Hot Job: Fire Engine Operator for the National Park Service

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Looking for a job? Here's a cool opportunity that just might be a great new start for the right person.

The position: Forestry tech and fire engine operator for the National Park Service

Location: San Bernardino County, Calif.

Job duties: Serve as fire engine operator for a Type III NWCG engine. Provide technical supervision to a crew of six. Make initial assessment of fire situations. Act as engine captain during captain's absence, and help develop and implement training programs. Oversee maintenance of crew fleet equipment and coordinate repairs. Supervise crew during building and grounds maintenance.

The company: The National Park Service is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, which maintains and protects national parks throughout the country.

Requirements: Requires experience with wildland firefighting and a background including work related to forest or range fire control. Advanced education related to these duties may be substituted for some required experience. You must have -- or be able to obtain -- a commercial driver's license. Applicants cannot have reached their 37th birthday by the date of appointment to this position, which has a mandatory retirement age of 57 (some exceptions to this apply and are specified in the posting). You must pass medical screening and physical fitness testing. Apply online by Aug. 23.

Extra perks: This position includes a full federal benefits package.

Interesting info: The salary range is $39,748 to $54,373. The specific job location is the Mojave National Preserve, Hole-in-the-Wall Interagency Fire Center, located 26 miles north of Essex, Calif. The fire center, which offers dormitory rooms, is 4,200 feet in elevation and the average summer temperatures rarely exceed 100 degrees.

Other opportunities: The National Park Service is also hiring park rangers, dispatchers, biologists and scientists.

Apply online here.

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