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Title: Wildfire Operations Specialist, Full Time
Location: FDL Resource Management
Supervisor: Reservation Forester
Closing Date: June 18, 2021
Salary: $20.00 - $24.00 per hour


General Summary:

The Wildfire Operations Specialist is responsible for the Fire Management Program for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Primary responsibilities include co-management and supervision of fire program personnel, hazardous fuels reduction planning, fire management and prescribed burn plan writing, wildfire suppression, wildland fire fuels management, prescribed burning, fire investigation, fire prevention education, budgeting, and time and equipment tracking.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Wildland Fire:
    • Work with reservation forester to ensure the objectives in the Wildland Fire Management Plan are met.
    • Manage fire related budgets o Assist in tracking fire personnel time and equipment.
    • Manage billing of off-unit fire assignments on a timely basis o Ensure fire readiness of equipment and personnel and coordinate repair, maintenance, and other needs.
    • Determine appropriate staffing and equipment needs depending on weather and fuels conditions.
    • Maintain fire qualifications records for Fond du Lac firefighters using incident qualification and certification system (IQCS) or successor.
    • Write fire reports and maintain fire incident codes.
    • Ensure off-unit availability is completed.
    • Work with crew supervisor to assure current and future training needs are met.
  • Fuels Management:
    • Manage and plan projects to reduce risk of and severity of wildfires in and around communities or other areas.
    • Write prescribed burn plans, including the creation of related maps, budgets, and schedules.
    • Coordinate prescribed burning operations with other personnel or agencies.
  • Fire Management:
    • Work cooperatively with the reservation forest manager and crew supervisor, Minnesota Agency fuels specialist, other agency fire programs.
    • Work with forestry crew supervisor to ensure the objectives in the fuel reduction are met.
    • Develop project proposals for fuel reduction, hazard fuel reduction, and prescribed burning for a variety of objectives.
    • Work with forestry crew supervisor to satisfactorily carry out approved projects.
    • Complete appropriate reports and documentation on a timely basis.
    • Prepare billing for all fire suppression and contract work including affidavits when necessary.
    • Work with FDL Housing, area fire departments, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource (DNR) Forestry to promote “firewise” principles and maintains firewise certification.
    • Organize a firewise committee meeting at least once per year.
  • Fire Prevention:
    • Work with forestry crew supervisor to ensure the objectives in the fire prevention plan are met. Responsible for updating the fire prevention plan on a periodic basis.
    • Maintain an inventory of fire prevention supplies and order materials and supplies.
    • Act as the lead in wildfire prevention program on Fond du Lac including education programs and message delivery to a wide variety of audiences including community members, the public, and school children of all ages.
    • Coordinates and schedules fire prevention events with forestry staff.
    • Performs routine fire prevention duties such as changing/updating fire danger rating signs and delivering prevention programs.
    • Works with other fire agencies (federal, state and local) in fire prevention/firewise programs and represents Fond du Lac on the MNICS fire prevention team.
  • Appropriate work attire is required.
  • Must attend all mandatory department trainings.
  • Ensures confidentiality of financial records and all records for employees, band members and/or clients.
  • Displays a responsive and professional manner in promptly responding to all requests, complaints, and problems.
  • Recognizes that each employee is a representative of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and is responsible for demonstrating courtesy, respect, and sensitivity to the needs of all others, including visitors and co-workers.
  • Represents the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the department in a positive and professional manner in the community.
  • Required to maintain proper attendance including reporting to work on time in accordance with applicable policies.
  • Maintains a clean and organized work area.
  • Due to changes and modifications in the job from time to time, employees are required to be flexible and assume other responsibilities assigned by management as deemed necessary.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to pass the physical fitness test (pack test) in order to be Nationally Qualified for firefighting.
  • Lifting and carrying of items weighting over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring at least average agility and dexterity.
  • Walking over uneven terrain, standing, running, bending, stooping, climbing, pushing and pulling for long periods of time.

Position Qualifications:

  • Class D Driver’s License required and must be insurable under Fond du Lac’s insurance requirements.
  • A.A. /A.S. degree in forestry, fire science, natural resources, or another closely related field is required.
  • Must meet and maintain National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) qualifications for Engine Boss (ENGB) and Initial Attack Incident Commander (ICT4) are required.
  • The ability to create, edit, and manage data as well as creating professional maps in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (ArcMap 9.x or higher) software and handheld (Global Positioning System) GPS hardware experience is required.
  • Demonstrated experience in supervision of staff is required.
  • Knowledge and experience with computer applications such as Microsoft Access, Excel, Outlook, and Word is required.
  • Knowledge of power saw and brush saw operation and safety is required.
  • Knowledge of fire use, fuel reduction projects, prescribed burning and silvicultural treatments are required.
  • Prescribed Burn Boss Type 2 (RBX2) certification and Task Force Leader under NWCG standards is desired.
  • Experience in making public presentations is desired.
  • Position requires on call availability.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing is required.
  • Ability to work independently and establish priorities is required.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy is required.
  • Ability to establish professional and harmonious working relationships on all projects and with all parties involved.
  • Subject to drug and alcohol testing in accordance with the Fond du Lac Reservation’s Personnel Policies.
  • Subject to pre-employment and annual background checks.
  • Travel is required.

This position is eligible for our comprehensive benefit plan, which includes medical, dental, retirement, optional life insurance, optional disability coverage and more. For detailed information please click here.



APPLY TO: Fond du Lac Human Resources
1720 Big Lake Road
Cloquet, MN 55720


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