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Job Posting: Region Chief

Department of Forestry & Fire Protection

Region Chief
C. E. A.

$14,710.00 - $14,710.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 10/1/2021

Job Description and Duties

Under the direction of the Director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), the Region Chief manages one of two geographic areas in the State of California, known as the Northern and Southern Regions. He/She is responsible for the formulation, administration, and continuing evaluation of Departmental programs and statewide policies relating to fire protection, forest, range, watershed, and other CAL FIRE programs in his/her Regional area. The incumbent reports to and serves as a principal advisor to the Director, Chief Deputy Director, and State Fire Marshal; provides management guidance and oversight to Unit Chiefs and Regional staff under his/her purview; provides significant input toward the development of statewide policies as they relate to the needs of the Regional area; and provides high level guidance and support involving extreme sensitivity with executive levels of local, state, and federal officials, members of the general public, special interest groups, and the media. The incumbent ensures open lines of communication are maintained between Headquarters Executive Management and the reporting Units/Regional Programs.

This position may qualify for a recruitment and retention bonus of $1350 per month.

Minimum Requirements

This position does not have a Classification Specification. Requirements and qualifications for this position can be found in this announcement. For additional questions, please contact the hiring department listed below.

    Additional Documents

    Position Details

    Job Code #:
    Position #(s):
    Working Title:
    Region Chief
    C. E. A.
    $14,710.00 - $14,710.00 B
    # of Positions:
    Work Location:
    United States
    Job Type:
    Career Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

    Department Information

    The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is California’s fire department and resource management agency. The organization is comprised of nearly 8,000 permanent and seasonal employees. The mission of the Department is to serve and safeguard the people and protect the property and resources of California.


    When you join CAL FIRE, you join a family of employees that function as a team. You will build trust and friendship with your co-workers, as together you respond to emergencies and challenging situations. CAL FIRE provides employees with a variety of career choices and opportunities. CAL FIRE offers well-paying careers and opportunities for advancement. We hope that you will consider a rewarding and challenging career with CAL FIRE!

    Application Instructions

    Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

    Final Filing Date: 10/1/2021

    Who May Apply

    Individuals who are eligible to be appointed to this Career Executive Assignment (CEA) by the State of California.

    How To Apply

    Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

    Address for Mailing Application Packages

    You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

    Department of Forestry & Fire Protection
    Attn: Ashley Sanza
    710 Riverpoint Court, Suite 250
    West Sacramento, CA 95605

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

    You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

    Department of Forestry & Fire Protection
    Ashley Sanza
    710 Riverpoint Court, Suite 250
    West Sacramento, CA 95605
    08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Required Application Package Documents

    The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

    • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
    • Resume is required and must be included.
    • Statement of Qualifications -

      Note- Resumes do not take the place of the Statement of Qualifications (SOQ). If you do not submit a SOQ, you will be disqualified.

    Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

    Examination Qualification Requirements

    All applicants must possess the knowledge and abilities, and any other requirements, described in this announcement.

    Note: Eligibility to take a CEA examination does not require current permanent status in the civil service.

    General Qualifications

    State civil service employees must possess essential general qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, and ability to work cooperatively with others.

    Knowledge and Abilities

    Applicants must demonstrate the ability to perform high administrative and policy – influencing functions effectively. Such overall ability requires possession of most of the following more specific knowledge and abilities:

    • Knowledge of the organization and functions of California State Government including the organization and practices of the Legislature and the Executive Branch; principles, practices, and trends of public administration, organization, and management; techniques of organizing and motivating groups; program development and evaluation; methods of administrative problem solving; principles and practices of policy formulation and development; and personnel management techniques; the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity Program objectives; and a manager’s role in the Equal Employment Opportunity Program.
    • Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of multidisciplinary professional and administrative staff; analyze administrative policies, organization, procedures and practices; integrate the activities of a diverse program to attain common goals; gain the confidence and support of top level administrators and advise them on a wide range of administrative matters; develop cooperative working relationships with representatives of all levels of government, the public, and the Legislature and Executive branches; analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action; and prepare and review reports; and effectively contribute to the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity objectives.

