Fire Management Specialist

Department Of Agriculture Klamath Falls , OR 97601

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This position is located in the Pacific Northwest Region, Deputy Region Forester, Fire & Aviation Management. The incumbent serves as the primary wildland fire planning specialist. The primary purpose of the position is to provide specialized and professional guidance, leadership, coordination, and program direction in wildland fire planning. The incumbent is responsible for managing and applying wildland fire planning processes and procedures using highly specialized analytical and technical tools. This position is responsible for developing fire planning policies and procedures consistent with national level guidance and coordinating information between national, geographic area, fire planning units, and field organizations.

The duty location for this position may be at any Forest Service location within Region 6 (Oregon & Washington); official duty station to be negotiated post selection.

For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Craig Glazier at cglazier@fs.fed.us or 503-808-2145.

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Responsibilities

Provides program leadership and consultation for strategic fire management planning, assessments (e.g., wildland fire risk, prevention, etc.), and interagency and/or unit Fire Management Plan (FMP) development.

Provides guidance and ensures FMPs are consistent with and complement land or resource management plans, enabling laws, policies, regulations, and environmental mandates (e.g., National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Air Act, National Historic Preservation Act, etc.).

Ascertains where training would provide improved performance, significant cost savings, or more efficiency and ensures that fire planning, NEPA, and FPA training is made available within their area of responsibility.

Manages and provides regional oversight on the full range of analytical tools used for bureau and interagency fire management planning. Coordinates and supports the use of geospatial information technology in strategic fire management planning.

Provides guidance to the field units on collection and evaluation of fire hazard risk, fuels, historic fire occurrence, fire effects, climatology and weather. Coordinates the regional annual fire management program budget, integrates the budget with other program budgets to meet unit operation goals, and ensures that the fire management program budget is distributed.

Establishes and maintains cooperative relationships with public and private groups, state, tribal, and local governmental groups and other federal agencies related to wildland fire management planning activities. Facilitates interagency agreement on contentious issues concerning resource usage, funding allocations, and long range strategies in the regional, multi-regional area, or between agencies.

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

This position will be performing supervisory duties less than 20% of the time.

Duties listed are at the full performance level.

Travel Required
25% or less

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

Supervisory status

Yes

Promotion Potential
13

Who May Apply This job is open to Current permanent federal employees with competitive status, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, Farm Service Agency permanent county employees, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP, and VEOA eligibles.

Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.

  • Job family (Series)
    0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences

  • Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.

  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.

  • Secondary firefighter retirement covered position.

  • Minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required.

  • Subject to a negative drug test prior to entrance on duty.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

Must be 18 years of age.

May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.

Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training.

DRUG TESTING: This is a Testing Designated Position (TDP). Selectee must submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and random testing thereafter. Final appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results for illegal drug use.

Selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to payments for moving expenses

  • 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act, Public Law 115-97. Questions should be directed to the Travel Help Desk, 877-372-7248, Option 1, or email asc_tos@fs.fed.us.

Qualifications

You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided if qualifications are based on education above the high school level. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual;community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Basic Requirements:

A. Degree: Biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

  • OR

B. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major course of study in biological sciences, agriculture or natural resources management, chemistry or at least 24 semester hours in biological sciences, natural resources, wildland fire management, forestry, or agriculture equivalent to a major field of study, plus appropriate experience or additional education that is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in the biological sciences, agriculture, or natural resources.

In order to be considered for this position, copies of your Official Transcripts and/or Technical Fire Management (TFM) certificates MUST be attached to your application. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that evaluate education, visit http://www.naces.org/members.htm. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.

Additional information on the qualification requirements for this position are outlined in the Interagency Fire Program Management 401 Supplemental Guide and the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and are available at these website's:

http://www.ifpm.nifc.gov/standard/standard/DOI_PB_07-13.pdf

http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-prof.asp

In addition to the basic requirements described above, you must meet the following experience requirements. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the specialized experience requirements. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:

GS-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11.

Specialized Experience must have included all of the fire program management elements as described below:

Reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for ecological soundness and technical adequacy; Conducting field inspections before and after prescribed or wildland fires to determine if resource objectives were achieved and/or to evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken; and Developing analyses on the ecological role of fire and its use and/or exclusion, and smoke management.

In addition to fire program management, appropriate experience must have included either prescribed fire/fuels management - or -fire management operations as described below:

Prescribed fire/fuels management - experience in a broad range of activities such as:

  • Professional forest or range inventory methods and procedures (e.g., Brown's planar intercept for dead and down fuels; live fuel loading assessments);

  • Analysis of fuel loadings and determination of appropriate fuel treatment methods and programming;

  • Land use planning and environmental coordination;

  • Evaluation of prescribed burn plans or fire management plans to ensure fire containment is possible and identification of appropriate suppression contingencies if containment is not obtained.

Fire management operations - analyzing and applying fire management strategies, plus experience in at least five of the following activities:

  • Mobilization and dispatch coordination

  • Fire prevention and education

  • Training

  • Logistics

  • Equipment development and deployment

  • Fire communication systems

  • Suppression and preparedness

  • Aviation

GS-13: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12.

Specialized Experience must have included all of the fire program management elements as described below:

Reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for ecological soundness and technical adequacy; Conducting field inspections before and after prescribed or wildland fires to determine if resource objectives were achieved and/or to evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken; and Developing analyses on the ecological role of fire and its use and/or exclusion, and smoke management.

In addition to fire program management, appropriate experience must have included either prescribed fire/fuels management - or -fire management operations as described below:

Prescribed fire/fuels management - experience in a broad range of activities such as:

  • Professional forest or range inventory methods and procedures (e.g., Brown's planar intercept for dead and down fuels; live fuel loading assessments);

  • Analysis of fuel loadings and determination of appropriate fuel treatment methods and programming;

  • Land use planning and environmental coordination;

  • Evaluation of prescribed burn plans or fire management plans to ensure fire containment is possible and identification of appropriate suppression contingencies if containment is not obtained.

Fire management operations - analyzing and applying fire management strategies, plus experience in at least five of the following activities:

  • Mobilization and dispatch coordination

  • Fire prevention and education

  • Training

  • Logistics

  • Equipment development and deployment

  • Fire communication systems

  • Suppression and preparedness

  • Aviation

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR:

A minimum 90 days experience performing on-the-line (Primary/Rigorous) wildland fire suppression duties as a member of an organized fire suppression crew or comparable unit that utilized knowledge of wildland fire suppression, containment or control techniques and practices under various conditions. This experience must be documented with specific dates in the online application or resume.

TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

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

Education

See "Qualifications Required" section.


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