Colorado State University Lead Fire Operation Technician - Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA in Fort Collins, Colorado

Posting Detail Information

Working Title Lead Fire Operation Technician - Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA

Research Professional Position No

Posting Number 201800766AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Number of Vacancies

Work Hours/Week 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range $51,845 - $58,760

Desired Start Date 10/01/2018

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Posting Date

Open Until Filled Yes

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 09/17/2018

Description of Work Unit

ORGANIZATION CEMML is a research, education and service unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (CSU). CEMML applies the latest and most appropriate science to promote the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources on Department of Defense (DoD) and other public lands. We provide technical support, conduct applied research, and offer career development and learning opportunities to support resource stewardship. We collaborate with our sponsors and within CSU to resolve complex environmental issues, leaving a legacy of science-based decisions that sustain our resources for future generations.

To learn more about CEMML’s contributions to land management, our mission, vision, and values, visit

LOCATION Vandenberg Air Force Base is a 98,400 acre base located approximately 9 miles northwest of Lompoc, California. Vandenberg AFB is a Department of Defense space and missile testing base, with a mission of placing satellites into polar orbit from the West Coast using expendable boosters. Vandenberg is located on California’s “Central Coast”. The 150 square mile area midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles is surrounded by the Santa Ynez Mountains, the Pacific shore, and ranches of northern Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. The land here juts further into the Pacific than any point in California, receiving moderate rainfall, daily fog and no snow. The hills are green in winter and turn a burnished gold in summer. City of Lompoc information

Position Summary

Incumbent will be a member of the Vandenberg Wildland Support Module for the U.S. Air Force Wildland Fire Branch based at Vandenberg AFB, CA. The Wildland Support Module is responsible for implementing prescribed burns and responding to wildfires on Air Force property throughout the area of responsibility and the U.S.

The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a Team Lead and to provide operational oversight and planning of wild land fire suppression/non-suppression activities and specialized expertise. The incumbent is also responsible for preparedness, prevention, prescribed burning, monitoring, hazardous fuel reduction within assigned area of responsibility. The incumbent also assists in writing and executing wildland fire management plans, prescribed burn plans, and preparedness plans.

This position requires work on active military training ranges with potential risk for unexploded ordnance and other related hazards. In addition, regular travel (up to 15 weeks per year) to other Air Force installations to perform similar tasks throughout the area of responsibility will be required. The position is to be located at Vandenberg AFB, CA.

Required Job Qualifications

  • High School diploma, General Education (GED), or equivalent required.

  • A minimum of three year’s work experience in fire management is required.

  • Knowledge and experience in prescribed fire operations, including burning techniques, fuels inventory, preparation of burn plans, prescriptions, firing procedures, holding strategies. Prior wildland fire experience is a mandatory requirement.

  • Knowledge and skill in care, maintenance, and utilization of wildland fire suppression and prescribed fire and fuels treatments equipment.

  • Knowledge of natural resource management, fire ecology, fire behavior, and fire management theories, concepts, principles, and standards in a wildland fire environment sufficient to plan, develop, implement, coordinate, and evaluate an integrated fire management program.

  • Knowledge of the policies, techniques and practices of wildland firefighting obtained through substantial service as a primary/rigorous firefighter of a highly structured organization.

  • Knowledge of accepted wildland fire safety practices and procedures.

  • The successful candidate must have or be able to obtain a driver’s license and a Class B commercial driver’s license within 6 months of employment

  • Meet requirements for the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) standards for Single Resource Boss, which includes an annual pack test at arduous level and fire line refresher (maintained annually).

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Experience in the operation and maintenance of heavy equipment in wildland fire and forestry practices is desired (i.e. Tractor Plow, Skid Steer/Masticator, hauling equipment, etc.)

  • Experience with prescribed fire and wildfire suppression, familiarity with ecosystems and fire regimes in California is highly preferred.

  • Degree in natural resource management or related field.

  • Experience compiling and utilizing environmental and ecological data using Trimble Nomad personal data assistants as well as ArcPad software is beneficial.

  • Experience with ArcGIS, GPS mapping and compiling field data.

  • Knowledge of computer applications and software for a variety of fuel management uses.

  • Skill in oral and written communication sufficient to prepare reports, present training, and coordinate work efforts.

