Forest Ranger I

Recruitment #200904-L23A-01


Location: Talihina-Heavner

Typical Functions
The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:
- Engages in initial attack and extended attack wildland fire suppression, prescribed burning operations and activities; provides fire suppression and prescribed burning assistance to employees, partner agencies, volunteer, and other assisting fire crews.
- Utilize basic Geographic Information System (GIS) skills and equipment to gather wildland fire and prescribed fire data, including but not limited to acres involved, fire area latitude/longitude, and/or GIS .shp files of fire perimeters.
- Prepares and submits Forestry Division wildland fire and prescribed fire activity reports for state and national fire reporting systems; collect wildland fire information from partner agencies as needed for state and national fire reporting systems.
- Provides wildland fire and prescribed fire training to employees and partner agencies.
- Supervises or participates in the construction and maintenance of Forestry Services Division facilities and projects, such as roads, bridges, towers, buildings, and grounds.
- Operates and maintains assigned equipment, including pickup trucks, fire engines, bulldozers, and other related equipment; supervises and performs preventive maintenance; performs or schedules repairs to assigned equipment after consultation with supervisor.
- Applies basic investigative skills to determine fire causes, preserves evidence and assists law enforcement agents in law enforcement activities related to wild land fire.
- Presents fire prevention information and education programs for schools, groups and the general public; participates in organizing and training rural fire departments.
- Presents and demonstrates wildfire preparedness information and education, including defensible space planning, to schools, civic groups, and the general public.
- Inventories state and private forest lands by measuring and recording forest data, such as tree species, stem diameters and heights; maps forest stand boundaries and calculates acres; determines volume of merchantable timber within given timber stands; assists foresters in the development of forest management plans for landowners; distributes forest management information to landowners.
- Assists landowners in technical aspects of tree planting operations; performs follow-up inspections to determine if proper planting techniques were used and evaluate tree survival and mortality rates; gathers tree seeds from superior stock for use in planting operations.
- Marks trees for harvesting purposes; designates boundary lines for cutting operations, timber stand improvement work, and timber sales; computes timber volume for use in bid requests.
- Distributes forest management and fire prevention information to landowners.
- Uses GPS and GIS technology to record property location and boundaries, identify stands, and develop forest type and ownership maps.
Uses various plot-sampling techniques to collect data on forest conditions and timber volumes; develops forest stand and stock tables.
- Analyzes aerial photographs, satellite images, topographic maps, soils maps and other resources and collects appropriate data for use in forest management planning and technical assistance programs; may use GIS technology to display data in electronic form for use by professional foresters.
- Performs related work as required and assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Required at this level include knowledge of wildfire suppression principles and techniques; of record keeping procedures; of the operation and maintenance of assigned fire-fighting equipment; and of state wildland fire laws and policies.  Ability is required to manage a single resource such as a bulldozer, wildland engine or fire crew; to trouble-shoot equipment malfunctions in the field; to encourage community support of volunteer wildland firefighting organizations; to write reports; and to read and interpret maps; and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.


Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities in the prevention and suppression of wildfires and in the performance of technical forest management work related to the delivery of the division’s cooperative forestry programs.


This job family consists of four levels which are distinguished based on the complexity of assigned duties, the level of expertise required to complete assigned work, and the responsibility assigned for providing leadership to others.

Level I:
This is the basic level of this job family where employees are assigned responsibilities, which primarily involve participating in the prevention and suppression of wildland fires, the operation and maintenance of firefighting equipment, and the maintenance and construction of forestry facilities.  Some responsibilities may also be assigned for providing training and assistance or guidance to volunteer fire crews or serving as Single Resource Boss or as the Incident Commander for low complexity wildland fires.


Level I:
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of one year of forestry-related work, or fire prevention and suppression work, or experience operating logging, earth-moving, or farm equipment or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

NOTE:  Must be able to pass a Forestry Services administered reading and writing comprehension test to be eligible for employment.


1. Applicants must be willing and able to fulfill all job-related travel normally associated with this position.
2. Applicants must pass an agency established pre-hire physical examination and must take and pass a drug test prior to appointment, administered through the appointing agency.
3. All applicants hired after 06/30/2014 must pass a job-related Work Capacity Test (as outlined by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group) within three months of employment and maintain the minimum levels of fitness required for their position throughout their career with the Forestry Services Division (tested annually).  The Work Capacity Test consists of walking three miles in 45 minutes (or less) while carrying a 45 lb. pack.
4. Persons appointed to Forest Ranger I positions must complete all training and experience requirements for National Wildfire Coordinating Group Firefighter II (FFT2) certification within six months of employment and Firefighter I (FFT1) within one year of employment.
5. Persons appointed to a Forest Ranger position (Level I, II, and III) must reside or within six months of employment establish residence within a 15-mile radius of the designated reporting/work site to which the employee is assigned.
6. This position requires possession of a valid State of Oklahoma Commercial Driver’s License, Class A, with appropriate endorsements as referenced in the Oklahoma Model Commercial Driver’s Manual in effect at the time of appointment.  Persons appointed to this position must obtain the appropriate Commercial Driver’s License no later than six months after the date of appointment.  Employees subject to this requirement will be subject to random drug testing administered by the Appointing Authority.


Please read instructions carefully and include all required documents when you submit your application.

No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.

Selection Plan

Scores based on:  100% Evaluation of Education and Experience listed on a supplemental questionnaire

***NOTE:  Names of eligible applicants can be made available to State agencies upon their request, immediately following the closing date and time.