Salary: $42,696.00 – $57,324.00 Annually
Location: Stevens County – Colville, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Job Number: 2023-4-1384-05543
Department: Dept. of Natural Resources
Division: Northeast
Opening Date: 04/24/2023
Closing Date: 5/14/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Northeast Region is actively seeking a Regulation and Prevention Technician (Wildland Fire Operations Technician 2) for our North Columbia fire unit, located in Colville, WA. The Regulation and Prevention Technician is responsible for wildfire suppression, prevention and regulation throughout our region including state trust lands.  The Northeast Region conducts suppression actions on over 450 fire starts annually, processes approximately 500 burn permit requests annually, and provides training courses to local cooperators.  Interagency cooperation occurs on the majority of the wildland fires and in most fire training courses.  Interagency cooperation includes working with local fire districts, state and federal partners, and is a key function of these positions.

The Regulation and Preventions Technician has a great influence on the quality, image and message delivered to the general public of Washington State. This position works closely with stakeholders and other agencies, and plays a leadership role in fire suppression activities.  

The majority of the duties will include administering and approving burn permits, interpreting/applying fire regulations and IFPL restrictions, conducting wildland fire investigations, and fire suppression.  This position will act as a Wildland Fire Investigator regularly.  The Regulation and Prevention Technician will work closely with fire suppression resources to suppress and prevent the spread of wildland fire.  

Other duties will include but are not limited to being a lead and/or unit instructor for NWCG fire courses for wildland fire training, leading and participating in wildland fire prevention activities. The Northeast Region is a fast paced and complex work environment that requires an individual who will work within the team goals and dynamics to be successful.

Required Qualifications: 

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Experience with firefighting techniques, practices, terminology, equipment and other resources for wildland fire management including support needs, communications, and safety precautions.
  • Knowledge of fire and aviation weather technology, weather’s effect on various fuel types, and knowledge of weather as it influences fire behavior.
  • Experience with the use of MS Office software
  • DNR Core Competencies: 
    • Personal Accountability 
    • Value Others 
    • Compassionate Communication 
    • Inspire Others 
    • Commitment to Excellence 
  • Proven ability to communicate with a variety of groups to include subordinates, superiors, the public, and other partner organizations both written and verbal, especially in stressful situations
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain cooperative, effective working relationships both internally and externally
  • Proven ability to professionally represent the agency with the public and all partners.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science, Forestry, or other related field or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • Knowledge of Department of Natural Resources wildland fire regulatory practices, burn permit processes, and experience conducting Wildland Fire Origin and Cause Determination investigations.
  • NIMS qualified as Task Force Leader, Strike Team Leader and ICT4
  • Completed FEMA ICS courses I-100, I-200, IS-700, IS-800.
  • Skilled in supervision, leadership and management of people

Please contact Paul Nelson at or e-mail us at

Application Requirements

  • To be considered you must apply online at 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.

For more information and to apply:

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