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  • 510060
  • Full-time


Manage and reduce fire risk to protect Arizona's people, communities, and wildland areas to champion the health of Arizona's natural resources. The Department of Forestry and Fire Management provides services through strategic implementation of cooperative natural resources and fire assistance programs, development and support of statewide fire policies, and coordination of resources across all-lands and jurisdictions.


Job Location:


1000 Fairgrounds Rd.
Globe, AZ 85501

2105 North Citrus Rd.
Goodyear, AZ 85395

2100 South Highway 87
Winslow, AZ 86047

38322 US Highway 180
St. Johns, AZ 85936

26700 South Highway 85
Buckeye, AZ 85326

Posting Details:

Salary: $23.7982 hourly 

Grade: 18

Closing Date: Open Until Filled. Next review of resumes will be November 28, 2022.

Job Summary:

The Squad Leader will supervise and lead the work activities of one ten-person forestry squad consisting of Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation, and Reentry (ADCRR) inmates. Work will include implementing forestry-related work, transporting squad members from the ADCRR facility to the worksite and back each day, maintaining vehicles and equipment, and inventorying equipment and supplies. It will also include documenting squad member time, incident records, training accomplishments, productivity metrics, and receipts.

Job Duties:

• Supervise and lead the work activities of one ten-person forestry squad consisting of Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation, and Reentry (ADCRR) inmates.

• Document squad member time, incident records, training accomplishments, productivity metrics, and receipts. Recruit, train, and motivate squad members.

• Training will be performed at the worksite as well as the Arizona State Prison Complex where squad members are housed. Train and prepare squad members to successfully pass an arduous pack test which consists of a 3-mile hike with a 45-pound pack over level terrain within 45 minutes.

• Manage the needs and concerns of squad members in a firm, fair, and consistent manner.

• Perform and supervise forestry-related work which includes carrying and using a 20 pound saw for an extended period of time, felling trees and thinning brush; carrying a 40 pound backpack filled with gear and supplies; hiking in rough and steep terrain, and in inclement weather; vigorous digging, lifting, dragging, scattering and piling of brush; camping outdoors with few amenities; applying herbicide with supervision.

• Implement the Incident Command System and coordinate activities with law enforcement, ADCRR, and DFFM staff.

• Participate in safety and compliance inspections, respond to emergencies, and perform on-call tasks as directed by the Crew Supervisor.

• Transport squad members to and from prison complex and worksite, driving long distances in a van with 10 passengers, maintaining vehicles and equipment, and inventory equipment and supplies.

• Drive on State business.

• Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:

• Managing an inmate work crew.
• Timber harvesting and brush removal.
• Safety protocols in forestry, transportation, and machine use.
• Incident Command System.
• Inventory and procurement.

Skills in:

• Leadership.
• Organization and prioritization.
• Timekeeping and expense (receipt) management.
• Chainsaw operation.

Ability to:

• Supervise, lead and motivate crew members.
• Complete physically challenging tasks.
• Hike in rough and steep terrain and inclement weather for an extended period of time.
• Become first aid and CPR certified.
• To drive on State business.
• To be fair and equitable.
• To be able to work 10 - 12 hour shifts and weekends.

Selective Preference(s):

Previous experience managing people.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

A valid Arizona Driver's License. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver's license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12).


The Arizona Department of Administration offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:
Sick leave
Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
Health and dental insurance
Retirement plan
Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance
Tuition Reimbursement (eligible after one year of employment)

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).

Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.

Contact Us:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Wesley Elwell at welwell@dffm.az.gov for assistance.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting 602-771-1419. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.