Wildland Firefighter (Prescribed Fire/Fuels)/Equipment Operator
CEMML is a research, education and service unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (CSU). CEMML applies the latest and most appropriate science to promote the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources on Department of Defense (DoD) and other public lands. We provide technical support, conduct applied research, and offer career development and learning opportunities to support resource stewardship. We collaborate with our sponsors and within CSU to resolve complex environmental issues, leaving a legacy of science-based decisions that sustain our resources for future generations.
To learn more about CEMML’s contributions to land management, our mission, vision, and values, visit http://www.cemml.colostate.edu/.
Avon Park Air Force Range is a 106,000-acre training facility utilized by all branches of the military. It is located in south-central Florida, in Polk and Highlands counties east of the city of Avon Park, and is known for its hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, birding, and educational opportunities.
Incumbent will be a member of the Avon Park Wildland Support Module for the U.S. Air Force Wildland Fire Branch based at Avon Park Air Force Range, FL. The Wildland Support Module is responsible for implementing prescribed burns and responding to wildfires on Air Force property throughout the area of responsibility and the southeast U.S.
This position requires work on active military training ranges with potential risk for unexploded ordnance and other related hazards. In addition, regular travel (up to 15 weeks per year) to other Air Force installations to perform similar tasks throughout the southeast will be required. The position is to be located at Avon Park Air Force Range, FL.
Required Job Qualifications
The successful candidate must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. by proposed start date; CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.
- A High School Diploma, General Education Development (GED), or equivalent is required.
- A minimum of two year’s work experience in fire management is required
- The successful candidate must have or be able to obtain a driver’s license and a Class B commercial driver’s license within 6 months of employment
- Meet requirements for the National Wildfire Coordinating Group standards for Fire Fighter Type 2, which includes an annual pack test at arduous level and fire line refresher (maintained annually).
Preferred Job Qualifications
- State or Nationally qualified as Tractor Plow Operator (TPOP)
- Qualified as Helicopter Crew Member (HECM) and Plastic Sphere Dispenser Operator (PLDO)
- Experience in the operation and maintenance of heavy equipment in wildland fire and forestry practices is desired (i.e. Tractor Plow, Skid Steer/Masticator, hauling equipment, etc.)
- Experience with prescribed fire and wildfire suppression, familiarity with ecosystems and fire regimes of the southeast is highly preferred.
- Degree in natural resource management or related field
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.