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Supervisory Range/Forestry Technician Supervisory Wildland Firefighter

Company name
U.S. Department Of The Interior Bureau of Land Management

Location
Bakersfield, CA

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Summary

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website .

These positions are located in Bakersfield, CA, and Susanville, CA. Information about Bakersfield and the surrounding area can be found by visiting the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce website; information about Susanville and the surrounding area can be found by visiting the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce website.

Physical Demands:

Arduous duties involve rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. Work requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighing over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring at least average agility and dexterity. All other duties include demands for strenuous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods of time. Operation of some specialized fire equipment can place extended physical stress on incumbent during fire activities.

Work Environment:

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, etc. Temperatures vary from above 100 degrees F to below freezing. Risks include smoke inhalation, fire entrapment, snake or insect bites and stings, 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 sets of circumstances. Incumbent may be required to live in back country camps for extended periods of time. The hazardous nature of the work requires that personal protective equipment be worn (boots, hardhat, gloves, flame resistant clothing, etc.). Work may require travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft.

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Responsibilities

Serves as a supervisory wildland firefighter on a handcrew.

During initial attack fire suppression activities, locates fireline, directs and participates in fireline construction, backfiring and burnout operations, engine and pump operations, tree falling and holding/patrol/mop-up operations.

Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents.

Makes initial evaluation of fire situations: determines rate of spread, potential hazards to property and other improvements, suppression method, tools to use, hose lays, deployment of crew and point of attack.

Provides leadership, allocates resources, and implements activities to accomplish a multi-cultural organization.

May assist fire management staff in developing and revising annual operating plans, annual budget request, fire management planning and operating procedures pertaining to wildland fire management activities.

May assist in the preparation of hazardous fuels treatment plans and burn plans based on predicted fire behavior and risk assessment.

Travel Required

75% or less - Travel is required to wildland fires.

Supervisory status

Yes

Promotion Potential

07

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Company info

U.S. Department Of The Interior Bureau of Land Management
Website : http://www.blm.gov/nhp/index.htm

Company Profile
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), created in 1946 through a merger of the General Land Office (GLO) and the U.S. Grazing Service, has roots going back to the creation of the GLO in 1812. In celebration of 200 years of land management, the BLM presents this website -- a collection of the stories, traditions and heritage that make up our unique history. BLM employees, current and retired, have contributed to this labor of love and many more will continue to add their unique histories over time.

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