Wildland Fire Module Leader RFLD, ICT4, RXB2

Wildland
Chugachmiut - Anchorage, Alaska

Jan 25, 2023


Application Deadline:
Apr 28, 2023

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$DOE with full annual benefits annual

Job Description

Come spend the summer in beautiful Kenai, Alaska, at our state-of-the-art Fire Camp!

Chugachmiut is seeking a Wildland Fire Module Leader, TFLD, ICT4, RXB2, to lead our Denali Fire Team.

The primary Mission of a Wildland Fire Module (WFM) is to provide an innovative, safe, highly mobile, logistically independent, and versatile fire module with a commitment to achieving diverse fire and fuel management objectives.

Demonstrates the ability or obtain knowledge to perform the following duties:

  • Serves as a Module Leader and supervises a 10-person Wildland Fire Module (WFM), overseeing proficiency in Wildland Fire Tactical Operations.
  • The incumbent will oversee the implementation and maintenance of Lookouts, Communications, Escape Routes, and Safety Zones (L.C.E.S.) in an unanchored Fireline environment.
  • Implements the planning and conducting of burnout and blackline operations.
  • Oversees the operation and maintenance of fire management hydraulic systems, including pumping, hose lays, and structure protection sprinkler systems.
  • Independently interpret, evaluate, and implement operational action plans.
  • Ability to manifest, assemble, and facilitate external cargo for helicopter operations.
  • Conduct long-term strategies by implementing long-term plans by understanding concepts of point-protection, Management Action Points, and season-ending events.
  • Provide information to managers on tactical actions that meet the overall long-term objectives.
  • Complete written structure assessments, structure wrapping, interface fuel reduction during ongoing incidents, and perform structure triage.
  • Oversee and implement ignition and holding actions of prescribed fire through all complexity levels.
  • Monitor and document fire behavior safely.
  • Monitor smoke dispersal and its impacts on sensitive receptors.
  • Identify and document fuels, slopes, and aspects affecting current and foreseeable fire behavior.
  • Collect, measure, and document live and dead fuel moisture.
  • Collecting and identifying fuel load data (e.g., Browns transects, photo series).
  • Evaluate and document post-fire effects.
  • Evaluate the potential effects of natural and constructed fire barriers.
  • Evaluate fuel treatments' effectiveness in modifying fire behavior.
  • Consistent in fireline weather monitoring and documentation.
  • Submit, interpret, and provide feedback to spot weather forecasts.
  • Deploy and maintain portable weather stations.
  • Proficient with G.P.S. systems and can transfer information to mapping software.
  • Wildland fuels and fire progression mapping.
  • Map fire perimeters and points of interest using G.P.S. systems.
  • Operate self-sufficiently for multiple days in a backcountry fire environment, including food, water, and equipment for 5-7 days.
  • Implementing M.I.S.T (Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics) or "light hand on the land tactics.
  • Transport personnel and equipment using remote travel techniques.
  • Prepare fire behavior and fuel condition monitoring documentation during ongoing incidents.
  • Transmit onsite observations from remote locations.
  • Assemble and organize large amounts of data in digital or hardcopy format.
  • Provide intelligence and feedback for the effectiveness of long-duration fire plans
  • Essential Administrative Duties
  • Demonstrate the ability or obtain knowledge to perform the following duties:*
  • Implements management policy and operating procedures for the department and ensure employee compliance.
  • Participates in the recruitment and selection of crew personnel and establishing crew policies and procedures.
  • Ensure all non-expendable items checked out from the state warehouse and Chugachmiut gear is accounted for and returned at the end of the fire season.
  • Ensures cleaning and scheduled maintenance on all Chugachmiut-issued vehicles.
  • Enforce camp safety rules and regulations.
  • Demonstrates sound work ethic, is flexible, and shows dedication to the position.
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude, is respectful, and possesses cultural awareness and sensitivity toward clients and co-workers.
  • Keeps customer service and the organization's Mission in mind when interacting with all clients, co-workers, and others.
  • Performs fire prevention and education functions as assigned.
  • Expected to embrace, support, and promote the core values of respect, integrity, trust, compassion, and quality, align with Chugachmiut's Mission and Vision through their actions and interactions with crewmembers and others.
  • Upholds and conforms to Chugachmiut policies, strict employee confidentiality, and HIPAA regulations.
  • Serves as Representative of Chugachmiut to fire suppression agencies; therefore, will maintain professionalism.
  • Hears and resolves complaints from incumbents.
  • Must be comfortable implementing minor disciplinary measures such as warnings and corrective actions.
  • Identifies and provides for training needs.
  • Finds ways to improve production or increase the quality of work directed.
  • Recommends promotions and commends outstanding performances.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.

