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Date: Jun 19, 2017

Location: SOPCHOPPY, FL, US, 32358

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Requisition No: 13635 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services


Position Number: 42001659 

Salary:  $28,093.00 - $35,116.38 

Posting Closing Date: 06/26/2017 







Charles Harris at (850) 697-0016


Three (3) years of experience as a Forest Ranger with the Florida Forest Service; or

Three (3) years of similar work experience, with comparable training, with another public wildland firefighting forestry organization; or

An associate’s degree in Forest Technology or Fire Science from an accredited college or university and (1) year of experience as referenced above.

In addition to the above, Florida Statute 633 requires that any person employed in this job class obtain a firefighter certificate of compliance (Certified Florida Wildland Firefighter) that includes satisfactory completion of a firefighter training program approved by the Division of State Fire Marshal of the Department of Financial Services.  Any person applying to obtain this certification must:

  • Be a high school graduate or the equivalent, as the term may be determined by the Division of State Fire Marshal of the Department of Financial Services, and at least 18 years of age.
  • Not have been convicted of a misdemeanor relating to the certification or to perjury or false statements, or a felony or a crime punishable by imprisonment of 1 year or more under the law of the United States or any state thereof or under the law of any other country, or dishonorably discharged from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.  “Convicted” means a finding of guilt or the acceptance of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, in any federal or state court or a court in any other country, without regard to whether a judgment of conviction has been entered by the court having jurisdiction of the case.
  • Submit a fingerprint card to the division with a current processing fee.  The fingerprint card will be forwarded to the Department of Law Enforcement and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • Have a good moral character as determined by investigation under procedure established by the division.
  • Be in good physical condition as determined by a medical examination as prescribed by the division.  Such examination may include, but need not be limited to, provisions of the National Fire Protection Association Pamphlet 1582.

No employee shall obtain permanent status unless the firefighter certificate of compliance (Certified Florida Wildland Firefighter) is received.

***Applicants must complete all fields in the Candidate Profile. Work history, hours worked and education are required to qualify for this position.  Responses to Qualifying Questions must be verifiable in the Candidate Profile.  Resumes and other documentation can be attached to provide additional information***

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services values and supports employment of individuals with disabilities. Qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Occasional to moderate travel required. Position may respond to emergencies, including natural disasters or other type incidents requiring travel, as needed.

The incumbent must live within thirty (30) statute miles of the assigned workstation located at 4400 Highway 319, Sopchoppy, Florida, by the first day of appointment.

The incumbent must obtain a Class "A" Commercial Driver License (CDL) within six (6) months of appointment.

The incumbent of this position is subject to pre-employment, post accident, random and reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing requirements of the Federal Highway Administration Rule, Title 49 Part 382 CFR.

Successful completion of a drug test is a condition of employment in the position in accordance with Section 112.0455 F.S. “Drug Test” means any chemical, biological or physical instrumental analysis administered for the purpose of determining the presence or absence of a drug or its metabolites.


Successful applicant must pass a background screening, including fingerprinting, as a condition of employment.

The anticipated hiring salary for this position is $28,093.00 annually.


This work is in forest fire prevention, detection, suppression and pre-suppression, providing technical forestry services to landowners and wood-using industry representatives, assisting with state lands management and presenting forestry educational programs.

This individual performs and coordinates the following activities: The operation and maintenance of various kinds of equipment in the suppression of wildfires, including engines, bulldozers, transports and other wildfire suppression equipment. The investigation of wildfire causes, gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, making recommendations to supervisors and issuing Notices of Violation where appropriate. The performance of wildfire detection through ground patrol or tower staffing. Investigates smoke complaints and conducts on-site inspections of burn authorizations. Intensifies public awareness of wildfires and wildfire damage through wildfire prevention programs presented in a variety of public forums. Performs wildfire hazard mitigation work. Performs in various capacities, as qualified, within the Incident Command System. Completes appropriate reports associated with fire management. Responds to all-risk emergency incidents, as required. 

 Performs and coordinates the following activities: Providing pre-suppression plowing and burning assistance to private landowners. Coordinating and providing technical forestry assistance under the supervision of a Forest Area Supervisor or professional Forester which may include: timber inventory assistance on private nonindustrial land; participation in tree seed collection, lifting and planting tree seedlings; forestry education and environmental education program information for the public and private forest landowners. Assisting in public lands management activities such as tree planting, timber marking and inventory, prescribed burning, boundary maintenance, protecting threatened and endangered species, and wildfire protection. Monitoring public use and assisting the public in utilizing various services and recreation opportunities on state lands. Maintaining public facilities such as trails, roads, campgrounds, boat ramps, restrooms and other facilities for user groups on state lands. Operating and maintaining other equipment for state lands management purposes such as road graders, dump trucks, loaders, etc.

Coordinates and performs maintenance and construction activities on fixed facilities and equipment. Makes purchases of materials needed to complete projects.

Performs other related work as assigned.


  • State of Florida Retirement Package.
  • 10 Paid Holidays annually.
  • 104 Hours of Paid Annual Leave annually.
  • 104 Hours of Paid Sick Leave annually.
  • Health Insurance - State covers the majority of health insurance premiums for individual & family coverage.
  • Life Insurance.
  • Additional supplemental insurances are available such as dental, vision etc.
  • Tax Deferred Medical and Child Care Reimbursement Accounts available.
  • Tax Deferred Savings Program available through payroll deduction.
  • Uniforms provided at no cost. 
  • Annual Boot purchase allotment.


The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee

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