis;
Perform as an Initial Attack Incident Commander on initial, extended attack fires and complex incidents;
Determine appropriate strategy and tactics;
Supervise additional personnel and request additional forces/resources as needed;
Ensure all personnel responding to incident follow the 10 Standard Firefighting orders and 18 Situation That Shout Watch Out;
Establish unified command with cooperators, enter private property, order evacuations and or close roads/access to ensure life safety;
Provide information on incident assessment including acreage, current fire behavior, vegetation (fuels), weather, location, values at risk, and anticipated fire activity as related to fire tactics and strategies;
Make cost effective decisions and is fiscally responsible for expenditures from the activity code;
Complete and submit accurate fire incident reports;
Identify and correct unsafe working conditions;
Serve as the lead for lower level fire technicians;
Collaborate with state and interagency personnel, cooperators and other wildland fire personnel, regional and state personnel, and fire departments regarding strategy, tactics and use of resources; and
Serve within or out of Area on incidents and/or as member on Incident Management Team based on National Incident Management System (NIMS) red card qualifications.

Provide oversight for lower level technicians;
Oversee the aviation contract for local contract helicopter;
Lead local helitack program including fueling, pilot staffing, manifest, flight log and load calculations;
Ensure that Interagency Helicopter Operation Guide (IHOG) standards are followed and enforced;
Complete aircraft use reports;
Provide oversight for local fixed wing aircraft, ramp, and or helicopter base;
Ensure adequate fuel supply and safe fueling operation;
Manifest and calculate loads for transporting passengers and cargo;
May provide oversight for Aviation Operations and ensure all activities are safe and consistent with FAA, DNR and Airport Policies; and
Ensure that daily cost summaries and daily flight invoices for assigned aircraft and equipment are completed.

Training and Education:
Coordinate as training officer and conduct, facilitate, and lead courses for technicians, cooperators, and fire departments in subject areas i.e. helicopter and other fire training.
Evaluate performance with local fire departments, fire personnel and federal agencies.
Attend required training to maintain their National Incident Management System (NIMS) red card qualifications.

Our ideal applicant will have some or all of the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience. (Experience regarding duties and traits of the position level must be explained in a cover letter with your applicant profile. If you do not have experience with one or more of the duties/traits listed, simply say so.)
Working knowledge of fixed wing air tanker ramp operations including retardant site preparation, proper loading and mixing of retardant, appropriate retardant load quantities, maintaining retardant equipment, and maintaining sufficient retardant stores;
Working knowledge of safe aircraft and operating policies and regulations; hazardous materials restrictions and procedures; load restrictions; weight and balance requirements; documentation and manifesting;
Working knowledge of helicopter load calculations, fueling operations, internal and external load requirements, hazardous materials restrictions, and helicopter bucket use;
Working knowledge of aircraft and helibase safety rules and regulations;
Working knowledge of fire behavior influences such as weather conditions, topography, and fuels;
Working knowledge of radio, GPS, compass, maps and imagery, portable pump, chainsaw, fire engine, and fire retardant use;
Working knowledge of wildland fire suppression strategy and tactics, and fire line safety practices and procedures;
Skill in recognizing fire line hazards;
Skill in leading and providing instruction to personnel;
Skill in operating emergency response vehicles up to and including medium sized wildland fire engines;
Ability to effectively instruct, direct, and lead others; and
Ability to use computer for training and field operations.

Notice to Applicant:
This position will require the use of firearms

Additional Applicant Requirements:
To be considered for this position, Applicants are required to attach a cover letter that highlights the knowledge, skills, abilities and experience as they pertain to the position applying for – the cover letter will serve as a writing sample. If you don't have experience with a trait listed, please note that in the cover letter. Applicants who do not attach the required cover letter will not advance to the interview phase of this recruitment. Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, fax it to the contact number provided in the job posting and clearly state the position for which you are applying.

Twelve months of wildland fire fighting or forestry field experience, of which at least six months was at the developmental level. The required developmental experience is met by service as a Wildland Fire and Resource Technician II with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.
Red Card qualification under the National Incident Qualification System (see required job qualifications special note).

