Explore a Career with the South Dakota State Government

Explore a Career with the South Dakota State Government

Wildland Firefighter Squad Boss

Rapid City, SD
Job ID: 17433
Agency: Department of Public Safety/Wildland Fire Division
Location: Rapid City, SD
Salary: $15.64 - $16.76 per hour; depending on experience
Pay Grade: GE
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

This is a Full-Time 40 Hours Weekly position with the Department of Public Safety. For more information on the Department of Public Safety, please visit https://dps.sd.gov/ .

The Wildland Firefighter Squad Boss is a lead worker and gives guidance to a squad of firefighters, to ensure appropriate work and safety practices are implemented on fires and other emergencies, and to ensure completion of various fuels projects.

This position works on wildfires and is exposed to burns, smoke inhalation, heat exhaustion, and extensive hard labor; works in emergency situations and may be exposed to uncertain conditions, bad weather, hazardous materials, etc.; works on fuels reduction projects which require the use of power and hand tools which have an element of risk, hard labor, and exposure to falling trees; and works in rough terrain and adverse weather conditions.

C andidates should have and provide copies of NWCG Training to the FFT1 level to include the following courses:
  • S-130/190 Basic Wildland Firefighter
  • S-131 Advanced Firefighter
  • S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaws

Licenses and Certifications:
A valid driver license is required.

Must be able to pass the NWCG ArduousWork Capacity Test.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:
Qualifications as an Type 1 Firefighter, a type 5 Incident Commander, and a type 2 Faller are preferred. At least two seasons of wildland fire experience and at least one season of that on a hand crew; and have done fuels mitigation work for structures in the wildland fire environment are preferable.

Knowledge of:
  • supervision of a squad on wildfire assignments, on non-wildfire assignments, and during day-to-day project work;
  • power tools and equipment typically used in fire and emergency situations such as chainsaws, axes, shovels, picks, etc.;
  • equipment maintenance and safety practices.

Skill to:
  • basic supervision and communication skills;
  • operate 4 wheel drive vehicles in off road and winter conditions;
  • operate All-Terrain Vehicles utilizing the Tread Lightly concept;
  • operate and field program a digital Bendix King Radio;
  • read maps and operate a handheld GPS to create tracks, waypoints, and obtain Location for calling in air resources.

Ability to:
  • perform basic equipment maintenance;
  • provide work direction and assignment to others;
  • use mobile and hand held radios;
  • communicate information clearly and concisely;
  • maintain required physical fitness standards.

Additional Requirements: To be considered, please attach your resume.


Successful applicant(s) will be required to undergo a background investigation. An arrest/conviction record will not necessarily bar employment. Offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of a drug screening.

NCRC: If you possess a National Career Readiness Certificate, please submit the certificate with your application. For more information on how to acquire a National Career Readiness Certificate contact a South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Job Service Office. A certificate is not necessary to be considered.

The State of South Dakota does not sponsor work visas for new or existing employees. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete an Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9. The State of South Dakota as an employer will be using E-Verify to complete employment eligibility verification upon hire.

The State of South Dakota offers employer paid health insurance plus ten paid holidays, generous vacation and sick leave accrual, dental, vision, and other insurance options, and retirement benefits. You can view our benefits information at https://bhr.sd.gov/job-seekers/work-for-state-government/ . This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.

Must apply online: https://sodakprod-lm01.cloud.infor.com:1443/lmghr/xmlhttp/shorturl.do?key=FQ3
You must apply online, emailed resumes or submissions will not be accepted.

South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources
Telephone: 605.773.3148 Email: careers@state.sd.us
"An Equal Opportunity Employer"

Wildland Firefighter Squad Boss