Hotshot Squad Leader

State of Utah

Job Description

Job Title: Hotshot Squad Leader

Job Description:
As a Squad Leader on for the Alta Interagency Hotshot crew, a State of Utah hosted Hotshot Crew, the incumbent will lead a squad to complete all phases of fire suppression activities including initial attack and extended attack. When not on wildland fire assignment, the incumbent will lead and participate in daily crew physical training and other work as assigned. Crew physical training includes hikes in steep terrain, runs up to 5 miles and CrossFit style workouts. The incumbent must pass the Work Capacity Test at the arduous level as well as meet the Hotshot fitness requirements as described in the Standards for Interagency Hotshot Crew Operations (SIHCO). Meeting the fitness requirements and passing the Work Capacity Test are conditions of hire.
Qualified candidates should have experience performing a wide variety of manual tasks to accomplish fuels reduction work and suppress wildland fires using a variety of hand and power tools. This position can be expected to move dirt, chop brush, or fell small trees to build fire line using various hand tools and power saws to control spreading wildland fires and to complete various natural resource projects.

Principal Duties:

Lead a 7-10 person squad of highly trained IHC firefighters to provide national support on wildfires and State of Utah fuels reduction project work.
Locate, direct and participate in hand line construction, back fire and burn out operations, chainsaw operations, pump, hose lay and mop up operations.
Direct and coordinate with all types of aircraft, fire line personnel and equipment.
Anticipate fire environment behavior to determine strategy and tactics to be implemented to accomplish incident objectives.
Receiving instructions and intent under the direction of the Assistant Superintendent, this position will assign work to subordinates; observe, correct, and evaluate crew skills, provide updates, explain fire behavior characteristics, safety regulations, and work procedures.
Conduct and complete formal and informal annual core training as needed to meet crew and State of Utah initiatives.
Provide administrative support such as: purchasing, billing, time report entries, personnel evaluations and upkeep of crew personnel files.
Ideal Candidate:
Extensive experience as a firefighter and multiple years as a leader in wild land firefighting, preferably with an emphasis on hotshot crew operations.
Knowledge of fire suppression strategies and tactics, fire line leadership and organizational program management.
NWCG Red Card Qualifications: Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5) & Crew Boss (CRWB)
Ability to problem solve rapidly in stressful environments especially in moments where leadership may be temporarily unavailable.
Minimum of 24 months in primary wild land firefighter position.
Preferred Qualifications:
Preferred ability to manage and organize all paper work such as: bills and supporting documents, purchase receipts, task books and evaluations.
Preferred ability that the incumbent would possess a high level of attention to detail in all aspects of the job.
Preferred NWCG Red Card Qualification: FAL2.
Previous IHC experience is preferred.
Why You Should Join Our Team:
Live and work in the Salt Lake Metropolitan area. Fantastic Recreational activity access. Great benefits and retirement packages. Support the citizens of the State of Utah and the country by suppressing wildfires and making a difference in fire management activities. Be a part of a proactive fire management division and suppression organization.

The Agency:
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Supplemental Information

Physical Requirements.
Wildland fire qualifications and agency certification standards.
Requires field work in inclement weather and rough terrain; work requires physical exertion with the ability to
stand for long periods of time, walk over rough surfaces, bend, lift heavy items (up to and over 50 lbs.)
Vehicle operation in rough terrain; work around heavy equipment operations and chainsaw use.
Fire and land management projects may require camping out and preparing own food.
Must adhere to agency On Call policies and standards.
Must travel/participate with crew on all assignments (project, fire, all hazard) unless previously discussed and approved.
Must meet LPCC response time standards for mobilization.

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