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Friday, March 15, 2019

Job Opportunity with Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association


Deputy Fire Warden
Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association
McCall, Idaho
Salary Range:                     $24.00 - $28.00 per hour
Open Period:                      Thursday, March 14, 2019 to Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Position Information:         Exempt, Full-time Regular Employee with Benefits
Duty Location:                   McCall, Idaho

Job Summary
The Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association, Inc. (SITPA) is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual, with excellent leadership skill to join our management team.  Established in 1904, SITPA is a private, non-profit corporation, formed by private forest landowners for the purpose of furnishing, operating and maintaining, a protective system for the detection, prevention and suppression of forest and range fires in west-central Idaho.  SITPA, reviewed and approved by the state of Idaho, annually manages wildfires on over 500,000 acres of private, state, and federal lands within the state’s designated Southern Idaho Forest Protective District.
The Deputy Fire Warden serves as a deputy to the Chief Fire Warden in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of an integrated fire management program.  The Deputy Fire Warden supervises timber protective association employees and oversees wildfire management and hazardous fuel treatment programs on private, state, and federal lands located within the association’s designated state hazard management area. 

Duties
The Deputy Fire Warden serves as a full deputy to the Chief Fire Warden.  This position manages the development and implementation of a comprehensive SITPA safety program, including risk assessments, job hazard assessments, and project safety planning including the procurement, training, appropriate use and maintenance of personal protective equipment.
  • Hires, trains, equips, and directs a qualified workforce to meet SITPA fire and hazard management program needs.  Selects subordinate supervisors and other SITPA employees.
  • Supervises directly, or provides technical and administrative support for the supervision of all Zone personnel
  • Plans and directs the overall work to be accomplished by subordinate supervisors, sets and adjusts priorities, and prepares schedules for the completion of work
  • Assigns work to subordinate supervisors based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and requirements of assignments, and the capabilities of employees.
  • Develops performance standards and evaluates work performance of subordinates.  Advises, counsels, or instructs employees on both work and administrative matters.
  • Implements preparedness actions and establishes standard operating procedures used in the management of wildland fires to assure development of an adequate Zone initial attack resource.
  • Assures personnel and equipment are adequately planned for, budgeted, hired, trained, equipped, and managed to ensure seasonal fire readiness within the Zone.
  • Coordinates initial and extended attack operations for wildland fires detected within the fire protection district.  Routinely acts as the SITPA Fire Duty Officer.
  • Coordinates initial and extended attack operations with cooperating agencies on multi-jurisdictional wildland fires.  Ensures that actions taken address risk to human safety, the potential for damage to improvements, and resource values.
  • Prepares and implements fire hazard management plans and prescriptions to achieve fire and resource management objectives.
  • Assists the Chief Fire Warden with administration of Title 38, IDAHO CODE, Chapters 1 - Idaho Forestry Act, and Chapter 4 - Fire Hazard Reduction Law, as well as Rules Pertaining to Forest Fire Protection (IDAPA 20.04.01) and Fire Hazard Reduction (IDAPA 20.04.02) within the Zone by maintaining private fire assessment roles, conducts inspections, and preparing timely reports.
  • Performs assignments as a wildland firefighter within the scope of the incumbent’s training, incident command system certified qualifications, and physical abilities.
  • Routinely conducts wildland fire origin and cause investigations.


Key Requirements
·         SITPA is a Drug & Alcohol Free Workplace.  Adherence to SITPA’s policy on drugs and alcohol is a condition of employment.
·         A background investigation is required.
·         Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.  An acceptable driving record, including a determination of insurability by SITPA’s motor vehicle insurer is a condition of employment.
·         Prior experience as a wildland firefighter is required.
·         Work Capacity Testing (WCT) is required.  Based upon the type and level of work to be performed, successful completion the WCT at the ARDUOUS level is a condition of employment.
·         Prior supervisory experience is required.
·         Occasional overnight travel away from duty station is required.
·         Required to work long shifts or multi day assignments under stressful conditions during emergencies and fire season.
·         This position may be subject to satisfactory completion of a six month introductory period.

Qualifying Specialized Experience
Demonstrated specialized knowledge and skills obtained through work experience and training in the following areas is required.
1.       General knowledge of natural resource management practices, fire ecology, wildland fire behavior, and fire management theories, concepts, principles, and standards in a wildland fire environment.

2.       Technical knowledge of established principles, practices, and concepts (e.g. fire effects, fire hazard and risk analysis, fuel and flammability assessment, National Fire Danger Rating System, smoke management) sufficient to perform as a fire program manager and duty officer..

3.       Technical knowledge of, and experience with, the implementation of policies, techniques, and practices of wildland firefighting obtained through training and substantial wildland firefighting experience, with qualifications equivalent to or exceeding the NWCG National Incident Management System Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide (PMS 310-1) requirements for:

·         Minimum qualifying experience – Task Force Leader (TFLD)
·         Fully qualifying – Division Supervisor (DIVS)
And
·         Minimum qualifying experience – Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4)
·         Fully qualifying – Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3)

    If qualified as ICT4 and TFLD, must have extensive supervisory and fire experience.

4.       General knowledge of hazardous fuel treatment practices, prescribed fire techniques, and smoke management theories, concepts, principles, standards, and laws.

5.       Technical knowledge of, and experience with, the implementation of policies, techniques, and practices of prescribed burning obtained through training and substantial prescribe fire experience, with qualifications equivalent to or exceeding the NWCG National Incident Management System Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide (PMS 310-1) requirements for: 

·         Minimum qualifying experience – Firing Boss (FIRB), or
·         Fully qualifying - Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2).

6.       Experience with supervisory policies, procedures, and methods.  Previous supervisory experience is required.

7.       General knowledge of workplace health and safety management, including hazard assessments, personal protective equipment, safety planning.  Technical knowledge of industry accepted wildland fire and prescribed fire safety practices and procedures.

8.       Skill in the use and interpretation of maps, aerial photographs, satellite imagery, and GIS products in the wildland fire management environment.

9.       Skill in oral and written communication sufficient to prepare reports, present training, and coordinate work efforts using computerized systems including word processing software, electronic spreadsheets, presentation software, and database management programs.

Physical Demands
A combination of field and office work is required.  Field work is sometimes performed in steep terrain where surfaces are uneven, rocky, or covered with thick vegetation.  Temperatures are frequently extreme, both from weather and fire conditions where the presence of smoke and dust/or dust conditions are frequently severe.

Benefits
This position is eligible for comprehensive range of employee benefits including:  paid sick leave, vacation pay, and holiday pay, medical benefits, life insurance, and retirement benefits through the Public Employees Retirement System of Idaho (www.persi.state.id.us/).

The application period has been extended to May 1, 2019.  Contact the Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association for more information:

                Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association
                Paul Wagner, Chief Fire Warden

                Phone:  (208)634-2268
                Email:  pwagner@sitpa.idaho.gov

                Attn:  Deputy Fire Warden Vacancy
                555 Deinhard Lane
                McCall, ID 83638

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association, Inc. is a Drug & Alcohol Free Workplace.

More information can be found at:  sitpa.org