The West Region Wildfire Council (WRWC) is seeking a well-qualified applicant to fill one of our Mitigation Specialists positions.
Position Title: Mitigation Specialist
Job Type: Full Time, Exempt, Salaried (40hrs/wk)
Job Location: Montrose, CO
Reports to: Assistant Director
Initial Hiring Range: $32,844- $36,611 DOE and Qualifications
Position Salary Cap: $53,571
Closing Date/Time: March 26, 2018, COB
Anticipated Position Start Date: Mid-May, 2018
The West Region Wildfire Council (www.COwildfire.org) is a non-profit organization that promotes wildfire preparedness, prevention and mitigation education across Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties in western Colorado. As a collaborative focal point for wildfire related information, the West Region Wildfire Council:
EDUCATES homeowners about wildfire risk and promotes activities that help communities and homeowners increase fire adaptedness.
PROMOTES wildfire risk reduction through community preparedness and planning.
PROVIDES funding to assist landowners with hazardous fuels reduction projects such as defensible space and strategic fuelbreaks.
SUPPORTS cooperator efforts to collaboratively achieve common wildfire related objectives.
The WRWC represents a diverse range of members including, but not limited to, the USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Parks Service, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, Colorado State Forest Service, Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, County Sheriffs and Emergency Managers, fire protection districts and fire departments as well as residents and community leaders who all have a vested interest in wildfire preparedness, prevention and education. The WRWC Steering Committee is made up of appointed federal, state, county and local representatives.
Mitigation Specialists are responsible for implementing the WRWC’s wildfire outreach and education programs and associated wildfire risk reduction/mitigation projects and activities across the region. The position works closely with WRWC staff on regional initiatives.
Mitigation Specialists act as regional liaisons between federal, state, county and local representatives to encourage information exchange while strengthening collaborative partnerships between agencies and communities.
Wildfire Education and Outreach
The WRWC provides education and knowledge transfer for wildland urban interface (WUI) property owners, communities and others to increase awareness and understanding related to existing wildfire risk as well as to empower individuals to take action to reduce/mitigate those risks. WRWC also connects a diverse interagency stakeholder group with forward thinking discussion and wildfire related educational topics at monthly regional meetings.
Examples of Tasks:
Engage with WUI property owners and community leaders via phone, written, electronic as well as on-site face-to-face communications to increase awareness and understanding related to wildfire risk and activities/actions that can be taken to reduce/mitigate risk.
Understand and effectively speak to wildfire related issues to deliver consistent yet site specific, engaging and science based messaging about wildfire risk and mitigation actions in both the built and natural environments.
Utilize existing and emerging technologies to deliver site specific wildfire risk reduction recommendations to homeowners and communities via a variety of communication mechanisms, such as generated reports and maps.
Assist with the development of educational materials for the WRWC including education initiatives to promote WRWC program concepts locally and beyond.
Attend, coordinate and help facilitate community, HOA and other related meeting and outreach opportunities to deliver presentations and educational materials, promote WRWC programs and strengthen community relationships.
Coordinate and complete targeted outreach to communities via a variety of mechanisms to promote Site Visits, WRWC Cost-Share and Community Chipping Programs as well as other education and outreach opportunities.
Participate in social science research projects to provide necessary information, critical data collection and detailed community outreach for an ongoing research project.
Assist with the implementation of monthly Council meetings by presenting mitigation highlights and other relevant information to Council members.
The WRWC develops planning products to help homeowners, communities and fire protection districts understand wildfire risk and prioritize future risk reduction actions.
Examples of Tasks:
Work with communities to encourage the completion of parcel level rapid wildfire risk assessments, Community Assessments and/or community level CWPPs.
Facilitate and complete field work associated with wildfire risk assessments, Community Assessments and CWPPs in order to develop associated planning documents.
Use GIS (ArcMap, Collector, etc.) and Google Earth to create geodatabases, maps and other geospatial projects in support of planning projects.
Fuels Reduction, Mitigation & Community Chipping Projects
The WRWC directly supports fuels reduction/ mitigation projects, in high wildfire risk areas within the region. The Council offers a Cost-Share Program (www.COwildfire.org/cost-share) – which provides technical and financial assistance to plan and implement strategic fuelbreaks, defensible space projects and other priority fuels reduction projects. Additionally, the Council offers coordination and funding assistance of community based curb-side chipping projects, in partnership with community liaisons, to assist residents manage slash resulting from mitigation activities, via its Community Chipping Program (www.COwildfire.org/chipping).
Examples of Tasks:
Promote the WRWC Cost-Share Program and Community Chipping Program through a variety of outreach and networking mechanisms.
Schedule and coordinate Site Visits with homeowners and Colorado State Forest Service partners to initiate education opportunities and fuels reduction projects.
Coordinate Cost-Share Program defensible space and strategic fuelbreak projects including the following supporting tasks:
Create common and explicit expectations with property owners regarding: project planning; the cost-share application, award agreement and reimbursement process; as well as project implementation and post-project maintenance.
Coordinate property owner Cost-Share Program Application submissions for internal review.
Develop project design criteria and specifications.
Write Scope of Work (SOW) and Request for Proposals (RFP) documents.
Layout and mark projects using GIS/GPS technologies as well as flagging and spray paint.
Facilitate contractor show-case trips to solicit bids on behalf of property owners.
Make cost-share funding recommendations for internal review and approval.
Perform project inspections and contractor compliance checks to ensure adherence to design criteria and specifications for intermediate as well as final project checkoffs.
