Texas A&M Forest Service Task Force Coordinator in Merkel, Texas

Job Title

Task Force Coordinator


Texas A&M Forest Service


Northwest Branch

Proposed Minimum Salary

$3,333.33 monthly

Job Location

Merkel, Texas

Job Type


Job Description

Provide localized oversight and leadership to the fire suppression task force and employees assigned to it for various activities. Assist Regional Fire Coordinator in interaction within the branch and across the state as needed; promote local capacity building and the increased capabilities on local and statewide levels; initiate a portfolio of certification; ability to access and use Web EOC for daily TFS reporting; meets or exceeds on performance evaluations; obtain a Texas Class A CDL; be proficient in the use of TFS email, web page and single sign-on programs; complete all monthly reporting requirements of position; attend all required training; assist with the delivery of Forest Resource Protection programs to local communities; operate and maintain wildland fire suppression equipment and respond to wildland fires and other all-hazard incidents and conduct self in a professional manner at all times.

Responsibilities:-Serves as an emergency responder (including wildland fire) which may require:

Working long hours, with minimal rest and in primitive conditions; exposure to harsh environmental conditions such as smoke, wind, sunlight, rain and temperature extremes; walking long distances, standing for extended periods, twisting, bending, reaching and kneeling; lifting and carrying heavy objects; driving motor vehicles for long distances; operating heavy equipment with related exposure to equipment vibration and noise; operating computers with monitors for extended periods of time. Emergency response may result in exposure to emotionally stressful situations for extended periods of time. Persons serving in fire operations positions must meet a moderate physical fitness standard of successfully completing a 2-mile walk carrying a 25-lbs pack in 30 minutes or less.

-Deliver Capacity Building programs to Volunteer Fire Departments (VFDs) and Municipal Fire Departments. Provide leadership to fire departments and communities on fire-related issues to promote local capacity building and increase capabilities on a local and Statewide level.

-Administration of assigned personnel and delivery of programs developed by the Chief Regional Fire Coordinator, Assistant Chief-RFC, Fire Prevention Specialists, Wildland Urban Interface Specialists and Prescribed Burning Specialists and support the Fire Risk Assessment Coordinator with data collection.

-Serve on TFS Incident Management, Fire Prevention and Urban Interface Mitigation Teams with related training and preparedness.

-Provide support for Forest Resource Development Division and other TFS programs as required.

-Manage and account for: Assigned credit card(s), TFS vehicle log book(s), Daily Activity Time Reports and any assigned TFS equipment in accordance with applicable laws, rules, procedures, and guidelines.

-Comply with all loss prevention, environmental health and safety standards as established by applicable laws and rules.

-Within 90 days of hire must establish a primary residence within 30 minutes travel time of home base to ensure timely response for duty as directed.

-Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:Required Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of training and experience. Two year relevant experience may substitute for one year of education.

Preferred Education: Bachelor's degree with emphasis on Natural Resources, Land Management, Fire Science, Emergency Management or Business Administration.Required Experience: Demonstrated knowledge of wildland firefighting. Minimum of three years fire suppression experience with a recognized fire department or wildland fire agency.

Preferred Experience: Advanced level wildland experience as a firefighter and instructor with a wildland agency or recognized fire department. Experience as a firefighter and instructor with a recognized volunteer or career fire department.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:Required Knowledge: Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Working knowledge of wildland firefighting skills, including wildfire hand tools, firefighter personal protective equipment, wildland fire apparatuses and water delivery equipment. Knowledge of the principles and concepts of the Incident Command System.

Preferred Knowledge: Advanced N"WCG firefighter training or equivalent. IMT experience. Proficient use of mapping and GPS-related programs. Single Resource Boss qualification. Experience in dozer operations.Required Ability: Multi-task and work cooperatively with others.

Registrations, Certifications, and Licenses:Required: Valid driver’s license and Texas Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL).

Preferred: NFPA 1041 certification. TCFP or SFFMA Basic Firefighter or higher certification.

Other Requirements:Required: Response to wildfires and all-hazard incidents; meet moderate physical fitness test of completing a 2-mile walk carrying 25 lbs. in 30 minutes or less.

Preferred: Meet and maintain an arduous physical fitness standard of completing a 3-mile walk carrying 45 lbs. in 45 minutes or less

Applicant Instructions:

For the application to be considered, the following documents need to be uploaded with the application: resume, cover letter, references and transcript. These documents can be uploaded on the "My Experience" page under the "Resume/CV" section. The system allows for more than 1 document can be uploaded. Click the "Upload" button each time to add a document. Documents must be ready to be uploaded at the time of filling out the application as this is the only time documents can be added. If there are any issues with loading documents, please contact 979-458-6690 for assistance.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

Fulfilling the service component of a land-grant university system, Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS) is a proud member of The Texas A&M University System. Celebrating 100 years of service, this state agency was created in 1915 by the 34th Texas Legislature.

Each state in the nation has a state forestry agency, but Texas was the first to establish its state forestry agency as part of a land-grant college.

TFS is recognized as the leader in defining forestry for the future of Texas and the nation. Applied programs include forest and tree development; wildfire prevention, mitigation, and protection; urban and community forestry; and a host of innovative forest sustainability programs. TFS works to ensure the state’s forests, trees, and related natural resources are conserved and continue to provide a sustainable flow of environmental and economic benefits.

Benefits - Besides getting to work for a highly-acclaimed state forestry agency with top-notch staff, there are many tangible benefits that go along with working with TFS. Exceptional health insurance is a huge economic benefit for employees. In addition to medical and life insurance, there are also options of dental, vision, long-term disability, and more. Paid vacation and sick leave and strong retirement plans round out a great benefit package.

Texas A&M Forest Service is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.

If you need assistance in applying for this job, please contact (979) 458-6690.

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