Preseason Training:

  • Leads daily physical conditioning program to ensure the crews' physical stamina for firefighting.
  • Coordinates and conducts field training exercises.
  • Develops and participates in refresher course training for crew.
  • Coordinates and conducts Pack Test and P.T. test.
  • Ensures preseason training records are documented and submitted to Soldotna Forestry to F.M.O., A.F.M.O., or assigned State Forestry contact.

Project Work:

  • Ensures that the crew has the proper equipment to perform assigned duties.
  • Coordinates project work assignments with the Forestry Manager/Fire Program Manager or otherwise designed contact.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 18
  • Education: Qualified as a Task Force Leader, Incident Commander Type 4, and a Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2; Highschool diploma or G.E.D. An associates degree or better is preferred, but time and experience in this field will be considered.
  • Experience: See job description
  • Physical Requirements:

  • ****The incumbent must pass the arduous duty work capacity test ("Pack Test"), which consists of carrying a 45-pound pack for 3 miles in 45 minutes

  • Must pass a Physical Training Test (PT Test) which consists of a 1.5 mile run in 10:35 or better.

  • 40 Sit-ups in 60 seconds.

  • 25 push-ups in 60 seconds.

  • Pull/Chin-ups based on body weight in 60 seconds:

o 170lbs or more = 4

o 135lbs – 170lbs = 5

o 110lbs – 135lbs = 6

o 110lbs or less = 7

Work Environment:

Chugachmiut employees strive for excellence in their services and, through our Employee Values Statement, serve with integrity. Employees must work in an environment where transparency and effective communication are essential. Chugachmiut has tools and training to assist employees in sharing problems, focusing on resolving issues, and correcting defective processes.

The work is primarily performed in forest and range environments in steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely uneven, rocky, covered with vegetation, and in smoky conditions. Temperatures vary from above 100 degrees F to below freezing. Risks include smoke inhalation, fire entrapment, snake or insect bites and stings, dangerous animals, and some degree of physical danger and exposure to excessive machinery noise and falling and rolling material. Personnel must adjust and cope with exposure to weather elements, dust and smoke, poor sleeping and eating conditions, and unpredictable circumstances. Incumbents may be required to live in backcountry camps for extended periods. The hazardous nature of the work requires personal protective equipment (boots, hardhat, gloves, flame-resistant clothing, etc.) Position may require travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft.

Physical Demands:

Duties involve rigorous fieldwork requiring above-average physical performance, endurance, and conditioning. Work requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, recurring bending, reaching, lifting, carrying items weighing over 50 pounds, and shared lifting and moving heavier items. Similar strenuous activities require at least average agility and dexterity.

Duties include demands for strenuous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods. Operation of some specialized fire equipment can place extended physical stress on incumbent during fire activities.

Due to the complexity of the position, each fire incident presents varied and unique problems.

Work may be performed on a small initial attack fire up to a highly complex fire involving large acreage, multiple camps, numerous people, and air operations.

Work may be performed for extended periods and physically removed from the immediate supervision of Chugachmiut.

In performing these tasks, a close working relationship with Fire Management Agencies, including Federal, State, Borough, Native villages, Regional Corporations, and other private organizations, is required. The incumbent will work closely and coordinate efforts with Chugachmiut, the United States Forest Service, and the State of Alaska – Department of Natural Resources (D.N.R.). This position involves the operation of a motor vehicle. Applicants must have (or obtain within 30 days of entrance on duty) a valid driver's license.

Contact Information

Jennifer Wilber

Chugachmiut
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
phone: 9073340134

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