2020 Helitack Squad Boss (Kenmore)

State of Washington in Kenmore, WA

  • Industry: Trucking - Fleet Management
  • Type: Full Time
position filled
Description Seasonal Helitack Squad Boss Positions
Base of Operations Wildfire Division (Tumwater, Yakima)
Non-Permanent. Seasonal (4-6months, may be extended up to 7 months). Represented.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is currently recruiting for Helitack Squad Bosses to become members ofWashington state's Helitack crew.Helitack personnel are based out of Yakima and Olympia while providing state-wide aviation support for fires throughout the season.Helitack personnel primarily perform initial attack firefighting often in remote locations (accessed by helicopter) and support DNR's firefighting helicopter fleet.
This is an excellent opportunity for motivated individuals who desire a career in natural resource management or to gain fundamental forestry experience through fire crew employment. Individuals must be willing and capable of acting responsibly, accepting direction, and performing strenuous outdoor work safely and productively, typically in a very hot environment. The experience and training gained as a Helitack Squad Boss can form the foundation for a successful career in forestry and other natural resource professions. Hired applicants will be receive S-271 (Helicopter Crew Member) and A-219 (Helicopter Longline Remote Specialist) trainings and will perform duties as such on and off the fire line under the direction of the Helicopter Manager. The duration of these positions is generally 6-8 months.

The Location
One of the world's most scenic places, Washington State offers breathtaking discoveries forpeople who love natural beauty and outdoor recreation, from the Pacific Coast shores to therugged Cascade Mountains to the rolling hills of the Palouse. Base of operations will be inYakima or Tumwater Washington. Other possible locations thru fire suppressionseason could beOmak,Colville, Wenatchee, Mount Vernon and Vancouver area.
Crew housing is not available at eithersite, but rental options are available. Check out: or Duties

$2,844 $3,774 month ($16.34 to $21.69 per hour)

  • Overtime is paid at the rate of time and one-half in excess of 40 hours per work week.For purposes of overtime administration, the agency work week begins at 0001 Monday morning and ends at 2400 Sunday night.
  • For all hours worked under the Incident Command System, $2.00 is added to an employee's regular hourly rate of pay.
  • Position is eligible for health/dental insurance.

    Under the direction of a Helicopter Manager, the Helitack Squad Boss is responsible for the daily direction, and safe operation of a Helitack Squad performing pre-suppression, fire prevention and wildland fire suppression activities for the DNR.In addition, they are expected to
  • Participate in statewide fire suppression activities for initial attack, extended attack, mop-up, patrol, and fire-line rehabilitation under the direction of the Helicopter Manager.
  • Report directly to the Helicopter Manager and/or fireline supervisor.
  • Perform Helicopter Crew Member (HECM) duties including Helispot and Helibase support.
  • Operate Agency Vehicles in a safe manner throughout the state.
  • Ensure accurate Time and Activity Report (TAR), mid-month and end of the month as requested by supervisors.
  • Follow all safety protocols and implement basic aviation and fire behavior principles.
  • Ensure squad readiness and preparedness for all tasks under the direction of the Helicopter Manager.
  • Lead by example and mentor crew members.
  • Adhere to all crew and agency polices and follow the chain of command.
  • Take responsibility for the maintenance and upkeep ofHelitack utilized facilities.
  • Take responsibility for crew and equipment readiness to the expectations set forth by the DNR Helitack Program on a daily basis.

    Many of the duties performed on these jobs require considerable physical exertion; working outdoors in all terrain and weather conditions, working long hours, and extended periods of time away from home. Duties include but may not be limited to the ability to carry up to 60 pounds, run, bend, twist, walk and/or climb. A work capacity test or "pack" test that measures the physical fitness of candidates is administered as part of the selection process. Candidates are required to pass at the "arduous" level. Below is a chart describing what the work of a Helitack Squad Boss, Wildland Fire Operations Technician 1may include:
  • Time/Work Volume: long hours (minimum of 12 hour shifts or more) irregular hours shift work multiple and consecutive assignments pace of work typically set by emergency situations living out of a backpack for 2 or more weeks
  • Physical Requirements: using combi, Pulaskis, chain saws and other hand tools to construct fire lines lifting and loading boxes and equipment driving/riding for long hours flying in helicopters working both independently and in teams wearing PPE (hard hat, boots, eyewear, ear plugs, fire shelter, etc.) extensive walking, climbing, hiking, kneeling, stooping pulling and pushing heavy objects providing rescue or evacuation assistance
  • Environment: very steep terrain rocky, loose, or muddy ground surfaces thick vegetation down/standing trees wet leaves/grass varied climates (cold, hot, wet, dry, humid, snow, rain) high altitudes heights holes and drop offs very rough roads open bodies of water isolated/remote sites
  • Physical Exposures: light (bright sunshine, UV) burning materials extreme heat airborne particles smoke, fumes, gases falling rocks and trees allergens loud noises snakes, insects, poisonous plants trucks and other large equipment close quarters, same people, limited/disrupted sleep hunger, irregular meals, dehydration

