Naches Ranger District Fire Management





        Naches Fire Management


If you are interested in fighting wildfires for the U.S. Forest Service in 2016, you are about to miss your opportunity. All online applications must be complete and submitted after Nov, 30th and before Dec, 7th of this year.

Minimum requirements:

Must be 18 years old as of June, 1st, 2016 (Attention: High School Seniors)

Must have application completed and submitted online at  by 11/30/15


For more information about the jobs available and how to apply call:

  • Engine Captain, Ellis Thompson, (509) 949-3484
  • Engine Captain, Beau Clark, (509) 480-9812
  • Hand Crew Captain, Jason Obringer, (509) 823-7644

Hard work isn’t for everyone, but if it is we might have a job for you.



Positions Include:

  • Fire Suppression (Hand Crew)

          Crewmembers or leaders build firelines using Pulaskis, shovels, and chainsaws to control spreading wildland fire. They patrol areas of controlled fires and perform mop-up by searching out and extinguishing any remaining burning material. They also observe, collect, and preserve evidence of the cause of fires.

  • Fire Suppression (Engine) 

          Fire engine drivers/operators drive fire engines to fire locations, frequently over unimproved roads. They place vehicles for safety and optimal use of water, foam, and water handling equipment. Engine crewmembers work with specialized firefighting equipment and perform many strenuous activities, including constructing firelines with hand tools or hose lays, conducting burnout operations, and mopping up hotspots near the fire’s edge.

(Dispatch and helitack positions available in East Wenatchee)

Basic Requirements

Wildland firefighters usually sign on as temporary seasonal employees, training at entry-level positions and gaining valuable firefighting experience. Some positions, including aviation positions, require specific qualifications, education, experience, and credentials appropriate for the occupation. If you want to be a wildland firefighter, you must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen. You must also pass our physical exam and work capacity test.

  • WORK CAPACITY TEST (WCT) for Wildland Firefighters: These positions participate in wildland firefighting activities.  Based on the type of work performed, TAKING and PASSING the WCT at the ARDUOUS level is a ''condition of employment.''  The Arduous fitness (Pack) test consists of completing a three (3) mile hike on a flat surface, within forty-five (45) minutes, while carrying a forty-five (45) pound pack.  You are strongly encouraged to consult with your physician and begin training immediately if you are applying for these positions.  This announcement constitutes the required 30 days advanced notice for testing requirements.

Temporary and permanent employees generally work 8-hour days, 5 days a week. Extended shifts of 14 hours or more are common, with overtime available during the fire season. Hazard pay and evening or weekend pay rates can also significantly increase take-home pay for most firefighters.  The ability to travel and be away from home for extended periods of time is essential because crews often travel to other States and, occasionally, to foreign countries. Everyone is expected to display professionalism, responsibility, and safety consciousness.

Personal Responsibilities

Firefighters will be expected to conduct themselves in a responsible, professional manner, and to project a positive personal image as an employee of the U.S. Forest Service. The concept of rapid mobility requires firefighters to be in a state of physical and mental readiness at all times, and prepared for extended fire assignments. Employees will be required to abide by and support the U.S. Forest Service rules regarding conduct and ethics for fire assignments.




Firefighters can be on call for an incident dispatch 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the fire season. Each member of the crew is expected to be available, day or night, for every dispatch. During duty hours, the crew is required to be en route to the incident within 2 minutes, and for off-duty hour dispatch, the crew will be assembled and traveling to the incident within a designated amount time. These guidelines require a high level of personal responsibility and commitment from crewmembers to the crew. 


Naches Fire Crew 2015

How To Apply

Note: Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.

You must complete the application process and submit all required documents electronically at by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement (December 7, 2015). Assistance is available during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be received no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

Step1 – Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

Step 2 - Create a Resume with USAJOBS or upload a Resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

Step 3 – Search for job by announcements by typing in the complete announcement number in the search section under “What”. You have to type in a complete announcement number that includes the G or DP on the end of the announcement number. The announcements with the G on the end are for current federal employees with appointments. Example: 16-FIRESPRING-FEO(H)-7G These are the Merit Promotion announcements. The announcement numbers with the DP on the end are for non-federal applicants to apply for. This includes summer temp employees. These are called the Demo announcements. Example: 16-FIRESPRING-FEO(H)-7DP. In order to change between the Merit Promotion “G” and the Demo “DP” announcements you have to make sure on the left side of the page under “REFINE YOUR RESULTS” that you click on the radial button for “U.S. Citizen” if you want “Demo” or the radial button for “Federal Employees” if you a current federal employee and need the Merit Promotion announcement. It could be very easy to apply to the wrong announcement so make sure you have the above part correct.

Step 4 - Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required. You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.


The following documents must be submitted to constitute a complete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure that all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents will result in elimination from consideration.

1. Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience; and, 5) other qualifications (including IQCS Master Record).

2. College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or you are substituting education for specialized experience. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application, however, if selected; an official college transcript will be required.

3. DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) and/or SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference if claiming Veterans’ Preference or eligibility for appointment under the VRA, VEOA, or 30% Disabled Veterans hiring authority.

4. SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action if you are a current or former Federal employee that will verify your federal status, position title, series and grade. FSA County employees must provide the most recent Notification of Personnel Action (Form SF-50-B or FSA-50) that verifies permanent status. Also provide the SF-50 that reflects the highest grade level held on a permanent basis or the full performance level of your current position, whichever is higher.

