Oak Creek Fire Protection District currently has the following employment opportunities:

 

If you are interested in any of these positions please feel free to call 970-761-8141 or email your resume to join@oakcreekfire.org

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Battalion Chief (Wildland Division) / Wildland Coordinator

Battalion Chief (Wildland Division) /

Wildland Coordinator 

The Oak Creek Fire Protection District has a position open for either Battalion Chief (wildland division) or a Wildland Coordinator, depending on experience and certifications.

Job Title: Battalion Chief (Wildland Division) / Wildland Coordinator.

Reports to: Fire Chief

Starting Date: February 27, 2023

Application Closing Date: January 16, 2023 (5 pm Mountain Time)

Fire District Overview

The Oak Creek Fire Protection District is located in the Northern Rockies just south of Steamboat Springs and has the community of Oak Creek and the neighborhoods of Stagecoach.  The district has an approximate population of 2,700.  The annual call volume for 2022 is expected to be 285, an increase of 30% from 2021.  The district covers approximately 278 square miles.  The district response to all hazards and provides ALS transport.

  • The district has three stations (Oak Creek, Stagecoach, and the wildland barn in Oak Creek).
  • The district maintains 3 staff vehicles, 1 utility, 2 type 1 engines, 2 type 1 ALS ambulances, 2 water tenders, 1 crew buggy, 2 type 6 engines, 4 type 3 engines, and a chipper.
  • The district is staffed with 8 full time, 3 residential, 3 volunteer all hazard firefighters and 18 seasonal wildland firefighters.

 

 

 

 

 

Compensation:

Wildland Coordinator – $70,000 to $95,000 per year DOE.

Battalion Chief (Wildland Division) – $90,000 to $115,000 per year DOE.

Clothing Allowance: Up to $700 per year reimbursable for uniform and footwear.

Training:  Certain training opportunities the district will reimburse the employee for their time during the training.  This will include hourly rate, per diem, and cost of class.

Work Vehicle: The district will be assigning a work vehicle for this position.

Full time employees are reimbursed annually for either an IKON seasons ski pass or a Steamboat Hot Springs Fitness Center annual pass.

Work Hours:

The is a full-time position (40 hours per week).

The position of Battalion Chief may have modified working hours.

This position is also a Wildland Deployment Position.  This means employee may be assigned to wildland fires both in and out of the fire district. The employee must be able to be away from home up to 30 days at a time (not including travel time).

For the position of Battalion Chief, the employee will be asked to cover the district on an on-call basis occasionally.

Paid Time Off, Flextime, and Sick Leave:

All employees earn 2 hours per month Flextime and 6 hours per month of Sick Leave.

Vacation time is negotiated.

 

 

 

 

 

Retirement Benefits:

This position qualifies for Colorado FPPA retirement benefits.  Currently the department deducts 12% from the employees’ bi-weekly checks.  The department matches 8%.

After being employed for a one-year period the employee may elect to purchase additional time served. See FPPA website or talk with FPPA representative for details.

Employees are vested after 5-year period.

Insurance:

Oak Creek Fire Protection provides medical, dental, vision, long term disability, and life insurance.

Family members can be added to employee’s policy.  The cost of additional family members will be deducted from the employee’s payroll (pretax).

Insurance coverage does not start until 30 days after hiring date.

Details of insurance coverage available upon request.

Position Summary:

For either Wildland Coordinator or Battalion Chief (wildland division)

