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Idaho
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Department of Lands

300 N. 6th Street, P.O. Box 83720
Boise, Idaho
83720-0050

WEBSITE:
www.idl.idaho.gov/

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please contact us at:

(208) 334-0205

 

EMAIL:
Careers@idl.idaho.gov

Temporary Opening

Firefighter II, Firefighter I, Resource Boss, Dispatcher

Temporary Classification

Department of Lands

Open for Recruitment: January 23, 2017 - December 31, 2017
Announcement # TEMP024320
Salary Range: $11.08 - $16.82 per hour depending on the position

Location(s): Statewide

Fire Management Job Opportunities

The Idaho Department of Lands has temporary openings for:

Firefighter II, Firefighter I, Resource Boss, Dispatcher

This position is posted continually from January 23, 2017 through May 31, 2017. Although we will continue to accept applications through May 31, 2017, it is important to note that we will begin screening applications, interviewing candidates and hiring selected candidates in March and many positions are filled by the end of March.  Therefore, for full consideration, it is best to apply by the end of February, when possible.

Become part of an organization where you will work with dedicated people who are committed and skilled in managing and protecting Idaho’s natural resources.

The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) believes in its employees and values stewardship, service, accountability and cohesiveness. Our goals emphasize our people and processes, financial stewardship, and customer focus. We strive for a culture in which leadership equips, entrusts and expects employees to make decisions in fulfillment of our mission. View our Strategic Plan here.

Under the direction of the Idaho State Board of Land Commissioners, IDL manages more than 2.4 million acres of state endowment trust land under a constitutional mandate to produce maximum long-term financial returns for public schools and several other State of Idaho institutions.  Leases and other contracts are used to authorize revenue generating activities such as timber harvest, grazing, farming, mining, commercial use, residential use, and conservation in a prudent and sustainable manner.

Managing endowment trust lands is only part of our story. We also protect public resources such as water quality, fish, wildlife habitat, and recreation on public trust lands, and ensure the protection of water quality and other resources by overseeing forestry and mining practices across all ownerships in the state. We also work to reclaim abandoned mines in Idaho. One of our most important resource protection responsibilities is fire prevention and suppression.  We also provide assistance to landowners to manage their forestlands, work with communities to plant trees in urban settings, help keep working forests working through the Forest Legacy Program, and work with many partners to promote healthy forests on a landscape level. IDL also is the administrative arm of the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

Applications will be accepted in the following cities: Boise, Bonners Ferry, Cataldo, Coeur d'Alene, Coolin, Craigmont, Deary, Kamiah, Sandpoint, St. Maries

Positions Available and Salary:

  • Firefighter II (Rookie) ($11.08 per hour)
  • Firefighter II (2nd & 3rd season) ($12.29 per hour)
  • Firefighter I & ICT5 ($13.21 per hour)
  • Dispatcher ($13.21 per hour)
  • Single Resource Boss ($15.17 per hour)
  • Lead Dispatcher ($15.17 per hour)
  • 2 Single Resource Boss or SRB +ICT4 ($16.82 per hour)

General Information:

  • Length of Employment:   Varies 3 - 8 months.  The target position is approximately 5 months with employment through September. Some positions may be 3 months.  Actual dates dependent upon fire season and employees availability.
  • Interviews are normally conducted February through May.  All positions are not available at all locations.
  • Housing or campground facilities may be available.
  • All students are encouraged to apply.

Special Requirements:

  • Must be able to pass arduous physical fitness requirements for fire suppression (Work capacity fitness Test).
  • Must be able to perform strenuous and arduous work outside for up to 16 hours per day.
  • Must be willing to work in isolated locations for 14 - 21 days at a time (required in some locations).
  • A valid driver's license may be required for some jobs.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.

Firefighter II:

Perform and assist in wildland fire suppression operations and hazard management projects.  Operate and maintain firefighting equipment, construct fireline, and assist with ignition operations.  May be assigned to carry out specialized assignments such as tree falling, backfire, and burnout operations; utilizes a variety of specialized tools, equipment and techniques while actively managing wildfires. May assist in preparation of timber sales and forest management projects by using some knowledge of forest measurement technology, dendrology, pathology and entomology. May perform other duties as assigned. May be required to operate light vehicles, chain saws, portable pumps and ATV/UTVs. A valid driver's license may be required for some jobs.

Firefighter II Minimum Qualifications:

No previous wildland fire suppression experience required.  Must be able to read, write, and communicate effectively.  Perform strenuous work for extended periods of time.  Must be able to learn how to use a radio, use resource management equipment, and read maps. Must be capable of successfully completing training to qualify as a National Interagency Incident Management System (NIIMS) FFT2. Must be able to perform strenuous and arduous work outside for up to 16 hours per day.  Must be willing to work in isolated locations for 14 - 21 days at a time (required in some locations).  Must be 18 years of age or older.

Firefighter II Physical Requirements: The duties of these positions require that the incumbent meet prescribed physical requirements as measured by the Work Capacity Fitness Test at the arduous level.  To meet the arduous level the incumbent must be able to walk 3 miles within 45 minutes while carrying 45 pounds.  Failure to meet the required physical qualifications will disqualify you for employment.

Firefighter I:

Perform and assist in wildland fire suppression operations and hazard management projects.  Operate and maintain firefighting equipment, construct fireline, and assist with ignition operations.  May be assigned to carry out specialized assignments such as tree falling, backfire, and burnout operations; utilizes a variety of specialized tools, equipment and techniques while actively managing wildfires. May assist in preparation of timber sales and forest management projects by using some knowledge of forest measurement technology, dendrology, pathology and entomology. May perform other duties as assigned. May be required to operate light vehicles, chain saws, portable pumps and ATV/UTVs. May supervise up to five Firefighter II’s and assist with training. A valid driver's license may be required for some jobs. 

