Crewmember Firefighter-seasonal 6 month position

North Dakota State University   Fargo, ND   Full-time     Emergency Med Tech / Paramedics
Posted on July 3, 2024
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This is a part-time or temporary non-benefited position.

Description & Details:

This position is for a crew member on the North Dakota Forest Service's Fire Management Program wildland firefighting team. Firefighters must be able to engage in fire suppression and wildland fire related activities, including fire prevention, patrol, and prescribed burning. Crew members will be assigned to a Type 3 or type 6 Wildland Engine, and will assist the Engine captain and Senior Firefighter with engine operation. Crew members are expected to continue to develop their leadership and wildland firefighting skills through provided training and work experience. When not engaged in fire suppression duties, crew members will complete hazardous fuels mitigation projects. During fuels project work, crew member's duties include chopping brush, felling small trees, and assisting sawyers using various hand tools, such as axes and shovels along with power tools including chainsaws. Crew members will clean, recondition, and store tools and equipment, and be responsible for facility maintenance and cleaning. Crew member will report to the Crew Supervisor or his designee. Upon hiring, this position will require completion of Basic Wildland Firefighter Training (S130/190) as defined by NWCG. Work sites may be away from the home base and may require travel for extended periods.

This is an hourly position with paid overtime. This includes paid travel and lodging while working away from Bismarck and paid physical training time (on-site gym) when working in Bismarck. Crewmembers will have opportunities to advance NWCG qualifications and attend NWCG sponsored trainings.

  • Respond to fire emergencies as requested.
  • Assist fire management staff in following thinning guidelines on hazardous fuels reduction prescriptions on private and NDFS land.
  • Operate/maintain motor vehicles including cars, trucks, UTVs, and fire engines in a safe manner.
  • Operate/maintain power tools, hand tools, and equipment such as chainsaws.
  • Ensure work areas, vehicles and equipment are clean and maintained.
  • Communicate within the chain of command.
  • Report injuries and accidents
  • Utilize personal protective equipment and seek direction for proper care.
  • Participate as part of crew, during training, fire operations, and fuels mitigation project.
  • Ask questions if assignment or information is unclear.
  • Participate in safety trainings, briefings, and tailgate safety sessions.
  • Stay alert to hazardous conditions. Make them known to others.
  • Look out for another crewmembers' safety.
Physical Demands and Work Environment: This is an arduous duty position requiring regular, protracted periods of considerable exertion. Crew members may be required to work under hazardous conditions encountered in prescribed burning and fire suppression operations (excessive heat, smoke, dust, rough terrain, sharp hand tools, motorized equipment, and poisonous snakes and insects), including prolonged standing, walking over uneven, rocky or swampy ground, recurrent bending, reaching, lifting and carrying items weighing up to 50 pounds, and other strenuous activities requiring good agility and dexterity. Many of these same conditions will prevail during other regular field activities. Must wear protective clothing and other safety equipment. The employee must meet and maintain the arduous physical requirements established for this position, as evidenced by passing the standardized fitness test for arduous positions approved by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group for wildland fire agencies.

Advertised Pay: $20.98 hourly

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Successful completion of the Work Capacity Test at Arduous Level annually
  • Valid Driver's License
  • NWCG Type 2 Firefighter qualification (In-house certification available)
To Apply - Applications must include the following materials:
  • Complete all sections of the employment application. Address each qualification.
  • Apply for each specific position opening you wish to be considered for.
  • A resume may be attached to supplement your application, but may not be used as a substitute for any part of an application.
Contact for more information: Phone: Hunter Noor (320) 339-3622; or Peter Warmuth (218) 966-7670;

Please include within application if you are currently or have in the past 12 months been employed with NDSU, the North Dakota University System or any other North Dakota State agency. If so, include which agency/department, as well as your how many hours you work a week and in the past 12 months.

About Us: The North Dakota Forest Service (NDFS) is part of North Dakota State University, and is the state agency which administers cooperative forestry programs statewide. NDFS provides technical assistance relating to the management of private forest lands, state forest lands, urban and community forests, tree planting, forest health, and wildfire protection. The agency works in cooperation with rural landowners, urban residents, communities, rural fire districts, schools, and other governmental entities to direct and strengthen forestry services. The agency also operates a forest tree nursery and manages its own state forest lands. The Fire Management Program protects lives, property and natural resources by providing fire suppression assistance, training, and equipment to 378 ND fire departments, and by responding to fire suppression assistance requests nationally when conditions in ND allow.

North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student focused, land-grant, research university. We educate leaders who solve national and global challenges by providing affordable access to an excellent education that combines teaching and research in a rich learning environment. NDSU is in the highest Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, R1, granted to the top research institutions in the country. NDSU has offices across the state of North Dakota, and the main campus is in Fargo, on the Minnesota border. Along with Moorhead, Minnesota, Fargo forms one of the largest metropolitan centers between Minneapolis and Seattle. The community is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live.

Employment Eligibility: NDSU determines employment eligibility through the E-Verify system: What is E-Verify? New employees to NDSU must present specific identification to determine their employment eligibility no later than their first day of work. To view the identification required, please see the List of Acceptable Documents . You will be required to have one item from List A OR one item from List B and List C.

No Smoking Notice : As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement: North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.

Diversity Statement: NDSU strives to be a community of belonging, recognizing unique differences as strengths of our university. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce that supports a community in which diverse populations and perspectives will know and learn from one another. NDSU values candidates who are committed to our core values of respect, inclusivity, community, creativity, excellence, impact, innovation, integrity, resilience, responsiveness, and transformation. Successful candidates will be committed to and help advance our strategic goal to create and maintain an open and respectful environment to promote inclusivity and diversity as a cornerstone of education, research, and outreach.

Veteran's Preference Notice: This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran's Preference requirements.

Reasonable Accommodation Information North Dakota State University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, please contact Human Resources at 701-231-8961 or .