State of Massachusetts Seasonal State Firefighter II, (District IV - FG Hills State Forest) in Foxboro, Massachusetts



Number of Positions: 1

Fire District IV - FG Hills State Park, Foxboro, MA

4/1/2018 - 10/06/18

About the Department of Conservation and Recreation:

The Department of Conservation and Recreation manages one of the largest and most diverse state parks systems in the nation and protects and enhances natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities throughout Massachusetts. DCR is a dynamic agency, and is one of the largest park systems in the nation. The DCR system includes over 450,000 acres of parks, forests, water supply protection lands, beaches, lakes, ponds, playgrounds, swimming pools, skating rinks, trails and parkways.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation seeks qualified applicants for the position of Seasonal State Firefighter II.


-Patrols state and county forests, woodlands, and other property through on site inspection to detect wildland fires and to assess the condition of access roads, and reporting violations of the forest fire laws.

  • Trains with and maintains firefighting equipment in proper condition by performing routine maintenance and inspection to ensure preparedness for emergency situations.

  • Responds to and suppresses wildland fires, and may provide fire line and/or operational supervision at the direction of the District Fire Warden or higher, or the on-scene officer in charge/incident commander of municipal fire department having jurisdictional responsibility.

-Responds to calls for emergency assistance at the direction of the District Fire Warden by determining appropriate action to be taken, providing firefighting assistance and/or by providing emergency medical treatment to injured persons.

  • Assists at the direction of the District Fire Warden in wildland fire investigation through visual inspection of sites and examination of physical evidence to gather information to be used in determining cause.

  • Determines the exact location of fires through the use of topographical maps, charts, GPS, GIS, and other computer mapping software, and must triangulate with other fire towers through the use of alidades and other specialized fire detection equipment to ensure rapid response to the designated fire

  • Operates fire towers, trains seasonal and other personnel on the forest fire detection system and related equipment, and coordinates fire tower observation operations.

  • Gathers, records, and calculates daily indices of the fire weather system using remote automated weather stations (RAWS) or facility weather stations.

  • May assist at the direction of the District Fire Warden in rescue operations by searching for lost persons, downed aircraft and flood or drowning victims.

  • Maintains assigned area by assisting with fire break or road construction, maintaining fire roads and towers and keeping fire roads and power lines clear to ensure prompt and unobstructed access to emergency sites with the use of chain saws, brush saws and other related equipment.

  • Assists at the direction of the District Fire Warden the training of fire agency staff, other agency fire personnel and the general public in the methods and techniques of fire prevention and control.

  • Assists the District Fire Warden with delivery of Fire Prevention programming within the agency and to local partners and interested groups using the Smokey Bear program.

-Performs related duties as assigned and assists District Fire Warden in all aspects of fire management.

Based on assignment, incumbents of positions at this level also:

-Perform park or recreation area maintenance during low fire danger periods.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Ability to understand and apply the laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, specifications, standards and guidelines governing assigned unit activities.

-Ability to maintain a calm manner, make decisions and act quickly in dangerous and emergency situations.

-Ability to work from ladders at heights greater than 20 feet.

-Ability to lift and carry heavy objects, including people.

-Manual dexterity, mechanical aptitude, physical stamina and endurance.

-Ability to exercise sound judgment.

-Ability to climb and work on tall structures.

Salaries are based upon full-time/40 hours worked per week. Work schedules and days off are at the discretion of the Supervisor. This position may require working weekends and/or holidays.

*First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements:

Applicants must have at least (A) one year of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in firefighting work or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.


I. An Associate's degree with a major in fire science may be substituted for the required experience.*

*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

Special Requirements:

  1. Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's License.

  2. Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Class 2 Motor Vehicle Operator's License.

  3. Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) certificate from the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.

  4. Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid standard first aid and personal safety certificate and first respondent certificate issued by the American Red Cross.

  5. Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid certificate as a Deputy Environmental Police Officer within one year of employment.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Public Safety

Organization: *Department of Conservation & Recreation

Title: Seasonal State Firefighter II, (District IV - FG Hills State Forest)

Location: Massachusetts-Foxboro-Mill Street

Requisition ID: 180001BT