Wildfire and Forest Resilience Specialist, WFMS

Salary: $44,400.00 – $59,616.00 Annually
Location: Mason County – Belfair, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Job Number: 2023-11-7812-14877
Department: Dept. of Natural Resources
Opening Date: 11/21/2023
Closing Date: 11/30/2023 11:59 PM Pacific
Salary Information: The high end of the salary range, Step M is typically a longevity step
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Spillman Wildfire and Forest Resilience Specialist, Wildland Fire Management Supervisor (WFMS)
Recruitment #2023-11-7812
Full-time, Permanent, Represented position
Location: South Puget Sound Region- Belfair, WA

Partial Telework flexibility may be available and considered
Relocation Compensation may be available and considered

Salary: $3,700.00 – $4,968.00 Monthly 

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is home to Washington’s largest on-call fire department that is responsible for protecting over 13 million acres of 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 is a  strong advocate of wildland fire prevention, suppression, and mitigation. Spillman Fire Unit with the SPS Region of the DNR is looking for the right person for its Wildfire and Forest Resilience Specialist position. The Spillman Fire Unit covers Mason and Kitsap Counties of the SPS Region; from the shores of the Puget Sound and Hood Canal to the foothills of the Olympic Mountains. This position will support the agency’s Forest Health and Resilience Plan by supporting wildland fire suppression efforts as a qualified Engine Boss/Engine Lead during active fire season and supporting fuel mitigation projects throughout the year. In order to meet deliverables set forward by the Forest Health and Resilience plan, this position will conduct hazard risk assessments on residential properties and communities, and plan and assist with Fire Prevention projects. This position will be involved with RX burn implementation support roles.  Individuals 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.




  • Performs assignments relating to wildland fire preparedness. Initiates individual fire prevention contacts and assists with the Fire Prevention Plan completion.  
  • Constructs, maintains, and posts fire prevention signs.  
  • Participates in cooperative group fire prevention and preparedness education activities.
  • Conducts prescribed fire support, forest health treatment, State Uplands support, and issues burn permits.
  • Works as a wildland firefighting engine leader supervising 2-3 wildland firefighters.
  • Participates in statewide fire suppression activities.  
  • Protects life, property, infrastructure, and natural resources from wildland and urban interface fires to minimize resource loss and fire costs while ensuring firefighter and public safety.
  • Maintains all equipment in a state of fire-readiness.
  • Inspects outdoor burning on department-protected lands, and ensures compliance with smoke management and fire regulations.
  • Supervises 2-3 exempt firefighter positions in daily activities including training, fire preparedness, suppression, fire regulation enforcement, and burn permit activities.
  • Develops and implements a daily routine for the engine and crew.
  • Oversees and participates in the interviewing process for fire staff and makes recommendations on the hiring of new exempt firefighters.  
  • Responsible for training, scheduling work projects, reviewing time and activity reports, equipment mileage and maintenance logs, preparing performance evaluations, and recommending disciplinary actions.  
  • Responsible for assigning and directing firefighter positions in their work activities.
  • Assists with instruction of required NWCG 100 and 200 level training, LCES, refresher training, and Operator Safety Training to the public and contractors.  
  • Assists with wildland fire training to federal, state, county, city, and private industry personnel.  
  • Assists with TREX and other prescribed fire-focused training events.  
  • Assists with or leads in-house district training courses as assigned under the direction of the supervisor.



Required Qualifications:

  • Fully qualified to the NWCG “Red Card” qualification of one or more single resource boss (SRB) qualifications: Heavy Equipment Boss, Firing Boss, Crew Boss, Helicopter Boss, Felling Boss, or Engine Boss.
  • Experience supervising or leading wildland firefighting personnel.
  • Knowledge and/or experience of:
    • DNR Burn Permit Regulations
    • Smoke Management
    • Regulatory Education
    • Fire Regulatory and Enforcement
    • Fire Prevention Programs
    • Fire Investigations
    • Fire Suppression
  • Good writing and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and supporting an environment that honors diversity, equity, inclusion, and environmental justice practices.
  • Perform assigned duties in a manner consistent with applicable laws, regulations, and public records retention and requests are followed.
  • Experience in computer applications, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Global Positioning Systems.
  • Ability to work with the public, sometimes under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to act promptly and use good judgment in emergencies.
  • DNR Core Competencies:
    • Personal Accountability
    • Value Others
    • Compassionate Communication
    • Inspire Others
    • Commitment to Excellence
Special Requirements and Conditions of Employment:
  • Must complete and pass IS-700 and ICS-100 courses
  • Must pass the DNR work capacity test or “Pack Test” at the arduous level prior to starting work and annually thereafter
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of hire.
  • The fire suppression and prescribed fire work is strenuous outdoor work in all weather conditions. Must be able to traverse uneven and mountainous terrain e.g.: 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. Might need to work in close quarters, with limited/disrupted sleep.
  • This position will be assigned an agency vehicle. The position requires significant driving and field visits within a geographically assigned area.
  • A valid unrestricted 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. 
Desired Qualifications:
  • Hold multiple single resource boss qualifications and/or Incident Commander Type 4, Strike Team Leader/Task Force Leader, and Wildland Fire Investigator.
  • Knowledge of and experience with:
    • Prescribed Fire Operations
    • Burn Plan Writing
    • GIS
  • Fire Effects and Fuel Load Monitoring
  • A Bachelor’s or associate degree from an accredited institution 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.


Supplemental Information

Application Requirements:

  • To be considered you must apply online at www.careers.wa.gov (Click on the APPLY button above). 
  • 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 it with your resume.
  • Important: Do not attach any documents that include photos or private information (social security number, year of birth, etc.).
  • Complete all supplemental questions.
  • Candidates who move forward in the recruitment process may be contacted via email at info@governmentjobs.com with interview information/scheduling instructions. Please monitor the email listed in your application materials and check your junk email folder to ensure you receive those communications.
Questions?  Please contact Philip Shafto at Philip.shafto@dnr.wa.gov/360-742-7616 or e-mail us at DNRrecruiting@dnr.wa.gov

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. 
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 which 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 benefits package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave, and vacation days. Visit http://careers.wa.gov/benefits.html 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.
DNR does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit www.uscis.gov.  

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 it. We thank you and are grateful for your service!

Equal Opportunity Employer: The Washington State 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 in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 522-2500 or email DNRrecruiting@dnr.wa.gov. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

Once you submit your online application, you can check your status by logging into your account. If you experience technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or email CareersHelp@des.wa.gov.

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