Fire Captain

Website East Bay Regional Park District


The East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful parklands and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties to the east of San Francisco. Established in 1934, the Park District is the oldest and largest regional park system in the United States, managing over 122,000 acres of parkland within 73 regional parks, and encompassing over 1,300 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature learning. The District’s Fire Department is a branch of the Public Safety Division and provides all typical emergency services, including fire suppression, hazardous materials responses, search and rescue, auto extrication, emergency medical services, prescribed burns for fire hazard reduction and resource management. The department has 14 wildland fire engines responds to approximately 1,200 calls per year. The Fire Department works closely with our neighboring agencies in Alameda and Contra Costa counties and provides emergency response when called upon by CAL FIRE and the Office of Emergency Services.

Vacancy Situation: The Park District currently has two (2) Fire Captain vacancies located at the East Bay Regional Park District Public Safety Headquarters in Castro Valley, CA. The hiring pools established as a result of this recruitment will be used to fill the current vacancies and additional vacancies that may occur during the one year life of the hiring pools.

What You’ll Be Doing: Under general direction, you will supervise staff in fire prevention and suppression activities, emergency medical response and rescue calls, and training activities. You’ll oversee the operation of the fire stations and maintenance of fire department equipment, administer and implement fuels management contracts, projects and hazardous fuel reduction treatments, prescribed fires as needed, and assist in the administration of the Fire Department.

We Are Looking for Someone Who Is:

• Passionate about fuels management, prescribed fires and protection of the wildland urban interface;

• Experienced in all operational functions of a fire service department;

• An organized individual who takes initiative;

• An excellent communicator and leader.

A Few Reasons Why You May Love This Job:

• Meaningful and valued work connected to our organizational mission;

• Daily challenges as part of an excellent team;

• Great benefits including medical, dental, tuition reimbursement, a retirement pension through the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS);

• Free on-site parking.

Our Values:

• Respect: We honor each other, the park users we serve, and the land we steward.

• Resilience: We creatively adapt to change. We address challenges with empathy, perspective, and determination.

• Relationships: Our greatest strength lies in the trust, accountability, and teamwork we cultivate with our colleagues, partners, and the public we serve.

• Transparency: We hold the public’s trust through meaningful stakeholder engagement and unfettered access to timely and reliable information on decisions and performance.

Essential Functions:

• Oversees and is responsible for the daily safe operation of the fire department;

• Supervises regular and on-call fire staff in all fire department activities;

• Schedules staff and oversees the operation of the fire stations;

• Plans and directs fuels management activities including administering and implementing contracts and projects;

• Responds to fire, medical, search and rescue or mutual aid calls;

• Acts as the on-scene incident commander (or in other appropriate Incident Command System roles), until relieved by higher authority;

• Coordinates non-fire personnel in emergencies;

• Administers the inspection and maintenance of fire department facilities, equipment and supplies;

• Develops specifications and recommends equipment purchases;

• Implements department’s equipment maintenance program;

• Prepares plans and conducts training programs;

• Conducts and coordinates assigned fire prevention, suppression, and investigative activities with or without cooperating jurisdictions;

• Assists with determining the cause and origin of fire;

• Prepares and conducts prescribed fire operations;

• Monitors weather conditions; monitors and maintains remote automated weather stations;

• Recommends and implements departmental policies and programs;

• Prepares reports; maintains records;

• Ensures internal and external positive public relations;

• Performs related duties as assigned including serving as the fire departments duty commander for after-hours response and coordination.


Education: Equivalent to the completion of twelfth grade and two years of college (no less than 60 semester units or 90 quarter units);


Substitution for Education: California State Fire Marshal Company Officer (or Fire Officer) Certificate may be substituted for the required college education.

Experience: Four years of full-time firefighting experience, of which two years must be in a supervisory or lead capacity within a fire department;


Substitution for Experience: Three years of full-time wildland firefighting experience, of which two years must be in a supervisory or lead capacity within a fire department.

License or Certificate:

• Possession of a valid California Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record is a condition of initial and continued employment in this classification;

• California State Fire Marshal Fire Fighter I Certificate.

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