NR Forest Fire Response Lead

State Of Minnesota Deer River , MN 56636

Posted 6 days ago

Job Details

Job Class: Natural Resources Forestry Fire Response LeadWorking Title: NR Forest Fire Response Lead

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers

Date Posted: 03/12/2019

Closing Date: 03/25/2019

Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Department of Natural Resources

Division/Unit: Forestry

Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift

Days of Work: Monday - Friday

Travel Required: Yes

Salary Range: $15.92 - $20.64/hourly; $33,240 - $43,096/annually

Classified Status: Classified

Bargaining Unit/Union: 203 - Service/AFSCME

AFSCME Work Area: Deer River Area

Work Location: Deer River

Employment Condition: Full-Time, Seasonal

FLSA Status: Nonexempt

Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

Job Summary

Job Summary

This is a split seasonal position with anticipated season dates of February 26 to June 8 and September 10 to November 9. Seasons are subject to change based on weather conditions. Hours of work may vary and include weekends, evenings and holidays.

This position performs routine fire response and preparation work and leads emergency fire fighters to control and extinguish wildfires for the Department of Natural Resources.

Responsibilities include:

  • Preparation of wildfire suppression needs by organizing and maintaining fire suppression equipment, supplies and tools, by maintaining an inventory of supplies and requesting new supplies as needed; by winterizing fire suppression equipment before storage at the end of fire season; and maintaining buildings, grounds, fire warden signs, and fire related facilities.

  • Responding to initial attack wildfires and work on prescribed burns as part of the area wildfire suppression team by leading emergency fire fighters; by operating fire suppression equipment; protecting the fire scene and gathering information for the arson investigator; and completing initial reports.

  • Assisting Area Supervisor with fire prevention activities by directing emergency fire suppression personnel and assisting with their training.

  • This position requires both hand and power tool operation and strenuous physical work under unfavorable conditions; requires endurance necessary to perform tasks under extreme environmental conditions, such as heat, cold, rain, wind, and smoke; and requires frequent travel for fire suppression purposes throughout Minnesota.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of wildfire suppression including initial attack, fire behavior, fire control, mop up, and fire line safety sufficient to effectively suppress fires.

  • Knowledge of fire suppression equipment maintenance and operation sufficient to prepare and respond to wildfire suppression needs.

  • Knowledge of state and local fire laws and regulations sufficient to report violations.

  • Ability to understand and use information contained in the Forestry Administrative Area Fire Plan sufficient to prepare for and respond to wildfires.

  • Communication skills sufficient to ensure accurate and effective transmission of information through internal and interagency communications for routine and crisis situations.

  • Ability to recognize reportable events sufficient to meet Forestry fire reporting requirements.

  • Ability to maintain and organize fire line equipment so that equipment is functioning and available when needed to suppress fires.

  • Ability to use maps and GPS equipment sufficient to quickly locate fires and access routes by section, township, range, and latitude/longitude.

  • Ability to operate fire equipment sufficient to carry out fire suppression activities in a safe and effective manner.

  • Ability to coach and direct emergency firefighters to ensure effective and safe suppression and pre-suppression activities.

  • Two months wild fire response experience.

  • Possession of a valid Class A (Commercial) Driver's License or ability to obtain within six (6) months of hire.

  • Ability to pass the DNR Forestry physical standards on an annual basis (based on the Federal Moderate Standard).

  • Must have successfully completed the following training: Fire Fighter Training S-130; Introduction to Wild Land Fire Behavior S-190, Introduction to Incident Command System I-100, Human Factors on the Fire Line L-180, and Incident Management System and Introduction IS-700.

  • Requires an unrestricted Class A Driver's License: a combination of vehicles with a gross COMBINATION weight (GCW) of more the 26,000 pounds, and the towed unit has a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of more than 10,000 pounds within six months of date of hire. Employees who are required to retain this license will be included in the DNR Drug and Alcohol Plan. This will require the employee to be pre-employment drug tested and be included in a random drug and alcohol testing program.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An unrestricted Class A Driver's License.

  • National Wildland Coordinating Group (NWCG) Red Card qualified Engine Boss (ENGB), Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4), Tracked Vehicle Operator (TVOP) and/or Initial Attack Dozer Operator (DOZ1), Helicopter Crew Member (HECM), Squad Boss (FFT1, Faller Class B (FALB).

  • Knowledge of DNR Forestry fire reporting system sufficient to complete and enter reports.

Physical Requirements

Requires occasionally lifting articles such as 50-pound bags of feed maximum and frequently lifting and/or carrying objects such as heavy tools and file boxes. This job may require walking or standing to a significant degree on rough terrain or may involve sitting most of the time with pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.

Additional Requirements

This position requires at least an unrestricted Class D Driver's License upon hire AND an unrestricted Class A Driver's License: a combination of vehicles with a gross COMBINATION weight (GCW) of more the 26,000 pounds, and the towed unit has a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of more than 10,000 pounds within six months of date of hire.

This position requires current possession of a valid class A license or the ability to obtain one in the first 6 months of employment.

The selected applicant will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen, and will be included in the ongoing DNR random drug and alcohol test program

It is policy of the Department of the Natural Resources that all candidates submit to a background check prior to employment. The background check may consist of the following components:

  • Employment Reference Check

  • SEMA4 Records Check

  • Criminal History Check

  • Education/License Verification

Application Details

Why Work For Us

The Department of Natural Resources is proud to operate within a Culture of Respect that provides a healthy, safe, and productive work environment for all employees. This means that our employees are supportive of a diverse workplace, are respectful to one another and to our customers. We believe that promoting a Culture of Respect allows our employees to do their best work in support of the agency's mission.

How to Apply

Click "Apply" at the bottom of this page and submit an application/resume that clearly describes how you meet the qualifications listed above. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637.

For additional information about the application process, go to


If you have questions about the Warroad position, contact Wes Belanger at or 218.246.8343.

If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please submit your certificate to Nicole Kruse at or fax to 651.296.6494 by the job posting close date.


The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages participation in all its programs, services and activities and does not discriminate against qualified applicants with disabilities. Anyone who believes they may need a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate in the job application, interview or selection processes may contact any agency official with whom applicant has contact in the processing of their employment application to request an accommodation. Applicants may also contact the DNR's Affirmative Action office to request an accommodation by: E-mail: or by calling Sarah Spence-Koivisto at 651.259.5016; or using MN Relay 711.

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