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Forester IV, Statewide Support/Logistics Forester

Workplace Alaska

Fairbanks ,  Alaska
Forestry

The Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry is recruiting for a Forester IV, Support/Logistics Forester for the statewide Fire Program. The position provides support and logistical coordination for the Division's wildland Fire Program. Responsibilities include organizing, supervising, and managing the statewide logistics center (SLC), ground support section, communications section, and warehouse services. Position provides oversight of the financial accounting and budget for these sections. Serves as a member of the Fire Staff Working Group as Logistics Coordinator for Fire Program.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Planning, managing, and oversight for statewide logistics, warehouse services, communications, and ground support;
  • Implementing programs for fire preparedness and fire management relative to support functions;
  • Directly supervising 5 positions and indirectly supervising 26 additional subordinate positions that can expand with emergency hires;
  • On a rotating basis, may serve as the Area Duty Officer during non-shift hours;
  • Depending on National Incident Management System, Incident Command System (NIIMS ICS) qualifications, potentially serving as the agency liaison for Incident Management Teams;
  • Interacting with interagency cooperators, local fire departments, and the public regarding the Division of Forestry's fire contracting opportunities;
  • Ensuring Area personnel follow statutes, regulations, policies, and procedures and can interpret these in making decisions;
  • Providing logistical support for multi-agency, wildland and urban interface initial attack and fire suppression within areas of large population and significant resources at risk;
  • Provide management oversight of the Statewide warehouse program. Ensure that inventories are conducted and Areas can have or obtain the materials to manage their initial attack fire program and to support project fires and extended fires that occur throughout the state;
  • Communicate with fire managers within the Division and on an interagency basis to ensure they have accurate information regarding incidents being supported by SLC. Adjudicate resource orders that are processed by SLC, and when resource order flow will revert to the local Area;
  • Oversee financial accounting for the statewide logistics, warehouse operations and management, retardant site maintenance and operation, and other support operations;
  • Serve as the primary manager of the On-line Application System (OLAS) an online system used for registering and hiring equipment, Voluntary Fire Assistance (VFA) grant application process and future applications;
  • Directly involved with establishing schedules, approving of staff overtime, and regulating work-rest requirements;
  • Provide input on cost efficiencies, inventory tracking, and performance measures; and
  • Provide oversight and audit the record keeping process maintained for individual and cumulative fire costs. Respond to information requests from fiscal personnel in Juneau, federal cooperators, legislators, internal managers, and others.

The ideal candidate is a motivated individual who can demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience (the following traits must be documented in your cover letter and applicant profile):

  • Demonstrated experience supporting wildland fire operations, including urban interface and remote fires;
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with state forestry policy and procedures;
  • Experience with preparing, administering, or implementing a budget;
  • Can develop and progress with innovative approaches to problem solving;
  • Strong supervision and management skills, including the ability to successfully address multiple priorities, set work goals, and monitor staff progress to meet workload demands;
  • Experience with facilitating process with the goal of reaching a consensus on difficult or complex issues among parties with divergent interests;
  • Experience coordinating with other agencies, vendors, public groups, and private individuals; and,

Strong oral and written communication skills.

Special Note:
In your cover letter attached to your application, please list your current NIIMS ICS "Red Card" qualifications. If you are selected for an interview you will also be requested to provide this information, in addition to a copy of the current "Red Card".

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college in forestry, natural resources, or a closely related field that includes a minimum of 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours in forestry or closely related curricula.
AND EITHER;
Two years of professional advanced level experience in forestry, natural resources, or a closely related field. The required experience includes work such as a Forester III or Natural Resource Specialist III with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.
OR;
Four years of professional journey level experience in forestry, natural resources, or a closely related field. The required experience includes work such as a Forester II or a Natural Resource Specialist II with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.

Substitution:
An associate's degree that includes a minimum of 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours in forestry, natural resources, or a closely related curricula from an accredited college and two years journey level experience in the technical aspects of forest management and practices such as fire prevention, fire suppression, timber sales, reforestation, or inventory will substitute for the required bachelor's degree. The required experience includes work such as a Wildland Fire and Resource Technician III or Wildland Fire Dispatcher II with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.

There is no substitution for the required experience.

Substitution:

Certification from an accredited vocational technical school in forestry, natural resource management, or a closely related field and three years of experience in the technical aspects of forest management and practices such as fire prevention, suppression, timber sales, reforestation or inventory may substitute for the required bachelor's degree. The experience includes work such as a Wildland Fire and Resource Technician III or Wildland Fire Dispatcher II with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.

There is no substitution for required experience.

Special Note:

Closely related curricula and work experience includes fields such as: geosciences, geography, natural resources, environmental sciences, soils, hydrology, wildlife habitat management, forest engineering, remote sensing, vegetation classification, natural resource bio-metrics and wildland fire control.

One year of work experience equals 12 months of seasonal work.

Positions may require travel both in and out-of-state for fire suppression assignments; may be on stand-by or recall status during the fire season; may be assigned work in and out of the area that requires the absence from the duty station for 14 to 21 days; may fly in small fixed wing aircraft or helicopters and handle hazardous materials.

Most positions require "Red Card" qualification under the Incident Command System.

Some positions may require a commercial driver's license with appropriate endorsements.



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