Wildland Firefighter (Prescribed Fire/Fuels)-California

Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands
Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA
Job Category
Full time Positions
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ORGANIZATION 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/. LOCATION 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/. 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. 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. CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer and conducts background checks on all final candidates. To view the full job announcement and apply, please visit http://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/53512.
The successful candidate must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. 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 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.
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Jacie Ullrich
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