Under the direction of the State Parks Wildland Fire Program Manager, this position is responsible for oversight and coordination of natural resource stewardship, including wildland fire activities, within the Lost Pines State Park Complex (Bastrop and Buescher State Parks). Participates in other natural resource stewardship initiatives, including wildland fire, throughout the state as assigned. Serves as Team Lead for habitat management and restoration projects, including establishing, coordinating, scheduling, and reporting project goals in close coordination with the Lost Pines Complex Superintendent. Other team members include one (1) Habitat Conservation Specialist, seasonal/temporary employees, and Lost Pines Complex staff and volunteers. Works collaboratively with Natural and Cultural Resource Coordinators, park management staff, inter-divisional staff, and inter-agency cooperators. Provides oversight and guidance to contractors and researchers working on conservation and stewardship projects. Provides leadership in planning and implementing prescribed fire and wildfire response operations according to established national and state fire management and incident command standards, and ensures the safety of staff, infrastructure, and the general public. Coordinates with local, state, and interagency fire management organizations. Performs database entry, maintenance, analysis, and reporting for Lost Pines State Park Complex and the Texas State Parks Wildland Fire Program. Coordinates and conducts flora and fauna inventories and assessments, including fire effects monitoring. Assesses fuel loads and fuel hazards that pose a threat to park infrastructure, resources, and visitors and develops plans for reducing/mitigating hazards. Manages and maintains preparedness of fire equipment, staff resources, and fire cache supplies. Mentors evaluate and assign tasks for fire management personnel. Develops training and experience opportunities to advance firefighter qualification levels. Serves on the TPWD Incident Management Team, as needed, for All-Hazards Emergency Response and large planned events. Works under minimal 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.
Five years experience in Natural Resources Management, Conservation Science, Fire Management, Fire Ecology or closely related field;
Three years of experience in Wildland Fire Management and Planning and implementing prescribed fires in multiple vegetation types and fuel models;
Experience developing and implementing habitat restoration plans with tools such as prescribed fire, selective thinning, herbicide, grazing, etc.
NOTE: Experience may have occurred concurrently.
Must possess or be able to obtain, within 30 days of employment, a valid class “C” Texas driver’s license.
NOTE: Retention of position is contingent upon obtaining and maintaining required licenses.
Must possess the National Wildland Fire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Engine Boss and Firing Boss certifications;
Must possess or be able to obtain, within two years of employment, the National Wildland Fire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Type IV Incident Commander certification;
Must possess or be able to obtain, within two years of employment, certification as a Type II Prescribed Fire Boss (RXB2), following the National Wildland Fire Coordinating Group (NWCG) standards.
NOTE: Retention of position contingent upon obtaining and maintaining required licenses and certifications.
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, Fire Ecology, Conservation Science, Rangeland Management or closely related field in Natural Resource Management may substitute for one year of the required experience of Natural Resources Management, Conservation Science, Fire Management, Fire Ecology or closely related field.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s degree in Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Ecology, Fire Ecology, Conservation Science, Rangeland Management, or a closely related field in Natural Resource Management.
Experience developing land management objectives and plans;
Experience implementing fire management activities in Texas fuel models and vegetation types;
Experience implementing other resource management tools such as selective thinning, herbicide, grazing, etc.;
Experience with GPS data collection/processing and using GIS applications;
Experience with vegetation inventory and monitoring procedures;
Experience building partnerships and maintaining working relationships with partner agencies/organizations;
Experience with sound, science-based decision making as it relates to fire and natural resources management;
Experience in NWCG training and curriculum design;
Experience communicating effectively with the public and/or media;
Experience coordinating interagency incidents and resources;
Experience estimating fuel loads and utilizing fire behavior modeling and prediction systems such as BEHAVE Plus.
Current National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Incident Commander Type IV (ICT4);
Current National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Type II Burn Boss (RXB2).
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of NWCG standards, guidelines, and training requirements;
Knowledge of community-based natural resource management and research techniques;
Knowledge of technical report writing and photographic skills;
Knowledge of computer systems and the use of computerized databases;
Knowledge of wildland fire behavior and fire management planning;
Knowledge of current trends and practices in wildland fire and natural resources management and conservation;
Knowledge of ecological land management principles;
Knowledge of forest systems and ecology;
Knowledge of fire effects and fire behavior in local fuel types;
Knowledge of fire ecology in vegetative communities of Texas;
Skill in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook;
Skill in effective verbal and written communication;
Skill in effective interaction with staff at all levels of an organization;
Skill in presenting scientific data in verbal and written formats;
Skill in GPS field mapping systems;
Skill in GIS applications;
Skill in vegetation and fuel load sampling techniques;
Skill in ecological management techniques;
Skill in coordinating intra- and inter-agency incidents;
Skill in working on multiple projects with stringent timelines;
Skill in wildland fire management and planning;
Ability to manage and coordinate diverse program activities and accomplish program goals using independent judgment and initiative;
Ability to work independently with little or no supervision;
Ability to work as a member of a team;
Ability to administer budgets, expenditures, and contracts;
Ability to manage and coordinate program goals in natural resource management and wildland fire management;
Ability to clearly articulate fire policies to field-based personnel;
Ability to communicate and work closely with burn bosses, land managers, and other field staff to develop strategies and meet conservation and fire management objectives;
Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities;
Ability to lead and mentor fire skills in others;
Ability to work under stressful conditions;
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.
Required to maintain the National Wildland Fire Coordinating Group arduous physical fitness level;
Regular workweek 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, may be required to work overtime as necessary;
Required to operate a State vehicle;
Required to travel up to 25% with possible overnight stays;
Required to perform manual labor including, lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.;
Performs work outdoors, occasionally in adverse weather conditions;
Must conform to TPWD dress and grooming standards, work rules, and safety procedures;
Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles.