Salary: $48,156.00 – $64,788.00 Annually
Location: Jefferson County – Other, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Department: Dept. of Natural Resources
Job Number: 2023-2-A067-02987
Closing: 4/2/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Assistant Fire Unit Manager, Wildland Fire Operations Technician 3
Recruitment #2023-2-A067
Location: Olympic Region- Chimacum, WA

Relocation Compensation may be available and considered

Review of applications is ongoing. The hiring authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision or close this recruitment at any time after March 14, 2023. It is in the applicant’s best interest to submit material as soon as possible.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is home to Washington’s largest on-call fire department that is responsible for protecting over 13 million acres in both state and privately owned lands. Working with interagency partners, DNR embraces an all hands all lands vision. DNR’s Fire Program serves the communities of Washington, and are strong advocates of wildland fire prevention, suppression, and mitigation.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is looking for a bright, quick-thinking individual to fill the role of the Assistant Fire Unit Manager for Straits Unit in Olympic Region. This position is perfect for those that enjoy hazard-risk mitigation, collaborating with interagency peers, and using professional judgment to determine necessary resources during fire season.

This individual will be expected to provide critical leadership in initial and extended attack fire suppression. Strong decision making skills and a desire to take on responsibility are valued and encouraged. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to the Wildland Fire Core Values of Duty, Respect, and Integrity.

This position assists in providing leadership and oversight of the fire program in East Clallam and East Jefferson Counties for the Washington Department of Natural Resources.  You will have responsibility of hiring, training, and providing daily leadership for 1 Wildland Fire Operations Tech 2, 2 engine leaders and 9 firefighters.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Certified as a NWCG Single Resource Boss.
  • Certified NWCG Incident Commander Type 5 or higher or the ability to obtain during the probationary period.
  • Supervisory Experience.
  • Proven past experience in agreement and contract negotiations.
  • Team effectiveness- understanding and ability to increase team effectiveness by focusing on situational awareness, communication skills, teamwork, task allocation and decision-making within a framework of standard operating procedures.
  • Employee empowerment.
  • DNR Core Competencies: 
    • Personal Accountability 
    • Value Others 
    • Compassionate Communication 
    • Inspire Others 
    • Commitment to Excellence

Working Conditions: 

  • Must pass work capacity test annually at the arduous level required by current red card qualifications. 
  • 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 will be asked to provide a driving record from all states in which they have held a license during the past three years.
  • Field and Office: Position’s assigned duty station is the Gray Harbor Fire District #2. Work is performed in an office setting (30%) and alone in isolated unimproved natural areas within the unit (70%). Incumbent must be able to traverse uneven terrain in all weather conditions.
  • Requires travel (50%) to the field for project work, fires, or supervision, attend
    meetings or various trainings. Frequent overnight travel is required for trainings, meetings, and fire assignments.
  • Employees of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are required to complete their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines (be fully vaccinated against COVID-19) or be approved for a medical or religious exemption and accommodation as a condition of employment. Please note, any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing verification of your vaccine status or having an approved medical or religious exemption and accommodation. No start date will be approved until you have either verified your vaccine status or have an approved exemption and accommodation. “Fully vaccinated” means the following: An employee is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Novavax) or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson (J&J)/Janssen) authorized for emergency use, licensed, or otherwise approved by the FDA or listed for emergency use, or otherwise approved by the World Health Organization.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • A Bachelor Degree or Associates Degree in Fire Science, Natural Resource Management or a closely related field.
  • Task Force Leader (or higher) NWCG qualifications.
  • Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2).
  • Commitment to continual learning and adaption to technology advances.
  • Skills in evaluating others’ abilities, and assessing training needs.
  • Facilitative skills to work with groups of people to solve issues.

Application Requirements:

  • To be considered you must apply online at (Click on the APPLY button). You must complete the entire online application to be considered for the position. 
  • Attach a letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile and the position required, desired and special requirements. 
  • Attach a resume describing your experience and qualifications.
  • Provide three to five professional references – you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include with resume.
  • Important: Do not attach any documents that include photos or private information
    (social security number, year of birth, etc.)
  • Complete all supplemental questions. 

To Apply:

Supplemental Information
About the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). 
At DNR we approach our work through the lens of making Washington a better place environmentally and are dedicated to serving Washington’s lands and communities through diversity, equity and inclusion. With nearly 1,500 employees in locations throughout Washington, we manage and protect more than 5 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands.
Our Vision – Our actions ensure a future where Washington’s lands, waters, and communities thrive.
Our Mission – Manage, sustain, and protect the health and productivity of Washington’s lands and waters to meet the needs of present and future generations.
Our Core Values:

  • Safety and Well-Being —Our top priority is the safety of the public and our employees.
  • Public Service —We value and respect the public we serve, and we value and respect the people of the Department of Natural Resources who step up to serve.
  • Innovation and Creative Problem-Solving — We solve our state’s most pressing challenges through innovative thinking, dedication, and bold and creative vision.
  • Leadership and Teamwork —We are committed to building leaders at all levels and building teams for success.

DNR provides excellent benefits, a few of those include:

  • Commitment to organizational health and wellness
  • Work/life balance
  • DNR Employee Resource Groups (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, Women’s Employee Resource Group, Veterans Employee Resource Group, etc.)
  • Statewide Employee Business Resource Groups, visit here to learn more
  • Leadership that empowers and supports employees
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Educational and career development aid
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Eligibility
  • Opportunities to participate in wildland fire suppression assignments
  • A comprehensive benefit package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave and vacation days. Visit for more information.

Additional Information:
This recruitment may be extended and may also be used to fill future similar vacancies for up to sixty (60) days.
Veterans wishing to claim Veteran’s preference please attach a copy of your DD-214, NGB-22 or other verification of military service. Please black out your social security number prior to attaching.  We thank you and are grateful for your service!

The Department of Natural Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans, military spouses or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.
Persons needing accommodation during the screening process or this announcement in an alternative format may contact DNR Recruiting staff at (360) 522-2500 or (360) 522-0143 or by email at  Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) at 1-800-833-6388 or
Questions?  Please contact Michael Becker at, 509-899-9191 or e-mail us at

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