  1. This position is assigned to mitigation, wildland fire suppression, education, and prevention programs.
  2. Mitigation will include contracts within the private sector as well as grant award contracts. This will include the use of manual labor, chain saws, chippers, and other pieces of equipment on varying terrain and weather conditions.
  3. Education and prevention include Community Wildfire Protection Plans and Implementation Plans (CWPP) and (CWPIP), Firewise Communities, Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Risk Assessments, Ready, Set, Go and coordinating assigned hazardous fuel reduction projects.
  4. Recommends budget requests for wildland firefighting equipment and maintains inventory
  5. Oversee all maintenance of apparatus assigned to Wildland Division.
  6. Oversee all aspects of supervising personnel assigned to the Wildland Division.
  7. Manage Incident Qualification System (IQS)/Resource Ordering Status System (IROC) data entry, deployment records, position task book completion and deployment billing.
  8. Coordinate Wildland Division resources as it pertains to prescribe burning, wildland deployments, and mitigation projects
  9. Participate in a variety of activities requiring travel including off-site inspections; respond to incidents on an on-call basis and under emergency conditions.
  10. Provide staff support and assistance as required including a variety of boards, coordinate community workers with work details.
  11. Coordinate the training of all wildland division training.
  12. Use departmental computer equipment to input, review and access records, information, and other various data.
  13. Other duties as assigned

 

The duties of the Battalion Chief (wildland division) will also include the following:

 

  1. Respond to emergency and non-emergency all hazard incidents; provide appropriate services as required including emergency rescue and fire suppression; perform search and rescue for trapped or injured persons; perform emergency medical and first aid services as needed; prepare reports regarding emergency incidents as assigned.
  2. Drive fire apparatus and/or operate fire apparatus on all hazard emergency calls or at incident scene.
  3. Participate in a variety of fire prevention operations, activities and programs including training, fire investigations; code enforcement and equipment operation and maintenance; participate in activities and operations in response to natural disasters, major accidents, incidents involving hazardous materials, and other emergency situations; identify, analyze, and avoid hazardous and dangerous situations.
  4. Respond to a variety of hazardous materials incidents; to perform defensive or offensive activities which will be dependent upon levels of certification in accordance with state and federal regulations; maintain knowledge and training about hazardous materials.
  5. Perform the duties of Incident Commander during response to all hazard incidents.
  6. Act as the District’s “Duty Officer” when scheduled.

 

NOTE: The district is accepting applications from both civilians and experienced uniformed fire personnel.

Employment At-Will

It is Oak Creek Fire Protection District’s policy that employees are employed at the will of OCFPD and the employee (“at-will” employment).  Thus, either employees or OCFPD may terminate the employment relationship at any time, for any reason not prohibited by law, with or without cause or notice.

Personnel Handbook

All employees of Oak Creek Fire Protection District are required to follow the guidelines, policies, procedures, practices, SOP’s, and SOG’s that are documented in the department’s Personnel Handbook. All employees will be held accountable for reading, understanding, and complying with all provisions of the Handbook.

Minimum Qualification for Employment

  • Clean Driving Record
  • Colorado License within 90 days.
  • NWCG Engine Boss/Crew Boss certification
  • NWCG Type 4 Incident Commander
  • Minimum five years’ experience in wildland fire control, structural fire protection
  • NWCG Red Card within the last two years
  • Pass Criminal Background Check
  • Pass NWCG Fitness Pack Test (Arduous Level)
    • Physical demands are more than those for sedentary work; must be able to remain on feet for periods of time, stoop, kneel, crouch, lift, carry, push, pull, climb, balance, walk, and run.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Employment history with contact information
  • Three References with contact information

Desired Qualifications:

  • 10 years full-time fire/ems with at least 3 years’ experience at the rank of company officer or higher.
  • Associate or higher degree in Fire Science, Business, Leadership, Public Administration, or similar fields.
  • Fire Officer I and II
  • Fire Instructor I
  • EMT or higher medical certification

 

Certifications / Licenses / Diplomas:

Applicant is to deliver to fire district copies of all fire and education certifications/licenses (both wildland and structural), educational diplomas, master record, and resume which includes complete work history, references (please include complete contact information) to be considered for this position.

Selection Process

All candidates will be scored on their minimum qualification, desired qualifications, additional qualifications and skills.  Additional points will be given to veterans. All candidates will also be interviewed and scored.  Candidates will be ranked according to their score.  The district will use this ranking to help in the hiring process.

