National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Wildland Fire Investigation Team Leader

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The Wildland Fire Investigation Team Leader (INVL) performs as the leader of a wildland fire investigation team. The INVL supervises one or more Wildland Fire Investigator (INVF) and reports to Incident Commander (IC) or Agency Administrator (AA) or their designee. The INVL works in the Prevention and Investigation functional area.

Fire Prevention EducationTeam Leader (PETL) Fire Prevention EducationTeam Member (PETM) Wildland Fire InvestigationTeam Leader (INVL) Wildland Fire Investigator (INVF)

The Forest Service and Department of Interior are enabled by Administratively Determined Pay Plans (AD Pay Plans) to hire persons for temporary duration for the following reasons:

  1. To cope with a sudden and unexpected emergency caused by a fire, or extreme fire potential, flood, storm, or any other all-hazard emergency that threatens damage to federally protected property, has the potential to cause loss of life, serious injury, public health risk, or damage to natural or cultural resources unless brought under immediate control.
  2. To provide emergency assistance to States under formalized agreements.
  3. To meet mission assignments issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Incident Business Committee (IBC) reviews positions annually and establishes pay rate classifications for each position.

For more information on the AD Pay Plans, go to

There is no AD Position for INVL.

Oct 2021

Added: Incident Position Description (IPD) approved.

Oct 2021

Position created.

  • All current qualified Wildland Fire Investigation Team Member (INTM) transition to INVL.
  • Current INTM trainees are required to meet the INVL position requirements. Trainees will transition to the new INVL position task book (PTB); however, documentation of position performance in the INTM position task book should still be considered towards certification. Trainees initiating a PTB after October 2021 will use the INVL PTB.
  • Read the complete 2021 INVL Transition Plan.


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