The Suffolk County Water Authority is seeking on behalf of the Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission an individual with experience/qualifications/course work in fire suppression and fire management, heavy equipment operation or a related field, to serve as a seasonal Squad Boss (first line supervisory wildland firefighter) for Prescribed Fire Operations conducted under the Commission’s comprehensive prescribed fire program for the Central Pine Barrens region and will be based in the Central Pine Barrens Commission office located in Westhampton Beach. This individual will report directly to the Fire Management Specialist. (This seasonal position extends from March through May, up to 37.5 hours/week).

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Central Pine Barrens



Responsibilities include:

  • Performing fireline duties on prescribed fire operations including but not limited to using hand tools to construct fireline; ignite; patrol; mop-up and as necessary suppress wildland fires.
  • Carrying and using heavy equipment and supplies for extended hours in rugged terrain with exposure to excessive heat; direct and indirect flame; smoke; insects (especially ticks); and other irritants and hazards while performing fireline duties.
  • Supervising; communicating with; and/or directing the work of other prescribed fire crew members including crew safety, work assignments and other activities.
  • Staging, inventorying, maintaining, and operating mechanical fireline equipment such as pumps and other water delivery equipment, fire engines, UTVs, ATVs, dozers, excavators or other heavy equipment.
  • Assisting with fire weather, fire behavior, vegetation and invasive species monitoring and management in prescribed fire units including the installation and maintenance of fire breaks.
  • Assisting with development of education and outreach programming including conducting wildfire risk assessments.




*The Authority may accept an equivalent combination of education and experience to meet the requirements*


Interested candidates should submit their application, resume, and transcripts, including salary requirements via the SCWA website

( and click on “Career Opportunities.”  Salary is $21.00 - $23.00/hour with no benefits.
Housing may be available for candidates outside of Long Island. COVID-19 Vaccination is required.

(The Authority shall not employ relatives of employees as defined to mean an employee's spouse, child, stepchild, stepparent or direct descendant of grandparents of the employee as defined in the New York State General Municipal Law 810.)