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Salary- $51,432.00 – $69,264.00 Annually


The Highlands Fire Management Officer is responsible for the following:

  • Responsible for hiring permanent fire staff and oversee the hiring of seasonal staff
  • Responsible for assigning work to permanent staff
  • Manage the Highlands Unit fire suppression program
  • Protect life, property, and natural resources from wildland and urban interface fires while ensuring firefighter and public safety.
  • Coordinate Highlands Unit silviculture burn permit program
  • Supervises staff that issue burning permits, including permits for large broadcast burns, silvicultural under-burns and burning that will consume 100 tons or greater of forest slash, thus requiring smoke management approval.
  • Manage Highlands Unit fire training program
  • Assists with the State Fire Academies and other various Interagency/DNR Trainings.
  • Manage Highlands unit fire prevention program
  • Provides supervision and guidance to staff in implementation of fire prevention and fire education activities within the unit. May perform as public speaker for fire prevention and homeowner protection to the public.

Required Qualifications: 
Knowledge and/or experience of:

  • Fire regulation and enforcement.
  • Forest fire prevention.
  • Fire Investigation.
  • Good writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work on uneven terrain in all weather conditions.
  • Proven experience in computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, mapping and Global Positioning technology.
  • The incumbent in this position is required to travel.
  • A valid driver’s license and have two years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function. Finalists and/or interview candidates may be asked to provide a driving record from all states in which they have held a license during the past three years.


  • In addition to content area expertise, this position requires the incumbent/candidate to have the following knowledge and skills in order to perform supervisory tasks described in the essential functions.
  • Employee recruitment and selection.
  • Planning and assigning work, including setting performance standards and expectations.
  • Evaluating and documenting performance.
  • Performance feedback and coaching.
  • Training and development planning.
  • Employee motivation and performance-based recognition.

NWCG Qualifications:

  • 2 NWCG Single Resource Boss qualifications.
  • NWCG Type 4 Incident Commander.
  • Must annually pass the work capacity test at the arduous level.
  • Ability to obtain NWCG “Red Card” Qualification of Task Force Leader within two years.
  • DNR Core Competencies:
    • Personal Accountability
    • Value Others
    • Compassionate Communication
    • Inspire Others
    • Commitment to Excellence
  • All employees of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Vaccination status will be verified at the time an offer of employment is made. An accommodation may be available for individuals who have a sincerely held religious belief or a medical reason for not receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, based on the essential functions of this position.

Our ideal candidate will also have the qualifications listed below:

  • Trained to NWCG “Red Card” qualification level of Task Force Leader.
  • A Bachelor or Associates Degree in a Fire Science, Natural Resource or related field.
  • Knowledge of employment rules and regulations as they apply to permanent, seasonal career and seasonal DNR employees.
  • Burn permit regulation.