Town of Vail

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Wildland Fire Crew Lead

Wildland Fire Crew Lead

Fire Department
Posted Date 
Pay Range 
$20.48 - $21.53 (DOE)

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Position Overview

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Vail Fire and Emergency services is seeking motivated, experienced and physically fit Crew Leaders to join our wildland program. As a crew leader the incumbents will be responsible for the oversight and operation of the assigned wildland module.  Duties include directing daily operations, developing and participating in training for crew and administrative duties commensurate with the position.



 The Vail Fire Wildland program is a hybrid fuels and suppression program. The crew operates as 2 type 6 engine modules for initial attack and national dispatch. As a crew lead of the Vail wildland crew you will direct and participate in tree cutting and falling, piling of trees and slash, wildfire home hazard assessments, engine and pump operations, wildland fire suppression and prescribed fire operations. 

Response: Crew members will respond to all wildfires within the 200 square mile Vail Fire response area as well as mutual aid requests throughout Eagle County. Elevation range within the response area is 6,000-14,000 feet above sea level with many steep and rugged slopes. The crew may also be utilized for other types of all hazard calls as appropriate. Crew members will be available for national dispatch as local fire conditionals allow. Employees may be exposed to extreme temperature variations, extended work hours, dust and smoke, insect bites and other unpredictable working conditions.


Schedule: The season will run May through Oct.  Crew members will work either a 4 day - 10 hour or 5 day- 8 hour schedule based on crew and department need.  Overtime is based on fire activity and need.


Housing: The Town of Vail offers several different options for employees.  Housing rates are lower than comparable free market rentals available in the area. Employee housing is available on a limited basis.



Skills / Requirements

It is important that individuals applying meet the following requirements:



  • High School diploma
  • Valid Colorado driver's license or ability to obtain one with 30 days of start of season
  • Colorado CDL class B license required within 60 days of start of season (training provided)
  • Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirement of Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1)
  • Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirement of Incident commander type 5 (ICT5)
  • Faller Type 2 (FALB) (S-212 and completed task book or equivalent)
  • Minimum 4 seasons wildland firefighting experience, additional forestry/ wildfire mitigation experience preferred
  • Must be able to pass the arduous level pack test upon start of season
  • Must have the physical ability to use manual power tools and perform strenuous manual tasks related to wildland firefighting and fire mitigation in an outdoor environment under a variety of weather conditions. 


  • Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirement of Single Resources, Engine Boss (ENGB), highly preferred
  • Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirement of Burn Boss Type 3 (RXB3)
  • Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirement of any Single Resources Boss (CRWB, FIRB, FELB)
  • Certified EMT Basic
  • Experience/ qualification with low angle rescue, swift water or search and rescue


All job offers will be contingent upon satisfactory background check, pre-employment drug screening, medical/fit for duty exam.



Preference will be given to applicants that can commit to work the entire season. Candidates must be able to work any shift including holidays and weekends.

Culture / Lifestyle / Benefits

Are you interested in living and working in Vail, CO?  Vail, which is centrally located in the Rocky Mountains, offers easy access to Denver (100 miles to the east) and is surrounded by the White River National Forest, offering world class outdoor activities in summer and winter (skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, white water).


When asked, most of our employees say that working for the Town of Vail feels like family.  Our values-based culture is nurtured by the employees’ strong desire to foster teamwork, take ownership in Vail’s future and an overall pride for serving their community.  Let’s not forget that our efforts not only benefit the community but also allow us to enjoy the spectacular amenities and culture in the Vail Valley which we call home! To find out more about our community, please visit our website and click on Vail Information.


Seasonal Benefits


As a Seasonal employee we encourage you to enjoy the local outdoor activities that brought you here!  Summer employees will be provided with a Golf & Tennis Pass while winter employees have access to a Resort Ski Pass, Nordic Ski Pass & Ice-Skating pass.  


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