Firefighter I Minimum Qualifications:

Have a minimum of two seasons as a Firefighter II or equivalent experience AND National Interagency Incident Management System (NIIMS) qualified as a FFTI and/or ICT5. Perform strenuous work for extended periods of time.  Must be able to use a radio, use resource management equipment, and read maps. Some knowledge of computer processing and use, GIS/GPS interface, and data recording.  Must be able to perform strenuous and arduous work outside for up to 16 hours per day.  Must be willing to work in isolated locations for 14 - 21 days at a time (required in some locations).  Must be 18 years of age or older.

Firefighter I Physical Requirements: The duties of these positions require that the incumbent meet prescribed physical requirements as measured by the Work Capacity Fitness Test at the arduous level.  To meet the arduous level the incumbent must be able to walk 3 miles within 45 minutes while carrying 45 pounds. Failure to meet the required physical qualifications will disqualify you for employment.

Resource Boss:

Will supervise and train Firefighter I and Firefighter II personnel in preparation for wildland fire suppression/pre-suppression, timber management, and hazard management projects.  Coordinate activities, monitor, and evaluate the performance of Firefighters. Maintain accurate documentation and records while performing the supervisory role. Assists in all aspects of wildland and prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding, mop-up and rehabilitation. Along with supervision could assist in training of personnel in all fire skills including engine operation.  Those with ICT4 Red Card Qualifications may act in the capacity of the Incident Commander for Type 4 fires. May perform other duties as assigned. A valid driver's license may be required for some jobs.

Specialty Area:  Helicopter Manager/Helitack Foreman – Responsible for crew (up to 10 crewmembers), helicopter contractual oversight, equipment and crew reporting, schedule of resources.  Conduct helicopter inspections, pilot briefings, complete payment documents and provide helicopter contract administration assistance. 

Specialty Area:  Crew Foreman – Leads District Fire Crews, performs administrative duties, maintains fire equipment and provides input for reports.  Coordinate activities, monitor, and evaluate the performance of Firefighters. Serves as a Prescribed Fire Monitor, collecting and evaluation weather, fuels, topography and fire behavior data for prescribed and wildland fires. Serves as Ignition Specialist, Field Observer, Squad Boss or as a holding or ignition crew member.

Resource Boss Minimum Qualifications:

Must have a minimum of two (2) seasons previous experience in a resource related field OR one season previous experience and 2 years of college education in a resource related field OR equivalent experience AND National Interagency Incident Management System (NIIMS) qualified in one or more Single Resource Boss positions and/or ICT4 or greater. Perform strenuous work for extended periods of time.  Must be able to use a radio, use resource management equipment, and read maps. Some knowledge of computer processing and use, GIS/GPS interface, and data recording.  Must be able to perform strenuous and arduous work outside for up to 16 hours per day.  Must be willing to work in isolated locations for 14 - 21 days at a time (required in some locations).  Must be 18 years of age or older.

Resource Boss Physical Requirements: The duties of these positions require that the incumbent meet prescribed physical requirements as measured by the Work Capacity Fitness Test at the arduous level.  To meet the arduous level the incumbent must be able to walk 3 miles within 45 minutes while carrying 45 pounds. Failure to meet the required physical qualifications will disqualify you for employment.

Dispatcher**:

Provide coordinated dispatch and tracking of resources in support of fire preparedness, fire suppression and prescribed fire activities. Coordinate the availability and use of personnel and equipment between incident commanders, field units, districts, and agencies. Coordinate the setting of priorities for suppression in multiple fire situations considering safety, resource values and costs for suppression. Receives incident reports and initiates proper response. Provides a communication link to all firefighters and other field-going personnel.   Compiles, organizes and reviews records.  Processes, interprets, and relays weather information.  Works with a number of fire-related computer applications such as ROSS and WildCAD. 

Specialty Area:  Lead Dispatcher – Provides leadership and direction to entry-level Initial Attack dispatchers and is responsible for dispatch operations in assigned zone.

Dispatcher Minimum Qualifications:

No previous wildland fire suppression experience required.  Must be able to read, write, and communicate effectively.  Must be able to learn to use multi-channel radios, multi-line phones, computers, keep accurate records, and read maps.  Must be capable of successfully completing training to qualify as a National Interagency Incident Management System (NIIMS) Initial Attack Dispatcher (IADP). Must be able to perform sedentary work in a high-stress environment for up to 16 hours per day with varying shifts and on-call periods.  Must be willing to work for up to 14 days at a time (required in some locations).  A valid driver's license may be required for some jobs.  Must be 18 years of age or older.

How to Apply:

Complete an Idaho Department of Lands Temporary Application through this link.  Please be sure to check the city or cities in which you are interested in applying to.  Submit your complete Temporary application and resume through one of the following methods:

  1. In Person:  Physically taking complete Temporary application and resume to an Area office(s).  A separate application for each desired location needs to be submitted. 
  2. Mail it: Mail complete Temporary application and resume to the Area office(s).  A separate application for each desired location needs to be submitted.
  3. Email it: Email complete Temporary application and resume to Careers@idl.idaho.gov.

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Important Information:

  • You can find Area Office contact information including addresses at: http://www.idl.idaho.gov.
  • For Boise, please submit applications and resumes to the Department's Southwest Area office location on State Street, not the downtown Boise office location.
  • To apply for a Dispatch position in Grangeville, submit your application and resume to the Maggie Creek Area Office in Kamiah.
  • Do not send applications to the Operations Chiefs or other Executive staff.
  • Not all positions are available in all locations.  Read the job announcement for more information. 

Thank you for your interest in employment with the Idaho Department of Lands!

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.