Prescribed Fire Technician: Lake Norman State Park, Troutman NC

NC Parks and Recreation
Lake Norman State Park, Troutman NC
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JOB TITLE: PRESCRIBED FIRE CREW TECHNICIAN SALARY GRADE: $17.00/HR FLSA STATUS: Subject EMPLOYMENT DATES: January 2023 – December 2023 EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER Applications are now being accepted. A pd-107 state job application will have to be completed before an offer of employment can be made. This position is subject to the fair labor standards act. SUMMARY OF POSITION: The Prescribed Fire Crew Technician participates in fire operations, restoration, maintenance, and management in NC State Parks statewide. Duties may include the following functions: • Participates in prescribed fire operations which may include burn unit prep, firing and holding, managing staff and volunteers, maintenance of equipment and supplies, mop up, and monitoring. • Participates in restoration efforts with thinning, planting, and monitoring. • Frequent chainsaw work that may include tree felling and storm clean up. • Maintain park property, which may include trail clearing, maintaining tools and equipment, grounds maintenance, posting boundaries, and invasives treatments. • Standard work week is 40 hours a week, but daily schedule may change often and on short notice. Workweek may occasionally exceed 40 hours during fire operations with overtime. • Frequent travel including overnights. • Based at Lake Norman State Park in Troutman, NC • Housing is available at Lake Norman but not required.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The Prescribed Fire Crew Technician participates in wildland fire operations which include ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, etc. The Prescribed Fire Crew Technician will participate in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. Will do project work and other preserve management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire. BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: • Qualified as or able to meet qualifications for Fire Fighter Type 2. • High school diploma and 6 months to 1-year training in science-related field or related experience in land management. Prefer a bachelor’s degree in forestry, biology, ecology, natural resources management or related field, or active and ongoing study toward such a degree and/or two years related work experience or related experience in land management. • Experience operating and maintaining various types of equipment and vehicles. • Ability to operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g.: chainsaws, UTV/ATVs, farm tractor and implements, leaf blower, small motors, radio, hand tools, drip torch, etc.) • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions from co-workers. • Ability to develop timeframes and then complete tasks within timeframes. • Ability to work with a team or individually. • Willingness to work in a group for problem solving situations. • Ability to perform physical work, sometimes under adverse conditions, inclement weather, and rough terrain. • Ability to navigate to remote sites with maps, written directions, and GPS. • Have a valid US driver’s license. REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: • Qualified as Fire Fighter Type 2 • Have knowledge of basic wildland fire tactics, skills, and operations. • Ability to operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner. • Ability to follow instructions and work as part of a team or solo on assignments. • Ability to perform physical work, sometime under adverse conditions or in inclement weather. • Ability to achieve physical fitness standard as determined by local Fire Management Officer. COMPLEXITY/PROBLEM SOLVING: • Identify and fix issues with equipment to maintain fire readiness. • Resolve issues with supervisor and co-workers. May resolve problems independently or as delegated. • Consult with supervisor to develop plans for resolution of unusual or complex problems. • Monitor the progress of work groups toward achieving preserve management and restoration goals. • Track and report back to supervisor on project status DISCRETION/LATITUDE/DECISION-MAKING: • Consults supervisor on unusual or complex issues. • Make day-to-day decisions affecting individual work and work of the fire crew. RESPONSIBILITY/OVERSIGHT: • Receives detailed instructions to complete required tasks. • Perform weekly equipment inspections and maintain fire readiness. • Maintain personal fitness and fire readiness • May work under close supervision or independently on delegated tasks. COMMUNICATIONS/INTERPERSONAL CONTACTS: • Ability to interacts with park visitors and convey basic park information. • Make day-to-day decisions affecting individual work and work of the fire crew. • Consults with supervisor in event of any unusual circumstance, problem or question that falls outside of general preserve management realm. WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL EFFORT: The Prescribed Fire Crew Technician may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. These conditions: • Present frequent possibility of injury. • Requires long hours in isolated settings. • Requires physical exertion, outdoors, in all weather conditions and on difficult and sometimes hazardous terrain. • Requires heavy lifting and long days. • Requires the ability to operate chainsaws, brush cutters, UTVs/ATVs, fire engines, and heavy equipment. • Requires willingness to travel frequently. HOW TO APPLY: • Fill out a North Carolina State employment form PD-107: o NC State Government Paper Application for Employment (PD-107) | NC Office of Human Resources • Send the application along with a cover letter, resume and references to: • Please include all NWCG trainings completed and fire qualifications in your resume. • For more information contact Andrew Slack via email
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