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Forestry Aid (Fire) Intern
Ref No.: 19-00015
Location: Florida
Position Type:Internship
Start Date: 12/02/2019
Position Title Forestry Aid (Fire)
NPS Unit Name Everglades National Park
Position Dates FY 2019
Position Description and Responsibilities Opportunity:
GYF seeks a Forestry Aid (Fire) Intern at the Everglades National Park (ENP), Bill Robertson Building, located at 40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, Florida, which is approximately 30 minutes from the downtown city of Homestead. Internship will be a 120 day full-time equivalent position.

Position Tasks:
The purpose of the position is wildland fire suppression/management/control, as a firefighter on an engine, helitack module, or hand crew. Other wildland fire related duties might involve fire prevention, patrol, detection, or prescribed burning. The incumbent will also be involved with the maintenance and repair of firefighting tools equipment and facilities, and will receive firefighting training.

The intern will be under the supervision of a Supervisory Forestry Technician (Engine Captain).

Maior Duties (70%)
  • Serves as a member of a fire crew assigned to suppress the full range of wildland fires. Performs assignments as a wildland firefighter in developing a working knowledge of fire suppression and fuels management techniques, practices and terminology. This consists of fireline construction, use of pumps and engines, hose lays using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustments in the effective use of water and additives, working in and around aircraft such as helicopters, safety rules, and basic fire behavior.
  • Searches out and extinguishes burning materials by moving dirt, applying water by hose or backpack pump, etc.
  • Chops brush, fells small trees, and moves dirt to construct fireline using various hand tools such as axes, shovels, Pulaskis, McLeods, and may use power tools including chainsaws and portable pumps to control spreading of wildland fire and/or to prepare control lines prior to burning.
  • Patrols fireline to locate and extinguish embers, flareups, and hotspot fires that may threaten developed firelines.
  • Cleans, reconditions, and stores fire tools and equipment.
  • May assist trained personnel in more specialized assignments such as backfire and burnout, mobile and stationary engine attack, construction of helispots, helitack operations, and performing hover hookups.
  • Participates in fire and safety training in the techniques, practices, and methods of fire suppression and in the safe, efficient operation and use of tools, equipment and vehicles used in fireline activities. Participates in crew proficiency checks and drills. Participates in safety sessions and fire critiques. Ensures own and others' welfare and safety in all aspects of the assignments.
Additional Duties (30%)
  • May be assigned to a fire lookout to provide detection and reporting of wildfires.
  • May perform project work such as fuel inventory, preparing associated reports, and hazard fuel reduction projects.
  • May perform project work such as road and trail maintenance, habitat manipulation, and miscellaneous equipment and facilities maintenance.
  • May assist higher level workers in forestry/range research efforts; in the marketing of forest/range resources; or in the scientific management, protection, and development of forest/range resources.
Qualifications The successful candidate should be able to do the following:

Duties involve rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. Work requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighing over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring at least average agility and dexterity. Duties include demands for strenuous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods of time. Operation of some specialized fire equipment can place extended physical stress on incumbent during fire activities. Incumbent is subject to medical examination and must pass the work capacity test for arduous positions.
Work Environment The work is primarily performed in forest and desert environments in steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely uneven, rocky, covered with thick tangled vegetation, smoky conditions, etc. Temperatures commonly exceed 100 degrees F and fall below freezing. Risks include smoke inhalation, fire entrapment, snake or insect bites and stings, exposure to excessive machinery noise, and falling and rolling material. Personnel must adjust and cope with exposure to weather elements, dust and smoke, poor bivouac and eating situations under an unpredictable set of circumstances. Incumbent may be required to live in backcountry camps for extended periods of time. The hazardous nature of the work requires that personal protective equipment be worn (boots, hardhat, gloves, flame resistant clothing, etc.). Work may require travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft.
Vehicle/License Requirement The successful candidate must have a valid state driver's license.
Compensation and Benefits The selected applicant will be compensated at a rate of $15 per hour during the 120 day period. A transportation stipend of $40 a week for 16 weeks will also be provided to the successful candidate.