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Posting Begin Date: 2024/04/03
Posting End Date: 2024/04/16
Sub Category: Emergency Management
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Boise, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 18.16
Maximum Salary: 23.61
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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State of Idaho Opportunity

Human Resource Office (HRO)
State Personnel Branch
4794 General Manning Avenue, Building 442
Boise, Idaho 83705-8112
Telephone: (208) 801-4273

STATE VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: Registers established from this announcement may remain valid up to one year to fill vacancies within the same classification. 

          ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER:                  24-37-N

          AREA OF CONSIDERATION:                     Open to all applicants

          POSITION TITLE:                                         Wildland Firefighter - OF&ES

          PAY GRADE:                                                   NGA-5

          POSITION CONTROL NUMBER:           1181

          CLASS CODE:                                                22782

          SALARY RANGE:                                          $18.16 to $23.61 hourly ($37,770 to $49,105 annually) - Starting pay is typically Step 1 at $18.16/hour

          FLSA CODE:                                                  Covered

          DUTY LOCATION:                                       Military Division, Idaho Army National Guard (IDARNG), Orchard Fire and Emergency Services (OF&ES), Orchard Combat Training Center (OCTC) Fire Station, Boise, Idaho - not remote

         TYPE OF POSITION:                                    Civilian Nonclassified

         COMPATIBLE MILITARY FIELD:               Not Applicable

The HRO State Personnel Branch will not forward non-qualifying or incomplete application packets for consideration – ensure to attach all required information as specified below. PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE APPLYING.


  • Military Division Mandatory Questions Attachment of your individual responses to mandatory questions for all applicants
  • Qualifications - Attachment of your individual responses to each of the Mandatory Requirements and each Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) specified in this announcement under QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS. Attach document/pdf to your application with all your responses. This is required to assess you meet all requirements for consideration. If not provided, your application will be considered INCOMPLETE.
  • Documentation identified as a Mandatory Requirement – When required, attach copies of educational diplomas, transcripts, or training certificates; or professional licenses, certifications or registrations.
  • Optional: Attach a resume and/or other supplemental documentation to support your qualifications.


  • (1) Except for minor traffic offenses, have you ever entered a plea of guilty, no contest, or had a withheld judgment to a felony offense?
    If YES please explain on a separate paper and attach it to your application.

  • (2) Do you certify that I am a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or a Foreign National with authorization to work in the United States

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must attach to their application individual responses addressing each requirement separately.

Mandatory Requirements (conditions of employment) Provide the requested information, address your willingness and ability to meet the applicable condition and/or how you meet the requirement. 

Provide your individual responses in an attachment to your application addressing each requirement (1-9) separately.

(1) Must meet the mandatory minimum age (18). Do not provide a copy of your birth certificate. 

(2) Must possess a High School Diploma or GED and provide documentation validating the following education. (Attach a copy of your high school diploma or transcript, or GED; unofficial transcripts are acceptable) 

(3) Must have and maintain a valid and unrestricted state issued driver’s license (from any state) and be eligible to obtain a military driver’s license. Provide your driver’s license number, issuing state, license expiration date, and the full name specified on the license. (Do not provide a copy of your driver’s license.) 

(4) Must have, or be eligible to obtain, and maintain a favorable T1 Federal Background Investigation. If a selected candidate does not have a current favorable T1, as a condition of employment he/she must submit to the investigation process immediately upon hire/appointment. (At a minimum, a favorable suitability determination by the State Security Manager is required prior to appointment into this position.) 

(5) Must submit to and pass initial and periodic drug testing. 

(6) Must be able to drive a 4-X-4 vehicle on rough and uneven roads. 

(7) Must present a documented determination from your personal physician stating that you are able to participate in the “Arduous Work Capacity Test” (as described below.) Must submit to and pass the “Arduous Work Capacity Test” conducted by OF&ES personnel to be eligible for interview and consideration for employment. Must meet and maintain the fitness requirement at all times. 

* Note: During the Arduous Work Capacity Test, applicants must perform the following activities to the minimum stated standard: 

    • 3-mile walk while carrying a 45-pound weighted vest within a 45-minute time limit; and 
    • Prior to the test event, must sign a Release and Hold Harmless Agreement releasing the Idaho Army National Guard and the State of Idaho from liability in the event of any injury or death; and 
    • Prior to the test event, must complete and pass the Work Capacity Test Health Screening Questionnaire 

  • Must complete, sign and date, and attach to your application the following three forms located under the State Personnel Forms "Arduous Work Capacity Test (WCT) Form" at the following website or by email request [email protected] 
        • Arduous Work Capacity Test (WCT) Health Screening Questionnaire 
        • Arduous Work Capacity Test (WCT) Informed Consent & Emergency Contact 
        • Arduous Work Capacity Test (WCT) Release and Hold Harmless Agreement releasing the Idaho Army National Guard and the State of Idaho from liability in the event of any injury or death

(8) Must have successfully completed the primary NWCG Core Requirement of L-180 Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service, S-130 Wildland Fire Training, S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior or be willing and able to complete within 3-months (90-days) of appointment/start date. Please respond regarding your willingness and ability to complete this training or provide copies of documentation, if applicable. 

