A good job description should include a company overview and job overview, as well as an explanation of the associated responsibilities, skills & qualifications, and work environment. Below are some general guidelines for writing each of these sections effectively.
1. COMPANY OVERVIEW
Providing an accurate, concise description of your business is a great way to attract the right employees. Think of this section as an advertisement for your company -- why should prospective employees want to join your team?
Some useful things to include here are:
- Core company values
- Mission statement
- Brief history of your organization
- Anticipated growth
- Business goals
2. JOB OVERVIEW
In a few sentences, describe the purpose, importance, and fundamental qualities of the position being offered. No need to be too specific or comprehensive here -- the idea is to provide a zoomed-out image of the role the applicant would be filling in your company.
This is where you’ll outline the specific day-to-day responsibilities of the job. Bullet-point format is typically the most practical way to present this information.
4. NECESSARY SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
List in bulleted format the skills & qualifications that are absolutely essential to this position. Consider as many specific conditions of the job as possible in order to create a complete list of qualifications an applicant must have in order to succeed.
5. PREFERRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
List in bulleted format the skills & qualifications that are not essential, but would make an applicant more eligible for the position being offered.
6. WORK ENVIRONMENT
Describe the environment in which the applicant would be spending most of their time. In this description, include information about:
- Company culture
- Pace of work
- Amount of collaborative vs. independent activity
- Who the employee will report to (or vice versa)
Below is our forest fire prevention specialist job description. You can post it as-is to an online job board like ZipRecruiter, or download and customize it to match the unique aspects of your business. Keep in mind that adding a custom company overview and description of the work environment (outlined above) will help you draw in the right applicants.
Forest Fire Prevention Specialist Job Description
We are looking for a forest fire prevention specialist to oversee the park’s comprehensive fire prevention and inspection program. Serving over two million visitors annually, it is imperative that we keep our park free of hazards and compliant with the latest standards and regulations. In this supervisory role, you will be expected to review construction plans and oversee all construction processes. The ideal candidate possesses the necessary experience and knowledge to lead their team in identifying potential hazards, developing safety and control strategies, and enforcing fire regulations.
- Inspecting forest/land to identify fire hazards; recommending fire prevention and control measures based on your findings
- Locating and reporting meteorological data and forest fires to firefighters; inform and direct front-line firefighters
- Inspecting and reporting fire sizes and characteristics
- Inspecting campsites and interacting with campers to ensure compliance of forest use regulation
- Restricting public access based on inspection of forest and meteorological conditions
- Enforcing fire safety regulations; developing fire prevention plans; defining and enforcing emergency strategies
- Maintaining accurate, detailed records to ensure public safety, sanitation, fire prevention, and compliance with laws and regulations
- Ensuring proper maintenance and repair of all fire-fighting equipment; budgeting for new equipment
- Reviewing construction plans and monitoring them throughout projects
- Ensuring that staff and the public is properly fire trained
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- U.S. citizenship
- Ability to submit to and pass a drug test, background check, medical examination, and Work Capacity Test
- Minimum of 90-days of direct structural firefighting experience on a local, state, or federal level
- SFF2 certification from the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications or International Fire Service Accreditation Congress
- 1+ year of specialized experience (paid and/or volunteer experience acceptable)
- Comfortable in a leadership role
- Ability to remain calm and make quick decisions under pressure
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field
- Flexible schedule with ability to work on-call, nights, weekends, holidays, and overtime
ENSURE LEGAL COMPLIANCE
Hiring employees can be an intimidating and time-consuming process, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve created a hiring compliance checklist to help you get over the legal hurdles with ease. From obtaining an Employer Identification Number (EIN) to confirming work eligibility, our guide covers everything you need to know.
SET UP PAYROLL
Even if your business only has a few employees, setting up a payroll service can save you time for running your business and also ensure that your company is compliant with important federal requirements, such as employee withholding.
We recommend Gusto, a user-friendly payroll platform for small businesses. Try out their services and get one month free.
ACQUIRE WORKERS' COMP INSURANCE
Workers’ compensation insurance provides financial and legal protection for your business and its employees.
Whether or not you need workers’ comp insurance for your company depends on the nature of the job, the employer-employee relationship, and the unique regulations of your state.