Under the supervision of the State Parks Wildland Fire Program Manager and direction of the Habitat Stewardship Coordinator, this position is responsible for fuels management and habitat stewardship project planning and implementation within the Lost Pines State Park Complex (Bastrop and Buescher State Parks). Also participates in other natural resource stewardship initiatives, including wildland fire, throughout the state as assigned. Conducts and coordinates habitat management activities such as brush management, timber marking/thinning, planting, exotic species control, fire-line construction, and erosion control. Assesses projects for impacts to natural and sensitive resources. Conducts habitat assessments and surveys to collect baseline flora and fauna data and monitors fire effects following standard long-term sampling protocols. Directs/leads firefighters during prescribed fire operations and wildfire response. Collects fire behavior and meteorological data as part of the compilation of post-burn reports and long-term monitoring programs. Informs and educates staff and the public about wildland fire management. Organizes fire cache and maintains wildland fire equipment including engines, trucks, all-terrain vehicles, suppression pumps, and tools and maintains detailed inventories. Develops and implements procedures for the immediate and effective response of equipment and personnel to wildland fire operations. Assesses fuel loads and identifies fuel hazards that pose a risk to park infrastructure or visitors and develops plans for reducing/mitigating hazards. Develops project reports and after-action reviews for assigned projects. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Performs additional duties as assigned. Complies with all Agency, Division, and Branch rules, regulations, and procedures.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Ecology, Fire Ecology, Conservation Science, Rangeland Management, or closely related Natural Resource Management field.
Three years of relevant experience.
Must possess a valid class “A” Texas Commercial driver’s license OR must possess or be able to obtain, within 30 days of employment, a valid class “C” Texas driver’s license and convert to a class “A” Commercial driver’s license within one year of employment;
Required to pass the air brake component of a class “A” Commercial driver’s license standard examination;
NOTE: Retention of position is contingent upon obtaining and maintaining required licenses and compliance with State and Federal regulations including the Department of Transportation (DOT) required drug and alcohol testing.
Must possess or be able to obtain, within 6 months of employment, a Non-Commercial Pesticide/Herbicide Applicators license issued by the Texas Department of Agriculture;
Must possess or be able to obtain, within one year of employment, National Wildland Fire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) certification;
NOTE: Retention of position contingent upon obtaining and maintaining required license.
Must be able to pass at the time of the interview or had passed within last 6 months, the NWCG arduous level physical fitness standard (walk 3 miles with 45 lb. pack in 45 minutes or less).
NOTE: Retention of position contingent upon meeting and maintaining physical requirements.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s degree in Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Ecology, or a closely related field in Natural Resource Management may substitute for one year of the required experience.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s degree in Wildlife Science, Conservation Science, Wildland Fire, Landscape Ecology, Rangeland Management, Biology, or closely-related field in Natural Resource Management.
Experience preparing natural resource management plans or fire management plans;
Experience in habitat management and restoration;
Experience working with GPS field mapping systems;
Experience working with GIS applications;
Experience in developing public and private partnerships to implement projects;
Experience operating Wildland fire engines and tools;
Experience operating heavy equipment such as haul trucks, trailers, tractors, skid steers, and other forestry equipment.
Current National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s (NWCG) Fire Fighter Type 1 certification;
Current National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s (NWCG) Fire Fighter Type 2 certification;
Current National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s (NWCG) Incident Commander Type 5
Current National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s (NWCG) Engine Boss certification;
Current National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s (NWCG) Firing Boss certification;
Current Non-Commercial Pesticide/Herbicide Applicators license issued by the Texas Department of Agriculture.
Current Texas Commercial driver’s license class “A” Commercial driver’s, with air brake endorsement.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of issues affecting natural and cultural resources;
Knowledge of park administration and operation;
Knowledge of basic fire behavior in varying fuel types (forest, shrub, and grasslands);
Knowledge of first aid, CPR, and emergency procedures;
Knowledge of habitat enhancement practices in a forest environment and their impacts on wildlife;
Knowledge of the fundamentals of natural and cultural resource management;
Knowledge of water delivery using portable pumps and engines;
Knowledge of wildland fire ignition strategies;
Knowledge of basic equipment, vehicle, and machinery maintenance
Skill in using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook;
Skill in using standard office equipment;
Skill in effective verbal and written communication;
Skill in establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with co-workers and work-related contacts;
Skill in meeting deadlines;
Skill in applying common habitat management techniques;
Skill in making independent, sound and timely decisions;
Skill in the use of hand and power tools, mowers, trimmers, chain saws, tractors, vehicles, generators and other mechanical equipment;
Skill in maintaining and repairing hand and power tools, mowers, trimmers, chain saws, tractors, vehicles, generators and other mechanical equipment;
Skill in weighing the relative costs and benefits of a potential action;
Skill in effective interaction with staff at all levels of the department and other state and federal agencies and organizations;
Skill in applying critical thinking skills to specific problems to come up with appropriate solutions;
Skill in training others;
Skill in making sound decisions based upon available data within short time-frames;
Skill in managing several projects simultaneously;
Skill in conducting conservation outreach programs;
Skill in identifying, researching, and compiling information;
Ability to work as a member of a team;
Ability to work independently with little or no supervision;
Ability to use GPS units and interface with GIS mapping software;
Ability to operate field equipment such as tractors, shredders, ATVs, etc.;
Ability to troubleshoot and maintain equipment.
Ability to accurately follow instructions;
Ability to work under stressful conditions;
Ability to travel to various work locations;
Ability to provide leadership within a team, including conflict resolution;
Ability to supervise projects;
Ability to exercise sound judgment when making critical decisions;
Ability to uniformly and consistently interpret and enforce rules and regulations and State and Federal laws;
Ability to perform manual labor, including lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.;
Ability to conduct work activities in accordance with the TPWD safety program.
Regular workweek 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, may be required to work overtime as necessary
Required to adjust to changing schedules;
Required to work any shift within a 24-hour period if necessary;
Required to perform work outdoors, occasionally in adverse weather conditions;
Required to stand for extended periods of time;
Required to perform manual labor including, lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.;
Required to operate a State vehicle;
Required to travel 50% with possible overnight stays;
Must be willing to reside in shared housing with other crewmembers;
Required to pass a drug screening prior to employment;
Required to pass a previous employment drug testing history verification for all CDL positions held within the past two years;
Subject to random, post-accident, and reasonable cause testing for the duration of employment;
Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles.