Engine Captain-seasonal 6 month position

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

Description & Details:

Engine Captains are members of the Wildland fire crew. The Engine Captains will engage in wildfire suppression and wildland fire related activities including prevention, patrol, training, and prescribed burning. The Engine Captains will assist the Wildland Crew Lead and Wildland Fuels Technician in supervision of their specific engine module. The Engine Captains will be assigned to a Type 3 or Type 6 Wildland Engine, and will provide leadership and supervision of that module. The Engine Captains are expected to continue to develop their leadership and wildland firefighting skills through provided training and work experience. When not engaged in fire readiness and suppression duties, crewmembers will complete hazardous fuels mitigation projects.

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

  • Maintain assigned fire equipment including wildland engines for immediate dispatch
  • Provide supervision of crewmembers within Engine module.
  • Respond to fire emergencies as requested.
  • Direct others in operation and use of firefighting equipment and provide on the job instruction to crewmembers.
  • Assist in the planning and scheduling work assignments as well as supervise, train and evaluate subordinate crewmembers.
  • Assist fire management staff to meet desired hazardous fuels reduction prescriptions on private and NDFS land.
  • Clearly communicate instructions, directions, and information to staff, and subordinates.
  • 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.
  • Instruct and train crewmembers in basic fire behavior and inform supervisors of minor tactical changes.
  • Ensure work areas, vehicles and equipment are clean and maintained.
  • Communicate instructions and concerns within the chain of command.
  • Report injuries and accidents. Recommend action to prevent recurrence.
  • Ensure personal protective equipment is provided and used by all crewmembers.
  • Take immediate corrective action when necessary to ensure crew safety.
Physical Demands and Work Environment: This is an arduous duty position requiring regular, protracted periods of considerable exertion. Crewmembers 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. Incumbent 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: $25.54 hourly

Minimum Qualifications:
  • NWCG Engine Boss qualification
  • All qualifications and trainings of subordinate positions.
  • Successful completion of the Work Capacity Test at Arduous Level annually
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Preferred Class B CDL License
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; Hunter.noor@ndsu.edu or Peter Warmuth (218) 966-7670; Peter.Warmuth@ndsu.edu

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: 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 ndsu.hr@ndsu.edu .