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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 402F
Category: Protective Services

Class Series Concept

See Wildland Fire Management Technician.


Supervises Wildland Fire Program Coordinators and/or other professional level staff involved in Wildland Fire program coordination.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Positions that supervise the work of program coordinators are assigned responsibility to make recommendations concerning the development of program goals and objectives; development of timetables and work plans to achieve program goals and objectives; development of program policies and procedures; preparation of program budgets, adjustment of allotments and authorizing expenditures; control of allocation of program resources; the setting and adjusting of program priorities; and evaluation of program effectiveness.

Positions function primarily under administrative direction.

Typical Work

Develops and implements the agency Fire District Assistance program including program direction, goals, and strategies; provides technical expertise and guidelines to fire district participants and regional staff for program implementation; develops criteria and process for evaluating and awarding grants and allocating surplus equipment; monitors and evaluates program to ensure compliance with federal performance standards, federal grant requirements, and attainment of performance deliverables;

Plans, organizes and directs the agency Wildland Fire Training program, to include developing and implementing systems to ensure that agency personnel meet certification requirements, evaluating and recommending strategic direction, agency policy, procedures and guidelines with respect to fire program training needs and ensuring policies, procedures and priorities are understood and consistently applied; represents agency on the Pacific NW Coordinating Group interagency training work team, which plans and coordinates interagency wildland fire training in Washington and Oregon for five federal agencies, two state agencies and several hundred local agencies;

Plans and directs the agency Fire Regulation program, including industrial fire precaution regulations, hazard abatement, and public use restrictions/outdoor burn bans; develops operational procedures, provides public education, and represents the department with other agencies and stakeholders; ensures that program policies are consistent with uniform statewide interpretation of fire regulation and clean air laws;

Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: fire behavior, fire weather, fire hazard, fire risk analyses, wildland fire suppression operations and tactics, interagency wildland fire operations and functions; Incident Command System; Forest fire regulations (e.g., Forest Protection Assessment and Outdoor Burning regulations); various national and state fire computer systems (e.g., ROSS, NFDRS, ICS, IQS, WFDSS);.public budgeting process.

Ability to: form and maintain effective working relationships; mediate, negotiate and collaborate; effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing; demonstrate leadership, organizational, and planning skills; analyze organizational and operational problems and develop solutions; make sound, timely decisions in stressful, fast-paced situations.

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

Four years of experience implementing a specific wildland fire program (the specific program is designated for each position).


Two years as a Wildland Fire Program Coordinator 1.

Class Specification History

Establishment, adopted 6/13/2019, effective 7/1/2019
Add class series concept, adopted 11/10/2021, effective 1/1/2022.
Revised definition and distinguishing characteristics, adopted 6/22/2023, effective July 1, 2022
Revised definition and distinguishing characteristics adopted 6/22/2023, effective 7/1/2023.
Revised typical work, knowledge and abilities, and desirable qualifications as of 6/22/2023, effective 07/01/2023.