Engineering Equipment Operator (Fire)

Department Of Agriculture Newcastle , WA 98059

Posted 3 months ago

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This announcement will be used to collect applications for two hiring events.

The first application deadline will be 11:59PM EST August 30, 2018. This deadline is for the following locations:

Region (R5) - (California) Region (R8) - (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma and Virginia).

The second application deadline is for all locations and will be 11:59PM EST October 15, 2018.

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Responsibilities

This position serves as an operator of heavy equipment on initial attack, fire, and fuels managment activities and operates this equipment in support of other natrual resource projects, located on a forest unit and is responsible for the operation of a variety of heavy equipment for fire suppression activities. The incumbent must have an understanding of fire behavior, fuels, weather and topography to safely and effectively perform initial attack on wildland fires. Work is generally performed in steep, hilly, rocky, and other types of adverse terrain.

Operates engineering equipment, such as graders, tractors with bulldozer or angledozer blades, front-end loaders, backhoes, trench diggers, and large industrial tractors, on all types of terrains, close to buildings, trees, dropoffs, rocks, or other obstructions and obstacles. Excavates, backfills, grades, or levels earth to rough specifications on all types of terrain. Moves earth on mountains and steep slopes, graded curves and shoulders, rocky or soft ground, hilly forests, and other similar rough features to grade the earth to the general contour desired on trails, roads, canals, tunnels, or construction sites. Performs rough grading as well as fine surfacing on flat or rolling terrain.

Operates a variety of heavy equipment for fire suppression activities. Has an understanding of fire behavior, fuels, weather and topography to safely and effectively perform initial attack on wildland fires. Work is generally performed in steep, hilly, rocky, and other types of adverse terrain. Suppression activities may be under immediate supervision, however, incumbent may be required to conduct suppression activities independently.

Adjusts equipment attachments for proper positioning and working order, making adjustments without stopping the power unit or the equipment. Steers and operates by using clutches, levers, brakes, and valves according to the slope or tilt.

Transports heavy equipment to job site.

Performs wildlife suppression support as directed within training and physical capabilities and other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • Occasional overnight travel may be required for fire suppression or fire related assignments.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential
10

  • Job family (Series)
    5716 Engineering Equipment Operating

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.

  • Must be 18 years of age.

  • Willing to live/work in remote locations (volatile/unpredictable).

  • Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training.

  • Must possess and maintain a Valid Driver's License.

  • Successful completion of a one year probationary or trial period.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

Direct Deposit

  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.

E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.Primary firefighter positions include the following age requirements: Under age 37

  • OR- less than age 37 after subtracting the months of Federal Service worked in a primary or secondary firefighter/law enforcement position

  • OR- a veteran preference eligible, older than age 37 and is requesting a waiver to the maximum age requirement

WORK CAPACITY TEST (WCT) for Wildland Firefighters: This position participates in wildland firefighting activities. Based on the type of work performed, TAKING and PASSING the WCT at the MODERATE level is a "condition of employment." The Moderate fitness (Field) test requires completing a two (2) mile hike within thirty (30) minutes, while carrying a twenty-five (25) pound pack. You are strongly encouraged to consult with your physician and begin training immediately if applying for this position. This announcement constitutes the required 30 days advanced notice for testing requirements.

This position requires the selectee to possess a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) and therefore, is a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Department of Transportation (DOT)/Forest Service Alcohol and Controlled Substance Testing Program. Applicant tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use unless they currently occupy a TDP under the DOT/Forest Service Alcohol and Controlled Substances Testing Program. Final appointment is conditional on a negative drug test. This announcement constitutes 30 days advance notice.

Qualifications

Applicants are required to meet the following job elements: Skills, knowledge, ability, and personal characteristics considered necessary for success on the job.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Education

There is no substitution of education for experience.


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Engineering Equipment Operator (Fire)

Department Of Agriculture