Forestry Technician (Helitack)

Department Of Agriculture Ozark , AR 72949

Posted 2 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 (R9) - (Maine, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Delaware, and New Jersey) 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.

This position serves as a Lead Forestry Technician on a Helitack Squad located on a forest unit for a nationally shared resource helitack program and is responsible to lead helitack crew personnel performing work directly related to incident activities or project work such as; preparedness, prevention, fire suppression, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction, and prescribed burning.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 19-FIRESPRING-HTKSQLR-67G. Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation.

Information on specific locations where jobs are being filled and the dates applications are due for these locations can be found on the Forest Service website.

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Responsibilities

Serves as a manager and/or manager/spotter of a helicopter on a regular and recurring basis and has aviation responsibilities including helitack and/or helitack/rappel operations, reconnaissance, aerial ignition, and search and rescue.

Provides leadership and direction to firefighters while on the incident by implementing tactics such as; direct and indirect fire line construction, hot spotting, backfiring, burnout, aerial ignition, water delivery systems, tree felling, brush removal, and mop-up operations.

Responsible for completing fire line safety and tactical briefings, fire size-up, fire reports and fire personnel performance evaluations. Provides aerial and ground support in the suppression of wildland fires. Operates radios, telephones, and other equipment to exchange information for fire weather and other forest suppression activities.

Compiles payment sheets for mileage, task time, and pilot flight time. Performs daily helicopter inspection.

Inventories and inspects helicopter accessories, specialized fire equipment, and tools. Performs wildfire suppression support as directed within training and physical capabilities. Performs other duties as assigned.

Duties listed are at the full performance level.

Travel Required

Occasional travel

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

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential
07

Who May ApplyThis job is open to US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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    0462 Forestry Technician

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.

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

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

  • Must be 18 years of age

  • Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training

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

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.

WORK CAPACITY TEST (WCT) for certain Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) or Fire Program Management (FS-FPM) positions: This position participates in wildland firefighting activities.

Based on the type of work performed, TAKING and PASSING the WCT at the ARDUOUS, MODERATE, or LIGHT level is a condition of employment. The arduous, moderate, or light WCT is dependent on the incumbent's NWCG (National Wildfire Coordinating Group) incident management qualifications required for their IFPM or FS-FPM position. This announcement constitutes the required 30 days advanced notice for testing requirements.

Some Fire positions may have Conditions of Employment such as: a valid state driver's license; a commercial driver's license (CDL); pre-appointment and random drug testing; or a physical or medical examination. There may be additional Conditions of Employment not listed here, however applicants will be notified of any specific requirements at the time a tentative job offer is made.

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.

GS-6: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level; or one year (18 semester/27 quarter hours) of graduate level education in a position-related field of forestry or natural resources; or an appropriate combination of specialized experience and education.

The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university by the U.S. Department of Education and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

Examples of specialized experience are: Conducted training in the techniques of aviation, fire suppression, prescribed burning and fuels reduction methods; communicated critical information pertaining to incident objectives, situations, and tactics to pilot(s), crews and dispatchers; assist in developing burn plans, lead and/or assist with on the ground implementation.

GS-7: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 grade level; or one year (18 semester/27 quarter hours) of graduate level education in a position-related field of forestry or natural resources; or an appropriate combination of specialized experience and education.

The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university by the U.S. Department of Education and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

Examples of specialized experience are: Oversaw helicopter service contract and enforced contract provisions; conducted training in the techniques of aviation, fire suppression, prescribed burning and fuels reduction methods; independently performed many technical specializations such as helicopter rappelling, long line, felling, saw repair or water handling used in fire suppression and prescribed burning; served on a specialty crew (hotshot, helitack, engines, etc.) or assigned to lead fire suppression under the most adverse conditions of climate, fuels, and terrain.

This position has been identified as High or Moderate or Low Complexity under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) or Forest Service Fire Program Management (FS-FPM) and is subject to selective placement factor requirements contained in the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard and Guide when filling this vacancy. IFPM or FS-FPM selective placement factors are made up of a primary and secondary National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) core Incident Management Qualifications and Required Training. The applicant must possess these qualifications at the applicable complexity level to be considered eligible for this position.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTORS

  • Successful completion of the Primary NWCG Core Requirement of Helicopter Crewmember (HECM) -AND- Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5).

  • Successful completion of the Secondary NWCG Core Requirements of Firefighter 1 (FFT1).

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.

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

Education

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Forestry Technician (Helitack)

Department Of Agriculture