Seasonal Defensible Space Specialist

The Truckee Fire Protection District   Truckee, CA   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
Posted on January 13, 2023
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The Truckee Fire Protection District is accepting applications from qualified individuals for the position of Seasonal Defensible Space Specialist. The eligibility list established from this recruitment will be used to fill current and future vacancies. Multiple openings are available. Background In September 2021 voters in the Truckee Fire Protection District passed a special property tax measure that has created an annual revenue source of about $3.7 million dollars to fund a wildfire prevention program which will implement various new wildfire mitigation work in the Fire District. 

The Position Under general supervision of the Wildfire Prevention Manager, the Defensible Space Specialist(s) will perform a range of technical duties involving defensible space inspections, outreach and education, green waste and chipping programs, provide assistance & customer service to the general public, and other duties as assigned. This is a seasonal non-safety position that works a 40-hour work week. The District may allow a less than 40-hour work week on a case-by-case basis. Weekend and holiday work may occasionally be required in order to fully engage our transient population.

Posted: January 13, 2023 Closing Date: Open Until Filled Applications received after this date and time will not be eligible regardless of the postmark date of the application.

Compensation $22.66-28.92 per hour depending on experience, education, and qualifications. Overtime will be paid at time and a half for all qualifying hours. Benefits The successful candidate will be enrolled in the CalPERS retirement plan if they are members of CalPERS otherwise, they will be enrolled in the PARS retirement plan until they have worked 1000 hours within the fiscal year of July 1 – June 30 at which time they will be enrolled in CalPERS. There are no insurance benefits such as medical, dental, or vision insurance, nor health reimbursement account contributions. Seasonal employees will accrue sick leave per California law. There will be no other leave benefits such as vacation, holiday, or other forms of paid time off.

Our Mission: The Truckee Fire Protection District is committed to providing the highest level of public safety services to our community. We protect the lives, property and environment of our residents and visitors through fire suppression, emergency medical services, rescue and fire prevention. The Truckee Fire Protection District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Minimum Required Qualifications • 18 years of age or older • High School diploma or GED • Valid driver’s license and proof of insurability • Efficient in Microsoft Office 365, Word and Excel, with ability to learn other computer programs and tablet-based applications

Desirable Qualifications • Possess good communication skills • Must be comfortable interacting with the public • Have the ability to acquire and learn new skills quickly • Customer service experience • Wildland firefighting experience • Experience performing defensible space inspections • Education with course work in forest management, fire science, natural resources, environmental science, or other related fields • Comfortable utilizing modern technology including computers, smartphones, tablets and applications • Familiar with California Public Resources Code 4291 • Understands private property rights and plain view • Familiar with green waste disposal and chipping programs • Ability to identify and name common grasses, shrubs, and trees & communicate their fire risks • Familiar with Home Hardening and communicating retrofit options to property owners • California State Fire Marshal Fire Inspector 1A-1D, 2A, 2B

Selection Process: The selection process may include any or all of the following: • Application review • Resume review • Reference review • Oral interview o Tentatively scheduled for the week of March 6, 2023 Employment Contingent on • Background check • Pre-employment medical and physical assessments • Drug/alcohol screening