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Salary: $4,966.00 - $6,280.00
Posted: 10/01/2013

Job Description:


The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is California's fire department and resource management agency. The organization is comprised of nearly 4,700 full-time fire professionals, forester, and administrative employees; 3,100 seasonal firefighters; 5,600 local government volunteer firefighters; 2,600 Volunteers in Prevention; and 4,300 inmates and wards that currently provide 196 fire crews. The mission of the Department is to serve and safeguard the people and protect the property and resources of California.


This is the entry and first working level. Incumbents perform difficult, professional duties in connection with forest, range, watershed management, protection, and planning. At the unit level, incumbents enforce regulations, carry out policy, and serve in Forest Practice, Vegetation Management, Forestry Assistance, or other Resource Management assignments, as well as Fire Protection, Pre-Fire Engineering, fire prevention, local land use planning, and risk analysis. In some units, single positions function as Unit Foresters, with multiple program responsibilities. Incumbents may also be responsible for a segment of operations at a State Forest. In region or headquarters assignments, incumbents may serve as staff specialists or assistants responsible for activities of a resource management program such as Forest Practice, Forest Management, or Urban Forestry. Incumbents may also serve as staff specialists or assistants responsible for activities of other department programs, such as pre-fire engineering, local land use planning, and risk analysis. Incumbents with appropriate training, Incident Command System (ICS) qualifications, experience, and certifications may serve in emergency assignments.


Willingness to work long and irregular hours under stressful conditions, in remote parts of the State, and during the fire season, to remain available for duty assignments 24 hours a day as required; ability to meet physical and medical standards established by the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection; color vision and visual acuity sufficient to perform the duties of the position; ability to perform and exercise good judgment under emergency or other stressful situations; and ability to operate specialized equipment (e.g., personal computers, audio visual, fire apparatus, vehicles, and camera).


- Candidates must possess a valid driver license of the appropriate class issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

-Candidates must possess a California Registered Professional Forester license

-Willingness to complete training, obtain and maintain status as a Department Public Officer or Peace Officer

-Candidates must pass medical clearances under the Respiratory Protection Program

- Candidates must complete CALFIRE’s Firefighter Academy (FFA) and Company Officer Academy (COA) training during probationary period as a condition of employment.


Candidates with eligibility (e.g. list, transfer, training and development assignment, reinstatement, voluntary demotion, or SROA/Surplus status) may apply. State employees in jeopardy of layoff must attach a copy of their SROA/surplus letter in order to receive priority consideration for appointment. Employees considering a transfer to this classification should be aware of information contained in the Bargaining Unit 8 Memorandum of Understanding regarding), Voluntary Intra-Unit Reassignments (Section 9.1), and Voluntary In-Class Transfer Policy (Inter-Unit) (Section 9.2).


All interested candidates must send a completed State application (Examination/Employment Application STD 678) and resume to CAL FIRE Southern Region Headquarters Office at the address below. Include the position number, location, and the working title in the “Job Title Section” of the Examination and/or Employment Application. The STD 678 can be accessed through the CalHR website at Candidates may be selected by resume review.

Failure to provide the information requested may result in disqualification from the hiring process. (Section 9.2).

Applications/Resumes postmarked after the final filing date will not be considered.

CAL Fire – Southern Region Headquarters

Attention: Personnel

1234 E. Shaw Avenue

Fresno, CA 93710

Telephone: (559) 243-4104

Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
SRA Vegetation Management Forester 542 - 314 - 1054 - 002
Location County
San Diego Unit SAN DIEGO
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Permanent   month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone

Thom Porter
(619) 590-3100

Special Requirements:
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