JOB TITLE: Engine Boss (WL)

LEVEL/SALARY RANGE: Step 1: $52,905; Step 10: $68,777

HOUSING: Temporary housing available



FLSA STATUS: Non-exempt


ENGB must be familiar with Type 3, Type 6 and water tender operations. Must be able to respond for IA suppression and extended assignments locally, regionally, and National. Assignments can extend from 14 days to 21 days with option to extend. Must be available to lead crew for project work which can include residential mitigation, pile burning, agricultural pasture burns, chipper operations (local), as well as line prep and RX ignition operations with the USFS. Type-2 faller qualification is highly desirable. Off season duties will include Grant writing, residential defensible space assessments based on CSFS guidelines as well as with preplan generation for various communities and subdivisions in our district. The ability to conduct and/ or assist with seasonal crew and department WL fire trainings to include Progressive Hose Lays, S-212, pump and engine operations to name a few. Ability to operate KNG P150 radios as well as clone and trouble shoot radio anomalies. Mechanical problem-solving skills helpful. Leadership skills essential.

Call Paul Valdez at 970-946-7345 with questions.

Wildland Fire Preparedness:

• ENGB assignments for wildfire response on dedicated engine or on-demand engine within operational area

• Deployment to State, Regional and National Responses (2) as an engine boss leading a crew

• Engine patrol while on dedicated service tour

• Monitoring of wildfire activity within tour region

• Suppression, preparation, monitoring, holding and mop-up at designated location

• Perform engine operation duties to include driving fire engine, running the pump, building hoselays, setting up sprinkler protection systems, and effectively using water gel, foam and retardant

• Safely maintain and operate portable pumps and chainsaws

• Apply knowledge of fuels, terrain, weather, and fire behavior to decisions and actions

• Follow and use Incident Command Systems (ICS) terminology, organization, and command structure

• Apply the Risk Management Process as stated in the NWCG Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG):

- Identify hazards and assess hazards
- Ensure Lookouts, Communications, Escape Routes, and Safety Zones (LCES) are identified in preparation of assignment
- Apply the Standard Firefighting Orders and Watch Out Situations to your assignment
- Use Look Up, Down and Around in the IRPG to help maintain situational awareness. Adjust actions accordingly
- Ensure incident objectives and performance standards are met
- Receive and follow mobilize and demobilization instructions from supervisor
- Report any changes in fire behavior or hazardous conditions to supervisor
- Ensure proper refurbishing and resupply of tools, vehicles, food, water and supplies

Program Management:

• Grant development and management for mitigation and wildland grants

• Coordinate and communicate with the Wildland Coordinator

• Assist with entering data into IQS and IROC status

• Assist with and enter deployments into Crewsense® scheduling

• Mentor crews on appropriate training and career paths, further development of wildland credentials of crew member including task books and added NWCG or FEMA training

• Update Imagetrend or Target Solutions training and enter wild land fire call reports

• Conduct /Assist with wildland training to include technical rope skills

• Deliver Digital or low-tech sandbox operations

Safety and Compliance:

• Conduct daily safety meeting

• Complete or assist with assigned safety training

• Operate vehicles within local laws, DOT standards, NWCG regulations, and CSP safe vehicle operating standards

• Complete daily pre-trip vehicle inspection reports

• Understand and follow vehicle ENOP operations and standards

• Ensure compliance with safety practices and procedures for self and those around you

• Account for health, safety, and welfare for self and those around you

• Use and maintain Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for self and crew ensuring condition and compliance


May serve in various acting capacities as assigned or appointed for vacancies, or for employee development; May be assigned to or assist with special projects as directed.


• Embracing a “culture of safety”

• Application of the principles in crew resource management

• Working knowledge of Incident Command, Scene Management and technical rescue

• Knowledge of firefighting, rescue techniques and strategies including driver’s safety techniques

• Principles of comprehensive report preparation and narration

• Ability to interpret UPRFPD district geography, street layout and surrounding areas

• Technical aptitude to complete reporting

• Ability to use maps, GPS and other tools to gather information and navigate on incidents

• Good organizational skills and ability to work independently

• Think and act quickly and calmly in emergency situations

• Skill in accurate, timely, legible completion of appropriate forms for technology and/or handwritten documentation

• Safely operate an emergency vehicle in varying traffic and weather conditions

• Skill in communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with patient/property owner/coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction

• Understand responsibility to comply with ethical standards and commits to assisting the organization to meet regulatory requirements

• To communicate and interact with officers and other professionals both from within and outside UPRFPD to form mutually beneficial networks

• Follow HIPAA requirements

• Effectively utilize appropriate technological systems and processes as it relates to individual job


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

• Physical fitness and safety are conditions of employment. Personal responsibility for physical fitness at the Arduous Fitness Level is a requirement.

• While performing the duties of this job, the employee will regularly work inside and behind a desk as well as work outside in various types of weather conditions, near moving mechanical parts and in extreme heights, precarious places, and is exposed to intense heat and/or cold, wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.

• Climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, running, hand- finger grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing, smelling, and repetitive motions

• Very Heavy Work: Exerting more than 150 pounds of force occasionally, 50 pounds frequently, and 20 pounds constantly to move objects.

• Must possess the ability to work in high to loud noise, low and extreme light, dusty, dirty, wet, freezing, high heat, high vibration, and confined spaces, high and unstable environments.

• Fit to perform arduous work, above 100f to below 32f temperatures, altitudes above 5,000’.

• Responsible for physical fitness as defined by NFPA 1583, and passing of medical exam as defined by NFPA 1582

• Remain qualified as an operational firefighter as defined in associated SOP’s including passing the functional ability test, wild land pack test and participating in the fitness evaluations such as CPAT Fitness Evaluation, Combat Fitness Challenge, and NFPA 1581 Physical Exam.


• High School Diploma or GED required

• Valid, current, Colorado driver’s license

• Motor Vehicle Report acceptable to insurance standards

• Pass Background Check and Drug Screening

• Written and Verbal competency in English Language

• NWCG S-212

• NWCG Qualified Engine Boss

• NWCG Facilitated Instructor preferred

For more information, contact Human Resources at
(970) 884-9508 or email hr@upperpinefpd.org.

Application Process:
Applications may be obtained in the District administrative offices between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by clicking on the download button on this page.

Deliver application packages to:

HR Coordinator
515 Sower Dr.
Bayfield, CO.  81122