Please note, if you are selected for this position and will be working less than 90 days, the position will automatically revert to a short-term position.
Our short-term positions are not part of the salary scale that is advertised within this job posting. Should this position revert to a short-term seasonal position (less than 90 days), your salary rate will be discussed with you during the interview phase of the process.
About the Department of Conservation and Recreation:
The Department of Conservation and Recreation manages one of the largest and most diverse state parks systems in the nation and protects and enhances natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities throughout Massachusetts. The DCR system includes over 450,000 acres of parks, forests, water supply protection lands, beaches, lakes, ponds, playgrounds, swimming pools, golf courses, skating rinks, trails and parkways.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation seeks qualified applicants for the position of Seasonal State Firefighter I.
A cover letter and resume must be submitted as part of the application process and attached ?as relevant? to the requisition.
The incumbent patrols state forests, woodlands and other property to detect fires; suppresses fires using standard firefighting equipment and techniques; maintains firefighting equipment; investigates the causes of fires; and provides information to the public on fire prevention and safety. The basic purpose of this work is to protect state property and the public from fire.
Patrols state and county forests, woodlands, and other property through on-site inspection to detect wildland fires and to assess the condition of access roads, and reporting violations of the forest fire laws.
Trains with and maintains firefighting equipment in proper condition by performing routine maintenance and inspection to ensure preparedness for emergency situations.
Assists District Staff with the suppression of wildland fires through the use of standard firefighting techniques by using such equipment as fire engines, portable pumps, wildland fire fighting hose, fire extinguishers, emergency generators, radio equipment, safety equipment, protective clothing and patrol vehicles.
Determines the exact location of fires through the use of topographical maps, charts, GPS, GIS, and other computer mapping software, and must triangulate with other fire towers through the use of alidades and other specialized fire detection equipment to ensure rapid response to the designated fire.
Operates fire observation towers within the Fire District as assigned.
Gathers and records daily indices of the fire weather system using remote automated weather stations (RAWS) or facility weather stations.
Participates at the direction of the Fire District Supervisor in rescue operations by searching for lost persons, downed aircraft and flood or drowning victims, and assistance to for natural disaster response.
Maintains assigned area by assisting with fire break or road construction, maintaining fire roads and towers and keeping fire roads and power lines clear to ensure prompt and unobstructed access to emergency sites with the use of chain saws, brush saws and other related equipment.
Assists District Fire Warden in the training of fire agency staff, other agency fire personnel and the general public in the methods and techniques of fire prevention and control.
Assists the District Fire Warden with delivery of Fire Prevention programming within the agency and to local partners and interested groups using the Smokey Bear program.
Performs related duties as assigned and assists District Fire Warden in all aspects of fire management and workplace maintenance.
Based on assignment, incumbents of positions at this level also:
Perform park or recreation area maintenance during low fire danger periods.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED AT HIRE:
Ability to understand and apply the laws, rules, regulations, poli?cies, procedures, specifications, standards and guidelines governing assigned unit activities.
Ability to maintain a calm manner, make decisions and act quickly in dangerous and emergency situations.
Ability to exercise sound judgment.
Ability to follow written and oral instructions.
Ability to read and interpret such documents as maps, charts and building plans.
Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others.
Ability to climb and work from ladders at heights greater than 20 feet.
Ability to operate power tools such as chainsaws and related brush clearing equipment.
Ability to lift and carry heavy objects including people.
Physical stamina and endurance as required in all aspects of wildland firefighting.
QUALIFICATIONS ACQUIRED ON JOB:
Knowledge of the geographic composition of the assigned work area.
Knowledge of fire tower operation.
Ability to determine daily index of fire danger from available weather data.
Additional qualifications acquired on job in State Firefighter I positions:
Knowledge of the methods and techniques of firefighting.
Knowledge of the types and uses of firefighting equipment.
Knowledge of rescue methods used in firefighting.
Knowledge of the types and uses of protective breathing apparatus used, in firefighting.
Knowledge of the types and applications of emergency medical procedures such as cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and tourniquets.
Knowledge of first aid techniques.
Knowledge of the techniques used in the handling and transportation of injured persons.
Knowledge of the types and causes of fires.
Knowledge of the inspection techniques followed in fire protection work.
Knowledge of the standard methods and techniques followed in the handling, storage and disposal of flammable, hazardous and/or toxic materials.
Knowledge of the standard procedures for cleaning and maintaining firefighting equipment.
Knowledge of the terminology used in fire protection work.
Knowledge of the terminology used in radio communications.
Knowledge of the standard terminology1 symbols, codes and abbreviations used on maps.
Knowledge of the methods and techniques of conducting fire drills.
Knowledge of the methods and techniques of testing fire alarm systems -
Knowledge of the methods and procedures used in securing buildings and property.
Skill in using firefighting equipment such as fire extinguishers, grappling hooks and hoses.
Skill in using hand-held power tools such as chain saws.
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIRMENTS
LICENSE AND/OR CERTIFICATION REQUIRMENTS
Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class 3 motor vehicle operator?s license.
Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Class 2 Motor Vehicle Operator1s License.
Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) certificate from the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.
Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid standard first aid and personal safety certificate and first respondent certificate issued by the American Red Cross.
Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid certificate as a Deputy Environmental Police Officer within one year of employment.
Salaries are based upon full-time/40 hours worked per week. Work schedules and days off are at the discretion of the Supervisor. This position may require working weekends and/or holidays.
This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
Minimum Entrance Requirements: None.
1. Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
2. Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Class 2 Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
3. Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) certificate from the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.
4. Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid standard first aid and personal safety certificate and first respondent certificate issued by the American Red Cross.
5. Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid certificate as a Deputy Environmental Police Officer within one year of employment.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.