Description and Duties

Fire Technician I – $12.46 – $18.71

Positions Include

  • Firefighter (Handcrew or Fuels Crew)
  • Engine Crewmember

Job Description:


Serves as a member of a fire crew or fuels reduction crew assigned to suppress the full range of wildland fires and complete fuels mitigation projects. Individuals will perform assignments as a wildland firefighter or fuels crew member to develop a working knowledge of fire suppression and fuels management techniques, practices and terminology.

Duties may consist of:

  • Fireline construction, use of hand firing devices, holding and mop-up
  • Use of water handling equipment and construction of hose lays
  • Working in and around aircraft such as helicopters and air tankers
  • Operating various hand tools, small engine equipment, and larger brush disposal equipment or machines
  • Following all safety protocol, and implementing basic fire behavior principles
  • Completion of various fuels mitigation projects
  • Driving of state-owned vehicles, crew carriers, and/or engines
  • Extensive travel and exposure to harsh environmental conditions
  • Other duties as assigned

Senior Firefighter (Lead Crew Member):


The individual will serve as a skilled crew member on an engine, Type II hand crew, Type II initial attack hand crew or hotshot crew. Independently or with a group of crew members may be assigned to carry out independent specialized assignments. LCM’s will receive instruction from Fire Tech II’s and will be expected to make sound decisions based on experience and instructions given.

Duties may consist of:

  • Ensure squad readiness and preparedness for all tasks
  • Complex tree falling, backfire and burnout, mobile and stationary engine attack or construction of helispots.
  • Monitoring and controlling the fireline, and collecting data on fire weather and fire behavior.
  • Hazard fuel reduction projects.
  • Be assigned as a lookout to report changes in conditions and convey safety updates.
  • Driving of state-owned vehicles, crew carriers, and/or engines
  • Leading by example and mentoring crew members
  • Perform as squad boss or certain single resources in absence of permanent squad boss or when directed by supervisor
  • Assistance with asset inventory, record keeping, and fire statistics
  • Ensuring proper communication is established and maintained at all times
  • Following all safety protocol, and implementing basic fire behavior principles

Fire Technician II – $15.49 – $23.25

Positions Include

  • Fuels Crew leader
  • IA Module Leader
  • Squad Leader
  • Engine Operator
  • Other Division Positions:
  • Assistant Warden

Job Description:


The employee serves in an agency required mid-level supervisor assigned to complete a full range of wildland fire assignments and fuels mitigation projects.

In the position of a squad boss, I.A. module leader, fuels crew leader, or assistant engine boss, the Fire Tech II will receive specific instructions from supervisor and be required to make independent decisions based knowledge and experience.

Duties may consist of:

  • Fulfilling the role of an experienced firefighter or fuels crew leader, supervising a group of crew members.
  • Instructing crew members in specific tasks and conducting on-the-job training.
  • Distributing and controlling work assignments among employees and conducting follow-up evaluations.
  • Conducting complex fire assignments such as line construction, backfiring and burnout, securing the control lines; hose lay and pump set-up.
  • Supervise chainsaw operations, complex tree falling and chipper operations.
  • Assuring timely accomplishment and quality assurance of assigned tasks.
  • Completing reports on work accomplishments, ensuring that the work is carried out safely and handling performance problem and issues at the ground level.
  • Responsible for assigned vehicle maintenance, inventory, and safe operation.
  • Ensuring all information and changing condition are communicated.
  • Following all safety protocol, and implementing advanced fire behavior principles.
  • Fiscal responsibilities relating to purchase cards and all appropriate paperwork.
  • Reporting on subordinate work performance through employee evaluations and making recommendations if/when needed.
  • Ensuring seasonal employees individual performance plan are complete, updated and referenced.
  • May also lead or work in tandem with additional fire technician II’s and/or other agency personnel. Also, if the candidate is not qualified to the Tech III level, this Tech II position may be used as an under-fill until the qualifications are met.

Fire Technician III – $17.25 – $25.92

Positions Included:

  • Crew Boss
  • Fuels Program Leader
  • Engine Captain
  • Assistant Hotshot Superintendent
  • Other Division Positions:
  • Fire Warden
  • Wildland Urban Interface Coordinator

Job Description:


The primary purpose of this position is the supervision and oversight of a highly organized and skilled wildland firefighting resource. The supervisor sets goals, objectives, and standards while managing all technical/administrative work, fireline activities, and fuel mitigation based projects on an engine crew, handcrew, fuels crew, or hotshot crew.

Duties may consist of:

  • Develop crew standard operating procedures and conduct an orientation annually.
  • Implement safe operational procedures for all fire and project applications.
  • Maintain all inventories to manage state fixed assets and other durable equipment.
  • Responsible for assigned state vehicles.
  • Track all activity time and ensure reimbursement.
  • Organize and plan work to be accomplished, set and adjust priorities.
  • Prepare schedules for off-shift periods.
  • Assign work to subordinates based on priorities, consideration on the requirements of assignments, and the capabilities of employees.
  • Manage human resource and human services needs of assigned personnel.
  • Recruit to staff a 20 person hand crew, interagency hotshot crew, fuels crew, or engine crew. Interview and hire seasonal and full-time employees to match the approved wage matrix.
  • Reward or make recommendations for awards as needed.
  • Discipline or terminate subordinates as needed.
  • Develop performance standards and evaluates work of subordinate.
  • Allow for and produce training opportunities for subordinates.
  • Completes annual performance management contracts for full-time employees and other evaluations for seasonals.
  • Participates in and completes annual fire readiness review for agency endorsement and official availability notification.

Fire Technician IV – $18.71 – $28.12

Positions Included:

  • Hotshot Superintendent
  • Fire Operations Coordinator
  • Other Division Positions:
  • Fire Management Officer

Job Description:


This position is required to fulfill agency and interagency requirements for the establishment and delivery of wildland fighting resource services. Management of a complex fire resource program by integrating numerous employees to form a group or groups of independent resources is required. This is accomplished by serving in a key fire management position that requires extensive experience in wildland fire suppression and personnel management. The position will provide oversight and direction for second level supervisors and other subordinates while maintaining fiscal, personnel, and operational control.

Duties may consist of:


  • Administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised.
  • Establishing guidelines and performance expectations for subordinate staff members; providing feedback and evaluating employee work performance.
  • Provides advice, counsel, and/or instruction to staff members by recommending or approving appointments, selections, or reassignments to appropriate positions.
  • Recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and terminating of permanent and seasonal employees.
  • Technical or analytical work involving wildland fire suppression, prescribed burning operations, and natural resource-based projects.
  • Determination of resources required for projects, pre-suppression and suppression activities.
  • Plan and assign work to be accomplished; set and adjust priorities and prepare schedules.
  • Ensure proper delivery of all assigned resource services through oversight, guidance, and fiscal accountability.
  • Implementation of program objectives to complete the annual plan of work and delivery criteria.
  • Update annually, the statewide annual operating plan to reflect program changes or updates; pre-season preparedness planning, including preparedness inspections of resources.
  • Involved as an instructor available for local, geographic, and national training sessions.
  • Ensure all assigned resources and personnel adhere to safety standards during all fire and project activities.
  • Conduct staff ride visits with assigned resources to make certain resources are operating to national standards.
  • Involved with budget issues and makes recommendations when necessary.
  • Track and review all revenue documents to guarantee all activities are reimbursed.
  • Develop written proposals for programs.

For a full description of benefits visit:
The State of Utah’s Department of Human Resources Website