A Fire Operations Technician- Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA (Technical/Support I, Special) position is available with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML). This position is located at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA.
Incumbent will be a member of a Wildland Fire Support Module for the U.S. Air Force Wildland Fire Center based at Vandenberg AFB, CA. WSM is responsible for executing prescribed fire projects, mechanical fuel treatments, and assisting with wildfire suppression on numerous Air Force installations within the area of responsibility. This positions is located at Vandenberg AFB, CA.
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 area of responsibility is required.
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 http://www.cemml.colostate.edu/.
Vandenberg Air Force Base is a 98,400 acre base located approximately 9 miles northwest of Lompoc, California. Vandenberg AFB is a Department of Defense space and missile testing base, with a mission of placing satellites into polar orbit from the West Coast using expendable boosters. Vandenberg is located on California’s “Central Coast”. The 150 square mile area midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles is surrounded by the Santa Ynez Mountains, the Pacific shore, and ranches of northern Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. The land here juts further into the Pacific than any point in California, receiving moderate rainfall, daily fog and no snow. The hills are green in winter and turn a burnished gold in summer.
City of Lompoc information http://www.cityoflompoc.com/.
Fire Operations - 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.
Land Management - 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.
Prescribed Fire/Fuels Management Plans - 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.
Wildland Fire and Safety Training - 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 $37,009-$42,629. Continuation of the position is dependent on the receipt of funding from the sponsor for Technical/Support I efforts at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA.
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 12% matching. For more information on Administrative Professional benefits, visit http://www.hrs.colostate.edu/benefits/.
Prospective candidates should apply online at http://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/52023. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered for hire. Apply no later than December 17, 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)
3) Transcripts (for each degree earned that is listed under qualifications) uploaded in the ‘Official Transcripts’ or ‘Unofficial Transcripts’ slot.
4) Degree Conferral (copy of diploma if transcripts do not include confirmation that degree was awarded) uploaded in the ‘Other’ slot.
5) Please upload any license or certifications you have obtained which pertain to this position in the optional ‘Licenses/Certifications’ slot
References – please include within your application contact information for 3 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.
See a complete listing of open CEMML positions at http://www.cemml.colostate.edu.
POSITION #: 024192.0001
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 6 months of work experience in wildland fire management. The successful completion of an associate’s degree or certification from an accredited training program that provides wildland fire familiarity may be substituted for the experience requirement.
• Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license by the employment start date.
• Completed the preliminary requirements for the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) standards for Fire Fighter Type 2 (S-130, S-190, ICS-100, L-180, IS-700) and able to complete work capacity test at arduous level.
• Two or more year’s work experience in fire management
• Currently qualified as a National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Firefighter Type 2, including arduous level work capacity test.
• 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 California 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