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Washington State Assistant Fire Unit Manager, Wildland Fire Operations Technician 3 in Sedro Woolley, Washington


Assistant Fire Unit Manager, Wildland Fire Operations Technician 3 Recruitment #2021-02-7624,7625 These are Full-time, Permanent, Represented positions.

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference? The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has two exciting opportunites within our Northwest Region. Are you interested in a career that allows you to serve local communities by leading a Wildland Firefighting Unit, reducing wildfire risk, and promoting healthy forests? The DNR is looking for a Wildland Fire Operations Technician 3 to assist with management in our Kulshan Fire Unit and Salish Fire Unit within NW Region. These positions supervise up to 20 seasonal fire staff. Additionally, these positions implement the Forest Health Community Wildfire Protection programs in coordination with Fire Districts, Conservation Districts and other agency partners with the intent to get more Fire wise USA™ and Fire Adapted Communities established across the landscape. Duties

*Responsibilities: * Reporting to the Fire Unit Manager, and works under the guidance of state regulations, agency policies and procedures, applicable collective bargaining agreements, and agency strategic plans. Assists in the management, coordination, planning and implementation the Fire Control, Emergency Fire Suppression, and Fire Regulation & Protection Assistance programs within our Northwest Region. Coordinates the professional field activities of these programs within the Wildland Fire District. This position supervises five engine leaders, and up to fifteen seasonal firefighters. These positions are responsible to ensure seasonal staff are proficient in suppression operations, as well as administrative duties required by the Agency. These positions also oversees regulatory functions of a Wildland Fire Operations Tech 2, including review, issuance and compliance of burn permits, and conducting fire tool inspections.


*Required Qualifications: *

  • Four years of experience working in wildland fire suppression.
  • Experience working in a wildland fire environment at the NWCG Single Resource Boss and ICT5 Qualifications level and maintains the currency of that qualifications.
  • Minimum of two years successful supervisory experience, which may include fire line supervision.
  • Experience working in wildland fire prevention/education programs.
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication.
  • Knowledge of wildland fire suppression tactics.
  • Ability to serve as an instructor for NWCG wildland fire courses.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and successfully communicate with the team member.
  • Ability to successfully work independently planning, prioritizing, and completing work on schedule.
  • Ability developing and implementing training plans.
  • Experience successfully implementing management goals, strategies, and resource allocation
  • Ability to work on uneven terrain in all weather conditions.
  • The incumbent in this position is required to travel.
  • A valid driver’s license and have two years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function. Finalists and/or interview candidates may be asked to provide a driving record from all states in which they have held a license during the past three years. Our ideal candidate will also have the qualifications listed below:

  • A Bachelor or Associates Degree with 2 years professional experience in a Natural Resource field.

  • Two years of professional forestry experience.
  • Knowledge of employment rules and regulations as they apply to permanent, seasonal career, and seasonal employees.
  • Knowledge of the Incident Command System.
  • Experience in forest fire protection regulatory programs.
  • Proven ability in computer applications such as Microsoft Office Suite, Word, and Power Point.
  • NWCG fire line rating of TFL and Type 4 IC, or higher.
  • Knowledge of general forest management.
  • Experience writing burning permits for large forest industry landowners. Supplemental Information

*Location: * One of the world's most scenic places, Washington State offers breathtaking discoveries for people who love natural beauty and outdoor recreation, from the Pacific Coast shores to the rugged Cascade Mountains to the rolling hills of the Palouse. The duty station for this position is located in Sedro-Woolley, WA, in the scenic Skagit Valley. World-class outdoor recreation opportunities abound in the area. The main entrance to North Cascades National Park is only 1 hr. drive to the east. The San Juan Islands can be accessed from Anacortes, just a 45 minute drive to the west. Additional recreation opportunities can be found in the surrounding Mt. Baker/Snoqualmie National Forest and state forest trust lands. For more urban experiences, Seattle, WA. And Vancouver, B.C. are each only an hour and a half drive away. For more information on Sedro Woolley visit, _

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, telework (mobile-work) is expected for most office activities. When approved to return, the incumbent is expected to report to their assigned duty station for work activities or may be approved for telework based on DNR's telework policy.

About the Department of Natural Resources* (DNR). * Our mission is to manage, sustain, and protect the health and productivity of Washington’s lands and waters to meet the needs economically and socially for current and future generations. At DNR we approach our work through the lens of making Washington a better place environmentally and are dedicated to serving Washington’s lands and communities through diversity, equity and inclusion. With nearly 1,500 employees in locations throughout Washington, we manage and protect more than 5 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands.

DNR provides excellent benefits a few of those include:

  • Commitment to organizational health and wellness
  • Statewide Business Resource Groups, visit here to learn more
  • DNR Employee Resource Groups (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, Women’s Employee Resource Group, Veterans Employee Resource Group, etc.)
  • Leadership that empowers and supports employees
  • Work/life balance
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Educational aid and career development stipends
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Eligibility
  • Opportunities to participate in wildland fire suppression assignments
  • Opportunities to stretch your professional skills
  • A comprehensive benefit package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave and vacation days. Visit for more information. *How to Apply: * To be considered you must apply online at (Click on the APPLY button above). You must complete the entire online application to be considered for the position.

Once you submit your online application, you can check your status by logging into your account. If you experience technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application call NEOGOV toll-free at (855)524-5627 or email

Application Requirements:

  • Attach a letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile and the position required, desired and special requirements.
  • Attach a resume describing your experience and qualifications.
  • Provide three to five professional references – you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include with resume.
  • Complete all supplemental questions. Additional Information: This recruitment may be extended and may also be used to fill future similar vacancies for up to sixty (60) days.

Veteran’s wishing to claim Veteran’s preference please attach a copy of your DD-214, NGB-22 or other verification of military service. Please black out your social security number prior to attaching. We thank you and are grateful for your service!

Persons needing accommodation during the screening process or this announcement in an alternative format may contact DNR Recruiting staff at (360) 522-2500 or (360) 522-0143 or by email at Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) at 1-800-833-6388 or

DNR is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind.

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Salary: $46,644.00 - $62,748.00 Annually

Location: Skagit County - Sedro Woolley, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Department: Dept. of Natural Resources

Job Number: 2021-02-7624+01516

Closing: 3/7/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

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