  • DNR provides fire crew members with required safety clothing and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Crew members are required to wear lace-up boots with Vibram soles and constructed entirely of heavy leather that extends a minimum of 8 inches above the heel cup (inside of boot). DNR will reimburse (as approved) up to $350 (with original receipt) for the cost of pre-approved boots. Other clothing, such as rain-gear, coats, hats etc., must be provided by the individual.

    Job training will be provided for all firefighter positions at DNR. This training will take place at the agency's fire academy. The academy provides meals and lodging for all participants and has a duration of 7-14 days. Qualifications Required Qualifications:
  • Must be age 18 and possess a high school diploma or equivalent at the time of hire.
  • Mustpossessa valid driver's license and 2 years of driving experience.
  • Acceptable driving record free of serious traffic violations (see application form below).
  • The ability to act promptly and use good judgment in emergencies, and deal tactfully with the public.
  • Must pass the DNR work capacity test or "pack" test at the arduous level during the selection process and prior to starting work.
  • Fire Fighter 1 qualified.
  • Ability to be certified as a Helicopter Crew Member (HECM) within 6 months of hire.
  • Desirable Qualifications:
  • Aviation and Initial attack experience.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • 3-5years ofwildlandfire experience
  • 1 or more years of Helitackrelated experience.
  • Familiar with DNR Aviation Operating Plan and Standards, NWCGStandards for Helicopter Operations (SHO), Helicopter flight manuals, Federal Aviation Regulations and performances and 310-1 position qualifications.
  • Current with Intern Agency Aviation Training (IAT)
  • Current Red Card rating of Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5).
  • Qualified as Air Base Radio Operator (ABRO), and/or Deck Coordinator (DECK).
  • Experience in structure triage
  • Experience in burnout operations
  • ICT4(t) and HMGB(t)

    For applicants meeting position qualifications and who may be considered for an interview, you will be required to provide a current Employment/Commercial driving record issued from every state you possessed a driver's license in during the last three years. Details on how to obtain this record from Washington State can be found on the Department of Licensing website at:www.dol.wa.gov. You will have two weeks (14 days) from the request date to provide the driving records. If you do not provide a copy of all driving records for the last three years within that two week period, your application will not be considered. You may attach a current, 3 year (3 years from date of submission of the application, may not be an older copy) driving abstract to this application.

  • A copy of your driver's license

  • Certificate of course completion for IS-700 and ICS-100. General information about these courses is included in this announcement.
  • Completed Waiver and Release Form.
  • Completed Health Screening Questionnaire (HSQ).

  • Employees must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

    Engine Leader candidates (regardless of work experience with DNR) who receive a contingent employment offer, must provide copies of their certificates of completion for these two courses prior to or on the day of the work capacity testing. Failure to do so will disqualify candidates for employment in these positions. If you have previously taken and received credit by DNR for these courses, you will not have to retake the courses or submit a certificate of completion.

    During the DNR Work Capacity Testing safety is of primary importance and concern. An element of safety is personal physical fitness and is important for co-worker safety, personal safety and health and for efficient fire line operations. The "Pack Test" is a work capacity test that measures aerobic capacity, muscular strength, and muscular endurance. Firefighters, strike team leaders, line scouts, and others assigned arduous duty must be prepared to work in steep terrain; and in extreme temperatures, altitude, and smoke-while maintaining reserve work capacity to meet unforeseen emergencies.

    Candidates must pass the arduous fitness level by completing a 3-mile walk with a 45lb pack in 45 minutes . The test is Pass/Fail only. Failure to pass will disqualify candidates for employment in these positions.

    Prior to reporting for work, applicants are strongly encouraged to train for arduous level work capacity. However, before you begin to train for testing or before substantially increasing your level of activity please review the health screening questionnaire (HSQ) and consult your health care provider if necessary. You may contact DNR Recruiting ...@dnr.wa.gov for a copy of the HSQ.
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