The Oak Creek Fire Protection District does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service or other non-merit factor.

 

Send cover letter and resume to join@oakcreekfire.org

Wildland Engine Boss

Wildland Engine Boss

 

The Oak Creek Fire Protection District is hiring wildland engine bosses for the

2023 fire season.  There are 4 engine boss positions available. 

Job Title: Wildland Engine Boss

Reports to: Wildland Coordinator / Battalion Chief (Wildland Division)

Starting Date: April 1, 2023

Ending Date:  November 30, 2023

Application Closing Date: January 31, 2023 (5 pm Mountain Time)

NOTE: THIS IS A PERMANENT SEASONAL POSITION.

Fire Crew Overview

The Oak Creek Fire Protection District is located in the Northern Rockies just south of Steamboat Springs. and has the community of Oak Creek and the neighborhoods of Stagecoach.  The district covers approximately 278 square miles.  The wildland fire crew is responsible for responding to wildland fires withing the district as well as providing wildland firefighting mutual aid support to Routt County and the State of Colorado.  The fire crew also deploys to national incidents. 

The district’s wildland apparatus includes 1 crew buggy, 2 type 6 engines, 4 type 3 engines, 1 type 1 tactical water tender, and a chipper.

All personnel are trained in chainsaw operations.  During non-fire operations, crew members will work in the district performing fuel mitigation work. 

Compensation:

Engine Boss – $30 to $35 DOE

All firefighters receive a 30% differential when on a fire.  For example – An Engine Boss on a fire earns $35/hr + 30% (or $10.50) for a total of $45.50 per hour.

Wildland crew is issued nomex workpants, t-shirts, sweatshirt, hat, beanie, work gloves, PPE, fire line pack, gear bag, sleeping bag, ground pad, and tent.  Crew members are responsible for their own boots.

 

 

Paid Time Off, Flextime, and Sick Leave:

All employees earn 2 hours per month Flextime and 6 hours per month of Sick Leave.

Vacation time starts at 3.079 hours per pay period.

Time is not accrued during seasonal layoff period.

Retirement Benefits:

This position qualifies for Colorado FPPA retirement benefits.  Currently the department deducts 12% from the employees’ bi-weekly checks.  The department matches 8%. 

After being employed for a one-year period the employee may elect to purchase additional time served. See FPPA website or talk with FPPA representative for details.

Employees are vested after 5-year period.

Insurance:

Oak Creek Fire Protection provides medical, dental, vision, long term disability, and life insurance.

Family members can be added to employee’s policy.  The cost of additional family members will be deducted from the employee’s payroll (pretax).

Insurance coverage does not start until 30 days after the hiring date.

Details of insurance coverage available upon request.

Employees may elect to be covered during the seasonal layoff period.  This cost will be deducted from employees’ pay prior to seasonal layoff or can be paid month to month.

Employee Housing

The district will have seasonal housing available for crew members who need it.  The cost will be $450 per month.  The crew housing is ½ mile from the district wildland station. Housing consists of personal bedrooms, shared private bathrooms, laundry, kitchen, dining, and living room.

 

 

 

Work Hours:

The is a full-time position (40 hours per week), four 10 hour days per week. 

This position is also a Wildland Deployment Position.  Employees may be assigned to wildland fires both in and out of the fire district. The employee must be able to be away from home up to 30 days at a time (not including travel time).

Physical Requirements/Testing:

 You must pass an initial pre-employment physical work capacity fitness test. You are required to carry a 45 lb pack for 3 miles within 45 minutes. Failure to pass this test will disqualify you for employment. Any condition, (medical, physical, or mental) which would cause you to be a hazard to yourself or to others, will disqualify you for employment.

