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Idaho Falls District Bureau of Land Management

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Current Job Openings:

***Seasonal wildland firefighting positions are now open in Idaho***

Idaho Falls District BLM is hiring new employees in Pocatello, Idaho Falls, and Salmon. There are a multitude of positions available, including dispatch and fuels crew jobs. Apply by visiting www.USAJobs.gov. View the 2018 Fire Flyer for a list of jobs available across the state.

For assistance in applying, please contact Kris Bruington in Idaho Falls, (208)524-7668; Dan Zajanc in Pocatello, (208)478-6351; or Jeff Knudson in Salmon, (208)756-5197. For more information on the guard stations across Idaho Falls District, visit our Work Stations page. And learn more about the communities under Area Information.

Idaho BLM currently is currently advertising five career seasonal positions under Open Continuous Rosters (OCR). The positions include Senior Wildland Firefighter, Engine Crew Leader, Engine Captain, Senior Firefighter-Helitack, and Helitack Squad Boss. Recruitment will continue through the closing date to fill all vacancies; however, applicants who apply by November 1, 2017, will recieve first consideration. For the announcement numbers and more details, view the 2017-2018 OCR Flyer. And visit www.USAJobs.gov to apply.

For help with the hiring process, here is additional information:

How to Apply

Qualifications

About the BLM

Through the National System of Public Lands, the BLM manages more land -- approximately 253 million acres -- than any other Federal agency. This land is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's muilple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Idaho Falls District Fire Management Mission Statement

To provide a hardworking and progressive workforce dedicated to an effective and efficient fire management program through outstanding public service, professionalism, mentorship, physical fitness, productivity, and safety.

The Idaho Falls District Fire Program has fire suppression responsibilities for the Challis, Salmon, Idaho Falls, and Pocatello Field Offices which total 3,702,169 acres. The District spreads from the Utah/Idaho boarder north to Montana, to Salmon and Challis to the west, and the Wyoming border on the east. The west end of the district is just past American Falls.

Approximately 120 firefighters are employed by the District, staffing about 16 engines, 2 water tenders, 2 dozers, and 1 Interagency Hot Shot crew. The Pocatello Airtanker Base also hosts an air attack platform. During the fire season, air-tankers and other support positions operate from the tanker base as needed. We operate Type 4 Engines (heavies) and Type 6 Engines (lights).

We have a busy and proactive fuels program with Prescribed Fire Burn Bosses, Ignition Specialists, Fuels Specialists and Fuels Technicians. The fuels program keeps firefighters busy with thinning and prescribed fire activities. While not engaged in suppression activities or fuels work, fire crews assist resource staff in completing important projects for natural resource management.

The District also has one of the best Prevention/Education/Mitigation programs in the state. They are responsible for working with local fire departments, investigating human-caused fires, and educating the public on fire prevention and fire safety.

For more information about the Idaho Falls District BLM visit www.blm.gov/id/st/en.html.

 

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ENGINES

The Idaho Falls District staffs about 16 engines each year with guard stations in Salmon, Dubois, Atomic City, Idaho Falls, Blackfoot, Fort Hall, American Falls, Pocatello, Malad, and Soda Springs. We also staff two initial attack dozers and two water tenders. Government housing is available at five locations on the District.

Wildland fire engine crew members are trained to fight wildland fires using fire engines. However, a lot of times engines are unable to get to the location where the fire initiated and crew members are required to hike through various terrain to suppress the fire. Idaho BLM and Forest Service typically use two types of engines to suppress fires: Type 4 (heavy) wildland fire engine or Type 6 (light) wildland fire engine. Heavy engines require a commercial driver's license to operate. They can hold anywhere from 800-950 gallons of water and can weigh up to 32,000 pounds. The light lngines typically hold anywhere from 200-400 gallons of water and weigh up to 16,000 pounds. Engine crew members learn a variety of skills such as utilizing water in fire suppression, implementing hose lays, working with chains saws to fell trees, utilizing hand tools, conducting prescribed burns, and driving wildland fire engines. Working on an engine your first year can help you gain the needed experience in order to apply to smoke jumping, hotshot crews and helitack.

Physical conditioning is directly related to safety on the fire line. Therefore, we feel that maintaining a high level of physical fitness is the key to a safe and effective program. Our daily physical training program is something we take seriously and we expect this of all of our firefighters. All firefighter positions require passing the Work Capacity Test (a three mile walk with a 45-pound pack in 45 minutes or less). Additionally, we have set fitness goals from "Fit To Work," a publication from the Missoula Technology Development Center and we participate in the BLM National Fire Operations Fitness Challenge. Click here for fitness related information, such as nutrition and pre-season physical fitness training plans.

District engine crew fitness goals:
1.5 mile run in a time of 10:35 or less
40 sit-ups in 60 seconds
25 push-ups in 60 seconds
7 chin-ups

Pre-Season Best Fitness Scores
Activity 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
1.5 mile run 8:29 7:58 8:22 8:13 7:24
sit-ups 132 161 121 123 151
push-ups 110 188 104 113 103
chin-ups 22 32 29 26 26

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AVIATION

 

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DISPATCH

Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center (EIIFC) is often a fast-paced environment to work in during the summer months. The Dispatch Center serves as the communication hub; they help disperse fire crews to each fire incident, maintain communication between firefighters, management, and other agencies, such as city fire departments, and track where each fire crew is located. Dispatch also tracks wildland fire statistics. EIIFC serves both the BLM District and the Caribou-Targhee National Forest to allow for efficient and effective communication when responding to wildland fire incidents.

Dispatcher duties include emergency (wildland fire) dispatch communication via radio consoles and telephones, taking reports of wildland fires, interacting with the general public, and working as a team member in a diverse office environment.

EIIFC is staffed 7 days per week from May 31 to October 15 every year. We operate with 3 permanent employees, 3 career-seasonal employees (6-9 months per year) and three seasonal employees (3-5 months per year). Standard hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., but may be adjusted to appropriately staff the dispatch center for on-going wildfires warranting overtime pay.

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CACHE

The EIIFC Cache is responsible for maintaining wildland fire supplies and delivering them to firefighters across the Idaho Falls District and Caribou-Targhee National Forest, an area of about 7.5 million acres. The cache can be a very busy place to work.

Responsibilities may include: receiving and distributing large quantities of goods, stocking the warehouse with wildland fire support items, delivering support supplies and equipment to wildland fires, and inventory accounting. The EIIFC Fire Cache operates with 1 permanent employee, 1 career-seasonal employee (6-9 months per year), and 1 seasonal employee (3-5 months per year). Standard hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but may be extended due to fire activity warranting overtime pay.

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