Handcrew Superintendent, Wildland Fire Operations Technician 3-Newaukum (Forestry Conservation)

Full Time

  Department of Natural Resources WA State (http://www.careers.wa.gov)

  Chehalis, Washington, United States

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
Pacific Cascade Region, Wildfire District is actively seeking to fill a Newaukum Handcrew Superintendent. The selected applicant(s) will likely be stationed in the North Fire Unit at Chehalis, WA. Pacific Cascade Region is a diverse and beautiful location. In a typical workday, you can go from the heights of White Pass, to the shores of the Long Beach Peninsula. Interested individuals can find numerous miles of hiking along the Pacific Crest Trail, snow sports at White Pass, fishing along the Columbia River, big game hunting in the Willapa Hills, duck hunting or bird watching at numerous National Wildlife Refuges and the splendors of one of the most productive shellfisheries in the world! For the urbanites among us, the Region is host to Vancouver, Kelso, Longview, Chehalis and Centralia and is just a short hop away from Portland and Olympia areas. Sports fans can easily travel to support the Seahawks, Blazers, Mariners, Winterhawks, Timbers, Sounders and now the Kraken! Finally, for the true explorers Pacific Cascade Region is home to some of the best sasquatching locations in country!  



These positions provide daily operational management to a fire management program. This position will supervise 1 WFOT2 (Foreman) and be the second line supervisor for 4 WFOT1 (squadboss) and 4 exempt seasonal firefighters. This position will closely interact with the rest of the fire management team in the region, as well as the other programs within the department and external partners/stakeholders. The selected candidate will runs day to day operations for the Newaukum Hand Crew under the guidance of a Fire Management Officer, the position is responsible for organizing and directing crew, managing crew fatigue and initiating appropriate responses to incidents. The North Fire Unit encompass a diverse range of landscape, and complex fire management. The right candidate will be a developing leader looking to recruit and develop a team of fire fighters.  

This position is well suited to challenge driven individuals, who thrive under high demand work, building relationships and stressful environments.

Bring your creativity, enthusiasm and work ethic and join a team building for the future!  

What will we trust you with?

  • Team building
  • Coaching
  • Mentoring
  • Informing, educating and inspiring
  • Relationship building
  • Critical decision making
  • Collaboration



Required Qualifications: 

  • Wildland fire suppression experience.
  • Proven past experience in agreement and contract negotiations.
  • 2 years of supervisory experience.
  • Certified as a NWCG Single Resource Boss-Crew Boss or ability to obtain within 12 months of hire.
  • Must pass work capacity test annually at the arduous level required by current red card qualifications.
  • Employee Empowerment.
  • Team Cohesion.
  • A valid driver’s license and have two years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function. Finalists and/or interview candidates will be asked to provide a driving record from all states in which they have held a license during the past three years.
  • DNR Core Competencies: 
    • Personal Accountability 
    • Value Others 
    • Compassionate Communication 
    • Inspire Others 
    • Commitment to Excellence 
  • Work is performed in an office setting (30%) and alone in isolated unimproved natural areas within the unit (70%). Incumbent must be able to traverse uneven terrain in all weather conditions.
  • Position requires travel (50%) to the field for project work, fires, or supervision, attend meetings or various trainings. Frequent overnight travel is required for trainings, meetings, and fire assignments
  • Employees of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. This position is based in an office/fieldwork setting and requires in-person attendance/interactions with no option for full-time telework. Please note that any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing verification of your vaccine status. No start date will be approved until you verify your status.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • A Bachelor Degree or Associates Degree in Fire Science, Natural Resource Management or a closely related field.
  • Certified NWCG Incident Commander Type 4 and Task Force Leader.
  • Commitment to continual learning and adaption to technology advances.
  • Skills in evaluating others’ abilities, and assessing training needs.
  • Facilitative skills to work with groups of people to solve issues.



DNR provides excellent benefits, a few of those include:

  • Commitment to organizational health and wellness
  • Work/life balance
  • DNR Employee Resource Groups (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, Women’s Employee Resource Group, Veterans Employee Resource Group, etc.)
  • Statewide Employee Business Resource Groups, visit here to learn more
  • Leadership that empowers and supports employees
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Educational and career development aid
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Eligibility
  • Opportunities to participate in wildland fire suppression assignments
  • A comprehensive benefit package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave and vacation days. Visit http://careers.wa.gov/benefits.html for more information.