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Wildland Urban Interface Specialist I

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Texas A&M Forest Service

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Wildland Urban Interface Specialist I




Job Title

Wildland Urban Interface Specialist I


Texas A&M Forest Service


Wui / Prevention

Proposed Minimum Salary

$3,000.00 monthly

Job Location

Amarillo, Texas

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Job Description

The position is assigned to complete mitigation and wildfire prevention programs that include Community Wildfire Protection Plans, Firewise USA sites, Risk Assessments and hazardous fuel reduction. Support and lead cities, counties and the fire departments to implement mitigation and wildfire programs. Provide proactive technical assistance to citizens. During large scale wildfire outbreaks, will be engaged in mitigation, prevention and emergency response efforts.

Responsibilities:-Complete mitigation and wildfire prevention programs that include Community Wildfire Protection Plans, Firewise USA sites, Risk Assessments and hazardous fuel reduction. Support and lead cities, counties and fire departments to implement mitigation and wildfire prevention programs. Provide subject matter expert technical assistance to a wide range of cooperators. Complete Public Information and Fire Prevention duties within assigned Branch. Serve on Department Committees. Complete ArcGIS maps and use the Texas Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal in support of hazardous fuel reduction projects, completion of CWPP and Firewise USA sites. Serve on Post Fire Assessment Team and Fire Prevention Teams. Deliver train the Trainer programs to volunteer and career fire departments regarding Wildland Urban Interface preparedness programs, Ready, Set, Go, Risk Assessments and traditional Smokey Bear programs.-Ensures mitigation and prevention programs are completed in a cost effective manner and within budget. Completes administrative tasks in accordance with applicable laws, rules, procedures, and guidelines. Ensures that programs are tracked with the completion of timely reports.

-During large scale wildfire outbreaks and all hazard incidents, will be engaged in public information, mitigation, prevention and fire suppression or emergency response efforts. Will work within the NIMS/ICS environment.

-Employee expected to complete all duties with minimal guidance and oversight.

-Assist with the field delivery of fuel reduction efforts, healthy ecosystems programs, instructing wildland firefighting and all hazards response training programs through coordination, resource sharing and serving as a subject matter expert.

-Working Conditions: Work in an office environment and meets with external customers both inside an office environment and on-site locations in an outside environment. Travels frequently in support of delivering proactive mitigation and prevention programs and is subject to emergency response assignments. Requires maintaining TFS wildland firefighter moderate physical fitness standards.

-This is a security-sensitive position. The individual in this position is required to handle Protected Health Information (PHI) as defined by HIPAA regulations. The individual is required to handle PHI in accordance with A&M System's policy and is further required to complete HIPAA training as a condition of employments, within a reasonable timeframe after the individual's employment and on an as-needed basis thereafter.

-Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:Required Education: Bachelor’s degree in Forestry, Range Science, Natural Resource Management, Fire Management, Fire Ecology, Agricultural Leadership or closely related field.

Preferred Education: Master's degree in Forestry, Range Science, Fire Management, Fire Ecology, Agricultural Leadership or closely related field.Required Experience: No prior experience required.

Preferred Experience: Familiar with Texas A&M Forest Service programs and operations. Experience working with ArcGIS or student internship experience in natural resource field or communication field or public education or wildland firefighting.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:Required Knowledge: Computers and technology used in Texas A&M Forest Service (Microsoft Word, Excel).

Preferred Knowledge: Developing and completion of Community Wildfire Protection Plans and working with communities towards obtaining recognized Firewise Community USA status. GIS and Texas Wildfire Risk Assessment.Required Ability: Work independently and be self-directed. Develop and maintain relationships with various cooperators, stakeholders and the general public. Work with all forms of the news media. Work with GIS applications. Work within the NIMS/ICS environment at wildfires and at all hazard incidents. Travel and attend required training programs. Multi-task and work cooperatively with others.

Preferred Ability: Complete proactive WUI programs (Firewise practical programs and Ready, Set, Go), conducting WUI Risk Assessments and wildfire prevention programs.

Required Skills: Excellent interpersonal skills working with a wide variety of people. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Preferred Skills: Wildland fire service terminology, wildfire suppression operations, wildfire prevention campaigns, fire information an all hazard incident response.

Registrations, Certifications, and Licenses:Required: Valid Texas driver’s license

Preferred: Hold current NWCG credentials, Certified SAF Forester and/or certified ISA Arborist.

Other Requirements:Ability to walk two miles in 30 minutes or less carrying 25 lbs.. Travel required. Travel and/or working extended hours on short notice. Response to emergency fire and hazard situations required.

Applicant Instructions:

Resume, references, cover letter and transcript(s) are required to be uploaded to application. Documents can be uploaded in the My Experience page in the Resume/CV section. More than one document can be loaded; just click the Upload button for each document. Documents can only be loaded at this time and cannot be uploaded once the application is submitted. If there are any issues uploading documents, please contact 979-458-6690

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

Fulfilling the service component of a land-grant university system, Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS) is a proud member of The Texas A&M University System. Celebrating 100 years of service, this state agency was created in 1915 by the 34th Texas Legislature.

Each state in the nation has a state forestry agency, but Texas was the first to establish its state forestry agency as part of a land-grant college.

TFS is recognized as the leader in defining forestry for the future of Texas and the nation. Applied programs include forest and tree development; wildfire prevention, mitigation, and protection; urban and community forestry; and a host of innovative forest sustainability programs. TFS works to ensure the state’s forests, trees, and related natural resources are conserved and continue to provide a sustainable flow of environmental and economic benefits.

Benefits - Besides getting to work for a highly-acclaimed state forestry agency with top-notch staff, there are many tangible benefits that go along with working with TFS. Exceptional health insurance is a huge economic benefit for employees. In addition to medical and life insurance, there are also options of dental, vision, long-term disability, and more. Paid vacation and sick leave and strong retirement plans round out a great benefit package.

Texas A&M Forest Service is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.

If you need assistance in applying for this job, please contact (979) 458-6690.

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