5. Annual Performance Appraisal if you are a current Federal employee. Submit the most recently completed annual performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) which identifies the employee's official rating of record, signed by the supervisor, or a statement advising why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.

6. Certification of Disability if you are eligible for appointment based on a disability under the Schedule A hiring authority. This certification can be documented by a counselor from a State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency or the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service of the Department of Veterans Affairs; by a statement or letter on a physician/medical professionals’ letterhead stationary; or by statements, records, or letters from a Federal Government agency that issues or provides disability benefits. The certification must verify the applicant has a severe disability, is eligible under a Schedule A appointment authority, and he or she is able to perform the essential duties of the position. The certification must also describe any needed reasonable accommodation. You can review additional information at:

7. If you are eligible for appointment based on service in the Peace Corps, Vista, Action Cooperative, or another special authority, submit proof of eligibility.

8. CTAP/ICTAP documentation if separated from Federal service or pending separation based on a reduction in force (RIF) or other management workforce reduction action. Proof of eligibility must include a separation notice or Certificate of Expected Separation, SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action or most recent SF-50 (that is not an award), and latest performance appraisal (dated within the last 18 months) or a statement advising why one is unavailable.

NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document.

Please remember to submit a copy of your IQCS Master Record when applying to any of these announcements!!!


HRM Contact Center Phone: 877-372-7248 Option 2 Fax: 866-338-3718 TDD: 800-877-8339 Email:

Agency Information: USDA Forest Service Do not mail in applications. See instructions on How to Apply. Albuquerque, NM, 87109 Fax: 866-338-3718

Resume Tips

Special Skills:  Highlight any outdoor related skills and talents you have.  Any type of outdoor work experience or experience working with saws or hand tools should be documented on your resume. This can be volunteer work, working for your family, school, church or other organization.  An example would be, working on your family’s orchard cutting firewood or lawn maintenance for your neighbor.  The more outdoor experience you can showcase the better.



2016 Temporary Hiring





USA Jobs Announcement #


0462 3 Forestry Aid (Fire-Suppression) FS3867 16-TEMP-R6-0462-3SUP-DT Chelan, Cle Elum, East Wenatchee, Entiat, Leavenworth, Naches, Tonasket, Winthrop
0462 4 Forestry Technician (Fire-Suppression) FS3868 16-TEMP-R6-0462-4SUP-DT Chelan, Cle Elum, East Wenatchee, Entiat, Leavenworth, Naches, Tonasket, Winthrop
0462 4 Forestry Technician (Lookout) FS2856 16-TEMP-R6-0462-4LOUT-DT Chelan, Cle Elum, Entiat, Leavenworth, Naches, Tonasket, Winthrop
0462 4 Forestry Technician (Dispatch) FS0935 16-TEMP-R6-0462-4DISP-DT East Wenatchee
2151 4 Equipment Dispatcher FS2854 16-TEMP-R6-2151-4AUTO-DT East Wenatchee
0462 5 Forestry Technician (Hotshot) FS2037 16-TEMP-R6-0462-5HSHC-DT Entiat
0462 5 Forestry Technician (Helitack/Rappel) FS0200 16-TEMP-R6-0462-5HELI-DT East Wenatchee
0462 5 Forestry Technician (Fire-Suppression) FS3869 16-TEMP-R6-0462-5SUP-DT  Chelan, Cle Elum, East Wenatchee, Entiat, Leavenworth, Naches, Tonasket, Winthrop
0462 5 Forestry Technician (Dispatch) FS0936 16-TEMP-R6-0462-5DISP-DT East Wenatchee
2151 5 Fire Logistics Dispatcher FS3736 16-TEMP-R6-2151-5AIRD-DT East Wenatchee




For more information on any of these positions, contacts are listed below for each location.  To apply for these positions, visit, and apply to the position announcement numbers listed above.  The USAJobs website is the only way to apply for these opportunities, and the window to apply is very short (November 11- December 7, 2015).  Prior to the application period, you can visit the website and create a user account and build your applicant profile.

When you apply, indicate the following towns as the Duty Station location

Tonasket, WA for Tonasket Ranger District

Winthrop, WA for Methow Valley Ranger District **

Chelan, WA for Chelan Ranger District

Entiat, WA for Entiat IHC & Entiat Ranger District **

Leavenworth, WA, Wenatchee River Ranger District **

Cle Elum, WA for Cle Elum Ranger District **

Naches, WA for Naches Ranger District

East Wenatchee, WA for Dispatch & Helitack/Rappel Crew

**Government housing may be available


Submit your application in order to be considered for these positions November 30- December 7, 2015

Tentative Availability April –October, 2016

*Please contact us if you have any questions*


Position qualifications can be found at:

Contact the following individuals for more information about jobs at each location:


Todd Cam, FMO Tonasket R.D.



Nick Pieper, AFMO Methow Valley R.D.



Matt Brown, AFMO Chelan R.D.



Tim Barnett, AFMO Entiat R.D.



Dave Nalle, AFMO Wenatchee River R.D.



Kevin McPhee, AFMO Cle Elum R.D.



Julius Sims, AFMO Naches R.D.



Matt Kennedy, Entiat IHC Superintendent



Travis Will, Asst. Rappel Base Manager



Erin Ely, Asst. Dispatch Center Manager



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