Salary: $53,100.00 – $71,520.00 Annually
Location: Douglas County – East Wenatchee, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Department: Dept. of Natural Resources
Job Number: 2023-1-3036-01197
Closing: 2/6/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Wildland Fire Operations Technician 4, Chelan Fire Management Officer (FMO)
Recruitment #2023-1-3036
Full-time, Permanent, Represented position
Location: Southeast Region- East Wenatchee, WA

Relocation Compensation may be available and considered
Salary: $4,425.00 – $5,960.00 Monthly

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an exciting opportunity within our Southeast Region. Do you enjoy the challenge of wildland firefighting? Do you see yourself leading a team of wildland firefighters across Washington’s most diverse geographic region? DNR is looking for a bright, quick-thinking individual to fill the role of the Fire Management Officer (WFOT4). This position is prefect for those that enjoy hazard-risk mitigation, collaborating with interagency peers, and using professional judgment to determine necessary resources during high to extreme fire danger levels. The Chelan Fire Unit has 3-AFMO’s, 1- 20 Person Handcrew, 1- Dozer, and 7- Type 5 Engines based at the work center.

This position provides leadership and oversight of the fire program for the Chelan Fire Unit for Washington Department of Natural Resources. The Fire Management Officer (FMO) Supervises 4 Wildland Fire Operation Technician 3’s and is indirectly responsible for the supervision of 2 Wildland Fire Operation Technician 2’s, 1 Heavy Equipment Operator 2 and up to 6 Engine Leaders, as well as up to 35 Seasonal Fire Fighters in daily activities including training, pre-suppression, suppression, and fire regulation enforcement.

Job duties include:

  • Fire Protection and Suppression Program- Protects human life and natural resources on department protected lands while minimizing resource loss and fire costs as outlined in RCW 76.04.015,016.
  • Preparedness- Develops and implements annual pre-suppression project work plans for district staff.
  • Supervision- Supervises 4 Wildland Fire Operations Technician 3’s and is indirectly responsible for the supervision of 2 Wildland Fire Operation Technician 2’s, 1 Heavy Equipment Operator 2 and up to 6  Engine Leaders, as well as up to 35 Seasonal Fire Fighters in daily activities including training, pre-suppression, suppression, and fire regulation enforcement.
  • Suppression- Providing supervision and incident leadership during wildland fire suppression (Initial Attack or Extended Attack)  
  • Prescribed Fire Support – Leads and supervises crew to conduct site fuels and fire effects data collection, unit preparation, assist with burn plan writing, community outreach, and Rx burn implementation support to include firing, holding, burn boss, etc.
  • Community Resilience – Lead and supervise crew to conduct home ignition zone assessments as part of Wildfire Ready Neighbors or independent requests from landowners and/or communities.  In addition to Home Ignition Zone assessments crew members may participate in community education days, plan and participate in community outreach and prevention events and participate with local cooperators on community outreach projects.
  • Forest Health and Fuels Treatment – Leads and supervises crew to conduct non-commercial thinning and slash abatement, project layout, and compliance in coordination with State Lands and Landowner Assistance staff. Supports forest health project layout, tree marking, road brushing, and GPS data collection surveys. Assists with timber sales, layout, marking, forest cruising and road maintenance.

Required Qualifications: 

  • 8 season of wildland fire suppression experience.
  • Minimum NWCG qualification at Task Force Leader / Strike Team Leader and Incident Commander Type 4 or higher. 
  • 4 years of supervisory experience.
  • Experience in agreement and contract negotiations.
  • Experience as a successful leader and contributing team player within a defined work group.
  • DNR Core Competencies: 
    • Personal Accountability 
    • Value Others 
    • Compassionate Communication 
    • Inspire Others 
    • Commitment to Excellence 

Working Conditions: 

  • Must pass work capacity test at the arduous level required by current red card qualifications.
  • Field and Office: Position’s assigned duty station is the Wenatchee work center (Chelan Fire Unit). 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Division Group Supervisor and Incident Commander Type 3 (or higher) NWCG qualifications.
  • Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2).
  • Experience in other sections of the Incident Command System, in addition to Operations.
  • 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 above). 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.
  • Complete all supplemental questions. 

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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

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