San Carlos Apache Tribe Human Resources | San Carlos, AZ

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Posted Date 8/23/2021





December 9, 2019

Open Until Filled




Wildland Firefighter (4)

Fire Use Program

$26,587.00 - $34,561.00

Per Annum


(Applications must be received in the Human Resources Office by close of business on the closing date)


  • Four (4) Regular Full-Time Seasonal position. (non-exempt)
  • Applicant must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  • Applicant must meet basic requirements for firefighter: successfully pass the Firefighter Medical Standards Program Baseline Physical Examination or Wildland Fire Fighter – WLFF self-certification, the Work Capacity (a.k.a. Pack Test) for Arduous level duty (carrying a 45 lbs. pack for 3 miles and be able to complete within 45 minutes), and complete the RT-130 Annual Fireline Safety Refresher Training [for more information contact SWFF (Southwest Firefighter) Office at Forestry].
  • Physical Fitness Level for Arduous duty: Personnel must meet established physical levels for wildland fire assignments.  Arduous duties involve fieldwork requiring physical performance calling for above-average endurance and superior conditioning.  These duties may include an occasional demand for extraordinarily strenuous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended period of time.  Requirements include running, walking, climbing, hiking, jumping, twisting, bending, and lifting more than fifty (50) pounds.  The pace of work typically is set by the emergency situation.
  • Must be qualified as Firefighter (FFT2) and/or FFT1 (Squad Boss) OR Be signed up with SWFF as a Rookie Firefighter and have completed or scheduled to complete the S-130 Firefighter Training and S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, and IS-700 An Introduction to the National Incident Management System NIMS within the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) training courses.
  • Work schedule: Actual project work schedule may vary and depends on favorable weather and fuel conditions. May work for more than eight (8) hours in a day, and may be required to camp out on the project site for several days at a time.
  • Applicant will be subject to and pass a State, County, Local and Tribal background check. Note: Applicants must meet this requirement by completing Item No. 15, on the Application for Employment.
  • In accordance with the San Carlos Apache Tribe Drug and Alcohol Policy, all potential employees will be tested for the presence of controlled substances as part of the pre-employment selection process. Applicants who fail to pass the drug test will be ineligible for employment and may not reapply for twelve (12) months thereafter.  This policy has been adopted to provide drug-free work sites and to prohibit working while under the influence of alcohol.



As a Wildland Firefighter under the supervision of the Single Resource Boss, Fuels Technician or Prescribed Fire Burn Boss depending on the project and the general supervision of the Prescribed Fire and Fuels Specialist, the Wildland Firefighter provides a variety of firefighter duties associated with the Fire Use Program. Assists with hazardous fuel reduction projects (mechanical thinning), prescribed burns, fuel moisture samplings, monitoring/measuring fuels (Firemon Feat Integrated – FFI), maintaining portable/permanent Remote Automated Weather Stations (RAWS), suppressing wildland fires and managing fires for resource benefit. Shall assist with fuel moisture sampling which includes assisting with gathering, clipping, collecting, storing, measuring, weighing and recording live and dead fuel samples, identify various plant species and gather weather intel using a belt weather kit or other weather reading instruments ex. Kestrel. The Wildland Firefighter shall assist with monitoring/measuring fuels (FFI) which includes assisting with measuring and recording mature live/dead trees, saplings, and seedlings using forestry measuring equipment (compass, clinometer, diameter tape, ruler). Shall identify various plant species (common and scientific), and taking photo points. Assist with measuring, recording and counting fine/coarse woody debris (duff, litter, logs, and twigs). Assist with recording and measuring live and dead vegetation data (cover and height). While conducting mechanical thinning, the Wildland Firefighter shall safely operate a chainsaw (cutting, pruning, felling, limbing and bucking) or operating other hand powered hand tools such as weed eater and leaf blower. In addition, maintaining and repairing chainsaws such as with sharpening, cleaning, purging, mixing fuel, storing, replacing and repairing. Utilize a variety of specialized fire hand tools, hand powered tools, and equipment. RAWS assignments include assisting with carrying, assembling, disassembling, and switching out/changing weather sensors. Shall be assigned to prescribed burns/wildland fires/managed fires which includes performing the various preparation, scouting, handline, ignition, monitoring, holding, patrolling and mop up duties. Shall perform fire/fuels break construction, hose layout, operate appropriate pumps and accessories, lopping and scattering fuels, and brush disposal. Shall assist in building fences, trail maintenance, monitoring and recording weather/fire behavior/ fire effects and smoke. May be assigned as a lookout person. Shall be available for dispatch to wildland fires as a member of a Type 2, Type 2 Initial Attack, Engine Crew and/or as a fill in with Geronimo Hotshot Crew as necessary. The Wildland Firefighter shall adhere to LCES, the standard firefighting orders and watch out situations. Shall administer basic first aid in the field when necessary and will conduct themselves in a professional manner that reflects highly on the San Carlos Forestry and Fire Programs. Participate in wildland fire and safety training; and participates in crew proficiency checks and drills, safety sessions, and fire critiques. The Wildland Firefighter will also be required to perform project work associated with the Tribe’s Natural Resources Program. Shall perform other duties as assigned.



