National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Time Unit Leader*

TIME decorative banner: photos depicting TIME position. TIME Position Description: The Time Unit Leader (TIME) is responsible for recording personnel time and managing the commissary operation.

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A Time Unit Leader is responsible for ensuring personnel time is recorded according to NWCG guidelines and agency policy. A TIME supervises the Personnel Time Recorder (PTRC) and reports to the Finance Section Chief (FSC). The TIME works in the Finance functional area.

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

Jan 2023


  • Finance/Administration Section Chief Complex (FSCC) to "These Positions Maintain Currency For TIME."
  • Finance/Administration Section Chief Complex (FSCC) to "TIME Maintains Currency For These Positions."

Jan 2020

Added: Incident Position Description (IPD) approved.

Oct 2019

Added: to Qualification Requirements:  Note: Once qualified as a TIME, the FSC3 qualification may be granted by the certifying official. Certification must be documented on a ‚Äúverification/certification‚ÄĚ page of the FSC3 Position Task Book (311-50).

Oct 1984

Position created.


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