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Forestry Technician Wildland Firefighter
Ref No.: 20-00103
Location: Homestead, Florida
Position Type:Internship
Start Date: 01/03/2021
Pay Rate : $ 15.00 /Hour
ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW
 
Greening Youth Foundation (GYF, www.gyfoundation.org) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to nurture environmental stewardship among diverse youth and young adults, while exposing them to conservation careers. Participating students gain real world, on-the-job experience as they explore federal careers in the U.S. National Park Service.
 
 
POSITION OVERVIEW
 
Position Title Wildland Fire Intern
NPS Unit Name Everglades National Park
Position Dates Starts January 2021
Position Description and Responsibilities Opportunity:
GYF seeks a Wildland 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 intern that is selected for this position will fill a role within the Everglades NP wildland fire division. The purpose of the position is to gain entry level knowledge and experience about wildland fire management, as a firefighter on an engine crew. Duties of the internship might also 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).
 
  • Serves as an intern on a fire engine crew. 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.
  • Cleans, reconditions, and stores fire tools and equipment.
  • 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.
  • 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.
 
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 outdoors in a hot and humid environment where surfaces may be extremely uneven, rocky, covered with thick tangled vegetation, smoky conditions, etc. 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. 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.

Questions and concerns please email: Kennedy Reddick Jr. (kreddick@gyfoundation.org)