Spokane Tribe Logo


VACANCY ANN#:               STOI-24-012

TITLE:                                    FIRE FIGHTER TYPE 2



STATUS:                               FULL-TIME

RATE OF PAY:                   $17.00 – $19.17 / PER HOUR HR3

OPENING DATE:              MAY 28, 2024



This position is located on the Spokane Indian Reservation within the Fire Management organization.  The purpose of the position is to serve as a Wildland Firefighter/Forestry/Fuels Technician within the Forestry program. This position is primarily a wildland firefighter performing fire suppression/management/control on an engine, hand crew or Helitack module during critical months of June thru September.  Incumbent is also required to assist in prescribed burning operations and fuels treatments in a wildland urban interface and hazardous fuels setting. Other duties include: thinning, slashing and chipping, traversing with GPS tools, assisting with stocking surveys and gathering stand exam data.




Major duties will be serving as a member of a fire crew assigned to suppress the full range of wildland fires. Perform assignments at the trainee firefighter level to develop a working knowledge of fire suppression and fuels management techniques and practices.  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, and understanding safety rules, basic fire behavior and fire and fuels terminology.


  • 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, Pulaski, McCloud and/or power tools including chainsaws and portable pumps to control spread of wildland fire and/or to prepare control lines prior to burning.
  • Patrols fire lines to locate and extinguish sparks, flare-ups and hotspot fires that may threaten developed fire lines.
  • Cleans, reconditions and stores fire tools and equipment.
  • May assist other trained personnel in more specialized assignments such as backfire and burnout, mobile and stationary engine attack, mop up, construction of helistops, helitack operations and performing hover hookups.
  • Participates in fire and safety training techniques with crew proficiency checks and drills using safety sessions and fire critiques. In addition, practices methods of fire suppression in a safe efficient operation with the use of hand tools, equipment and vehicles used in fire line activities. Ensures own and others welfare and safety in all aspects of assignments.
  • Communicates over a local radio network.
  • May be assigned to a fire lookout to provide detection and reporting of wildfires. Reports smoke and fire to a dispatcher giving location, estimated size and other pertinent information.  Reports weather and fire behavior information keeping the dispatcher and/or fire officials informed of current conditions.
  • May be assigned to other management activities which may include but are not limited to cleaning outdoor recreation facilities; mowing grass and trimming shrubs; performing trail and building maintenance; completing resource management projects; removal and disposition of hazard trees; and like duties.




The incumbent is involved with fuels and forestry management activities including; prescribed burning, mechanical fuel treatments, contract compliance, project monitoring, data collection and regen surveys under the supervision of a crew leader.


  • Monitoring fieldwork to accomplish fuels/forestry treatments that include thinning, slashing, pruning and piling.
  • Prepares prescribed burn units for ignition; this includes handline construction and removing fuels from the base of power poles, fence posts, and conifer trees.
  • Serves as a FFT2 on prescribed burn projects.
  • Maintains all prescribed fire equipment for daily and seasonal use.
  • Assists in gathering stand exam data, fuel line transects and fire regime condition classifications.
  • Assists in field with flagging, tagging and general mapping of areas to be treated.
  • Traversing with GPS tools.


FACTORS:  Knowledge Required by the Position


  • Knowledge of standard fire program requirements, suppression tactics, methods, procedures and skills in the use of wildland firefighting hand tools, pumps and hoses, and chainsaws sufficient to perform routine fire suppression or prescribed fire assignments and to maintain firefighting tools and equipment.
  • Working knowledge of fire behavior, hazards and accepted fire safety practices and procedures to prevent injury and loss of life.
  • Ability to perform duties under stressful and adverse operating conditions, such as long work hours, heavy workloads, emergency situations, adverse working and environmental conditions.
  • Knowledge of agency and interagency qualification, position task book requirements and certification standards and procedures adopted by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group.



Arduous:  Duties involve 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 items weighing over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items and similar strenuous activities requiring at least average ability and dexterity. The rigorous duties of this position require the incumbent to meet the physical fitness test for arduous positions.


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.




The work is primarily performed outdoors in forest and desert environments in steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely uneven, rocky or covered by vegetation.  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 job requires that protective clothing be worn (hard hat, gloves, leather boots, flame resistant clothing and other personal protective equipment).  Work may require travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft.



  • Must have attended or successfully complete Guard School with in the first 60 days of starting.
  • Must take a refresher firefighter training class annually.
  • Must be able to successfully complete and clear a Department of Interior Medical Exam
  • Must pass physical fitness test for arduous positions annually.
  • Must obtain and maintain red card at a minimum as FFT2.
  • Must have a Washington State driver’s license and be tribally insurable.


*Safety Sensitive Background and Drug and Alcohol Screening / Random Testing


Apply Online; https://spokanetribe.bamboohr.com/careers/287?source=aWQ9MjA%3D


Contact: Sabrina McCoy or Empero Corral

P.O. Box 206 Wellpinit, WA 99040

509-458-6583 or 458-6527

E-mail: hrfrontdesk@spokanetribe.com

Applications must be received in the Human Resource Department

no later than 4:30 p.m. on the closing date.

The Spokane Tribe reserves the right to hire according to its Indian Preference Policy

All Applicants are subject to a Pre-Employment Drug Test

All Positions with the Spokane tribe of Indians are subject to a 90-day orientation period