Texas A&M Forest Service Wildland Urban Interface Specialist I in Austin, Texas

Job Title

Wildland Urban Interface Specialist I

Agency

Texas A&M Forest Service

Department

Wui / Prevention

Proposed Minimum Salary

$3,000.00 monthly

Job Location

Austin, Texas

Job Type

Staff

Job Description

The position is assigned to complete mitigation and wildfire prevention programs that include Community Wildfire Protection Plans, Firewise Communities, Risk Assessments and hazardous fuel reduction. Support and lead cities, counties and 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 Communities, 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 Communities. Complete ArcGIS maps and use the Texas Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal in support of hazardous fuel reduction projects, and completion of CWPP and Firewise Communities. Deliver Smokey Bear programs to community events and school programs. Serve on Post Fire Assessment Team and Fire Prevention Teams.

-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 hazards 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.

-Working Conditions: Works 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 employment, 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 the natural resource field, communication field, public education or wildland firefighting.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:Required Knowledge: Working knowledge of computers and technology used in the Texas A&M Forest Service (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Preferred Knowledge: Working practical knowledge of developing and completing Community Wildfire Protection Plans and working with communities towards obtaining recognized Firewise Community USA status. Working knowledge of GIS and the 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 verbal and written communication skills. Excellent interpersonal skills working with a wide variety of people.

Preferred Skills: Skilled in wildland fire service terminology, wildfire suppression operations, wildfire prevention campaigns, fire information and all hazard incident response.

Registrations, Certifications, and Licenses:Required: Valid driver’s license or ability to obtain one.

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 a 25lb pack. Travel required. Travel and/or working extended hours on short notice. Emergency Fire and All Hazard Response will be required.

Applicant Instructions:

Resume, references, a cover letter and a transcript are required to be uploaded to application. Documents/certifications can be uploaded in the "My Experience" page in the "Resume/CV section. More than one document can be uploaded; 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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