Coordinate Community Chipping Program projects including the following supporting tasks:
Identify and work collaboratively with key community liaisons/advocates to plan and initiate outreach and communications regarding projects.
Develop community specific flyers, guidelines and other outreach materials.
Manage community enrollment and participant registrations through the Council’s website as well as Google Forms and Google Sheets.
Manage chipping program participant communications and relations.
Coordinate with chipping contractor(s) to schedule chipping dates, provide registration lists and maps.
Administer chipping project contractor oversight & conduct participant ‘pile and materials guidelines’ compliance checks using established protocols.
Finalize project data, critical documentation and contractor invoice payment processing.
Support WRWC reporting efforts by tracking detailed programmatic information using spreadsheets, written reports, photographs and GPS/GIS technologies.
Facilitate the implementation of county and community based CWPPs through fuels reduction projects and other prioritized activities.
The WRWC actively plans for the future sustainability and resiliency of the organization. The position supports the WRWC’s Director’s and Assistant Director’s efforts to ensure timely progress toward future organizational direction and vision.
Examples of Tasks:
Assist Director & Assistant Director with organizational sustainability efforts.
Pursue funding opportunities in collaboration with WRWC staff and partners.
Independent and self-motivated
Attention to personal relationships, partnership development and retention
Excellent oral and written communication skills including public speaking and presentation skills
Strong facilitation and leadership skills
Team player with the ability to collect many different types of input and move forward in a positive, productive way
Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects and activities
Close attention to detail and organization
Willingness to work some evenings, weekends and holidays (flexibility)
Strong proficiency with word processing, spreadsheets and database management
Proficiency with Google suite of applications (Drive, Docs, Sheets, Forms, MyMaps, etc.)
Proficiency with ESRI products (ArcMap, Catalogue, Collector, Online, etc.) as well as handheld GPS technologies
Ability and willingness to use a personal vehicle for travel within work area (see “mileage reimbursement” below). A high clearance vehicle is recommended.
College degree in a related field, or 2 years of experience in wildfire education and mitigation or natural resource management is preferred.
HELPFUL UNDERSTANDING AND EXPERIENCE - NOT MANDATORY
Understanding and experience with a variety of wildfire related topics/disciplines including:
Wildfire ecology in fire prone and fire excluded environments
Wildland fire behavior
Defensible space design, development & best practices
Strategic fuelbreak design, development & best practices
Fuels management best practices
Western Colorado vegetation communities, cover types & ecosystems
Structural ignition vulnerability & mitigation measures
Common wildland fire suppression operations and tactics
Behavioral and economic applied sciences
Community development & land use planning
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The position is expected to work 40 hours/ week from our Montrose based office location. Compensation for this position will be determined based qualifications and experience. The hiring salary range for the Mitigation Specialist position is $32,844- $36,611 annually. The position salary caps out a $53,571 per year.
This position includes the following benefits**:
health insurance reimbursements (up to $300/month) available following a 90 day wait period
retirement match (up to $1,250/year)
paid time off (15 days annually, to be accrued at 1.25/month)
paid sick leave (4hrs/biweekly pay period)
paid holidays (11 days, including most major federal holidays)
flex time (accrued daily-for work beyond 8 hours; max of 24 hrs)
physical training time (up to two hours per week)
annual cost of living adjustment and potential increase based on COL survey results
personal cell phone service reimbursements (up to $25/month)
mileage reimbursement (GSA rate, currently at $0.55/mile)
participation in wildland fire assignments-outside sponsor required- up to 28 days of un-paid leave per calendar year with prior approval.
**Employee will become eligible for full benefits following a six month probationary period.
The West Region Wildfire Council currently enjoys a working partnership with the San Juan Mountains Association (SJMA) which is a 501(c)3 organization. SJMA is the current acting fiscal agent for the WRWC. However, WRWC is currently putting together the necessary documentation and tax filings to become its own 501(c)3 organization – with an anticipated start time for the organization to become fully recognized by the State of Colorado and the IRS by approximately June 1, 2018. This position will report to, and be supervised by, the West Region Wildfire Council Assistant Director.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND PHYSICAL FACTORS
Work is performed in an office, vehicle and /or outdoor setting in all possible weather conditions. While performing the duties of this job the employee is required to stand, sit, walk, talk, or hear for extended periods of time. Occasionally lifts and carries 50lbs at least 100ft. frequently walks over uneven rough terrain, carries necessary job equipment. Frequently sits in one position while driving.
Successful applicants must have a valid Colorado driver’s license, or ability to acquire one upon employment.
If you have questions about the position that are not addressed in the announcement, contact Jamie Gomez, WRWC Assistant Director at (970) 615-7300 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Equal Employment Opportunity. There shall be no unlawful discrimination or harassment against employees or applications for employment because of race or color, religion or creed, sex or gender, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, military status, genetic information or other protected status. Equal employment opportunity, as required by law, shall apply to all personnel actions including, but not limited to recruitment, hiring, upgrading, promotion, demotion, layoff, or termination.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested individuals should submit the following:
Letter of Application. No more than two pages. Include statements describing your specific knowledge, skills and experience as they relate to this position and this organization. (MS Word or PDF file accepted)
Resume. Should be a maximum of three pages and include at least three professional references. (MS Word or PDF file accepted)
Application deadline is COB March 26, 2016. Interview dates for high ranking applicants will be scheduled on an individual basis. Please send application materials via email only. Please include “Mitigation Specialist App” in the subject line, and email to:
Jamie Gomez, Assistant Director
West Region Wildfire Council