(9) Must be willing and able to complete Incident Command System (ICS) ICS-100: Introduction to the Incident Management System, ICS-200: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents, IS-700: national Incident Management System, An Introduction and IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction within 3-months (90-days) of appointment/start date. Please respond regarding your willingness and ability to complete this training or provide copies of documentation, if applicable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)
Applicants must have 6-months of/and general work experience, which can be any work experience performing related to the duties as specified below. In your detailed, individualized responses describe your civilian and military education, training, and work experience as it relates to each KSA that demonstrated your related experience. KSA responses assist in verifying your qualifications and determining the best-qualified applicants.

Provide your individual responses in an attachment to your application addressing each requirement (1-5) separately.

  • (1) Knowledge of fire suppression duties and fuels associated with fires. 
  • (2) Knowledge of hazards associated with fire suppression duties. 
  • (3) Ability to work as a team member under extreme pressure. 
  • (4) Ability to give and follow directions while using good judgment. 
  • (5) Ability to operate 4x4 vehicles off-road and in rough terrain, including a variety of light to heavy vehicles and equipment such as Type IV, Type VI trucks and Water Tender. 

SUMMARY OF DUTIES: Refer to the position description below.

a. Each person hired will be required to provide verification of eligibility to work in the United States and may be subject to a criminal background check.
b. Refer to the position description for the Mandatory Requirements for this position.
c. The State of Idaho, Military Division is an Equal Opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), genetic information, political affiliation, marital status, and disability or age (which does not interfere with job accomplishment or job eligibility based upon the position description Mandatory Requirements). Appropriate consideration shall be given to veterans in accordance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations.

PERSONNEL MANAGER CERTIFICATION: The title, series, grade, duties and responsibilities are complete and accurate as written and a current or projected vacancy exists as advertised.

                                                                                              Gloria A. Duncan
                                                                                              Supervisory Human Resource Specialist
                                                                                              Military Division – State Personnel Branch

Applications are accepted online only. State employees must apply in Luma after logging in; non-state employees need to apply on the career website. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the HRO office by phone 208-801-4273/4276 or email [email protected] and [email protected] to discuss alternative options.

Thank you for your interest in employment with the Idaho Military Division.

By submitting your application, you are certifying all answers and statements are true and complete to the best of your knowledge. You understand that should an investigation disclose untruthful or misleading answers, your application may be rejected, name removed from consideration, or employment with the State terminated.


INTRODUCTION: These positions are assigned to the Idaho Army National Guard (IDARNG) Training Center – Orchard Range, Orchard Fire and Emergency Services (OF&ES), Idaho Army National Guard (IDARNG), functioning within the State of Idaho – Military Division. The position is located at the Orchard Combat Training Center (OCTC) Fire Station. The OCTC is an Army National Guard (ARNG) Maneuver Training Center (Heavy). The primary purpose of this position is to provide fire suppression for the OCTC and performing related duties.

Area of responsibility involves approximately 171,000 acres of land consisting of 53,500 acres in the impact area and the remaining 117,900 acres of maneuver area. The OCTC/Training Site contains over 140 permanent, temporary, and semi-permanent structures with approximately 754,503 square feet.

To learn more about the OCTC, please see more information here


1. Firefighter Duties. Responsible to the supervisor and/or organizational leadership for job and/or task accomplishment. Works individually and/or as a team member through daily emergency and non-emergency activities ensuring that all required work and/or tasks are accomplished. Applies risk management during all aspects work, including but not limited to daily operations and emergency incidents. Participates in recurring proficiency and advanced certification training as scheduled or required. Recommends, through the chain-of-command, to OF&ES leadership, resources that may be needed to meet current and projected mission requirements. Demonstrates and promotes a respectful workplace that complies with policies of the Adjutant General/Idaho Military Division, Idaho Army National Guard and OF&ES. Observes and ensures compliance with all applicable laws, rules, regulations and policies and serves as a role model for the Whistleblower Protection Program, EEO, security and workplace safety practices, policies and regulations at all times. Maintains a safe and drug/alcohol free workplace. 

2. Fire Suppression. Under direction of a supervisor or team leader, conducts initial attack and assists in extended attack on fires within the OCTC and surrounding areas. Conducts direct attack on fires using equipment such as fire truck, hoselines, backpack pumps, shovels and other tools as required. Performs engine operations duties including running the pump, deploying hoselays, completing preventative engine maintenance checks, and effectively using water and additives. Applies knowledge of fuels, terrain, weather, and fire behavior to decisions and actions. If first on scene, responsible for establishing command, coordinating a safe route for fire personnel and equipment while using lookouts, communication, escape routes and safety zones (LCES) until relieved by team leader, supervisor or other OF&ES leadership and is reassigned. Evaluates size, wind direction, fuel and terrain associated with the fire, and up channels conditions and/or requests for assistance through the Incident Commander or OF&ES Dispatch Center if needed. Uses OF&ES operating guides and procedures along with the Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG) to identify and avoid unsafe situations. Uses maps and/or Global Positioning System (GPS) to navigate and gather fire scene information. Accurately reports and records the fire location and size using a GPS. Ensure proper refurbishing and resupply of tools, vehicles, water and supplies. Completes all necessary reports with assistance from team leader, supervisor, or other OF&ES leadership. 

