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    This position is located within a National Forest. The primary purpose of the position is wildland fire suppression/management/control as a specialized firefighter with responsibility for the operation and maintenance of specialized tools or equipment.

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    Helitack Work 70%

    Serves as a skilled member of a helitack crew. Regularly performs standard fire duties in the suppression of wildland fires. Loads helicopter cargo and completes manifest of crews and equipment. Rappels from hovering helicopter near ground level. Builds fireline and lays or directs hose. Patrols areas of controlled fires to mop-up. Cleans, reconditions, and stores fire tools and equipment. Independently or with one or two other crewmembers may be assigned to carry out specialized assignments such as tree falling, backfire and burnout, construction of helispots, specialized helitack operations, and hover hookups. Performs fuel management and prescribed burn activities.

    May be qualified as a Forest Service short-hauler.

    Additional Duties 30%

    Performs as a member of a fire crew assigned to suppress the full range of difficulty and complexity of fires. Uses standard forestry practices and techniques, and accepted fire suppression and prescribed burning methods used in various types of fuels and under a variety of weather and terrain. Observes, records, and preserves evidence of cause of fires.

    Participates in fire and safety training in the techniques, practices and methods of fire suppression and in the safe, efficient operation and use of tools, equipment and vehicles used in fire line activities, with emphasis on those used in the particular function to which assigned.

    Participates in crew proficiency checks and drills. Participates in safety sessions and fire critiques. Ensures own and others' welfare and safety in all aspects of the assignments.

    May be assigned to fire lookout to provide detection and reporting of wildfires. Reports smoke and fire to a dispatcher giving location, estimated size and other pertinent information. Reports weather and fire behavior information keeping the dispatcher and/or other officials informed of current conditions.

    May perform project work such as road and trail maintenance, habitat manipulation, and miscellaneous equipment and facilities maintenance.

    May assist higher level workers in forestry/range research efforts; in the marketing of forest/range resources; or in the scientific management, protection, and development of forest/range resources. 

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Position(s) may involve work away the official duty location to remote worksites within commuting distance (49 miles) and may also require overnight travel and/or camping per fire assignment.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0462 Forestry Technician

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