Completed coursework from an accredited college or vocational technical school in forestry, fire science, or a closely related field may substitute for the six months of general field experience. (For college 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours equal one month of work experience. Transcripts or a letter from a vocational technical school must indicate a college credit equivalency for the completed coursework. For example, at Alaska Vocational Technical Center: Forest Ecology = 3 semester credits; Forest Regeneration = 2 semester credits; Timber Harvesting and Sale Administration = 4 semester credits; and Wildland Fire Management = 3 semester credits.)

There is no substitution for the six months of developmental experience.

There is no substitution for the National Incident Qualification System (Red Card) qualifications.

Special Note:
Applicants must be at least eighteen years of age.

Most positions require National Incident Qualification System certifications. Because there are different specialty areas in this field, recruitment and selection will be made from among those candidates who meet the experience and the basic National Incident Qualification System training requirements specifically listed within the recruitment bulletin. The specialty areas are within one of the following functions: fire operations, wildland fire prevention, and aviation support.

Position requires National Incident Qualification System certification of ICT4, ENGB and HMGB

Applicant must be able to pass the Work Capacity Test at the "Arduous" level as defined in Federal Publication PMS 307, Work Capacity Test Administrator' Guide. This test requires that the applicant complete a 3-mile hike carrying a 45-pound pack over level terrain in 45 minutes or less.

Applicant must possess an Alaska driver's license. An individual without an Alaska driver's license, who meets the minimum age and experience requirements, may apply for the vacancy. An applicant qualifying under this option may receive a job offer conditional upon acquisition of an Alaska driver's license. Proof of licensure will be required prior to reporting to duty.

Positions may require travel both in and out-of-state for fire suppression assignments; stand-by or recall status during the fire season; must be available for assignments in and out of the area that requires the absence from the duty station for 14 to 21 days; flying in small fixed wing aircraft or helicopters, and handling hazardous materials.

Some positions may require a commercial driver's license with appropriate endorsements.


At time of application, applicant must attach as separate documents (If unable to attach please fax or email the contact listed below):
Professionally formatted cover letter – please see cover letter information above and below for more information on the cover letter.

If selected for an interview, applicants must provide the following:
List of two (2) professional references, at least one (1) from a current or former supervisor;
Copy of current Red Card;
Copy of Valid driver's license; OR ability to obtain a valid driver license prior to reporting to duty.
Copy of any forestry and/or fire related training certificates; and
Copies of your two (2) most recent performance evaluations or letters of reference if evaluations are not available.

This position requires the use or possession of a firearm or ammunition. In accordance with the federal Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 (PL 104-208), if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you may not hold this position.

A "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" is an offense that is (1) a misdemeanor under Federal or state law; and (2) has, as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by a current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim.

If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, do NOT apply for this position.

You can ONLY apply for this position through the Workplace Alaska website. If you accessed this recruitment bulletin through a job search portal such as ALEXsys or any other database, you MUST use a Workplace Alaska login to successfully apply. Your application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on the date of closing. Instructions on how to apply with Workplace Alaska may be found on the Workplace Alaska "How to Apply" webpage, found here: http://doa.alaska.gov/dop/workplace/howtoapply/

In addition to answering the supplemental question regarding how you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, a cover letter is required. The cover letter should highlight your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience as they pertain to the responsibilities listed in the job description above. Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, fax it to the contact number provided in the job posting. The cover letter will be used as a writing sample and will help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.

If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the minimum qualifications listed above. If utilizing this education, you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the post-secondary institution. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.

Applicants must possess a valid driver's license. An individual without a valid driver's license, who meets the minimum age and experience requirements, may apply for the vacancy. An applicant qualifying under this option may receive a job offer conditional upon acquisition of a valid driver's license. Proof of licensure will be required prior to reporting to duty.

The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or (907) 465-4095 in Juneau or TTY: Alaska Relay 711 or 1-800-770-8973 or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P.O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.

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For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager at the following:

Name: Robert Green
Phone: (907) 260-4200
Fax: (907) 260-4205
Email: Robert.green@alaska.gov