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Recruit Training Officer - Wildland Fire Academy
Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California
Date Posted 04/19/2021
Admin-Human Resources
Admin-Campus Safety And Police
Salary $18.50 - $19.50  USD Per Hour
Employment Type Part Time
Application Deadline Open until filled
Job Number AP00028P
Position Title Recruit Training Officer - Wildland Fire Academy
Position Type Non Academic/Non Classified
Percentage Employee Variable
Number of Months Assignment Open
Starting Date
Current Work Schedule

These are temporary, hourly positions, based on Rio Hondo College (RHC) Wildland Fire Academy Operation’s needs. RTO’s may work up to a maximum of 19 hours per week.

Salary Range AP7130

$18.50 – $19.50 per hour – Successful candidate will start at step 1 except in cases where District deems appropriate.

Shift Differential
FLSA Non-Exempt
Location Fire Academy
Department Public Safety (Dept)
Open Date 04/19/2021
Closing Date 05/03/2021
Open Until Filled No
About Rio Hondo College

About Río Hondo College

Río Hondo College welcomes and embraces all students in their educational and career pathways. As a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), our College has a student population of 22,000, of which 18,000 are Latinx students. We were the first college in Los Angeles County to provide two years of free tuition to first-time, full-time college students through our Río Promise program. We are proud to acknowledge that many of our students have transferred to high ranked institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, USC and UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, Cal State LA, Cal State Long Beach, and Whittier College to name a few.


Our caring and dedicated student-centered staff, faculty, and administrators are devoted to the advancement of educational justice, equity, and opportunity for all our students. Our College’s 900 employees, with close to 600 faculty, hold themselves accountable for the academic success of disproportionately impacted student populations. Our entire staff, with unwavering team collaboration, work hard to ensure our students reach their full potential by eliminating gaps in academic outcomes that traditionally hinder students of color.

Río Hondo College is committed to the recruitment of qualified and diverse employees who are dedicated to our students’ success. We recognize that diversity in an academic environment fosters cultural awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitable role models for our students. We are steadfast in our hiring practices and staff development processes which reinforce the goals of equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion. Our practices and processes also support the importance of a workforce that reflects the community and the diverse student population we serve.

Río Hondo College employs approximately 55% tenured track faculty of color; 60% part-time faculty of color; 85% classified staff of color; and 50% administrators of color.

Río Hondo College offers 30 associate degrees that guarantee transfer (ADTs) to Cal State Universities, a bachelor’s degree in Automotive Technology, more than 60 certificates, a Pathway to Law School, dual enrollment with K-12 districts, state championship speech & debate team, top-notch athletic teams, student leadership opportunities, travel abroad experiences and more.

In collaboration with the communities in Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, El Monte, South El Monte, Whittier, portions of Norwalk, La Mirada, Downey, La Puente, the City of Industry, Los Nietos and Avocado Heights, Río Hondo College provides an exceptional academic curriculum to meet the unique needs of our region and strengthen our communities.

Basic Function/Definition

Basic Function:
RTO’s who possess qualifications, knowledge, experience and training will supervise trainees (cadets) attending any RHC Wildland Fire Academy. Work site is at the Rio Hondo College Regional Training Center in Santa Fe Springs, CA.

Knowledge of:
1. Exemplify and emphasize the values, ethics, and high standards required of Public Safety professionals.
2. Supporting the District’s official vision, values and goals.
3. Understanding of the mission of a basic training delivery system.

Ability to:
Under the direction of the Dean of Public Safety via the Fire Academy Coordinator:
1. Supervise trainees (cadets) on a daily basis including, all scheduled activities.
2. Provide feedback and guidance to trainees (cadets).
3. Evaluate and document trainee (cadet) performance and conduct.
4. Respond to requests for feedback or information to city, county and state agencies regarding trainees
5. Maintain a clean, safe, and professional training environment.
6. Model the appearance, behavior, and demeanor of an exemplary public safety officer.
7. Adheres to the District’s Code of Conduct.

This classification description is not a complete statement of essential functions, duties/responsibilities, or requirements. Stated requirements are representative of the minimum technical and behavioral job competency requirements. The District has the discretion to add or modify typical duties of a position as necessary for effective department/site operation.

