Fire Operations Technician: South Carolina

Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands
Poinsett Electronic Combat Range, SC
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The incumbent will be a member of the Carolina Wildland Fire Support Module for the U.S. Air Force Wildland Fire Center based at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range. The Gulf Coast Wildland Fire Support Module will be responsible for implementing prescribed burns and responding to wildfires on Air Force property throughout the Carolina’s and the southeast U.S.

CEMML is a research, education and service unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (CSU). CEMML applies the latest and most appropriate science to promote the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources on Department of Defense (DoD) and other public lands. We provide technical support, conduct applied research, and offer career development and learning opportunities to support resource stewardship. We collaborate with our sponsors and within CSU to resolve complex environmental issues, leaving a legacy of science-based decisions that sustain our resources for future generations.

To learn more about CEMML’s contributions to land management, our mission, vision, and values, visit

Poinsett Electronic Combat Range is a 12,500-acre air to ground training range utilized by all branches of the military. It is located 8 miles west of Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, SC. Sumter is located in the geographic center of the state and enjoys a moderate climate with mild winters. The average winter temperature is 45°F, and the average summer temperature is 81°F.

Serves on prescribed fire and fuels projects in positions for which qualified. Technically administers all aspects of the prescribed fire/fuels plan, ensuring that preparation, ignition, holding, mop-up, and rehabilitation are completed to the specified standards. During the implementation of prescribed fires plans, fuels projects, and wildfire response plans, monitors fire behavior, evaluates fire effects, identifies potential problems and makes recommendations. Supports wildfire suppression efforts in initial attack and in follow-up actions to safely and effectively control wildfires in accordance with the identified appropriate management response. Operates/maintains a variety of motor vehicles to transport equipment, supplies, crew members, etc. Uses/maintains specialized equipment to support firing operations and suppression activities such as ATVs, UTV’s. This position requires work on active military training ranges with potential risk for unexploded ordnance and other related hazards. In addition, regular travel (up to 15 weeks per year) to other Air Force installations to perform similar tasks throughout the southeast will be required. engines, bulldozers, farm tractors, swamp buggies, chainsaws, firing devices, etc.

Incumbent will assist implementing land management plans which will include timber marking, RCW monitoring, herbicide applications, and road work. Other duties assigned to this position will include compiling and utilizing environmental and ecological data using personal data assistants (PDA) and ArcPad software, collecting data in post burn areas using a PDA, and ensuring that information collected gets turned in to proper personnel to get downloaded into a database.

Participates in drafting prescribed fire/fuels management plans following the interagency template. Prepares and reviews plans and or plan components such as annual operating plans, training plans, fire suppression plans, safety plans, and individual projects plans.

Participates in wildland fire and safety training in the techniques, practices, and methods of fire suppression and in the safe, efficient operation and use of tools, equipment, and vehicles used in fire suppression activities, with emphasis on those used for the particular function assigned. Participates in preparedness reviews, proficiency checks and drills, safety sessions, and after action reviews. Ensures own and others welfare and safety in all aspects of the assignment.

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Annual salary range $33,000-36,000. Continuation of the position is dependent on the receipt of funding from the sponsor for fire operation efforts at Avon Park Air Force Range, FL and Poinsett Electronic Combat Range, SC.

Colorado State University offers a generous benefits package including 24 days of paid vacation leave, tuition credits, excellent health insurance (including vision and dental), and retirement plans with 11.5% matching. For more information on Administrative Professional benefits, visit

Prospective candidates should apply online at Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered for hire. Apply no later than March 26, 2017, for full consideration. Upload each of the items below individually as a Word Document (.doc), PDF (.pdf), or Rich Text Format (.rtf). Please note that incomplete applications cannot be considered. Please remove social security numbers and birthdates from application materials. A complete application consists of:

1) Statement of Qualifications (one page letter addressing each qualification described in announcement)
2) Resume
3) References (contact information for professional references including at least one supervisor, references will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates)

Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce, and complies with all federal and Colorado state laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

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POSITION #: 023410.0001
The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the United States by proposed start date. CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.
• A High School Diploma, General Education Development (GED), or equivalent required.
• A minimum of two year’s work experience in fire management is required.
• Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license by the employment start date and a Class B commercial driver’s license within 6 months of employment
• Meet requirements for the NWCG standards for Fire Fighter Type 2, which includes an annual pack test at arduous level and fire line refresher (maintained annually).

• Experience in the operation and maintenance of heavy equipment in wildland fire and forestry practices is desired.
• Experience with prescribed fire and wildfire suppression, familiarity with ecosystems and fire regimes of the southeast is highly preferred.
• Degree in natural resource management or related field.
• Experience compiling and utilizing environmental and ecological data using Trimble Nomad personal data assistants as well as ArcPad software is beneficial.
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