Vacancy Ann. # STOI-18-057
Rate of Pay DOE/DOQ
Opening Date MARCH 7, 2018
Closing Date MARCH 14, 2018


The purpose of the position is to serve as an Equipment Operator, Wildland Fire Fighter, and Fuels Crew Member. The area involved may encompass federal, state and private lands within the reservation. Incumbent will transition between the Fire and Fuels Management programs based on local wildland fire conditions, needs of both programs, and as funds are available. 

The primary purpose of this position is assist suppression efforts during wildland fires or other duties in preparation to wildland fire activities. 

The secondary purpose of this position is to function as a Fuels Crew Member by providing assistance to the Fuels Management program with the planning, implementation, administration, and monitoring of hazardous fuels reduction projects. 


Equipment Operator:

  • The Heavy Equipment Operator is responsible to for operating heavy equipment in a safe and effective manner.  Heavy equipment may include trucks, front-end loaders, dozers, graders and other pieces of equipment.
  • The Heavy Equipment Operator must also clean, maintain and secure all equipment.
  • Must adhere to all traffic laws and requirements that the Department of Transportation.
  • The Heavy Equipment Operator must deal with residents and members of the public in a courteous and respectful manner.
  • Advise the Fire Management Officer or their designee of any requirements for    Maintenance or repairs.

Fuels Crew Member: 

  • Assist with identifying and setting up treatment units across the Spokane Indian Reservation, including but not limited to flagging, tagging and general mapping of areas to be treated.
  • Assist staff with posting bid opening advertisements and preparing bid packets.
  • Assist staff with contract administration. Complete inspection forms and prepares invoices as appropriate.
  • Use GPS technology to collect, correct and create files for fuels projects and to correctly locate property lines and corners.
  • Use ArcGIS to make simple maps.
  • Accomplish thinning and chipping of wildland fuels, including but not limited to operating a chipper, utilizing chainsaws, and piling slash.
  • Assist with field survey efforts such as fuel inventories, photo monitoring, fire effects data collection, and stocking surveys.
  • Independently operates a tractor, skid steer, or other similar equipment and maintains such equipment.
  • Perform assigned tasks associated with prescribed fire operations, including but not limited to prescribed burn plan preparation, prescribed fire ignition and holding operations, and monitoring of prescribed fire effects.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to safely operate heavy equipment
  • Perform daily safety and maintenance checks
  • Clean heavy equipment as scheduled and/or required
  • Ensure heavy equipment is safely secured during transportation
  • Ability to perform routine maintenance
  • Ability to practice workplace safety
  • Ability to properly maintain inventory
  • Ability to effectively maintain and ensure access to houses, water supply and waste sites
  • Experience and knowledge to use equipment for snow removal
  • Must have the ability to construct fire line close to active fire or in areas where fire is expected to advance to.
  • The ability to build fire line in very steep slope, rock terrain or sand soils.
  • May be required to have basic knowledge of cultural significant site or use caution in areas of known culture sites.
  • Working knowledge of wildland fire risk, behavior, and mitigation.


  • High School Diploma or GED
  • A minimum of 5 years of Wildland Fire Line Construction
  • Knowledge of maintenance and repair of Heavy Equipment, Dozers and Transports
  • Must have a valid Commercial Derivers License (CDL) and be Tribally Insurable *Must provide proof of CDL with application in order to be considered*
  • Must be a Qualified Engine Boss or higher


 Applications Are Available At the Tribal Human Resources Department

Or can be downloaded from our website:

P.O. Box 206, Wellpinit, WA  99040

Contact: Sabrina McCoy

Ph.: (509) 458-6583   Fax: (509) 458-6556


Applications Must Be Received In The Human Resources Department

By 4:30 p.m. On The Closing Date

The Spokane Tribe Reserves The Right To Hire According To Its

Indian Preference Policy

All Applicants may be Subject To A Pre-Employment Drug Test

All Positions With The Tribe Are Subject To A 90-Day Orientation Period