    These knowledge and abilities are expected to be obtained from the following kinds of experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation and/or evaluation of program policies (experience may have been paid or volunteer; in State service, other government settings, or in a private organization):

    CEA Level A - Responsible for broad administrative and program activities, including the execution and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level B - Responsible for extensive managerial and program administration or broad program manager experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation, and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level C - Responsible for extensive highly professional influence and contributes to program, policy, and the methods to provide professional services needed to set policies, to meet the mission of the State department and often exercising technical and or professional skills that are required at this level.

    Desirable Qualifications

    In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
    • Demonstrated experience which has included broad administrative or program manager capabilities, with substantial participation in the formulation, operation, and/or evaluation of program policies.


    • Demonstrated in-depth administrative experience in areas related to fire protection, forest, range and watershed lands, forest resource management, and support programs. (Qualifying experience in CAL FIRE is the type of administrative and program experience typically acquired at the Assistant Chief/Forester II  level or above.)


    • Demonstrated experience in both written and oral communication skills internally with CAL FIRE staff and externally and the ability to communicate and represent CAL FIRE before local boards of supervisors, county executive officers, fire commissioners, other State and Federal governmental officials, members of the Legislature, special interest groups, and local constituents.


    • Demonstrated ability in coordinating fire control, non-fire emergencies, and forest management operations with other agencies (local, State, and Federal), boards of supervisors and boards of fire commissioners.


    • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of multidisciplinary staff, and the ability to create a positive working atmosphere.


    Examination Information

    The examination process will consist of an application, resume, and Statement of Qualifications evaluation conducted by a screening committee. All interested applicants must file an "Examination and/or Employment Application (Std. 678), a resume, and a Statement of Qualifications. Applicants who do not complete the Statement of Qualifications (details below) and submit it with their application and resume will be eliminated from the examination process. The screening committee will compare each applicant's qualifications for the position against specific job-related evaluation criteria developed from the knowledge, skills, and abilities and the Desirable Qualifications contained in this examination bulletin. Based on the competitiveness of the group, the most qualified candidates may be scheduled for an interview as part of the examination process, if it is deemed necessary in order to make a selection.


    Your signature on your application signifies that the information provided in your application, resume, and Statement of Qualifications is true and factual, and that any false, incomplete, or inaccurate statements may result in disqualification from the examination process.

    If you meet the requirements stated in this announcement, you may take this competitive examination. Possession of the Examination Qualifications requirements does not assure a place on the eligible list. Your performance in the examination will be compared with the performance of others who take this examination, and all successful candidates will be ranked according to their scores.

    A minimum rating of 70% must be attained in the Examination to obtain list eligibility for this position. All candidates will receive written notification of their examination results.

    The results of this examination will only be used to fill this position. Applications will be retained for twelve months.

    Hiring interviews for the Job may be conducted with the most qualified candidates.

    The examining Department reserves the right to revise the examination plan to better meet the needs of the service, if the circumstances under which this examination was planned change. Such revision will be in accordance with civil service law and rules and all competitors will be notified.

    Special Testing Arrangements

    If you have a disability and need special testing arrangements, answer the Reasonable Accommodations question appropriately on your Application (STD 678). You will be contacted to make specific arrangements. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this announcement.


    Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

    Contact Information

    The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

    Human Resources Contact:
    Ashley Sanza
    (916) 894-9917

    Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

    EEO Contact:
    Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator
    (916) 894-9584
    California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

    Filing Instructions

    The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:


    An "Examination and/or Employment Application" (Std. 678) that clearly addresses your experience and job titles, names and addresses of employers, and periods of employment relevant to the Minimum Qualifications identified in this bulletin. Applications are available on the internet at:


    A resume is required and must be included.


    A Statement of Qualifications.

    Statement of Qualifications Guidelines

    When preparing your Statement of Qualifications, please follow these guidelines:


    The Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is a narrative discussion that describes a candidate’s experience, education, training, knowledge, skills and abilities as they relate to the desirable qualifications section in this bulletin.  The SOQ serves as a documentation of each candidate’s ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing and is your written presentation to the examination panel.  


    In your SOQ, please address how you possess each desirable qualification using specific examples of your education, training and experience.  The specific examples you provide may be the only tool used for determining your final score and rank for this examination.


    Answer each item separately and the SOQ MUST be numbered in the same order as the desirable qualifications.   

    The SOQ must be no more than five (5) pages, typed in no smaller than Arial 10-point font.  Resumes do not take the place of the SOQ.  Applicants who fail to submit a SOQ will be eliminated from the examination.

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

    It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

    Application Methods:
    Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
    By Mail