Engine Operator

Forestry, Fire & State Lands

Moab, Utah

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $20.85 - 31.32/hr
Deadline May 26, 2024
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

The Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands through the Department of Natural Resources is hiring a seasonal Engine Operator/Fire Tech II in San Juan County. 

The Engine Operator/Fire Tech II (office located in Monticello, Utah), is a great position for those seeking to enhance their career in wildland fire.  San Juan is the largest county in Utah, with close access to many lakes, mountains and endless outdoor recreational activities.  If you are looking for an adventure in Southeast Utah, apply today!

This is a seasonal, full-time, non-benefitted position that typically ends on October 31, with opportunities for overtime during peak fire season.  On-call status with the availability to immediately respond to fire is required throughout much of the fire season (June 1 – October 31). 

Typical Work Schedule and Pay Range

Regular working days are Monday through Thursday (10 hour days)

Pay Range:  $20.85 - 31.32/hr

Principal Duties

  • Perform wildland firefighting and related duties
  • Perform natural resource projects and improvement tasks to reduce wildfire risks.
  • Operate, maintain, calibrate or adjust specialized wildland equipment. Collaborate with other firefighters as a member of firefighting crew, squad or engine.
  • Transport personnel and cargo to and from fire areas.
  • Lead or participate in safety sessions, briefings, and after-action reviews (AAR). Report and document accidents, injuries, damage, lost or stolen equipment.  Maintain knowledge or current firefighting practices by participating in training courses and drills.
  • Provide for the safety and well-being of subordinates or assigned resources.
  • Complete required annual training, mentor, assist or conduct training as required or necessary.
  • Evaluate size, location, and condition of wildland fires, protect fire origin(s) to allow for potential investigation, and assess damage caused by fires and prepare reports. Communicate fire details to superiors, subordinates/adjoining resources or dispatch centers.
  • Educate the public about wildland fire prevention by participating in activities such as exhibits or presentations or by distributing promotional materials.

The Ideal Candidate

  • NWCG FFT1 qualified; NWCG ENGB qualified (may underfill as FFT2)
  • Complete NWCG S-212 (chainsaws) and obtained FAL3 or FAL2
  • Able to complete and pass the arduous-level pack test according to NWCG guidelines
  • Has a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Has knowledge of fire prevention and mitigation principles
  • Is articulate and professional in both verbal and written communications
  • Is able to work well with landowners, local, state and federal government representatives and co-workers

Why you should join our team

The Engine Operator is involved in all aspects of fire management (assisting the San Juan County Warden) including suppression, preparedness, mitigation, prevention and training.  This is a challenging, yet rewarding, opportunity for an energetic person who wants to make the most of their career.  NWCG red card and valid driver's license are required.


To apply, email your cover letter, resume and reference to:  rpmcarthur@utah.gov

Feel free to call Ryan McArthur at 435-459-0115 with any questions.

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category Forestry , General / Stewardship
Tags Wildland Firefighter