  • Knowledge of the effects of prescribed fire and wildfire on natural and cultural resources sufficient to perform recurring assignments utilizing established practices.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Supervision and Planning


Serves as the work leader by planning, organizing, and coordinating the activities of Fire Operations Technicians. Plans work schedules and sequence of operations to ensure an even flow and distribution of work for assigned shift. Instructs employees in specific tasks and job techniques and makes available written instructions, reference materials, and supplies. Maintains a current knowledge and answers questions on procedures, policies, directives etc. Obtains needed information from supervisor on problems that may arise. Checks on work in progress, spot checks work not requiring review, and/or reviews completed work to see that the supervisor’s instructions on procedures, methods, and deadlines have been met. Assesses fitness standards and reports potential issues to supervisors and medical personnel. Monitors working conditions for safety. Resolves simple, informal complaints of employees and refers others to supervisor. Provides information to the supervisor as requested concerning promotions, reassignments, recognition of outstanding performance, and personnel needs. Reports to supervisor on performance, progress, and training needs of employees and behavior problems. Gives on the job training to new employees in accordance with established procedures and practices. Assists Supervisory Fire Operations Technician in performing or completing assigned tasks.

Assists in wild land fire management planning, coordination and implementation.

Assists in managing supplies and equipment.

Percentage Of Time 40

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Fire Operations


Technically administers all aspects of the prescribed fire/fuels plan, ensuring that preparation, ignition, holding, mop-up, and rehabilitation are completed to the specified standards. Monitors fire behavior, evaluates fire effects, identifies potential problems and makes recommendations.

Performs non-suppression work in fire prevention, preparedness, mobilization, prescribed fire, and training. Ensures preparedness of wild land fire equipment and personnel. Organizes fire caches, maintains inventory and accountable property, and evaluates equipment and personnel needs. Performs post-burn evaluation and completes documentation.

Supports wildfire suppression efforts in initial attack and follow-up actions to safely and effectively control wildfires in accordance with identified appropriate management response.

Selects strategies and tactics to ensure safe operations for assigned resources. Actively participates in an analysis of: objectives, strategies and tactics, safety, cost effectiveness/efficiency, After Action Reviews, and offers suggestions for improvement. Ensures required documentation is completed and submitted.

Monitors weather and fire behavior, and communicates changes to strategy and tactics.

Percentage Of Time 30

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Wildland Fire and Safety Training


Participates in wildland fire and safety training in the techniques, practices, and methods of fire suppression and in the safe, efficient operation and use of tools, equipment, and vehicles used in fire suppression activities, with emphasis on those used for the particular function assigned. Participates in preparedness reviews, proficiency checks and drills, safety sessions, and after action reviews. Ensures own and others welfare and safety in all aspects of the assignment.

Percentage Of Time 20

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Prescribed Fire/Fuels Management Plans


Participates in drafting prescribed fire/fuels management plans following the interagency template. Prepares and reviews plans and or plan components such as annual operating plans, training plans, fire suppression plans, safety plans, and individual projects plans.

Conducts field reconnaissance of proposed prescribed burn units, makes recommendations on appropriate treatment techniques for meeting management objectives, drafts prescribed burn plans to meet those objectives and implements approved prescribed burn plans.

Percentage Of Time 10

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered for hire. Apply no later than September 17, 2018 for full consideration. Upload each of the items below individually as a Word Document (.doc), PDF (.pdf), or Rich Text Format (.rtf). Please note that incomplete applications cannot be considered. Please remove social security numbers and birthdates from application materials.

A complete application consists of: 1) Statement of Qualifications (one-page letter addressing each qualification described in the announcement) uploaded in the ‘Cover Letter’ slot. 2) Resume

OPTIONAL DOCUMENTS: 1) Transcripts (for each degree earned that is listed under qualifications) uploaded in the ‘Official Transcripts’ or ‘Unofficial Transcripts’ slot. 2) Degree Conferral (copy of diploma if transcripts do not include confirmation that degree was awarded) uploaded in the ‘Other’ slot. 3) Please upload any license or certifications you have obtained which pertain to this position in the optional ‘Licenses/Certifications’ slot

References – please include within your application contact information for 3 professional references including at least one supervisor. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License

Search Contact Jacie Ullrich

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • Please affirm your knowledge that this position is located at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

  • Yes, I affirm.

  • Do you have a valid driver's license or are you able to obtain a valid driver's license by the employment start date?

  • Yes

  • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume or CV

Optional Documents

  • Unofficial Transcripts

  • Official Transcripts

  • License/Certification

  • Other