Goverment Jobs
March 14, 2019
Tok, Alaska
Job Type


Job Description

Hiring Restriction Exemption
This individual position is EXEMPT from the hiring restrictions. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

This position is open to Alaska Residents only

**This is a flexibly staffed position***

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry is recruiting for a Wildland Fire Dispatcher I/II in the Tok Area Dispatch Center. This is a flexible staffed, permanent seasonal position and may be hired at the I or II level, depending on the qualifications of the successful applicant.

Wildland Fire Dispatchers support preparedness and suppression activities. Incumbents receive and transmit critical information via computers, telephone, and radio. This position provides Logistical support to the incidents for Aircraft, Personnel, Engines, Crews, Supplies and Equipment. Incumbent will maintain a tracking system to support the effective and efficient dispatching of resources both by Air and Ground. The incumbent performs as a Logistics Dispatcher and on fire assignments as an Initial Attack or Logistics Dispatcher bases on qualifications and needs.

The Wildland Fire Dispatcher Ifunctions at the trainee level in the series. The incumbent follows a formal training plan and receives on the job training to learn and perform duties to become familiar with polices, standard operating procedures and wildland fire suppression in the State of Alaska. The position at this level is flexibly staffed. Progression to the Wildland Fire Dispatcher II occurs only when the incumbent has met the training and qualification requirements.

The Wildland Fire Dispatcher IIis the journey level in the series. At this level incumbents independently perform the full range of Initial Attack, Aircraft and Logistics dispatching duties, while ensuring compliance with standard operating procedures and policies.
This position is being hired as a Flex Position so the applicant needs to ensure they meet the Minimum Qualifications as the Wildland Fire Dispatcher I or II, depending on the level they wish to be considered for.

The ideal candidate will have the following preferred knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • The ability to handle multiple tasks with deadlines and changing priorities;
  • Experience operating multi-frequency and multi-agency radio systems and equipment for the WFD II level;
  • One year of experience working with computer databases;
  • One year of experience operating a multi-line phone system;
  • The ability to type 35 wpm, 40 wpm is preferred with three or fewer errors; and
  • Must be willing to work shift work, weekends, holidays and potential overtime.


  • Wildland Fire Dispatchers are required to receive red card training and certification under the National Incident Qualification System. The ideal candidate will have certification as an Initial Attack or Aircraft or Support Dispatcher for the National Incident Qualification System;
  • Must possess an Alaska driver's license. An individual without an Alaska Driver's License, who meets the minimum age and experience requirements, may apply for the vacancy. An applicant qualifying under this option may receive a job offer conditional upon acquisition of an Alaska driver's license. Proof of licensure will be required prior to reporting to duty;
Minimum Qualifications

Wildland Fire Dispatcher I

High School diploma or GED
And either
Six months of trainee or entry level wildland fire fighting or forestry field experience. The required experience is met by service as a Wildland Fire and Resource Technician I with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.
One year of general office clerical, warehouse, supply, or storekeeper experience.
One year of radio dispatch experience.

Or substitution:
College or vocational education may substitute for the fire fighting or forestry work experience (3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours of college course work is equivalent to 1 month of experience; 150 hours of vocational education equals one month of experience).

Special Note:
Wildland Fire Dispatchers must receive red card training and certification under the National Incident Qualification System.

Wildland Fire Dispatcher II

High school diploma or GED
Certification as an Initial Attack and Support Dispatcher from the National Incident Qualification System.

Special Note:
Wildland Fire Dispatchers must receive red card training and certification under the National Incident Qualification System.

Additional Required Information


At time of application,applicant must attach as separate documents (If unable to attach please fax or email the contact listed below):

  1. Professionally formatted cover letter-please see cover letter information below for more information on the cover letter.

If Selected for an interview,applicants must provide the following:

  1. List of three (3) professional references, at least one (1) from a current or former supervisor, with current contact information;
  2. Copy of current Red Card;
  3. Copy of Valid Driver's License;
  4. College transcripts, if using education to meet the position minimum qualifications;
  5. Copy of any forestry and/or fire training certificates; and
  6. Copies of your two (2) most recent performance evaluations, or letters of reference if evaluations are not available.

This recruitment is open to Alaska Residents Only. ApplicantsmustmeetAlaska Residency Requirementsin order to be considered for employment at this time.Non-Alaska residents need not apply.

You can ONLY apply for this position through the Workplace Alaska website. If you accessed this recruitment bulletin through a job search portal such as ALEXsys or any other database, you MUST use a Workplace Alaska login to successfully apply. Your application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on the date of closing.

This position is flexibly staffed. This vacancy may be filled at either the Wildland Fire DispatcherI or Wildland Fire DispatcherII level, depending on the applicant's training and/or experience. The full range of salaries is listed above. Starting salary will be determined by the level the position is hired at. If filled at Level I, promotion to the Level II will occur upon successful completion of the probationary period and required training, as well as the applicant meeting the minimum qualifications of the higher job class.

