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Job Announcement - Assistant Fuels Management Officer

Assistant Fuels Management Officer

$66,560 - $79,040 Annually

           

Summary Description

The primary responsibility of the Assistant Fuels Management Officer (AFMO) is to ensure that Lake Valley Fire District’s Fire and Fuels Division adequately meets various grant goals and objectives.  The individual occupying this position reports directly to the District’s Fuels Management Officer.  The grant funded position is “at will” and not supported by the general fund.  The position is full-time with health and retirement benefits for up to five years.

Duties and Responsibilities:  The following job duties are considered typical for a position in this classification.  Any single position may not perform all of these tasks, and/or may perform similar related tasks that are not specifically listed here.

  • Shall work under the supervision of District’s Fuels Management Officer
  • Shall be responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining a comprehensive grant program that supports the Fire and Fuels Division within the District
  • Shall be the District’s liaison between various organizations and agencies, both public and private, on all matters related to fuels management within the District
  • Shall provide oversight and management of PTEIR contract and subsequent public outreach
  • Shall establish and maintain open communications with various homeowner associations and neighborhoods and provide education about defensible space regulations and recommendations
  • Shall provide forestry-related technical support, coordinate stakeholders, and perform development and layout of fuel reduction projects
  • Shall train in-house inspectors and any outside agency personnel providing defensible space inspections and tree marking for the District
  • Participates in the development and implementation of District’s goals, objectives, policies, procedures and priorities
  • Assumes management of administering contracts including negotiation of terms, tracking, and compliance with contractors, and consultants
  • Assists in accounting processes and grant compliance requirements for state, federal and privately funded grant programs
  • Assist with forecasting of various District funding sources
  • Assist in development of annual reporting requirements

Performs other duties as assigned.  This may include special assignments, duties, and functions as determined by the Fire Chief, Prevention Chief, or other staff within the Fire Administration

Education, Experience and Background:

  • Possess a Bachelor’s Degree (preferably in a Natural Resource Management related field)
  • Five or more years of experience in forestry, fuels management, fire suppression and/or a related field
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, forest health and wildland fire strategic planning, land use planning, public preparedness, and hazard mitigation issues, processes, standards, and proven solutions.
  • Personable, able to build relations based on trust, openness, and honesty
  • Proficient writer, and experience with grant applications
  • Knowledge of the following :
    • Lake Tahoe Basin Community Wildfire Protection Plan updated August 2015
    • California Forest Practice Rules
    • Lahontan WQCB Timber Harvest Plan
    • TRPA Substantial Tree Removal Requirements
    • Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team
    • Local organizations such as California Tahoe Conservancy, League to Save Lake Tahoe, and the Tahoe Resource Conservation District
  • Ability to establish the need for forest treatments, and prepare forest treatments in accordance with established practices
  • Ability to make sound decisions and effectively resolve conflicts

Ability To:

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with fire district staff, subordinates, other employees, the public, and outside agencies.
  • Maintain a high degree of organization, coordination, and attention to detail when implementing fuel management assignments.
  • To conduct public presentations and to represent the department in a professional and customer service orientated manner when dealing with community groups, other agencies, officials, the media, and the general public.

 

Minimum Requirements: Must possess a valid California or Nevada Class “C” driver’s license and show evidence of a favorable driving record. A DMV printout may be required prior to employment. Comply with Federal, State and local regulations and practices with regard to Equal Opportunity, sexual harassment, and a drug-free workplace.

 Additional Requirements:

  • A physical fitness examination is required every year pursuant to district policy.

Working Conditions: Work is performed in office (80%) and in the field or at meetings (20%). Office environment has natural and artificial lighting. Frequent interruptions to planned work activities will occur. Position will require flexible work hours when needed (occasional evenings and weekends). Incumbent may be required to use personal vehicle for work duties. District will reimburse mileage at the federal rate.

Physical Requirements: The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs and ability to sit (80%), walk or hike (20%) on a frequent basis; occasional bending, kneeling, squatting, reaching overhead, stretching, and climbing; strength, dexterity; coordination and vision to operate equipment, personal computer, and view video display terminal for frequent periods; and the ability to communicate on a telephone, via email, and in person.

Application Process:

Applications will be available at the Station #7 Administrative Office or by email request to labrado@caltahoefire.net.  Completed applications along with a cover letter, resume and copies of required certifications/degrees must be turned in to the Administrative Assistant/PIO no later than January 9th, 2017 at 1700 hrs.  No applications will be accepted after this date and time.  Applicants will be notified of their eligibility and given an interview date within one week of the application deadline.  Please contact Martin Goldberg with any questions regarding the position at (530) 577-3737 or by email at Goldberg@caltahoefire.net.

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Lake Valley Fire's 2016 Holiday Engine Schedule

LAKE VALLEY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT HOLIDAY ENGINE SCHEDULE
Happy holidays from Lake Valley FPD! Here is the schedule for our Holiday engine to drive through our community neighborhoods. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us!
December 11 – Echo View Estates, Tahoe Mountain Road, Mule Deer Circle
December 12 – Lake Tahoe Blvd from Boulder Mountain Drive to Grizzly Mountain Drive
December 13 – West side of North Upper Truckee from Zuni Street Highway 50, Chiapa Drive
December 14 – East side of North Upper Truckee from Grizzly Mountain to West San Bernardino Ave.
December 15 – Christmas Valley from Highway 50 to Grass Lake Road
December 16 –North side of Highway 50 in Meyers (lower Apache, Magnet School), behind Station 7 (Cornelian Drive, Navahoe Drive, Cheyenne Drive).
December 17 – North of Pioneer Trail from Highway 50 to Elks Club (Southern Pines Drive, Tionontati Street, Meadow Vale Drive), Player Drive
December 18 – Upper Apache Drive and Mandan Street
December 19 – Pioneer Trail from Busch Way to Washoan Blvd (Glen Eagles Drive, Hekpa Drive)
December 20 – Pioneer Trail from Washoan Blvd to Jicarilla Drive (Apalachee Drive, Nadowa Street, Susquehana Drive)
December 21 – Kokanee Estates (Marshall Trail, High Meadow Trail)
December 22 – Golden Bear Trail, Meadow View Estates (Plateau Circle, Cattleman’s Trail)
December 23 – Cold Creek Trail, Del Norte Street, Black Bart from Pioneer Trail to Meadow Crest Drive

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EMERALD FIRE UPDATE

Monday October 17th 2016

Effective at 12:00pm today, the following evacuation orders will be lifted:

  • Cascade Properties

  • Cascade Lake

Additionally, Highway 89 is estimated to re-open today at noon. Traffic will be metered through the fire area by Caltrans.  The Highway will be subject to future closure as repair work and tree removal continues and debris is removed from the highway.

Fire crews, law enforcement, Caltrans and Liberty Utilities continue to work in the area. Residents and visitors are advised to take extra caution while driving in these areas.

Liberty Utilities is working to restore damaged infrastructure in the fire area in order to reestablish power to Spring Creek Tract.

Agency cooperators would like to thank the community for their continued patience and support throughout this emergency.

           

PRESS RELEASE

 

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EMERALD FIRE UPDATE

10-17-2016 7am

The Emerald Fire is 100% contained. Debris continues to impact the roadway due to the high winds and torrential rains. Fire suppression repair is ongoing. Liberty Utilities continues to work to restore power to all customers.

Road Closures: Highway 89 from Fallen Leaf Lake to Emerald Bay North Gate will remain closed until Caltrans can make the roadway safe.

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EMERALD FIRE UPDATE 10/16/16

PRESS RELEASE

Sunday October 16th 2016

Effective at 3:00pm today, the following evacuation orders have been lifted;

  • Cathedral Rd
  • Springs Creek Tract
  • Camp Shelly
  • Camp Concord
  • Mt Tallac Rd

The following areas will be open to residents only;

  • Cascade Properties
  • Cascade Lake

Fire crews, Law enforcement, Caltrans and Liberty Utilities continue to work in the area. Residents are advised to take extra caution while driving in these areas. 

           

Highway 89 remains closed while Cal Trans removes debris from the roadway, and evaluates and removes any trees that may pose a hazard to the roadway.  

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Prepare for Wildfire Season by Creating Defensible Space

PRESS RELEASE

Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team

July 2016

For Immediate Release

Prepare for Wildfire Season by Creating Defensible Space

Contact:

South Lake Tahoe, Calif. – With summer here and wildfires burning in the Sierra Nevada, people at Lake Tahoe must ensure they are prepared for wildfire by clearing hazardous fuels from their properties and creating defensible space.

Local fire protection districts and fire departments around the Lake Tahoe Region offer defensible space inspections and tree removal permits. They are ready to help people reduce wildfire risk and prepare for wildfire.

When a wildfire ignites, vegetation around homes and buildings can help feed the fire. Appropriately managing that vegetation and creating defensible space increases the chance a home or building will survive the wildfire. Properly managed vegetation also makes it much safer for firefighters to respond to extinguish structure fires.

Hazardous fuel reduction means raking up leaves and pine needles in the yard and clearing trees, shrubs, branches and other fuel sources in a way that makes it difficult for wildfire to transfer from one fuel source to another, from the ground up into the trees, and from fuel sources to homes or buildings.

Lake Tahoe residents are encouraged to work together and with their local fire protection district to create defensible space throughout entire neighborhoods.

For homes not on Lake Tahoe’s shoreline, a permit is required to remove living trees greater than 14-inches diameter at breast height. For homes on the lakeshore, a permit is required to remove trees greater than 6-inches diameter at breast height between the house and the lake, or trees greater than 14-inches diameter at breast height in other areas.

Fire Dept./District Defensible Space Inspections Chipping Program Tree Removal Permit
Fallen Leaf Lake Fire Department No Free, provided by Lake Valley FPD. Call 530-577-CHIP (2447) Contact TRPA. $53 fee
Lake Valley Fire Protection District Free Free. Call 530-577-CHIP (2447). $75 fee
Meeks Bay Fire Protection District Free Free. Use online form to request at www.ntfire.net $80 fee
North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Free Free. Call 775-831-0351 ext. 8118 Free
North Tahoe Fire Protection District Free Free. Use online form to request at www.ntfire.net $80 fee
South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue Free No Contact TRPA. $53 fee
Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District Free Free. Use online form to request at www.tahoefire.org Free

More information about creating defensible space and fire-adapted communities is available online at http://tahoe.livingwithfire.info/.

The Tahoe Resource Conservation District is working to create a Tahoe Network of Fire Adapted Communities, partnering with residents and fire districts on the California side of the Tahoe Basin to reduce wildfire risk. Community volunteers and leaders are needed and should contact Marybeth Donahoe at (530) 543-1501 ext. 114 to learn more.

People and businesses are also encouraged to sign up to receive emergency notifications now before a local emergency such as a wildfire occurs.

City of South Lake Tahoe: www.cityofslt.us/signup

El Dorado County:http://ready.edso.org/

Placer County: www.placer-alert.org

Douglas County: https://douglascounty.onthealert.com/

Washoe County: https://www.washoecounty.us/em/RegionalAlerts.php

Remember to Think First to Keep Tahoe Fire Safe this summer. Visit www.ThinkFirstTahoe.org to learn more about wildfire prevention and preparedness and sign a pledge to Think First to Keep Tahoe Fire Safe to show you are taking the wildfire threat at Tahoe seriously and working to reduce wildfire risk in our communities.

About the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team

The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) consists of representatives of Tahoe Basin fire agencies, CAL FIRE, Nevada Division of Forestry and related state agencies, University of California and Nevada Cooperative Extensions, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the U.S. Forest Service, conservation districts from both states, the California Tahoe Conservancy and the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board. Our Mission is to protect lives, property and the environment withinthe Lake Tahoe Basin from wildfire by implementing prioritized fuels reduction projects and engaging the public in becoming a Fire Adapted Community.

For more information, visit www.tahoefft.org.

 

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CPR BLS and Heart Saver Classes

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Employment Opportunity

POSITION
Fuel Reduction/Chipper 
LOCATION
South Lake Tahoe, California
PRIMARY DUTIES
Chipper(s) will be responsible for operating the wood chipper and safely conducting slash disposal at the properties of homeowners within the areas of Lake Valley’s jurisdiction, Fallen Leaf Lake, and Alpine County. Chipper(s) will listen to voicemail messages left by homeowners and properly document all information necessary to provide prompt and professional service. Chipper(s) may conduct other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
➢ Graduate from high school or successful certification of equivalency
➢ Minimum of 18 years of age
➢ Ability to perform manual labor, lift heavy loads, and work for extended periods of time
➢ Current and valid Nevada or California Driver’s License, Class C
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
➢ Knowledge of, and experience with, wood chipper, chainsaw and other equipment
➢ Familiarity driving large vehicles and experience with basic towing operations
➢ Ability to work safely and cooperatively in a group setting and work within a variety of working conditions
➢ Interpersonal skills are vital due to constant interaction with local homeowners
HOW TO APPLY
Applications are available at Lake Valley Fire Protection District Station 7 and on www.lakevalleyfire.org. Deliver completed applications and proof of desired qualifications to:

