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Wildland Fire Heavy Equipment Operator

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Job Field:
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
Battle Ground, Washington

Job Description:

This position supports the mission and goals of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, through fire suppression, fire hazard mitigation and forest resiliency improvement. The overall objectives are to minimize fire damage and acres burned. In addition, this position supports the WADNR’s 20-year Forest Health Strategic Plan and 10 Year Wildland Fire Protection Strategic Plan by performing forest resiliency projects, forest fuel reduction work activities and prescribed fire support. Activities are coordinated with other agency and industry staff to avoid duplication and waste of resources whenever possible.


Two-year minimum experience in operating dozers or excavators in a forested environment.

Two-year minimum of documented experience operating Class A CDL rated transport equipment to include lowboy trailers, tilt bed trailers, tilt bed transport trucks, etc.

$52,620.00 - $61,056.00/year


Commitment to organizational health and wellness

Work/life balance

DNR Employee Resource Groups (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, Women’s Employee Resource Group, Veterans Employee Resource Group, etc.)

Statewide Employee Business Resource Groups, visit here to learn more

Leadership that empowers and supports employees

Professional development opportunities

Educational and career development aid

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Eligibility

Opportunities to participate in wildland fire suppression assignments

A comprehensive benefits package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave, and vacation days. Visit for more information.

How to Apply:

Apply online: at (Click on the APPLY button above).

Letter of interest: describing your specific qualifications to the position and position required, desired, and special requirements.

Resume: that details your experience and qualifications.

References: at least three professional references with current telephone numbers– you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include it with your resume.

Important: Do not attach any documents that include photos or private information (social security number, year of birth, etc.).

Complete all supplemental questions.

Candidates who move forward in the recruitment process may be contacted via email at with interview information/scheduling instructions. Please monitor the email listed in your application materials and check your junk email folder to ensure you receive those communications.

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