Forestry Technician (Fire)

Department Of The Interior Austwell , TX 77950

Posted 6 months ago

  • Duties

Help Duties Summary

This position is part of the R2-South Texas Refuges Complex. As a Forestry Technician (Fire) you will be responsible for performing the duties of Supervisory Fire Engine Operator.

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Responsibilities

  • Directs the operation of a wildland fire engine, ensuring the correct positioning, proper use and operation. Personally performs and directs others in starting pump engine, priming pump, adjusting engine speed and pump valves, laying hose, using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustment in effective use of water and additives and the operation and maintenance of chainsaws. Conducts and participates in crew proficiency checks and drills, safety sessions, and fire critiques. Responsible for maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland urban interface/intermix situations. Ensures the engine is kept in a full state of readiness for emergency fire dispatch. Ensures the safety and welfare of self and others in all aspects of the assignment.

  • Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents. Provides training to subordinate crew members in this process. Positions and deploys personnel and equipment, utilizing best approaches and practices to protect values at risk. Serves as an incident commander on initial attack incidents.

  • Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents

  • Makes initial evaluation of fire situations

  • Responsible for coordinating and providing oversight in the operation and maintenance of specialized equipment

  • Responsible for formal and informal training programs to comply with policy and regulations and participates in wildland fire and safety training

  • Supervisory Duties

  • Miscellaneous Duties

Travel Required
25% or less

  • You may be expected to travel 25% of the time for this position.

Supervisory status

Yes

Promotion Potential
7

  • Job family (Series)
    0462 Forestry Technician

  • Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National

  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service

  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)

  • Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation

  • Drug testing position

  • Medical Requirements

  • Official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform required

  • Time-In-Grade requirements apply to status candidates

  • LMWFA or Public Land Corps eligibles may apply

  • obtain and maintain a Commercial Drivers License (CDL)

  • Age Restriction: applicants must not have reached age 37 at the time of appointment, unless proof is provided of prior Federal service in another covered position, or you are a preference eligible veteran

Qualifications

Only experience and education obtained by05/14/2019 will be considered.

Basic Qualifications:

GS-6 grade level, you must meet A, B, or C below:

A. One year of specialized wildland fire experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience may include: perform fire prevention activities such as patrolling to gauge fire potential and occurrence; distribute literature explaining the fire prevention program to the public, and prepare fire reports; instruct and provide on-the-job training to personnel in the use of wildland fire control equipment, methods, and safety procedures; operate wildland fire engines weighing up to 18,000 pounds gross vehicle weight (GVW); assist in maintaining records of fire time and attendance work done by fire crews, and related activities.

OR

B. Completed at least 1 year (18 semester hours) of graduate level education directly related to this position.

OR

C. An equivalent combination of graduate education AND qualifying experience.

GS-7 grade level, you must meet A, B, or C below:

A. One year of specialized wildland fire experience equivalent to the GS-6 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience may include: lay out and organize lines of attack for a wildland fire; locate and construct firelines; dispatch fire crews and provides onsite direction and support to crew members on the fireline; ensure availability of equipment, water, and supplies; train others in equipment safety, maintenance and use; conduct informal on-the-job fire training sessions; distribute literature and explain the fire prevention plan to the general public; use computer software for database creation, management, and manipulation (e.g., Microsoft Access, WIMS, Fire Base, etc.).

OR

B. Completed at least 1 year (18 semester hours) of graduate level education directly related to this position.

OR

C. an equivalent combination of graduate education AND qualifying experience.

Specialized Experience

Applicants must have a minimum of one year of creditable specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to the next lower grade level possession of the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities can be evidenced by:

Commercial Driver's License Certification for over 26,000 GVW if appropriate.

AND

Assistant Engine Module Supervisor

OR

Supervisory Fire Engine Operator

NWCG Incident Management Qualifications

  • Currency Required*

Primary Core Requirement: ENGB

Secondary Core Requirement: ICT5

Additional required training as presented in the following courses, or agency equivalent:

S-211 "Portable Pumps and Water Use"

NOTE: You must provide a copy of your Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or other equivalent documentation.

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.

Promotion Potential: This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed represent the full performance level of GS-07. At lower grade levels, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-07. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.The selectee may be promoted without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.

The Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA),P.L. 114-47, allows certain individuals who currently or formerly were under time-limited competitive appointments at certain land management agencies to compete under merit promotion procedures:

Current appointees:

Note: You must submit ALL SF-50s and performance information for each period of temporary/term employment that qualifies for LMWFA.

  • Must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency.

  • Must have served under 1 or more time limited appointments by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years; AND

  • Must have performed at an acceptable level.

Former appointees:

  • Must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency,

  • Must have served under 1 or more time limited appointments by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years;

  • Must apply for position within 2 years after separation,

  • Must have been separated for reasons other than misconduct or performance; AND

  • Must have performed at an acceptable level

Public Land Corps (PLC) Hiring Authority:

Note: You must provide a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Compliance Hiring Based for Public Land Corps Service.

(1) In order to be eligible for PLC non-competitive status, a former member of the PLC must provide documentation, as part of their application, verifying their eligibility and meet the following criteria:

(a) Served as a qualified youth on an appropriate conservation project completing a minimum of 640 hours of satisfactory service that included at least 120 hours through the PLC;

(b) Applied to a vacancy announcement for which applications are being accepted from individuals with non-competitive status;

(c) Meet the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) minimum qualification standards stated in the vacancy announcement for the position which you are applying; and

(d) Completed his/her most recent Corps service, which provided him/her with a total of 640 hours, inclusive of 120 hours on a PLC project as defined in 16 USC 1723(d), within the last two (2) years.

(2) Appointments must be effected within the two years requirement.

(3) The two year time-frame cannot be extended.

(4) Selectees will be subject to a probationary period.

(5) This authority may be used for General Schedule and Federal Wage System positions.

(6) Competitive service appointments may be made for temporary, term or permanent positions.

Education

PROOF OF EDUCATION: All applicants who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of official or unofficial transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s), grade point average or class ranking, institution name, and student name. If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts, or if you believe a portion of a particular course can be credited toward meeting an educational requirement, you must also provide a memorandum on letterhead from the institution's registrar, dean, or other appropriate official stating the percentage of the course that should be considered to meet the requirement and the equivalent number of units. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, if you are selected for the position, you will be required to produce the original official transcripts.

PASS/FAIL COURSES: 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.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: 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.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html


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Forestry Technician (Fire)

Department Of The Interior