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Engine Captain for SD Wildland Fire - Hot Springs District

Engine Captain for SD Wildland Fire - Hot Springs District

Firefighter Wildland Fire

Job ID: 20274
Agency: Department of Public Safety - Wildland Fire Division
Location: Hot Springs
Salary: $19.67 - $21.07 per hour, depending on experience
Pay Grade: GG
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

The Wildland Fire Engine Boss directs the daily activities of multiple firefighters by acting as a liaison between the Fire Management Officer/Assistant Fire Management Officer and the engine crewmembers. The Engine Boss will manage a Type 6 or 3 engine and crew members on fire-line assignments locally, regionally, and nationally. They also assist with coordinating daily work, trainings, administrative functions, prevention, and facilitating safety procedures.

This position works on fires 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 projects which require 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 will be expected to work around loud decibel sounds as emitted from fixed and rotary wing aircraft, and work under conditions of extreme stress and heat with heavy equipment.


  • provides oversight during initial and extended attack fires, directs fireline activities and tactics of dispersed firefighters, resources, equipment, and aircraft;
  • utilizes wildland fire behavior knowledge and firefighting experience and assigns missions to ground and aviation wildland fire suppression resources;
  • provides protection for life, property and resources. Selects strategies and tactics to ensure safe operations for assigned resources;
  • provides technical and administrative supervision to the unit(s). Responsible for the on-the-job safety and health of all employees supervised;
  • performs, and oversees employees in: fire prevention, preparedness, detection, resource rehabilitation, mobilization, prescribed fire, aviation operations, and training programs;
  • ensures preparedness of wildland fire suppression equipment and personnel;
  • coordinates with dispatch office regarding current fire behavior and fire conditions, release of resources, and other logistical considerations. 

Must be able to complete a RT-130 Refresher and Pack Test each year. Pack Test (walk 3 miles with 45 pounds on back in under 45 minutes. 

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Must be qualified (or able to obtain) the Engine Boss qualification, Incident Commander Type 5 qualification according to the National Wildland Coordinating Group PMS-310-1.
  • Must possess or have the ability to obtain a valid drivers license.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:
The ability to work under conditions with little or no supervision at times, and must have adequate communication and leadership skills to manage crew members under stressful situations; and have the ability to assist the Fire Management Officer and Assistant Fire Management Officer in working towards a team-oriented workplace to accomplish agency objectives and tasked missions.

Fully Qualified as Engine Boss, ICT5, ability to obtain ICT4 and other single resource boss qualifications. 

Knowledge of:

  • power tools and equipment typically used in fire and emergency situations such as: chain saws, axes, shovels, picks, and other specialized fire line equipment.

Skill to: 

  • safely manage day to day operations on wildland fire engines.

Ability to:

  • provide work direction and assignments to others;
  • communicate information clearly and concisely;
  • maintain required physical fitness standards;
  • perform equipment maintenance on portable pumps, saws, and fire apparatus. 

Additional Requirements: To be considered, please attach your resume and Master Fire Record

This position is eligible for Veterans’ Preference per ARSD 55:10:02:08.

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 eleven paid holidays, generous vacation and sick leave accrual, dental, vision, and other insurance options, and retirement benefits. You can view our benefits information at This position is a member of Class B retirement under SDRS.

Must apply online:
You must apply online, emailed resumes or submissions will not be accepted.
South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources
Telephone: 605.773.3148 Email:
"An Equal Opportunity Employer"

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : High School

Experience Level : Entry Level, Mid to Senior Level

Job Function : ""

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