Temporary Fire Fighter

North Dakota State University
Bismarck, ND
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Position Description & Details:

Wildland Firefighter

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. 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.


Physical Demands and Work Environment

This is an arduous duty position requiring regular, protracted periods of considerable exertion. Incumbent 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.

About Us

North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student focused, land-grant, research university. Our main campus is located in Fargo, ND with Extension Service and Research Experiment Station locations across the entire state. NDSU has been listed in the Top 100 public research universities in the United States for research and development in agricultural sciences, psychology and social sciences, based on reported research expenditures.

NDSU is an exciting place to work offering a stimulating and diverse environment richly populated with people pursuing life-long learning and personal growth. Employees often attend on-campus cultural events, lectures, athletic events and enjoy walks through our beautiful campus.

NDSU employs over 6000 full-time and part-time employees across the state, making it the second largest employer in the community. NDSU is the best college in ND, according to Money Magazine (September 2018). NDSU was named a 2019 Best Value College by Forbes. Fargo made Livability.com's top 10 list of cities to find a job and ranked at #11 for best places to live overall.

NDSU offers a wide array of professional opportunities including faculty, executive, managerial, professional, technical, paraprofessional, office support, servers and crafts/trades. Like a small city, NDSU operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Full time employees are offered a superb benefit package to include 100% company paid health insurance premiums and tuition assistance for employees and immediate family members. All of us at NDSU play an important role in serving our students and public constituencies. We encourage motivated and talented team members that thrive in a higher-ed environment to join our university!


With energy and momentum, North Dakota State University addresses the needs and aspirations of people in a changing world by building on our land-grant foundation.

Additional Information

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.

Veteran's Preference Notice:

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


NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities.

North Dakota State University is an employer of choice with a commitment to offer a well-rounded benefits package for employees and their families.

NDSU is listed at 95 among 404 public universities based on the university’s research expenditures reported to the National Science Foundation. In addition, NDSU is listed in the National Science Foundation’s top 100 in several areas, including: agricultural sciences; business management and business; communications; materials science; natural resources and conservation science; social sciences; sociology, demography, and population studies; and visual and performing arts.

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