Area Fire Management Officer – Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

Area Fire Management Officer – Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

Job Type(s): Programs / Services
Salary: $30.99
Deadline: January 27, 2021 11:59 pm
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Job Overview: 

  • This position is the Southern Land Office (SLO) Area Fire Management Officer (FMO). The FMO manages and administers implementation of the Forestry Division Fire Protection Program for the SLO; including program activities in the areas of safe and effective fire response/fire suppression; fire prevention, community preparedness and homeowner risk reduction/fire adapted communities; as well as prescribed fire and fuel hazard reduction. The FMO also works to achieve mutually beneficial goals of the DNRC Fire Protection, Forestry Assistance, Good Neighbor Authority, and Trust Lands Management programs.
  • A primary responsibility of the SLO FMO is to manage the County Coop fire protection arrangement across the seven counties of the SLO. The DNRC’s fundamental role in of areas County Coop protection is to build and maintain the capacity of local governments, so that local firefighters routinely succeed on initial attack and avoid the need for large-scale intervention by the DNRC or our federal partners. However, the SLO also maintains resources that enable the DNRC to intervene on the behalf of local government with agency resources to help local government firefighters control fires at initial or extended attack.
  • The FMO is responsible for representing the SLO as well as developing and maintaining effective working relationships with personnel from the Department’s other Land Offices; the Fire Protection Bureau and Forestry Division; cooperating local, state, tribal, and federal agencies; county governments; fire councils, districts, and departments.


Program Management/Administration:

Manages and administers the Fire Protection Programs within the Southern Land Office operating area. The incumbent exercises professional judgement and initiative;  provides primary leadership and vision, program direction, supervision, structure, management and administration, and coordination enabling the SLO to effectively execute the of the Fire Protection Program, by carrying out its constituent sub-programs within the parameters of associated program guidance; and contribute to the success of the DNRC Fire Protection Strategic Plan.

Fire Program Execution and Resource Coordination:

Provide leadership, coordination and resources to the wildfire response organizations and cooperative counties of the Southern Land Office.

Staff Leadership and Management:

Leads and manages area fire staff including permanent FTE, seasonal, temporaries, and contractors to ensure the area has adequately trained personnel to meet fire prevention and suppression program requirements.

Approximately 25% travel time with occasional overnight travel.