CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Fire Service
Benchmark Title: Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Enforce fire regulations, inspect forest for fire hazards and recommend forest fire prevention or control measures. May report forest fires and weather conditions. Relay messages about emergencies, accidents, locations of crew and personnel, and fire hazard conditions.
 
Direct crews working on firelines during forest fires.
 
Estimate sizes and characteristics of fires, and report findings to base camps by radio or telephone.
 
Administer regulations regarding sanitation, fire prevention, violation corrections, and related forest regulations.
 
Extinguish smaller fires with portable extinguishers, shovels, and axes.
 
Locate forest fires on area maps, using azimuth sighters and known landmarks.
 
Maintain records and logbooks.
 
Examine and inventory firefighting equipment such as axes, fire hoses, shovels, pumps, buckets, and fire extinguishers in order to determine amount and condition.
 
Direct maintenance and repair of firefighting equipment, or requisition new equipment.
 
Restrict public access and recreational use of forest lands during critical fire seasons.
 
Patrol assigned areas, looking for forest fires, hazardous conditions, and weather phenomena.
 
Compile and report meteorological data, such as temperature, relative humidity, wind direction and velocity, and types of cloud formations.
 
Inspect camp sites to ensure that campers are in compliance with forest use regulations.
 
Inspect forest tracts and logging areas for fire hazards such as accumulated wastes or mishandling of combustibles, and recommend appropriate fire prevention measures.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Fire Service
Benchmark Title: Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Geography Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
 
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
 
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
 
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Fire Service
Benchmark Title: Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Fire Service
Benchmark Title: Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Fire Service
Benchmark Title: Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 4 years, up to and including 10 years
 
On-the-Job Training Over 4 years, up to and including 10 years
 
Related Work Experience Over 6 years, up to and including 8 years
 
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Fire Service
Benchmark Title: Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
District Ranger
Environmental Protection Fire Control Officer
Fire Apparatus Engineer
Fire Behavior Analyst
Fire Control Officer
Fire Information Officer
Fire Inspector
Fire Lookout
Fire Management Technician
Fire Observer
Fire Operations Forester
Fire Patrol
Fire Ranger
Fire Tower Keeper
Fire Warden
Forest Fire Control Officer
Forest Fire Lookout
Forest Fire Officer
Forest Officer
Forest Patrolman
Forest Ranger
Forest Technician
Forester
Forestry Patrolman
Forestry Technician
Look Out Tower Fire Watcher
Lookout
Observer
Range Examiner
Ranger
Resource Protection Specialist
Scout
Tower Watchman
Towerman
Warden
Wildfire Prevention Specialist
Wildland Fire Operations Specialist
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Fire Service
Benchmark Title: Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists
 
 
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