Forestry Technican

Department Of The Interior Keller , WA 99140

Posted 7 months ago

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Summary

This position is located with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Northwest Region, Superintendent, Colville Agency, Deputy Superintendent-TS, Forestry in Keller, Washington. It will be filled from Standard PD Number: FDI220A/FDI220B (DOI120).

NOTE: TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE AUTHORIZED. ANY RELOCATION EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH REPORTING FOR DUTY WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SELECTED EMPLOYEE.

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Responsibilities

  • Implements and assist in the preparation of prescribed fire plans, fire effects monitoring plans, manual and mechanical hazardous fuels treatments, and smoke and wildland fire monitoring plans.

  • Implements and participates with technical aspects of the prescribed fire operations, ensuring preparation, ignition, holding, mop-up and rehabilitation are completed by standards specified and in accordance with regulations, policies and guidelines.

  • Monitors fire behavior, evaluates fire effects, identifies potential problems and makes recommendations.

  • Conducts field reconnaissance of prescribed fire/fuels treatment. Responsible for record keeping associated with fuels management.

  • Identifies and provides for training needs to support prescribed fire and fuels management.

  • Provides assistance in program direction, short-and long-range planning, budgeting and managing wildland fire, fuels management, and prescribed fire programs.

Travel Required
25% or less

  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential
9

  • Job family (Series)
    0462 Forestry Technician

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Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required

  • Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (title 25, USC Section 472). Form BIA -4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference.

  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit

  • You may be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period

  • A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.

  • If you are a male applicant born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

  • Incumbent is required to operate a government motor vehicle, must possess a valid driver's license, and have a safe driving record within the 3 year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607.

  • This position is subject to both pre-employment and random drug testing as a condition of employment. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test is received.

  • This position is subject to pre-employment and annual medical screening for arduous duty.

Qualifications

NOTE: This position has been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard. This position has been categorized as a Prescribed Fire and Fuels Specialist

  • Moderate Complexity, and requires selectee to meet the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position. Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at http://www.ifpm.nifc.gov/.

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for One-Grade Interval Technical or Medical Support Positions, and Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-0462: Forestry Technician Series; and Interagency Fire Program Management Qualifications Standards and Guide for Prescribed Fire and Fuels Specialist

  • Moderate Complexity).

GS-9: 1 year of specialized work experience equivalent to at least the GS-8 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience include, but are not limited to forestry technician work; forest or range fire control, prevention or suppression work; developing plans and schedules for prescribed fire, wildfire response, and fuels treatment projects; evaluating prescription treatments, monitoring methods; conducting surveys; using a database to model and analyze fire behavior and fire effects observation data; implementing technical aspects of prescribed fire operations, ensuring preparation, ignition, holding, mop-up and rehabilitation meet prescription standards; conducting field reconnaissance and summarize findings; providing for training needs to support prescribed fire and fuels management programs. OR 2 full years of graduate level education in forestry, range management, agriculture or a subject-matter directly related to the position.

GS-8: 1 year of specialized work experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience include, but are not limited to forestry technician work; forest or range fire control, prevention or suppression work; assisting in prescribed fire and fuels program planning and coordination; recommending plans and schedules for prescribed fire, wildfire response and fuels treatment projects; participating in technical aspects of prescribed fire operations, ensuring preparation, ignition, holding, mop-up and rehabilitation meet prescription standards; monitoring fire behavior and evaluating fire effects; participating in wildland fire and safety training and preparedness reviews.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTORS: These are MANDATORY qualification prerequisites to qualify for this position. This position is one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard. This position has been categorized as a Prescribed Fire Fuels Specialist

  • Moderate Complexity, therefore, the applicant must have possessed all of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position:

Primary Core Qualification: Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2).

Secondary Core Qualification: Engine Boss (ENGB) or Crew Boss (CRWB) or Helicopter Manager (HMGB).

Prior Wildland Firefighting Experience: This position requires a minimum of 90 days previous wildland firefighting experience which provided knowledge of the techniques, policies, and practices of wildland fire management. Wildland fires are categorized into two distinct types: 1) Wildfires - unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildfires; 2) Prescribed Fires

  • Planned ignitions. This description includes only fireline experience on a Prescribed Fire; it does not include experience in the planning stages.

NOTE: Selective factors are knowledges, skills, abilities, or special qualifications that are in addition to the minimum requirements in a qualification standard, but are determined to be essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. Applicants who do not meet the selective factors are ineligible for further consideration. You MUST provide a current copy of your Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or other agency equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the required NWCG qualifications for this IFPM position when submitting your application.

NOTE: This position is covered under the secondary/administrative firefighter special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c)(CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d)(FERS) when it is filled by an incumbent who transfers directly from a primary or another secondary law enforcement or firefighting position with no break in service to this position. Firefighter retirement coverage of the incumbent will depend upon his or her individual work history. You may meet the qualification requirements, but not be eligible for special retirement coverage. If you are not eligible for special retirement coverage, you will be placed in the regular retirement system.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Merit Promotion candidates must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the announcement closing date.

Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (title 25, USC Section 472).

Education

If you are qualifying based on your education, you MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.

One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education which shows the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: FOREIGN EDUCATION


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