Position Summary:

  • Must respond to initial attack suppression and extended assignments locally, regionally, and National
  • Driving fire engine, running the pump, building hose lays, setting up sprinkler protection systems, fire-line construction,
  • Work with assigned crewmembers to develop a working knowledge of fire suppression and fuels management techniques, practices, and terminology
  • Train assigned crewmembers to work with and operate a wildland fire engine
  • Train crewmembers to become proficient in the use of chainsaws for the purpose of fuel mitigation and fire suppression
  • Train crewmembers in all aspects of wildland and prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding and mop-up.
  • Gather and consider information on weather data, topography, fuel types and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents.
  • May be required to operate light vehicles and 4X4s.
  • Maintain equipment and facilities so it is clean and ready for use.
  • Responsible for all required documentation (CTR’s, equipment shift tickets, ICS 225, 211, 213, 214, 288, 218, and 219 forms)

 

 

 

Employment At-Will

It is Oak Creek Fire Protection District’s policy that employees are employed at the will of OCFPD and the employee (“at-will” employment).  Thus, either employees or OCFPD may terminate the employment relationship at any time, for any reason not prohibited by law, with or without cause or notice.

Personnel Handbook

All employees of Oak Creek Fire Protection District are required to follow the guidelines, policies, procedures, practices, SOP’s, and SOG’s that are documented in the department’s Personnel Handbook. All employees will be held accountable for reading, understanding, and complying with all provisions of the Handbook.

Minimum Qualification for Employment

  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • NWCG Engine Boss qualified (supported by proper certifications, task books, and documented experience)
  • NWCG Type 5 Incident Commander (supported by proper certifications, task books, and documented experience)
  • Current drivers license with acceptable driving record
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • 21 years of age (as of starting date)
  • Pass Criminal Background Check
  • Pass NWCG Fitness Pack Test (Arduous Level)
    • Physical demands are more than those for sedentary work; must be able to remain on feet for periods of time, stoop, kneel, crouch, lift, carry, push, pull, climb, balance, walk, and run.
  • Three References with contact information
  • Work History with contact information

NOTE: If applicant is currently in high school or GED program district will consider applicant for a later starting date to facilitate completion.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Engine Boss or other equivalent fire supervisory experience
  • Faller 2 or higher
  • EMT or higher medical certification

 

 

Certifications / Licenses / Diplomas:

Applicant is to deliver to fire district copies of all fire and education certifications/licenses (both wildland and structural), educational diplomas, master record, and resume which includes complete work history, references (please include complete contact information) to be considered for this position.

Selection Process

All candidates will be scored on their minimum qualification, desired qualifications, additional qualifications and skills.  Additional points will be given to veterans. All candidates will also be interviewed and scored.  Candidates will be ranked according to their score.  The district will use this ranking to help in the hiring process.

The Oak Creek Fire Protection District does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service or other non-merit factor.

 

 

Send cover letter and resume to join@oakcreekfire.org

2023 Seasonal Wildland Firefighter

Wildland Firefighter Job Annoucement

 

The Oak Creek Fire Protection District is hiring wildland firefighters for the 2023

fire season.  There are 14 wildland firefighter positions available. 

Job Title:     Wildland Firefighter (Engine Crew Member).

Reports to: Assigned Engine Boss

Starting Date: May 1, 2023

Ending Date: October 30, 2023

Application Closing Date: January 31, 2023 (5 pm Mountain Time)

NOTE: THIS IS A SEASONAL POSITION

Fire Crew Overview

The Oak Creek Fire Protection District is located in the Northern Rockies just south of Steamboat Springs. and has the community of Oak Creek and the neighborhoods of Stagecoach.  The district covers approximately 278 square miles.  The wildland fire crew is responsible for responding to wildland fires withing the district as well as providing wildland firefighting mutual aid support to Routt County and the State of Colorado.  The fire crew also deploys to national incidents. 

The district’s wildland apparatus includes 1 crew buggy, 2 type 6 engines, 4 type 3 engines, 1 type 1 tactical water tender, and a chipper.

All personnel are trained in chainsaw operations.  During non-fire operations, crew members will work in the district performing fuel mitigation work. 

Compensation:

Wildland Firefighter (FF2) – $18 per hour.

