Salary: $48,156.00 – $64,788.00 Annually
Location: Kittitas County – Cle Elum, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Job Number: 2023-6-A018-07948
Department: Dept. of Natural Resources
Opening Date: 06/16/2023
Closing Date: Continuous

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an exciting opportunity in Cle Elum Washington in Southeast Region. Do you enjoy the challenge of wildland firefighting? Do you see yourself leading a 20 Person Initial Attack Handcrew across Washington’s most diverse geographic region? The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is looking for bright, quick-thinking individuals to fill the role of Handcrew Superintendent. (WFOT3).

Oversees the recruitment and the interviewing process for permanent and seasonal crew staffing to provide recommendations for hire to the Kittitas Fire Management Officer.

Ensures a maintained facility for assigned portions of Assigned Work Center, including areas requiring specific attention (i.e. Cache, Kitchen, etc.). Takes lead for inventorying, ordering, and storage of all assigned equipment and gear for the Cle Elum Hand Crew.

Under the guidance of the Kittitas Fire Management Officer, coordinates, prepares and/or provides all required onboarding training for direct and indirect reports, seasonal staff’s mid- and end-of season evaluations.

Addresses unit-related personnel issues and resolves them at the appropriate level and/or recommends disciplinary action as needed.

Review/approve employee time and activity reports, all mileage equipment recording logs, and maintenance logs for accuracy.

Position is responsible for accurately completing and submitting Time and Activity Reports (TARs), Mileage Equipment Reports (MERs), credit card logs, Daily Vehicle Inspections, and Daily Activity Log.

Required to submit individual, crew, and equipment documents on time.

Assist with providing supervision and oversite for staff in fire suppression at the unit level. Protects human life and natural resources on department protected lands while minimizing resource loss and fire costs.

Suppression duties in the local unit can vary from acting as initial attack Incident Commander (IC), generating transition plans to incoming IC’s or teams, attending Agency Representative meetings, or drafting and inspecting turn back standards.

Establishes Unified Command and works cooperatively with other fire protection authorities when working on joint jurisdiction fires.

Under the guidance of the Kittitas Fire Management Officer, plans and implements training for seasonal crews and interagency cooperators. Instructs seasonal staff, permanent staff, and private contractors as appropriate.

Assists with developing the unit’s annual preparedness review. Plans and provides drills and training exercises on a regular basis to the seasonal staff.

Ensures safe working practices are followed and holds regular safety meetings and After Action Reviews with assigned staff.

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 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.

Provides support & assistance to staff in implementation of fire prevention and fire education activities within the unit. May perform in public speaking venues about fire prevention and homeowner protection to the public, civic, school, scout and homeowner associations/groups, and at community events.

Performs other prevention activities as required, including ensuring Region prevention expectations are met.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Wildland fire suppression experience.
  • Certified as a NWCG Single Resource Boss-Crew Boss.
  • Proven past experience in agreement and contract negotiations.
  • 2 years of supervisory experience.
  • Employee Empowerment.
  • Team Cohesion.
  • DNR Core Competencies: 
    • Personal Accountability 
    • Value Others 
    • Compassionate Communication 
    • Inspire Others 
    • Commitment to Excellence 

Special Requirements and Conditions of Employment:

  • Must pass work capacity test annually at the arduous level required by current red card qualifications.
  • Position assigned duty station is the Cle Elum Work Center. Work is performed in the office setting (30%) of the time, and unimproved natural areas of the state (70%). Incumbent must be able to traverse uneven terrain in all weather conditions. The outside environment varies from hot, dry, heat relate illness type conditions in summer, to cold, wet, hypothermic-type conditions closer to winter time. These duties may involve field work requiring physical performance calling for above average endurance and superior conditioning.
  • Position 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 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. Do you have a valid driver’s license and at least two years of driving experience?

Desired Qualifications: 

  • A Bachelor Degree or Associates Degree in Fire Science, Natural Resource Management or a closely related field.
  • Certified NWCG Incident Commander Type 4 and Task Force Leader.
  • 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 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.

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