The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management (DFFM) provides resources for the prevention and suppression of wildland fire on State Trust Land and private property located outside incorporated communities. The Agency provides services for fire prevention, urban, and community forestry, forest stewardship, forest health, utilization and marketing, and has a wide variety of grants available. DFFM also house the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM), which provides fire inspection and permitting services.





The Department of Forestry and Fire Management (DFFM) is seeking an individual interested in serving as out State Aviation Manager (SAM).

You will be responsible for:

  • Serves as the statewide aviation program manager for fire suppression aviation resources.

  • Primary purpose of this position is aviation program readiness, as well as response and coordination with multiple agencies in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner consistent with all State and Federal protocol.

  • Serves as the technical trainer and advisor to the DFFM aviation program, fire management staff and Arizona Dispatch Center (ADC) management.

  • Reports to the State Fire Management Officer.

  • Program manager for helicopter and fixed wing fire aviation activities, position oversees the establishment and upkeep of appropriate fire aviation bases across the state; hiring, training and supervision of appropriate personnel to manage the bases; and coordinates budgets with the fire program and DFFM accounting branch.

  • Coordinates with various aviation programs of local, state, and federal agencies.

  • Serves on various interagency aviation committees at the direction of the State Fire Management Officer.

  • Supervises a fixed-wing specialist, helicopter coordinator, aviation specialist pilot and one or more SEAT manager(s) and/or SEAT coordinator.

  • Resources include: two Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) on contract with SEAT bases established at Marana and Wickenburg; one Air Tactical Group Supervisor (ATGS) platform on contract and staffing with ATGS; AZ Department of Public Safety (DPS) helicopter program for wildland fire; and Arizona Army National Guard helicopters


SELECTED PREFERENCES: National Incident QualificationSystem*Certificationas:*

Single Engine Air Tanker Coordinator (SECO); Air Tanker Base Manager (ATBM); Mixmaster (MXMS); Ramp Manager (RAMP); Aircraft Base Radio Operator (ABRO); Helicopter Manager (HEMG); Single Engine Air Tanker Manager (SEMG)


  • Initial attack and extended attack fire suppression operations
  • Interagency ordering and usage of Aircraft
  • Usage and cost reporting for Aircraft (both State and Federal)
  • Tactical and strategic use of Rotary wing, Single Engine Air Tankers and other aircraft in fire suppression operations
  • Aviation safety both in and out of the fire environment
  • Single Engine Air Tanker Exclusive Use and On-Call Contracts
  • State and Federal Contracts, including (but not limited to) emergency equipment rental agreements and retardant
  • Wildland fire chemical ordering and storage (to include foams, gels and retardants)
  • Wildland fire chemical field use and reporting mechanisms for sensitive area usage and spillage
  • Accident and near-miss reporting for fire aviation tracking of trends through SAFECOM network
  • All appropriate agency and interagency manuals, handbooks, guides and operation agreements Interagency Single Engine Air Tanker Guide
  • National and Southwest Area Mobilization Guides
  • National Interagency Single Engine Air Tanker Operations Handbook
  • Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management Aviation Policy
  • Interagency Airspace Coordination Guide
  • Interagency and Service Level Agreements between DFFM and USDI Office of Aviation Services (OAS)


  • Effectively plan for, and manage, aviation operations of all complexity levels
  • Identify state-wide airports that meet program goals and needs. Coordinate with airport managers and/or city representatives to establish Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for use of facilities as aviation bases to include operations, safety and haz-mat concerns and needs
  • Coordinate with Federal agency and other aviation officers/managers in planning for, and activating, aerial fire suppression responses
  • Train and manage an employment force of seasonal and other agency detailed SEMGs each year for adequate staffing at all SEAT bases
  • Monitor and mentor agency aircraft dispatch center managers and staff to ensure safe, effective and timely aircraft response to wildland fires
  • Coordinate with agency, interagency and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) personnel in the use of Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR)
  • Coordinate with military flight schedulers, flight planners and wing commanders to safely conduct wildland fire flight operations within and under military low-level training routes, special use areas and military operation areas
  • Coordinate with Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) for training and use of DPS helicopters
  • Coordinate with Arizona Army National Guard for training and use of National Guard helicopters


  • Create a safety first minded program that is focused on program goals
  • Initiate a program culture of trust and cooperation, both at the agency and interagency level
  • Foster a program culture of shared responsibility in execution of aviation activities statewide
  • Cultivate good working relationships between contractor and agency personnel
  • Work effectively with agency and contractor personnel in stressful work environments
  • Delegate appropriately to base managers and contractor personnel
  • Be proactive in anticipating needs of both base and contractor personnel
  • Actively engage with agency, airport and community leaders/management in problem solving and enhancement of facilities for agency use
  • Work constructively with agency and federal finance sections to foster a better understanding of the unique nature of DFFM use of National On-Call SEAT resources
  • Continue evolving a cost-effective program of aviation use for unique state goals and needs


Driving Requirement: Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.)


The State of Arizona will provide the following to you:

  • Arobust and affordable insurance plan to include medical, dental, life, short-term and long-term disability options

  • A top-rankedretirement program with 100% employer matched contribution

  • 10 paid holidays per year

  • Accrued vacation and sick days

  • An incentivizedcommuter club and public transportationsubsidy program

  • Work-life balance and additional options for life betterment such as: deferred compensation, credit union membership, and a wellness program

  • Rewarding work that impacts the people of Arizona

Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. All newly hired employees will be subject to E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification. Click the APPLY NOW button to submit your application.Having trouble applying for this position?**Email[email protected]or call 602-542-4700 for assistance.**

Post Date: 03/13/2018

Close Date: 03/20/2018


Grade: 20

Location: PHOENIX

Salary: 36,814.34-65,827.63