White Mountain Fire Experienced Crew Member/Wildland Fire and Resource Technician II (PCN 10-DNR-94)

POSTED ON 1/13/2021 CLOSED ON 3/2/2021
State of Alaska Hired Organization Address Fairbanks, AK Full Time

Job Posting for White Mountain Fire Experienced Crew Member/Wildland Fire and Resource Technician II (PCN 10-DNR-94) at State of Alaska

Department of Natural Resources

The Alaska Division of Forestry is recruiting Experienced Crewmember positions for the White Mountain Fire Crew based in Fairbanks Ak. We are looking for highly motivated highly reliable people to join out organization. Under strict direction and close supervision, crewmembers will participate in wildland fire preparedness (training, fuels mitigation) and suppression activities (line constructions, structure protection, mop-up). Ideal candidates will posses and interagency Red Card with an “arduous” fitness rating and Red Card qualification of Firefighter Type 2.

The mission of the Division of Forestry is to develop, conserve, and enhance Alaska’s forests to provide a sustainable supply of forest resources for Alaskans. The Fairbanks Area office provides wildland fire protection on 8.5 million acres in interior Alaska. The incumbent will be a Lead Crewmember on the White Mountain Type II Initial Attack fire crew. Under supervision crewmembers will participate in fire suppression, training, and fuel mitigation. This is a Long Term Non-Permanent seasonal position with great opportunities for training, travel and career advancement. Health/life insurance benefits are provided.  

Core Responsibilities:

  • Maintain readiness throughout the fire season. Be available for assignment in Alaska, the lower 48, and Canada (must have valid Passport.)
  • Properly use and maintain emergency vehicles, hand tools, pumps, hose, chainsaws, GPS units, and compass.
  • Communicate effectively (written, verbally, two-way radio) with subordinates, supervisor, and cooperators.
  • Assist as directed in the completion of administrative duties.
  • Participate in training.
  • Inform supervisors on all aspects related to safe and effective crew operations. Participate in daily safety briefings and after-action reviews.
By joining White Mountain, you will be joining a group of highly motivated firefighters. You will have opportunities to widen your experience as a firefighter by working across Alaska and the lower 48 with various agencies. We will work with you to provide training and other career advancement and development.

White Mountain is based out of Fairbanks, AK in conjunction with Fairbanks area Forestry. This position will require travel in and out of the state. You will be required to live and work in remote locations, shifts often lasting 16 hours a day and for periods of up to 14 to 21 days. Work will be carried out in all types of terrain and weather conditions.

Desired knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) and Competencies

White Mountain is seeking candidates that have experience working in the wildland fire environment.
  •  Have knowledge of strategies and tactics used in the suppression of wildfire.
  • Experience working with and maintaining portable pumps, hose lays, chainsaws and hand tools.
  • Understand and apply the 10 Standard Firefighting Orders and 18 Watchout Situations.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team.

Special Notice
This position requires frequent travel in and out of state and assignments lasting 14-21 days.
Be prepared to work in hazardous and extreme environmental conditions.
Travel on fixed wing and rotor wing aircraft, sometimes on a daily basis.

Six months of trainee or entry level wildland fire fighting or forestry field experience. The required experience is met by service as a Wildland Fire and Resource Technician I with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.
Red Card qualification under the National Incident Qualification System (see required job qualifications special note).

Completed coursework from an accredited college or vocational technical school in forestry, fire science, or a closely related field may substitute for the required six months of field experience. (For college 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours equal one month of work experience. Transcripts or a letter from a vocational technical school must indicate a college credit equivalency for the completed coursework. For example, at Alaska Vocational Technical Center: Forest Ecology = 3 semester credits; Forest Regeneration = 2 semester credits; Timber Harvesting and Sale Administration = 4 semester credits; and Wildland Fire Management = 3 semester credits.)

There is no substitution for the National Incident Qualification System (Red Card) qualifications.

Special Note: 
Applicants must be at least eighteen years of age.

Most positions require National Incident Qualification System certification. Because there are different specialty areas in this field, recruitment and selection will be made from among those candidates who meet the experience and the basic National Incident Qualification System training requirements specifically listed within the recruitment bulletin. The specialty areas are within one of the following functions: fire operations, wildland fire prevention, and aviation support.

Applicant must be able to pass the Work Capacity Test at the "Arduous" level as defined in Federal Publication PMS 307, Work Capacity Test Administrator' Guide. This test requires that the applicant complete a 3-mile hike carrying a 45-pound pack over level terrain in 45 minutes or less.

Applicant must possess an Alaska driver's license. An individual without an Alaska driver's license, who meets the minimum age and experience requirements, may apply for the vacancy. An applicant qualifying under this option may receive a job offer conditional upon acquisition of an Alaska driver's license. Proof of licensure will be required prior to reporting to duty.

Positions may require travel both in and out-of-state for fire suppression assignments; stand-by or recall status during the fire season; must be available for assignments in and out of the area that requires the absence from the duty station for 14 to 21 days; flying in small fixed wing aircraft or helicopters, and handling hazardous materials.

Some positions may require a commercial driver's license with appropriate endorsements

At time of application, applicant must attach as separate documents (If unable to attach please fax or email the contact listed below):
  1. A copy of your driver's license and passport;
  2. A copy of your most current Red Card and any fire related training certificates.
If selected for an interview, applicants must provide the following:
  1. A list of three (3) professional references with current contact information, one (1) of which must be from a former or current supervisor.

 You can ONLY apply for this position through the Workplace Alaska website. If you accessed this recruitment bulletin through a job search portal such as ALEXsys or any other database, you MUST use a Workplace Alaska login to successfully apply. Your application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on the date of closing. Instructions on how to apply with Workplace Alaska may be found on the Workplace Alaska "How to Apply" webpage, found here: http://doa.alaska.gov/dop/workplace/howtoapply/ 


This position requires the use or possession of a firearm or ammunition. In accordance with the federal Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 (PL 104-208), if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you may not hold this position.
 A "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" is an offense that is (1) a misdemeanor under Federal or state law; and (2) has, as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by a current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim.
 If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, do NOT apply for this position.

If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position.  Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the minimum qualifications listed above. If utilizing this education, you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the post-secondary institution.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.
Applicants must possess a valid driver's license. An individual without a valid driver's license, who meets the minimum age and experience requirements, may apply for the vacancy. An applicant qualifying under this option may receive a job offer conditional upon acquisition of a valid driver's license. Proof of licensure will be required prior to reporting to duty.

This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.
 The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or (907) 465-4095 in Juneau or TTY: Alaska Relay 711 or 1-800-770-8973 or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P.O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employerWORKPLACE ALASKA APPLICATION QUESTIONS & ASSISTANCE
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For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager at the following:

Name: Owen Smith
Title: Crew Superintendent
Phone: 907-451-3025
Fax: 907-451-6895
Email: owen.smith@alaska.gov 
Name: Gordon Amundson
Title: Assistant Fire Management Officer
Phone: 907- 451-2636
Fax: 907-451-6895
Email: gordon.amundson@alaska.gov

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