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Fire Management Specialist (McCook, NE)

University of Nebraska
Lincoln County, Nebraska, US
Closing date
Aug 12, 2022

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Conservation science
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Full time
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Working Title Fire Management Specialist (McCook, NE)
Department Nebraska Forest Service-0889
Requisition Number S_220550
Posting Open Date 05/12/2022
Application Review Date: (To ensure consideration, please submit all application materials before review date) 06/27/2022
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Description of Work
The Nebraska Forest Service ( NFS ) provides technical and financial assistance to clients across Nebraska emphasizing rural forestry, community forestry, forest fuels reduction, forest health, forest products utilization and fire protection. Our mission is to enrich the lives of Nebraskan's by protecting, restoring and utilizing Nebraska's tree and forest resources.

NFS is seeking enthusiastic, qualified applicants to join our team of dedicated staff working towards improving preparedness and response capabilities of Nebraska's wildland fire first responders. Providing direct training and incident support assistance, the Fire Management Specialist will play a key role in protecting life and property from wildfire in southwest Nebraska.

This position will lead NWCG wildland fire training within their region; serve as a priority Single Engine Air Tanker ( SEAT ) base manager for the McCook SEAT base, while also providing relief and assistance for other SEAT bases around the state. The employee will be available to assist with local, state, and national wildland fire response, based on qualifications and availability. Position requires attaining SEAT base manager NWCG qualifications within 2 years of hire, during which time the position and NFS will prioritize completing that qualification. Required to complete the NWCG work capacity test. Position located in McCook, NE.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse populations we serve. The university fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential. As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See: .

Minimum Required Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in forest management, natural resources or related field, plus one year wildland firefighting experience required; equivalent education/experience considered. Must be qualified as a firefighter type 1 ( NWCG ) or higher. Ability to attain single resource boss certification within 3 years and SEAT base manager within 2 years. Knowledge of maintenance and operation of specialized tools and equipment used in wildland firefighting; and ability and experience in prescribed fire implementation and/or wildland fire suppression including knowledge of fire behavior, fire hazard and risk analysis, safety mitigation and fire line leadership essential. Must have a valid driver's license and meet University driver eligibility requirements.

Preferred Qualifications
Prefer Bachelor's in forest management, natural resources or related field plus two years' wildland firefighting experience; prescribed fire burn boss 2; any single resource boss certification; SEAT base manager certification; ability to develop and deliver wildland fire training courses; knowledge of computer software including, but not limited to, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, email, etc.

Pre-Placement Driving Record Review Required Yes
Physical Required Yes
Commercial Driver's License (CDL) required. Subject to DOT approved pre-employment & random testing for alcohol and controlled substances. No
Criminal History Background Check Required Yes
Posted Salary $53,194 minimum
How to Apply
Click on "Apply for this Job". You will then either create an application or edit your current application that is on file. You will be required to attach your resume, cover letter and list of references as three (3) separate documents in MS Word or PDF format.

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact
Steven Jara

Job Category (old) Managerial/Professional
Job Type Full-Time
Alternate Work Schedule (if other than 8-5) Occasional irregular hours including evenings & weekends
Position funded by grant or other form of temporary funding? Yes
If Temporary, indicate end date
Planned Hire Date: To be arranged
Appointment End Date

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  • Cover Letter
  • List of References
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