Alaska SAF

Fire Management Officer

Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry
Tok, AK

The Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry is recruiting for a Fire Management Officer located in Tok, Alaska.  

This position is open to All Applicants

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What you will be doing:
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry (DOF) is seeking a highly motivated individual to fill the Fire Management Officer (FMO) position in Tok, Alaska. Under the direction of the Tok/Valdez-Copper River Area Forester, the FMO is responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the Tok Area Fire Management Program. This includes all pre-suppression, prevention, initial attack, and extended attack wildland fire operations within the Tok Fire Protection Area.

Mission and Culture:
The mission of the Division of Forestry is to develop, conserve, and enhance Alaska’s forests to provide a sustainable supply of forest resources for Alaskans. Tok Area Forestry (TAS) is responsible for suppressing wildland and urban interface fires on over 8 million acres of land in the Eastern Interior region of Alaska. TAS is characterized as having a very busy summer fire season. TAS's protection area extends from the northern most reach of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Preserve, north along the Canadian Border to the Top of The World Highway.  From here the area boundary travels east through Chicken, Alaska to the headwaters of the Middle Fork of the Forty Mile River.  At this point the area boundary turns south west to where it intersects the Alaska Highway then following the Johnson River to its headwaters in the Alaska Range.  From this point the boundary heads southeast down the range, including the village of Mentasta and then to the Canadian border along the Mentasta and Nutzotin Mountain ranges. Fires are suppressed using a variety of apparatus including helicopters and engines. The area and agency values resilience, strong work ethic, and an ability to seek self-improvement daily to promote a positive view of the employee, fellow employees, and the agency. The employee will work in a fun filled environment with like-minded individuals that enjoy the outdoors and understand the importance of suppressing wildfires and assisting with fuels mitigations projects. Health/life insurance benefits are provided as well as retirement.

Core Responsibilities:
The key responsibilities and duties of the position include:

  • Directly supervise wildland fire fighting and prevention staff in initial attack suppression response for wildland and urban-interface fires.
  • Perform as an Incident Commander on initial and extended attack fires beyond the complexity of lower level technicians.
  • Develop and administer Area Hazardous Fuels Reduction projects. Lead efforts in the development of Community Wildfire Protection Plans.
  • This position is the area training officer and will lead, coach, and mentor technicians.
  • Approve daily operations plans and staffing levels.
  • Recruit, select, train, and evaluate crew members.

Team Benefits:
The selected candidate will be a member of a highly functioning and close-knit organization that values work ethic and flexibility. An individual that shows initiative and competence in their duties will have ample opportunity for upward movement. Providing adequate training opportunities for employees is a priority of TAS. This position is highly critical to the TAS's fire protection success during times of high fire danger.

Work Environment:
The base is in Tok along the Glenn Highway. Tok is nestled at the northern edge of the Alaska Range with stunning views.  Tok is the first town travels driving from the lower states and Canada arrive in.  Tok is the point of entry for all travels driving to Alaska. There is no other road access into Alaska accept through Tok. Tok provides a rustic setting for those not interested in the larger city life.  It is nearby the White Mountains where there is ample opportunity for fishing and hunting. The TAS compound is comprised a multiple office spaces, a helibase, an engine staging area and multiple other buildings. There is the Tanacross Tanker Base 10 miles west of town.  The Tok FMO typically spends most of their time in the office administering the fire program. The area staff’s multiple engines as well as a Type 2 Exclusive Use Helicopter (Bell 205A1++).  Due to limited road access, Area wildland fire technicians may travel by helicopter anywhere in the area. Once at a fire, technicians fill extended attack roles of 14-21 days. Long work hours in an arduous and difficult environment are common.

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ideal candidates will possess the following skills, knowledge, and abilities:

  • Fire Management Program: Demonstrate knowledge of wildland fire preparedness, prevention, operations, dispatch, finance, administration and aviation.
  • Planning and Evaluating: Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.
  • Managing Human Resources: Plans, distributes, coordinates, and monitors work assignments of others; evaluates work performance and provides feedback to others on their performance; ensures that staff are appropriately selected, utilized, and developed, and that they are treated in a fair and equitable manner.
  • Teaches Others: Helps others learn; identifies training needs; provides constructive reinforcement; coaches others on how to perform tasks; acts as a mentor
  • Leadership: Influences, motivates, and challenges others; adapts leadership styles to a variety of situations.
  • Public Service Motivation: Shows a commitment to serve the public. Ensures that actions meet public needs; aligns organizational objectives and practices with public interests.

Special Requirements:

  • A valid Driver’s License
  • Red Card or IQS/IQCS Master Record
  • Applicants must be able to pass the Work Capacity Test at the “Arduous” level as defined in Federal Publication PMS 307, Work Capacity Test Administrator Guide.  This test consists of the applicant’s successful completion of a 3-mile hike carrying a 45-pound pack over level terrain in 45 minutes or less.
  • Position may require travel both in and out-of-state for fire suppression assignments; must be on stand-by or recall status during fire season; must be available for assignments in and out of the area that requires the absence from the duty station for 14 to 21 days; must fly in small fixed wing aircraft or helicopters; and handling hazardous materials. Overnight travel may be required and extended outdoor fieldwork may be necessary to perform the duties of this position.

Minimum Qualifications

Either an associate's degree; 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours of post-secondary education; or certification from an accredited vocational technical school in: forestry, natural resources, emergency management, and/or a related field
Two years journey level experience in the technical aspects of forest management and practices such as fire prevention, fire suppression, timber sales, reforestation, or inventory.
Certification within the preceding three (3) years by the candidate's employing agency as Qualified for Division/Group Supervisor (DIVS) or Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) in the National Incident Management System: Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide (see PMS 310-1 (Download PDF reader)) will substitute for the required education.

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