Kittitas Squad Boss, Wildland Fire Management Lead

State of Washington
Full Time, Permanent WA 1111 Washington St SE, Olympia, WA 98504, United States


This position provides leadership and support of the Initial Attack Handcrew with the guidance of the Handcrew Superintendent / Crew Foreman. The squad bosses are responsible for the supervision, hiring, training, problem-solving, and oversight of 4-14 Seasonal Wildland Firefighters.

Job duties include:

  • Wildfire Suppression- Providing supervision and oversite for resources during fire suppression (Initial Attack or Extended Attack)
  • Fire Training- Prepares for and participates in interagency training classes and hands-on courses in wildland firefighting tactics, fire behavior recognition, safe chainsaw operation, use of tools, pumps, and water delivery systems, working around helicopters, and assessments of hazards. Assists crew with guidance on various position task books, training records, and evaluations.
  • 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.


Required Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of wildland fire suppression tactics and fire behavior recognition.
  • Certified as a NWCG Firefighter Type 1.
  • Employee Empowerment.
  • Team Effectiveness.
  • Building/maintaining Cooperative Relationships.
  • 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 as required by NWCG.
  • 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-related illness-type conditions in summer, to cold, wet, hypothermic-type conditions closer to wintertime. These duties may involve field work requiring physical performance calling for above-average endurance and superior conditioning.
  • Requires a large amount of travel (50%). This includes travel alone between fires, work centers, proposed work sites, and ongoing supervisory tasks as well as meeting with partners and cooperators. This includes driving in snowy icy conditions with poor to little visibility, to driving in conditions while surrounded by smoke and fire. This position requires both night and overnight travel.
  • 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.
Desired Qualifications:
  • A bachelor's or associate degree in Fire Science, Natural Resources, or related field; or some higher education that required course work in Fire Sciences and/or Silviculture.
  • Certified as a NWCG qualification level of Single Resource Boss-Crew Boss, or higher.
  • Certified as a NWCG Incident Commander Type 4 or higher.
  • Knowledge of employment rules and regulations as they apply to permanent, seasonal career, and seasonal DNR employees.
  • Skills in evaluating others’ abilities and assessing training needs.
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