Forestry Technician (Fire/Fuels)

Department Of Agriculture Bloomfield , NM 87413

Posted 3 months ago

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This position serves in a key fire management position in a field fire management organization as a Prescribed Fire/Fuels Technician located on a forest unit and is responsible for preparing and implementing prescribed fire plans, fire effects monitoring plans, manual and mechanical hazardous fuels treatments, and smoke and wildland fire use monitoring plans.

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 (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.

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.

This position is being concurrently announced under USDA Demonstration Project procedures (open to US Citizens) under announcement number 19-FIREHIRE-DFUEL-67DP. Current or former Federal employees and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to this Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement.

The duty station for this position will be at one of the duty locations listed in this announcement. Final determination of duty station will be made by the selecting official at the time of job offer.

Salary range as shown is the locality pay area of Rest of U.S. (RUS). Pay rates vary depending on location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on pay rates. https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/

Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized. Final determination to pay an incentive will be made by the hiring official at time of job offer.

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Responsibilities

Serves on prescribed fire and fuels projects in positions for which qualified. Administers routine aspects of the prescribed fire/fuels plan, ensuring that preparation, ignition, holding, mop-up, and rehabilitation are completed to the standards specified.

Assists in monitoring fire behavior, evaluating fire effects, identifying potential problems and making basic recommendations by reviewing fuel treatment alternatives and designing a prescribed fire to achieve the objective.

Participates in wildland fire and safety training in the techniques, practices, and methods of fire suppression. Assists in resolving problem situations when performing a wide variety of nonstandard fire planning assignments.

Conducts routine project assessments which determine the presence or absence of hazardous wildland fuels. Participates in drafting prescribed fire/fuels management plans following the interagency template. Updates and uses a database to model and analyze fire behavior and fire effects observation data.

Performs wildfire suppression support as directed within training and physical and 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

Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP, VEOA/VRA and reinstatement eligibles; Farm Service Agency permanent county employees; 30% or more disabled veterans; Individuals with Disabilities; former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers; Public Land Corp eligibles; Resource Assistants; and eligibles for other Hiring Authorities.

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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

  • Minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required

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

  • Must possess and maintain a Valid Driver's License

  • Must be 18 years of age

  • 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.

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 ARDUOUS level is a "condition of employment." The Arduous fitness (Pack) test requires completing a three (3) mile hike within forty-five (45) minutes, while carrying a forty-five (45) 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.

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.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

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.

GS-06:One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level; or one year of graduate level education in a position-related field of forestry or natural resources management; or combinations of graduate level education that is directly related to the position and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.

Examples of specialized experience are: Participated in prescribed fire operations including line preparation, igniting, and/or holding strategies; collected and compiled fuels management field inventory data where a variety of fuel variations were involved; inventoried fuel beds, prepared associated reports, performed hazard fuel reduction projects, monitored burning conditions, piled vegetation debris and/or acted in assigned positions such as ignition or holding specialist or other designated positions during actual fuel reduction efforts by prescribed fire.

GS-07: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-06 grade level; or one year of graduate level education in a position-related field of forestry or natural resources management; or combinations of graduate level education that is directly related to the position and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.

Examples of specialized experience are: Participated in routine aspects of inventorying and monitoring for wildland fire, prescribed fire, and/or natural resource activities; planned and directed field resource data collection for fuel hazard management program; assisted in developing and implementing specific plans for fuels treatment projects.

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:

  • 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.

  • Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirement of Firefighter 1 (FFT1).

  • Successfully completed the Secondary NWCG Core Requirement of Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5).

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.

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.

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