Lake Valley Fire Protection District Station 7
2211 Keetak Street
South Lake Tahoe, California 96150
ATTN: Martin Goldberg

FINAL FILING DATE
Applications are being accepted continuously until filled. Interviews will be conducted upon receipt of a complete application. Final deadline June 6th 2016.
CONTACT PERSON
Martin Goldberg
Fire and Fuels Division
(530) 577-3737 or goldberg@caltahoefire.net
FAX: (530) 577-3739

PLEASE NOTE
This position is a four-month limited term hourly position in the District, assigned to a guaranteed 40-hour workweek. Benefits and housing are not included. Hourly starting rate is $12.00-$14.40 per hour.

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Learn About Fire Adapted Communities

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Please join us for an educational evening on Fire Adapted Communities.

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New Program Creating Fire Adapted Community Network at Lake Tahoe

New Program Creating Fire Adapted Community Network at Lake Tahoe

Contact: Marybeth Donahoe, (530) 543-1501 ext. 114

 

South Lake Tahoe, Calif.The Tahoe Resource Conservation District (Tahoe RCD) is launching a new program to motivate and help communities to take action to lower their risk to the wildfire hazard in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Supported with grant funding from CAL FIRE, the Tahoe RCD is building a Fire Adapted Community Network to educate locals and visitors about their vulnerability to wildfire and help them reduce their risk. In fire adapted communities, residents, visitors and agencies work together to take collaborative action to protect the community before, during, and after wildfires.

The network will engage individuals so they understand their wildfire threat and provide the tools they need to lower their risk. It will leverage educational resources, promote fire district services, and act as a liaison between community members and agencies, building partnerships between fire districts, communities, visitors, and agencies

The goal is to create a unified network of individuals who take responsibility and actions to reduce the wildfire risk in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Establishing fire adapted communities is the solution to protecting people’s lives and property and the environment from a catastrophic wildfire. 

Why are fire adapted communities important? Due to over 100 years of fire suppression, the natural role fire plays in creating healthy forests has been altered. The accumulation of hazardous fuels has increased within the understory of the forests. The accumulation of these fuels, weather conditions, and human behavior could lead to another catastrophic wildfire event in the Tahoe Basin, much like the previous Gondola, Washoe, and Angora fires.

Informed individuals, neighbors, and agencies reduce this wildfire risk by reducing fuels and modifying human behavior. It is important for people to create defensible space around there homes and within their neighborhoods, and to take other precautions to minimize their vulnerability to the inevitable wildfire threat. Fire adapted neighborhoods work closely with their local fire district or department to create and maintain a fire adapted community. This network of fire adapted communities will reduce the threat to wildfire and create resilient, knowledgeable communities in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Be part of the solution! Spread the word about the wildfire threat and how to minimize the risk. Together we can make a difference! We need motivated individuals to partner on the efforts of creating a Tahoe Network of Fire Adapted Communities. You can be a leader in your residential community and personal network, or help with an established effort. Here are some tips on how to get involved:

  • Request a defensible space inspection from your local fire district or fire department by visiting www.Tahoe.LivingWithFire.info.
  • Contact Marybeth Donahoe at the Tahoe RCD for more information about how to volunteer. Find out about upcoming workshops and trainings and get the tools you need to raise awareness in your community. She can give you the information you need to either be a leader or a member within a local fire-adapted community. Call Marybeth at (530) 543-1501 ext. 114.

Catastrophic wildfire does not recognize boundaries or property lines. You can make a huge difference just by connecting with your neighbors and working together to minimize this risk for everyone. Be part of the solution, create unity and fire-adapt your community.

About the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team

The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) consists of representatives of Tahoe Basin fire agencies, CAL FIRE, Nevada Division of Forestry and related state agencies, University of California and Nevada Cooperative Extensions, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the U.S. Forest Service, conservation districts from both states, the California Tahoe Conservancy and the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board. Our Mission is to protect lives, property and the environment withinthe Lake Tahoe Basin from wildfire by implementing prioritized fuels reduction projects and engaging the public in becoming a Fire Adapted Community.

For more information, visit www.tahoefft.org.

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