Forest Assistant Fire Management Officer (Fafmo)

Department Of Agriculture Dickinson , ND 58602

Posted 4 months ago

  • Duties

Help Duties Summary

Position assists with coordinating the development of fire management programs, fire management activities on the unit, and integrating the unit's fire management program with other disciplines and interagency partners to achieve goals consistent with the Federal Wildland Fire Policy and agency manual direction.

For additional information about this position, please contact T. Cook at email toby.cook@usda.gov (ND), L. Jensen, lee.f.jensen@usda.gov (WI), or J. Smith, joseph.smith3@usda.gov (AL).

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Responsibilities

  • Coordinates the involvement of fire management input into the development of land management plans and analyses.

  • Responsible for the review of planned suppression actions, tactical plans, and strategies for the management of complex wildland fires and other wildland urban interface/intermix situations

  • Coordinates suppression action on large, complex wildland fires.

  • Oversight of the unit's Fire Prevention Program and integration with other fire management activities.

  • Program oversight of the unit's aviation program. Responsible for the preparation of contract specifications and inspections.

  • Program oversight to the unit or interagency Dispatch Center.

  • Coordinates the use of fire and aviation management personnel and funding to accomplish the unit?s annual targets in fuels and vegetation management.

  • Provides technical and administrative supervision to the fire staff. Provides leadership in the fire safety program.

  • Provides technical input and coordinates the accomplishment of fire management planning to support the development of forest land management goals and objectives.

  • Assists in the formulation of standards, methods, and guides for all fire and aviation management program elements on the unit.

  • Developments the unit's annual fire management budget to assure balance in organization at varying levels of funding. May serve as the Contracting Officer Representative (COR) on fire and aviation contracts for the forest.

  • Coordinates and negotiates the development of local operating plans to implement cooperative fire protection agreements and provides technology transfer of new and current research data to Forest programs.

  • Develops new techniques and methods or modifies existing procedures to solve unprecedented or critical fire management problems

  • Ensures that adequate review, analysis and reporting are completed after incidents/accidents/near miss incidents.

  • Negotiates cooperative agreements and directs the Forest fire program to a particular course of action.

  • Meets with other agency management officials for discussions and commitments which have important implications for the overall Forest and Agency objectives.

Travel Required
50% or less - Occasional overnight travel may be required for fire suppression or fire related assignments.

Supervisory status

Yes

Promotion Potential
11

  • Job family (Series)
    0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program

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  • Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.

  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.

  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.

  • Successful completion of one year probationary period, unless previously served.

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

  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit e-verify.gov

  • Secondary firefighter retirement covered position.

  • Must be 18 years of age.

  • Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training.

  • This is a Test Designated Position. You will be tested for illegal drugs prior to appointment and randomly thereafter. Appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results.

  • Must pass the Work Capacity Test for certain Interagency Fire Program Management or Fire Program Management positions.

Qualifications

Some locations will only be hiring or selecting at the full performance GS11 level. Information on locations this may apply to can be found in the outreach database using the following link. https://fsoutreach.gdcii.com/Outreach.

In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards.

Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary.

Specialized Experience Requirement

GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-07. Examples include: Assisting with a component of a wildland and/or prescribed fire management program. Assisting in implementing a partial fire program budget taking into consideration changing priorities. Assisting in implementing agreements with cooperators. Establishing relationships with entities external to the organization regarding fire issues.

OR

A master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related;

OR

An appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-09. Examples include: Managing a component of a wildland and/or prescribed fire management program. Assisting in developing and implementing a partial fire program budget taking into consideration changing priorities. Implementing agreements with cooperators and maintaining relationships with entities external to the organization regarding fire management program issues. Managing strategies for a moderate to high complexity wildland fire suppression or prescribed fire organization utilizing agency policies, guidelines, and procedures.

OR
3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (coursework directly related to position being filled)

OR

An appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.).

Selective Placement Factors

Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirement of Task Force Leader (TFLD) -AND- Successfully completed the Secondary NWCG Core Requirement of Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) -OR- Heibase Manager Type 1 (HEB1) -AND- completed the Secondary NWCG Core Requirement of Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3).

In order to be considered for this position, copies of your Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record (or equivalent training documents) which contain documented proof of the certification or attainment of the IFPM Selective Placement Factor for this position MUST be attached to your application. Red cards are not acceptable documentation. Currency Requirement: Required to maintain currency once hired into the position. Currency of NWCG qualifications is not required for selection. If not currently qualified, the applicant must provide documented evidence that they have been fully qualified in the past, and are able to regain currency within one year of being hired. Failure to provide this documentation will result in disqualification.

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.

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.

Education

Graduate education may be creditable in meeting specialized experience requirements if it is determined to be directly related to the work of the position. This decision is made by the Hiring Manager and Staffing Specialist, and must be documented in the Job Analysis and clearly show the linkage between the courses and the KSAC's needed for successful performance in the position. The vacancy announcement must also identify the directly related major fields of study and specific courses that can be used as a substitution for specialized experience.


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Forest Assistant Fire Management Officer (Fafmo)

Department Of Agriculture