3. Fire Prevention. Participates as a team/crew member during prescribed fire ensuring all protective clothing and equipment are being utilized and all safety measures are in place and executed. Carries out prescribed fire in accordance with pre-fire briefing, annual prescribed burn plan and/or burn requests, Bureau of Land Management and Idaho Department of Lands agreements, and OF&ES Standard Operating Procedures to maintain the range area and minimize the impact of natural fires or those from Idaho Military Division activities. Operates tractors, fence clearing and cleaning, or enclosed burn containers as needed near environmentally and culturally protected areas and perimeter fences where prescribed fire is not authorized. Conducts standby operations during periods of range operations and maneuver area activity as well as periods of inclement weather or high fire danger. 

4. Maintenance Duties. OF&ES vehicles are operated in extreme weather and terrain conditions requiring vehicles and equipment to be maintained in accordance with the OF&ES Maintenance Plan. Firefighters are responsible to ensure that preventative maintenance checks and services (PMCS) are being completed timely and accurately, and that equipment is maintained in a high state of readiness. Operates vehicles and equipment within specified limitations and OF&ES policies. Ensures personal protective equipment (PPE) is accounted for, clean and serviceable prior to daily operations. Ensures work, rest, training areas and maintenance bays are maintained to a high degree of cleanliness. Completes maintenance documentation for PPE, vehicles, and other equipment is completed as required and in a timely manner. Turns in non-serviceable equipment. Conducts washdowns/washouts of various facilities in and around the Orchard Range complex. 

5. Performs other related duties and projects as necessary or assigned. 

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS: The incumbent works under supervision of a Lead Wildland Firefighter – OF&ES, Supervisory Wildland Firefighter or a higher authority, with management oversight provided by the OF&ES Deputy Fire Chief, if assigned, or Fire Chief. The supervisor/manager defines objectives, outlines limits of responsibility, and discusses new or changed guidelines. Incumbent independently performs assigned duties within established policy and authority. Work is reviewed for compliance with instructions, regulations, and adequacy of fire protection and prevention activities. During emergency response situations the incumbent will work under the direction/supervision a Lead Wildland Firefighter or Supervisory Wildland Firefighter.

PERSONAL WORK CONTACTS: Incumbent has daily contact with other peers, Lead Wildland Firefighters, Supervisory Wildland Firefighters, Structural Firefighters, seasonal wildland firefighters, OF&ES Fire Chief, OF&ES Deputy Fire Chief, OF&ES Assistant Fire Chiefs, ITC-OR Range Officers, and military and civilian personnel working within the cantonment area or on the range, and/or other personnel involved with fire suppression or prevention activities.

WORK CONDITIONS / PHYSICAL EFFORT: The incumbent works in dangerous, adverse and hazardous conditions, including extreme weather conditions. Incumbent is required to be on-call 24-hours per day for emergency callback. Incumbent may be exposed to unexploded ordinances (UXO) and desert wildlife that could potentially result in injury or death. The incumbent must pass an “Arduous Work Capacity Test” prior to employment. The test correlates to measures of aerobic and muscular fitness, as well as performance in field tasks such as working with hand tools and carrying loads over rough terrain. The incumbent operates on a 2 to 3 person engine crew, with the potential to work on a 20 person fire line if the mission requires. The incumbent must work with other firefighters in a collaborative and respectful manner. Incumbent must submit to and pass initial and periodic security/background checks, and must submit to and pass periodic drug testing upon request. The incumbent is exposed to many different types of military vehicles throughout the fire season. For safety and security reasons, the incumbent is prohibited from engaging in any form of unapproved/ unauthorized training or getting on or in any military vehicle. Uniform items and required personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided by Orchard Fire & Emergency Services. The incumbent is required to bring all PPE, including authorized boots, to work daily and to maintain accountability and cleanliness of all PPE. Incumbent may be required to work long and/or irregular hours during the fire season, and may be subject to 24-hour on-call status, mandatory overtime, and emergency call-back. 

Note: Temporary incumbents in this classification are prohibited from conducting personal physical fitness activities while on official paid time/duty hours, and are additionally prohibited from conducting physical fitness activities in or around the OCTC Fire Station while on unpaid personal time.

FLSA Overtime Code: C (Covered; time and one-half)
EEOC: I05 (Protective Services)
WCC: 7710
MARCH 2024

  • State Benefits:

    The State of Idaho offers a robust total compensation package, including medical, vision, and dental insurance; PERSI retirement benefits; paid sick, vacation, and parental leave; and 11 paid holidays per year. For additional information related to benefits and/or State programs, please visit*


    The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

    The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email [email protected].

    Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.

    *Benefits may not be applicable for temporary or seasonal positions.