Essential Duties
  • Monitors that instruction (paramilitary instruction only – marching, formations, etc.) meets state legislative mandates and procedures; E
  • Monitors instruction meets federal legislative mandates and procedures; E
  • Provides day-to-day first line supervision of trainees (cadets); E
  • Supports, motivates, evaluates, and advises trainees (cadets); E
  • Performs operational risk management and enforces student safety policy; and E
  • Ensures compliance with all local, state, federal laws, and the District’s board policies and administrative procedures. E
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, crouch, stoop, squat, twist, climb and lift 100 lbs. E
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires us to identify the essential (E) duties/functions of the position.
We have indicated those duties with an E on the job description.

Minimum Qualifications/Education and Experience

Education and Experience:

  • AA degree preferred. Graduation from high school or GED
  • A minimum of 3 years of full time Wildland Fire experience OR fire season experience (3 fire seasons)
  • Ability to pass a fit-for-duty requirement, lifting objects weighing up to 100 pounds.
Foreign Degrees

Any degree from a country other than the United States, including Canada and Great Britain, must be evaluated by an Evaluation Service prior to the closing date. Certification must be attached with copies of transcripts.

License Certificates/Credentials
Desired Qualifications
Working Conditions
Position Description

Applications are currently being accepted for Recruit Training Officer – Wildland Fire Academy.

Application Procedure

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. PT on the closing date.

Applicants must submit a complete online application that includes the items listed.

  • Rio Hondo College online application (which includes supplemental questions)
  • Résumé/Curriculum Vitae
  • Basic Fire Academy Certificate
Special Instructions to Applicants
Additional Information
  • The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires the District obtain documentation from every individual who is employed which verifies identity and authorizes his/her right to work in the United States.
  • Successful candidate is responsible for verifying all prior work experience and providing all academic transcripts for purposes of salary placement.
  • As a condition of employment, the selected applicant must provide a set of fingerprints (at the applicant’s expense) taken by an official LiveScan agency.
  • Provide a Certificate of Tuberculosis Exam for initial employment (The certificate must be renewed every 4 years as a condition of continuing employment).
  • For positions requiring a valid California driver’s license, proof of insurability is required.
  • Applicants who are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act and require accommodations for completing the application process, testing (if required for position), or the interview, please notify the Human Resources Office.
  • A copy of this announcement will be provided in Braille to visually impaired applicants upon request.
  • Pass a pre-employment physical exam at the District’s expense.
Commitment to Diversity

All applicants must have demonstrated cultural competency and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff.

Cancel RTF Policy


EEO Statement

Rio Hondo College is committed to employing qualified administrators, faculty and staff members who are dedicated to student success. The Board recognizes that diversity in the academic environment fosters cultural awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitable role models for all students. The Board is committed to hiring and staff development processes that support the goals of equal opportunity and diversity, and provide equal consideration for all qualified candidates.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Basic Fire Academy certificate, CSFM FF 1 or 2 or NWCG or CICCS Red Card for a minimum qualification of a FF Type 2 or 1 (or have recently held)?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Are you able to dedicate at least one day per week at the Police Academy?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Have you ever instructed wildland firefighters?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you possess or are you able to obtain a valid California Driver's License?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have the ability to sit, stand, walk, crouch, stoop, squat, twist, climb and lift 100 lbs.?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * What are your current duties and responsibilities at your agency?

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * This position demands a variety of duties. Please describe in detail your related job experience.

    (Open Ended Question)

  8. * Why do you want to work at the Rio Hondo College Wildland Academy?

    (Open Ended Question)

  9. * This position serves as a liaison between the coordinator and student cadets. Please describe in detail how your experience would benefit the Rio Hondo Wildland Academy Program?

    (Open Ended Question)

  10. * This position requires a self-starter. Please give two examples of initiative in one or more of your recent positions. This would be something you did over and above the requirements of the job.

    (Open Ended Question)

  11. * Describe your training and/or experience that demonstrates your sensitivity to, and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents
  1. Other Documents
  2. License or Credential
  3. Unofficial Transcript (Graduate)
  4. Unofficial Transcript (Undergraduate)
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