Wildland Firefighter (FF1) – $22 per hour.

All firefighters receive a 30% differential when on a fire.  For example – An FF2 on a fire earns $18/hr + 30% (or $5.40) for a total of $23.40 per hour.

 

 

Additional Certification Pay is available for the following certifications:

NOTE: The following amounts are additional pay per hour.

  • Driver/Operator – $.075
  • EMT-B – $1.00
  • EMT-B IV – $1.50
  • AEMT – $2.50
  • EMT-P – Negotiable
  • Faller 2 – $1.00
  • Faller 1 – $3.00
  • Returning Firefighters $0.30 per year worked at district

Wildland crew is issued nomex workpants, t-shirts, sweatshirt, hat, beanie, work gloves, PPE, fire line pack, gear bag, sleeping bag, ground pad, and tent.  Crew is responsible for their own boots.

Employee Housing

The district will have seasonal housing available for crew members who need it.  The cost will be $450 per month.  The crew housing is ½ mile from the district wildland station. Housing consists of personal bedrooms, shared private bathrooms, laundry, kitchen, dining, and living room.

Work Hours:

The is a full-time position (40 hours per week). 

This position is also a Wildland Deployment Position.  Employees may be assigned to wildland fires both in and out of the fire district. The employee must be able to be away from home up to 30 days at a time (not including travel time).

Physical Requirements/Testing:

 You must pass an initial pre-employment physical work capacity fitness test. You are required to carry a 45 lb pack for 3 miles within 45 minutes. Failure to pass this test will disqualify you for employment. Any condition, (medical, physical, or mental) which would cause you to be a hazard to yourself or to others, will disqualify you for employment.

 

 

 

Position Summary:

  • Develops a working knowledge of fire suppression and fuels management techniques, practices, and terminology
  • Train and work as a crew member of a fire engine
  • Train and become proficient in the use of chainsaws for the purpose of fuel mitigation and fire suppression
  • Train and perform all aspects of wildland and prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding and mop-up.
  • Gather and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents.
  • May be required to operate light vehicles and 4X4s.
  • Maintain equipment and facilities so it is clean and ready for use.

Employment At-Will

It is Oak Creek Fire Protection District’s policy that employees are employed at the will of OCFPD and the employee (“at-will” employment).  Thus, either employees or OCFPD may terminate the employment relationship at any time, for any reason not prohibited by law, with or without cause or notice.

Personnel Handbook

All employees of Oak Creek Fire Protection District are required to follow the guidelines, policies, procedures, practices, SOP’s, and SOG’s that are documented in the department’s Personnel Handbook. All employees will be held accountable for reading, understanding, and complying with all provisions of the Handbook.

Minimum Qualification for Employment

  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • NWCG S-130, L-180, S-190 (Must have prior to February 1, 2023 – Available Online)
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • 18 years of age (as of starting date)
  • Pass Criminal Background Check
  • Pass NWCG Fitness Pack Test (Arduous Level)
    • Physical demands are more than those for sedentary work; must be able to remain on feet for periods of time, stoop, kneel, crouch, lift, carry, push, pull, climb, balance, walk, and run.
  • Three References with contact information

NOTE: If applicant is currently in high school or GED program district will consider applicant for a later starting date to facilitate completion.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Wildland firefighter experience.
  • EMT or higher medical certification

Certifications / Licenses / Diplomas:

Applicant is to deliver to fire district copies of all fire and education certifications/licenses (both wildland and structural), educational diplomas, master record (if applicable) and resume which includes complete work history, references (please include complete contact information) to be considered for this position.

Selection Process

All candidates will be scored on their minimum qualification, desired qualifications, additional qualifications and skills.  Additional points will be given to veterans. All candidates will also be interviewed and scored.  Candidates will be ranked according to their score.  The district will use this ranking to help in the hiring process.

The Oak Creek Fire Protection District does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service or other non-merit factor.

 

Send cover letter, resume to join@oakcreekfire.org