FireWise of Southwest Colorado
Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) Coordinator
In cooperation with the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS), Forest Service/Bureau of Land Management (FS/BLM), Counties, local fire departments, and Sheriff’s Offices, Firewise of Southwest Colorado is encouraging its Neighborhood Ambassadors to develop subdivision-level CWPPs. A CWPP enables a community to plan and prioritize in a collaborative manner how it will reduce their risk of wildfire and become better prepared to deal with wildfire when it does happen.
The CWPP Coordinator position is designed to complement the current goals and programs of the Firewise Council, and ultimately, that of our partners (CSFS, BLM/FS, local fire departments). These goals include enhancing the safety of our communities and the health of our forests through sound long-term forest management with a focus on community planning and risk reduction and restoring the natural role of fire on the landscape. The CWPP Coordinator will help residents of wildland-urban interface areas understand the concern for life and safety of residents, their communities, and emergency responders, as well as their responsibilities and opportunities in dealing with wildland fire.
The CWPP Coordinator facilitates CWPP development and implementation in communities by:
- Facilitating the collaborative process between HOAs/POAs, residents, agency partners, and other interested parties;
- Linking communities up with professional assistance (e.g. BLM, State FS, county wildfire specialists, USFS);
- Coordinating with local fire department and county personnel on their input to the CWPP process;
- Keeping CSFS and BLM/FS personnel informed of CWPP progress;
- Assisting in acquiring GIS mapping products (plan boundaries, vegetation, property, topography, slope, aspect, sensitive species, and fire behavior) from counties or agency partners (USFS, BLM, CSFS);
- Looking for opportunities for adjoining or nearby subdivisions with similar terrain, vegetation, and wildfire threat to do a joint CWPP;
- Writing or editing portions of the CWPP;
- Tracking yearly progress on implementation of completed CWPPs;
- Making presentations to homeowner associations and community civic groups about the need for and benefits of a subdivision-level CWPP.
The CWPP Coordinator is not expected to produce the CWPP; that is the role of the Ambassador or a contractor that the Ambassador’s HOA has hired.
Additionally, the Coordinator might:
- Facilitate or assist with preparing/updating/revising county-level CWPPs.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The Coordinator should possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Experience in facilitating meetings and resolving conflict
- Ability to work with various stakeholders while respecting diverse viewpoints
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
- Good oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite of software products
- A working knowledge of grant writing.
- Be able to work independently.
Additional helpful skills include:
- Be familiar with the FireWise program and the Neighborhood Ambassador Program because in promoting CWPP development, the potential exists to recruit new Ambassadors.
- Understand and be able to explain the natural role of fire in the ecosystem.
- Have some background in fire prevention, fire suppression, Rx fire, fire behavior, wildfire hazard mitigation, emergency preparedness and/or document preparation or some sort of land-use planning experience.
The position pays $25.00 - 30.00 hour, depending upon qualifications, and mileage. The job is estimated to range from 5-30 hrs./month. Work may involve some evening or weekend meetings. The contractor needs to be able to work from a home office and have the ability to travel within the 5-county region of southwest Colorado.
The CWPP Coordinator reports to the FireWise Executive Director and is a contractor to the San Juan Mountains Association (fiscal agent for Firewise). As a contractor, the Coordinator does not receive any benefits and is responsible for paying his/her own self-employment taxes.
To apply for the job:
Please send a cover letter, resume and a brief write-up addressing the factors in the knowledge, skills, and abilities section electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 PM on Feb. 5, 2015.
Questions about the job should be directed to Pam Wilson at 970-385-8909.