County of MarinPetaluma 94952
Full Time

Possession of a valid certificate as an Emergency Medical Technician – 1 (EMT-1) ORthe ability to obtain one within one (1) year of hire date is required.

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Fire Heavy Equipment Operator

County of Marin
Full Time 7330 Red Hill Rd, Petaluma, CA 94952, United States


At the County of Marin, our employees overwhelmingly report feeling their work is meaningful, they like the work they do, and they are proud to tell people “I work for the County of Marin.” . Read on to find out more about this opportunity:

Marin County Fire Department: 

Our employees are important assets in the actualization of our mission. They each play a vital role and carry the responsibility to express our department values in their daily work. Click on the “MCFD” link to learn more about our department and the people who make our organization a great place to work:

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Under the direction of the Senior Fire Captain and Fire Captain as well as the Battalion Chief at work sites, the Fire Heavy Equipment Operator will operate heavy equipment such as large bulldozers, graders, transports, trucks, excavators, loaders and other types of equipment used in the fire control and maintenance of fire roads, fuel breaks, and trails. This position will perform repair work and maintenance of heavy equipment including repair and servicing equipment in the field. This person will supervise, instruct and work with seasonal firefighters in road maintenance and servicing of equipment and may instruct others in the use of heavy equipment. Also, this position performs fire fighting and emergency medical services (EMS) duties when not assigned to heavy equipment. Incumbents may be assigned to a 56-hour or 40-hour schedule at the discretion of the Fire Chief to perform duties that support the needs of the department.


The ideal candidate for the position of Fire Heavy Equipment Operator possesses the ability to calmly and safely operate heavy fire equipment in the wildland fire environment. The ideal candidate must be able to exercise sound, independent judgment. In addition, the ideal candidate has personal and professional integrity, possesses initiative, and has excellent oral and written communication skills. Substantial firefighting experience is ideal as well as experience operating D-5 or larger dozers in a wildland suppression environment. The ideal candidate is able to work independently under general guidance and work in both routine and emergency settings. The ideal candidate is highly organized and can complete multiple tasks and projects as they are assigned, and can effectively make decisions with little to no supervision while keeping the department’s values in mind.

We recognize your time is valuable, so please note that you must have at least the following required Minimum Qualifications in order to be considered for this position: 
Two (2) years experience operating a D-5 or larger dozer with tracks and operating and driving a wide load transport while performing pioneer heavy equipment operation for forestry services, logging companies, or industries where construction work involves pioneer excavation and trail blazing. 
One (1) year experience in fire prevention or suppression activities for a fire fighting agency which included operating grading equipment including a D-5 or larger dozer with tracks and operation of and driving a wide load transport. 
Previous firefighting experience is highly desirable.

Special Requirements: Incumbent will be required to work 24 hour shifts, overtime, evenings and weekends, on-call and holidays; work at any station in the Marin County Fire Department on short notice; perform routine and repetitive work; attend meetings and classes both on and off duty; work under various adverse and hazardous conditions; wear a uniform; assist in training other employees; and maintain a clean and neat appearance. 

Successful candidates are subject to background check and/or psychological assessment prior to appointment. 

Driver’s License: Ability to drive is an essential function for this assignment. Successful candidates must possess a valid California Class A driver’s license and submit at the selection interview a satisfactory driving history obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles within the last six months. 

Certificates & Licenses: 

  • Possession of a valid certificate as an Emergency Medical Technician – 1 (EMT-1) ORthe ability to obtain one within one (1) year of hire date is required. 
  • Possession of California State Firefighter I certifications ORthe ability to obtain one within one (1) year of hire date is required. 

*Please note, failure to obtain EMT-1 and California State Firefighter I certifications within the first year after being hired and/or failure to retain such licenses during employment will result in termination of employment.