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Fire Technician

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Please attach cover letter, resume, three professional references and fire qualifications/certifications.

Posting Details

Position Information

Opening Number: 1700393
Position Title: Fire Technician
Position Number: 0027305
FTE: 1.0
Salary: $35,270+/DOE
Benefits Eligibility: Benefited - includes retirement plan and full coverage for family health insurance
Search by Group: Technical/Paraprofessional
Division: Office of the President
Department: North Dakota Forest Service

Position Summary Information

Position Description:

The Fire Technician will work within the goals and objectives set forth by the Fire Management staff within the Forestry and Fire Management Team and North Dakota Forest Service (NDFS). The primary responsibilities of the position are to supervise a seasonal firefighters and provide administrative support for crew member time sheets, travel and billing documentation. When fire response assistance is requested, the technician will respond to assist in fire suppression on both in-state and out of state fire emergencies. The position will assist the Fire Manager with providing training, developing courses, arranging for instructors, maintaining the NDFS fire vehicles, assisting in the management of the fire cache, recommending/ordering equipment, and training materials.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Associate’s Degree Fire Science, Environmental, Natural Resource, Land-Use or Land Management Planning or related field, OR equivalent training and education to equal 2 years of college.
  • Knowledge of wildland fire behavior.
  • NWCG certified as a FFT1.
  • NWCG Engine Boss certification within 12 months of hire.
  • NWCG Crew Boss certification within 24 months of hire.
  • Demonstrated ability to consistently implement identified action items.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact and collaborate with diverse groups and projects at multiple levels.
    *Self-starter with the ability to follow through initiatives and projects to completion.
  • Documented performance as NWCG qualified single resource on a wildland fire emergency response.
  • Documented performance as NWCG qualified FFT1 on a wildland fire emergency response.
  • Experience developing work schedules, completing timesheets and travel forms, and conducting interviews and performance evaluations.
  • Experience leading personnel on both initial attack and large fire assignments.
  • Valid ND Driver’s License.
  • NWCG certified as a FFT1.
  • NWCG Engine Boss certification within 12 months of hire.
  • NWCG Qualification of Crew Boss within 24 months of hire.
  • Successful completion of the Work Capacity Test at the Arduous Level annually.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Effective oral, written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking.
  • Motivated, dedicated, outgoing, confident and ethical. Adaptable to change. Positive attitude.
  • Ability and desire to work as part of a team and with staff and partners.
  • Willing to travel alone, stay overnight and work in semi-rural areas.
  • Organization, prioritization and time management skills.
  • Ability to work safely and without direct supervision.
  • Apply a fire hazard assessment system to a project and select effective mitigation strategies.
  • Aptitude for GIS, GPS and related technology.
  • Interpret policies, procedures, codes and standards.
  • Computer experience, including Word Processing (MS Word), database management (MS Excel or Access), MS PowerPoint, and ArcView.
  • Wildland Fire Management knowledge:
    general fire behavior, causes of fire, influence of weather, topography and fuels on fire, and methods of extinguishing fire. * Any other type of work, training, or knowledge that demonstrates the ability to perform the work of the position or familiarity with the subject matter.
  • Knowledge of safety practices, ten standard fire orders, and eighteen “watch out” situations to prevent injury or loss of life.
Physical Demands:

Successful completion of the Work Capacity Test at the Arduous Level annually.

Employee is required, with or without accommodations, to:

Stand, walk, use hands dexterously (use fingers to handle, feel), see – continuously.

Sit, climb or balance, stoop/kneel/crouch or crawl, taste or smell, lift and carry up to 50 pounds – frequently.

Lift and carry up to 100 pounds -
occasionally.

Screening Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
Search Type: Internal/External Simultaneously: Open to all applicants
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach cover letter, resume, three professional references and fire qualifications/certifications.

Special Conditions:

Long distance, solitary travel required.
Wildland Firefighting Assignments:
Work is performed outdoors, often under adverse weather conditions.
Firefighters work under stressful conditions with exposure to smoke and heat.
Terrain is often steep and extremely uneven, with thick vegetation.
There is the presence of rolling burning material and rocks, and dead standing trees.
Work requires strenuous physical exertion for extended periods, including bending, stooping, walking, standing, climbing, and working in cramped positions.
Work requires lifting and moving heavy items.
Work requires the use of sharp tools in a crew environment.
Showers and hot meals may not always be available.
Work may be performed in isolation, and is often away from communities.
Night shifts are possible.

No Smoking Notice:

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:

North Dakota State University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or veteran status.

Veteran’s Preference Notice: This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran’s Preference requirements.
Location (City, State): Bismarck, ND

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you a North Dakota resident?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you qualify for North Dakota veteran's preference?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * If yes, list exact dates of service:

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Do you qualify for North Dakota disabled veteran's preference?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * How did you hear about this position?
    • Academic Department
    • Bismarck Tribune
    • CareerFargo.com
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Fargo Forum
    • JobsHQ
    • Friend/Co-worker/Family member
    • Higheredjobs.com
    • Indeed.com
    • Job Service of North Dakota
    • NDSU Employee
    • NDSU Website
    • Other newspaper (Please specify below)
    • Professional Publication/Organization Website
    • University Placement Office
    • Inside Higher Education
    • Other (Please specify below)
  6. If Other, please specify:

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Veterans Preference Claim Form (DD214)
  2. Veterans Administration Letter
  3. Other Document 1
  4. Other Document 2
  5. Other Document 3