High School Graduation or Equivalent. High school graduation or equivalent means the applicant has received a high school diploma, General  Education Development (GED) equivalency certificate or proficiency certificate from a State or territorial-level Board of Department of Education.              

Physical Requirements:  Applicant must be in good physical condition to perform prescribed fire and wildland fire assignments which requires strenuous physical exertion for extended periods, climbing and hiking in steep, rocky terrain in mountainous areas, at a wide range of elevation, and carrying heavy loads in hot and dry, or cold and wet, smoky conditions.  Applicant shall frequently be required to carry a pack or load weighing approximately forty (40) pounds. Applicant must complete the Firefighter Medical Standards recertification or medical exam annually, according to the current Medical Standards Program requirements. Must annually pass the arduous level Work Capacity Test.


EVALUATION METHOD AND RANKING FACTORS: Evaluation will be made of the extent to which experience, education, training, self-development, and/or awards demonstrate that basically qualified candidates possess the Ranking Factors-Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) described below.

  1. Knowledge of prescribed fire, wildland fire, managed fire, fuel moisture sampling, monitoring/measuring fuels (FFI) and RAWS.
  2. Knowledge of using compass, global positioning system (GPS), clinometer, go no-go gauge, ruler, diameter tape, belt weather kit, hand-held radios and reading topographic maps.
  3. Knowledge of identifying and naming (common and scientific) plant species in field such as trees, shrubs and woodlands.
  4. Ability to communicate orally and in writing with crewmembers, supervisors and adjoining forces.
  5. Ability to safely perform strenuous work, in hazardous conditions for long periods.
  6. Knowledge of the 10 Standard Fire Orders, 18 Watch-Out Situations, LCES & Common Denominators of Fire Behavior on Tragedy Fires.
  7. Ability to use, maintain and inventory fire equipment including PPE, hand tools, chainsaws, wildland fire engines and ignition devices.
  8. Ability to utilize hand tools, lifting, operating power equipment, utilizing ignitions devices as required.



  • Persons who submit incomplete applications will be given credit only for the information they provide and may not, therefore, receive full credit for their veteran preference determination, Indian preference, education, training and/or experience.
  • All material submitted for consideration under this announcement becomes the property of Human Resources Office and is subject to verification. Therefore, careful attention should be given to the information provided.  Fraudulent statements or any form of misrepresentation in the application process could result in loss of consideration for this position and/or a determination of unsuitability for tribal employment.
  • Additional or alternate selections may be made from the eligibility list within 30 days from the date the selection list was issued. The positions to be filled must have the same title and have the same qualification requirements.  However, if there are no Indian preference candidates left on the certificate, the vacancy must be re-announced.
  • INDIAN PREFERENCE: It is the goal of the San Carlos Apache Tribe to employ as many tribal members as possible in tribal positions.  Therefore, all other qualifications being equal, tribal members will receive hiring preference over other Indian Preference eligible and non-Indian Preference eligible.  Preference for employment will be granted to qualified individuals, in the following order:
  1. Enrolled member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe with Veteran’s Preference
  2. Enrolled member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe
  3. Native American spouse of an enrolled tribal member or Native American parent of enrolled tribal member
  4. Other Native American
  5. Non-Indian spouse or Non-Indian parent of enrolled tribal member
  6. Non-Indian

It is also the goal of the San Carlos Apache Tribe to provide the best services possible to tribal members.  In furthering the Tribe’s efforts to insure retention of tribal members and to provide job opportunities to tribal members, non-tribal member employees upon hiring shall, as part of the hiring agreement, agree to provide training and development to tribal members to allow them to become qualified for jobs which non-tribal member employees hold.  The Tribal Preference policy applies to hiring, placement, and promotion, transfer or lay off, treatment during employment, and selection for training.

  • VETERANS PREFERENCE AND INDIAN PREFERENCE: Preference in filling vacancies may be given to honorably discharged veterans who are enrolled members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe.
  • EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Except for Indian preference, consideration will be given without regard to any non-merit factor such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, partisan politics, physical or mental handicap, marital status, age, membership or non-membership in any employee organization, or sexual orientation.
Salary26587.00 Annual

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