In addition to answering the supplemental question regarding how you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, a cover letter is required.The cover letter should highlight your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience as they pertain to the responsibilities listed in the job description above.Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, fax it to the contact number provided in the job posting. The cover letter will be used as a writing sample and will help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.

If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the minimum qualifications listed above. If utilizing this education, you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the post-secondary institution. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.

Applicants must possess a valid driver's license. An individual without a valid driver's license, who meets the minimum age and experience requirements, may apply for the vacancy. An applicant qualifying under this option may receive a job offer conditional upon acquisition of a driver's license. Proof of licensure will be required prior to reporting to duty.

This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.

The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or 465-4095 in Juneau or (907) 465-3412 (TTY) or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P. O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer. Contact Information

Questions regarding application submission or system operation errors should be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 1-800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465-4095 if you are located in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed [email protected]

For applicant password assistance please visit:

For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager at the following:

Name: Peter Talus
Phone: (907) 883-1404
Fax: (907) 883-5135
Email:[email protected]

Careers with the State of Alaska offer MANY benefits

The following information describes typical benefits available to employees of the State of Alaska. Actual benefits received may differ by bargaining unit or branch of government, position type, or be prorated for other than full time work.

For a quick breakdown of the insurance, health, and retirement benefits available for State Employees you can view an orientation video from Division of Retirement and Benefits. (Please note this video is specifically designed for new State Employees.)

Insurance Benefits

  • Health insurance, which includes employer contributions toward medical/vision/dental
    • The following employee groups are under AlaskaCare Benefits administered by the State: See for additional information.
      • AVTEC
      • Confidential
      • Correctional Officers
      • Marine Engineers
      • Mt. Edgecumbe Teachers
      • Supervisory
      • Unlicensed Vessel Personnel/Inland Boatman's Union
      • Exempt employees (not covered by collective bargaining)
  • The following employee groups are covered by Union health trusts. Contact the appropriate Union for additional information.
    • General Government
    • Labor, Trades and Crafts
    • Public Safety Employees Association
    • Masters, Mates & Pilots
  • Employer paid Basic Life insurance with additional coverage available (amount depends on Bargaining Unit)
  • Optional Insurance Benefits
    • Group-based insurance premiums for
      • Term life (employee, spouse or qualified same sex partner, and dependents)
      • Long-term and short-term disability
      • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
      • Long-term care (self and eligible family members)
      • Supplemental Survivor Benefits
  • Employee-funded flexible spending accounts for tax savings on eligible health care or dependent care expenses
  • Retirement Benefits

    • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Teachers' Retirement System (TRS)
    • Matching employer contribution into a defined contribution program (new employees)
    • Employer contribution into a defined benefit or defined contribution program (current employees)
    • Contributions to the Alaska Supplemental Annuity Plan in lieu of contributions to Social Security
    • Option to enroll in the Alaska Deferred Compensation Program
    • Note: The Defined Contribution Plan, Supplemental Annuity Plan and Deferred Compensation Program offer a variety of investment options
    See for additional information

    Paid Leave & Other Benefits

    • Personal leave with an accrual rate increase based on time served
    • Eleven paid holidays a year
    • Gym discounts at participating fitness providers in multiple locations throughout the state.

    See for additional information

    Do you possess a valid driver's license?

    • Yes
    • No
    I acknowledge I understand the education and/or experience being used to meet the minimum qualifications for this position must be adequately documented in this application in order to be considered. Attaching a resume is not an alternative to filling out the application in its entirety. Failure to submit a complete application may lead to a determination your application is incomplete and removal from consideration for this job opening.

    • I acknowledge I understand this requirement
    To complete your application for this position a cover letter is required. Have you attached a professionally written cover letter that highlights your knowledge, skills, abilities and experience as they pertain to the responsibilities listed in the job description?

    • Yes
    • No
    This position is flexibly staffed and may be filled at the II, or III level. Please indicate which level(s) you are applying for. Important note: You may only be considered for the levels in which you indicate.

    • Level I
    • Level II
    • Levels I & II
    • All levels
    Are you an Alaska resident? If so, please indicate below how you meet residency requirements:

    • Currently domiciled in the State of Alaska
    • Presently serving in the military with the intent of being domiciled* in the State of Alaska upon completion of military service
    • Graduated from an accredited high school or post-secondary institution in the State of Alaska or earned a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) while domiciled* in Alaska
    • Presently enrolled in a State of Alaska post-secondary institution and physically present in Alaska
    • I do not meet the residency requirement
    To be eligible to advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process, please briefly describe in the text box below how you meet the minimum qualifications through your education and/or experience:

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