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Texas A&M Forest Service Fire Coordinator in Uvalde, Texas

Job Title

Fire Coordinator


Texas A&M Forest Service


South Branch

Proposed Minimum Salary

$3,166.66 monthly

Job Location

Uvalde, Texas

Job Type


Job Description

The Fire Coordinator provides localized oversight leadership to the region and employees assigned to the region for various activities. Provides direct interaction with the communities, fire departments, and other response systems and supports agencies and organizations within the region and across the State as needed. Promotes local capacity building, meets NWCG FFII qualifications, maintain a meets or exceeds on performance evaluations, obtain a Texas Class A CDL, be proficient in the use of TFS email, web page and single sign-on programs and complete all monthly reporting requirements of position. Attend all required training and assist with the delivery of Forest Resource Protection programs to local communities. Operate and maintain wildland fire suppression equipment and respond to wildland fires and other all-hazard incidents and conduct self in a professional manner at all times.

Responsibilities:-Serves as an emergency responder (including all hazard and wildland fire) which may require working long hours with minimal rest and in primitive conditions, exposure to harsh environmental conditions such as smoke, wind, sunlight, rain and temperature extremes, walking long distances, standing for extended periods, twisting, bending, reaching and kneeling, lifting and carrying heavy objects, driving motor vehicles for long distances, operating heavy equipment with related exposure to equipment vibration and noise and operating computers with monitors for extended periods of time. Emergency response may result in exposure to emotionally stressful situations for extended periods of time. Must meet the moderate physical fitness standard of a 2-mile walk carrying a 25 lb. pack in 30 minutes or less. Must carry cell phone device to facilitate 24/7 communication. Will be expected to establish residency within 30 minutes of duty station.

Develop proficiency in the following:1) Delivers Capacity Building Programs to Volunteer Fire Departments, Combination Departments, and Municipal Career Fire Departments. Supports the delivery and development of programs within the Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS) and with other government agencies. These programs include VFD assistance, insurance and vehicle liability risk pool; FEPP, FFP, VFD cost shares, Helping Hands, fire risk assessment, aviation, TIFMAS and TICC

2) Assists in administration of assigned personnel and delivery of programs developed by the Chief Regional Fire Coordinator, Assistant Chief - RFC, Fire Prevention Specialist and Wildland Urban Interface Specialists. Supporting the Fire Risk Assessment Coordinator with data collection.3) Trains, prepares, and coordinates firefighters to respond to wildfire incidents locally, regionally, and statewide. Informs predictive services and the chain of command of regional fire loads and additional resources that may be required to handle fire loads. Communicates with local, State, and Federal officials as appropriate.4) Assists in promoting the development of mutual aid resources and agreements among local jurisdictions. Assists in development of regional wildfire strike teams and regional incident management teams, along with coordinating and assessing the need for wildfire training.5) Coordinates development of rural community fire protection programs and coordinating response activities through the appropriate State disaster district committees (DDC).6) Serving on the TFS Incident Management, Fire Prevention and Wildland Urban Interface Mitigation Teams with related training and preparedness. Coordinate as appropriate, activities with respective IRD Assistant Chief and East Texas OPS Regional Forester.

-Manage and account for TFS credit cards in accordance with applicable laws, policies, rules, procedures and guidelines.

Within 90 days of hire must establish a primary residency within 30 minutes travel time of home base to ensure timely response for duty as directed.

-Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:Required Education: Bachelor’s degree

Preferred Education: Bachelor's degree with emphasis in Natural Resources, Land Management, Fire Science, Emergency Management, Public Administration or Business Administration. Required Experiences: None.

Preferred Experience: Experience as a firefighter and instructor with a recognized volunteer or career fire department or wildland fire agency.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:Required Knowledge: Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Preferred Knowledge: Wildland firefighting skills including wildland fire hand tools, personal protective equipment, water delivery equipment and fire engine operations. NWCG firefighter training, NFPA 1001, 1021 and 1041 certification.Required Ability: Multi-task and work cooperatively with others.

Registrations, Certifications, and Licenses:Required: Valid Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) or ability to obtain one within 180 days of employment.

Preferred: TCFP or SFFMA Basic Firefighter or higher certification

Other Requirements:Required: Response to wildfires and all hazard incidents as requested. Meet moderate physical fitness test of completing a 2-mile walk carrying 25 lbs. in 30 minutes or less.

The Fire Coordinator position is considered a training position with a training/mentoring period up to 2 or more years.

Applicant Instructions:

Resume, cover letter, references and transcript are REQUIRED to be uploaded to application. Certifications are preferred to be uploaded to the 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 Please check your spam folder in case more information is sent in regards to this position.

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.

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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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