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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Directs a crew of 5 to 10 individuals performing natural resource management activities, such as, fighting grass, brush, and forest fires, maintaining roads, firebreaks, trails, and headquarters sites, or rehabilitating streams. Or, supervises a Helitac fire fighting crew.

Typical Work

Performs and/or participates in recruiting, selecting, hiring and orientation of crew members and lead workers; 

Supervises small crews in forest fire control; tree planting; plantation maintenance; herbicide application; stream clean-out; slash burning; forest road maintenance; recreation site and trail maintenance and construction; building, facilities, and grounds maintenance and/or other natural resource activities; 

Implements prescribed work plans including coordination with responsible managers; provides or arranges for standard hand tools, power saws, equipment and supplies; assigns work and directs the crew in all work activities; plans, arranges for and/or conducts training as needed to safely and effectively do the assigned crew work; inspects, evaluates, guides, and corrects the performance of all crew members; 

In residence camps, establishes and enforces off‑duty rules of behavior, conduct, facilities use and housekeeping; assigns kitchen help; directs cooks; may require and/or provide opportunities for physical training and conditioning; 

Performs or directs operating maintenance on hand tools, vehicles, power saws, pumps, facilities and other assigned equipment; maintains equipment accountability; 

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  methods and practices of supervision; proper use and care of forestry and construction hand tools, measurement tools, vehicles, small motor equipment, and other equipment; natural resource activities. 

Ability to: supervise and train young adults to safely and effectively perform forestry and other natural resource activities; live with crew and control off-duty behavior; use sound judgement under hazardous emergency conditions involving prolonged periods of heavy physical exertion; effectively communicate and work safely.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Six months of experience as a Forest Worker or forest fire fighter.


Six months of experience supervising a crew performing outdoor physical labor.


An A.A. degree in a natural resource technology program. 

Note: Must possess a valid driver's license without major restrictions. 

Note: Incumbents may be required to obtain one or more specialized licenses, including, but not limited to: 

  1. Public Pesticide Applicators license
  2. Intermediate or combination endorsements to driver's license. 

Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

Revised March 1, 1966
Revised September 7, 1973 Title change (formerly Forest Fire Foreman l) and general revision
Revised March 11, 1983 Revises minimum qualifications
Revised November 15, 1985 Revises definition and minimum qualifications, title change (formerly Forest Fire Crew Supervisor l) and general revision
Revised new class code: (formerly 94440) effective July 1, 2007.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/30/2017, effective 7/1/2017.

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