Yakima County Human Resources

610-XXX Program Specialist

Working Title
Fire Safety Specialist
Regular Full Time Budgeted
FLSA Status
Public Services-Building & Fire Safety
Required Testing/Exercises
Oral interview
Open Date
Close Date
$17.84 per hour


There is one opening with the Yakima County Public Services, Building and Fire Safety Department.  This position performs a variety of skilled inspection and public education activities in programs requiring public compliance with governing regulations. This recruitment may be used to fill future openings which may occur within 90 days of the posted closing date.



This is a limited time, grant funded project position. There is a possibility of future grant renewal if project goals are met




Represents the County in performing inspection and investigation activities such as: checking fuel tank sites, inspecting facilities for fire and life safety and wildland/urban interface  compliance, and investigating reports of program violations.  Enforces program laws and regulations, issues warning or citations.


Provides technical assistance to the public in accessing fire and life safety and wildland/urban interface program information and responding to and investigating citizen complaints.


Prepares and delivers public safety brochures, messages, and presentations. Ensures personal and public safety while performing program duties.


Troubleshoots problems and applies technical knowledge to resolve problems and educate the public.


Performs a wide range of administrative support tasks such as: organization, auditing program use, and collecting donations. Performs other duties as assigned.





Experience & Training: High School Diploma/GED PLUS three (3) years of related technical education or experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides knowledge, skills and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.

Preferred:  Experience in fire inspection, fire investigation, public education, wildland fire prevention, disaster mitigation, County, State and Federal laws related to such, Bilingual English/Spanish.


Required: Valid WA State Driver’s License and proof of insurance. ICC Fire Inspector I Certification required within one year of appointment.


Note: This is a Yakima County Public Services Department Clerical, Technical & Professional Employees Group Bargaining Unit Position.  As a condition of employment you are required to become a member of the Bargaining Unit or pay representation fees per the negotiated contract.


Equipment Used:  Position requires the use of a computer, calculator, printer, assorted office equipment, vehicle; telephone, radio/ scanner.


Working Conditions/Physical Requirements: Inspection and investigation of complaints may present exposure to irate citizens. Duties are performed approximately 50% of the time in an office setting with the other 50% being field inspections of properties. Positions in this class typically require seeing, speaking, hearing, walking, bending, climbing, standing, mobility, repetitive motions, lifting, and sitting; use of hands to finger, handle, feel or operate tools and equipment; reach with hands and arms and ability to operate an automobile.  The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop; kneel, crouch or crawl.  Incumbent may be subject to travel or exposure to potentially hostile individuals or hazardous conditions.  Rated as Medium work.


Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge of: Knowledge of county, state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to fire and life safety inspections and urban/wildland interface code; principles of public education programs; use of equipment and devices for program delivery.


Skill in: Skill in providing program advice and education to the public; interpreting, applying, and explaining program laws, rules, and regulations; identifying and mitigating hazards encountered in the program environment; working independently and scheduling work; operating county vehicles; preparing reports and documenting inspections and program activities; establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships; oral and written communication skills.




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