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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 402G
Category: Protective Services

Class Series Concept

Within the Department of Natural Resources, positions perform a full range of wildland fire management activities including prevention, suppression and mitigation through fuel management and prescribed fire, and critical air and ground resources to attack wildfire. Positions develop consistent approaches to fire prevention, safety, forest management and improve wildfire detection in areas at risk.

Positions safeguard the state’s lands by assisting with long-term, sustainable plans for wildfire response to protect the health and safety of the environment and communities.


This is the entry level of the series. The duties of this level require the development of the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to provide wildfire management activities, non-wildfire and all-hazard incident response and support functions.

Distinguishing Characteristics

These positions work as a member of a hand crew, wildland fire engine crew, helicopter crew or squad for wildland fire management activities. Positions work with higher level Wildland Fire Management professionals to provide wildfire management activities including suppression, prevention and reducing wildfire threat.

Typical Work

Performs fire prevention, suppression and mitigation activities, constructs fire line; cutting and clearing vegetation;

Locates and updates forest conditions and fires using maps and Global Positioning Systems and communicates information to staff, dispatch centers, supervisors and managers;

Communicates safety considerations and factors such as fire intensity, fuel conditions and weather observations to staff, dispatch centers, supervisors and managers;

Provides non-wildfire and all-hazard incident response and support functions;

Conducts mop up and patrol operations;

Assist with ignition operations;

Operates pumps and installation of hose lays and water delivery systems;

Operates, maintains and inspects equipment, to include vehicles, off road vehicles, ATV’s, fire engines and riding mowers;

Hauls and packs fire related equipment and supplies;

Maintains and repairs tools and equipment; completes safety inspection; submits requests for maintenance;

Assists in completing reports, narratives and permits.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of Wildland fire prevention and suppression techniques and tactics; National Wildfire Coordinating Group standards; safety practices and basic first aid procedures;

Ability to use hand tools; operate equipment to include vehicles, off road vehicles, ATV’s, fire engines and riding mowers; operate communication hardware including multi-channel two-way radios, computers and GPS units.

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

High School diploma or GED equivalent and six months of experience in wildland fire mitigation or suppression activities. National Wildfire Coordinating Group qualified as either a Firefighter Type 1 or Helicopter Crew Member. Valid driver’s license, two years of driving experience and acceptable driving record.

Class Specification History

Establishment, adopted 11/10/2021, effective 1/1/2022.