Forestry Technician (Fire)

Department Of The Interior Folkston , GA 31537

Posted 2 months ago

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NOTE: This announcement is being advertised concurrently under R2-18-10319260-DB-DEU is open to all qualified persons. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.

JOB SUMMARY: This is a permanent Seasonal position. You will be on a full-time, seasonal work schedule and can anticipate to work at least 13 pay period per year but may work up to a maximum of 25 pay periods if budget allows.

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AREA OF CONSIDERATION: This announcement is open to: (1) Current and former Federal employees with status in the competitive service; (2) Candidates eligible to apply under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA); (3) Candidates eligible to apply under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) or Public Land Corporation (PLC); and (5) Candidates eligible to apply via a non-competitive appointing authority such as VRA, 30% compensable disabled veteran; Schedule A, etc. See the "Required Documentation" section for what documentation MUST be submitted to be considered under one of these options.

MAJOR DUTIES: include, but are not limited to:

  • This position is part of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and is responsible for wildland fire suppression, management, and control.

  • Actively participates in fire prevention, suppression, and prescribed burning.

  • Performs fire prevention activities such as patrolling to gauge fire potential and occurrence, distributing literature explaining the fire prevention program to the public, and preparing fire reports.

  • Instructs and provides on-the-job training to personnel in the use of wildland fire control equipment, methods, and safety procedures.

  • Operates wildland fire engines weighing up to 18,000 pounds gross vehicle weight (GVW). Operates engines over 18,000 pounds GVW in the absence of regularly assigned personnel.

  • Assists in maintaining records of fire time and attendance work done by fire crews, and related activities

Travel Required
75% or less - Fuels projects and emergency travel

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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    0462 Forestry Technician

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

  • 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

  • Time-In-Grade requirements apply to status candidates

  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period

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

  • Drug testing position

  • Must meet maximum entry age requirements

  • Must possess a valid state driver's license and have the ability to operate light vehicles and 4X4s

  • May require a Commercial Driver's License to operate motor vehicles

  • The duties of this position are so rigorous that employment is limited to young and physically vigorous individuals who must meet established age and physical qualification requirements

  • The position is covered for special FF retirement provisions.

  • This is a permanent, seasonal position. The incumbent will be in work/pay status for a specified time period each year and will be placed in non-pay status for the remainder of the year

  • The employee will be required to work a non-standard tour of duty which may include weekends, holidays, and night shifts

  • Must be able to frequently lift and carry parts and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds and occasionally over 75 pounds

  • Work often requires physical exertion overseeing fire suppression activities including walking over rough, steep, uneven terrain in all weather

  • Field work performed in steep terrain uneven surfaces, rocky, or covered in thick vegetation

  • Temperatures are frequently extreme, both from weather and fire conditions where the presence of smoke and/or dust conditions are frequently severe



All applicants must meet the following Minimum Qualification Requirements. Please note that in determining your qualifications, your answers will be verified against the information you provide in your resume and transcripts. Therefore, your response MUST be supported in your resume. If your resume does not CLEARLY support your response, you will be determined as not qualified for this position. In addition, your transcripts MUST show your university information, degree enrolled, and coursework as well as the degree you were awarded and the date this degree was conferred (if applicable). A list of coursework with no identifying university or degree information will not be accepted.

A. Have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 in the Federal service. Specialized experience must include: (1) Serving as a skilled member of a fire or engine crew, participating in fire prevention, suppression, and prescribed burning; (2) Preparing fire reports; (3) instructing and providing on-the-job training to lower level fire technicians; (4) dispatching fire personnel, supplies and equipment; (5) operating wildland fire; (6) maintaining records of fire time and attendance work done by fire crews.

B. Have successfully completed a full 4 year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree or higher (A) with major study forestry, agriculture, range management, agriculture, or a subject directly related to this position; or

C. Have successfully completed a full 4 year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree or higher that included 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.

D. Have an appropriate combination of the education and experience listed above that equals 100%.


In addition to the Minimum Qualification Requirements listed above, to be considered eligible, all applicants must have the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualification and training requirements:

A. Have held or currently hold the NWCG qualification Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1), or higher; AND

B. Have successfully completed the NWCG course S-290 "Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior" course

NOTE: You MUST submit your IQCS Master Record or other equivalent documentation which verifies you meet this required NWCG qualification and training. Failure to provide this documentation will result in your being rated as not qualified for this position.


This position is covered under the special firefighter retirement provisions. Applicants for this position must not have reached their 37th birthday upon appointment. An exception is allowed if there is prior Federal service in a covered law enforcement or firefighter position and this prior service is sufficient to permit retirement on, or before, the mandatory retirement age for these types of positions. NOTE: If you are claiming previously covered Federal service or veterans' preference, you MUST submit copies of the documentation required below. You will NOT be considered as meeting the Maximum Entry Age requirements if you do not submit this required documentation.

A. I am under the age of 37.

B. I am 37 years of age or older with prior federal service in a covered law enforcement or firefighter position and the prior service is sufficient to permit retirement on, or before, the mandatory retirement age for these types of positions. NOTE: You MUST submit copies of ALL SF-50s showing beginning and ending dates of your covered Federal service and hours per week or you will not be considered as meeting the Maximum Entry Age requirements for this position.

C. I am age of 37 years of age and older and not currently in a special retirement position. However, I would qualify as a veterans' preference eligible. NOTE: You MUST submit the necessary documentation to support this claim (the Member-4 copy of your DD-214 showing your dates of service and an Honorable Discharge; your VA letter showing your percentage of disability; and your SF-15). You will not be considered under this option if you do not submit this required 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.

Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this position will be considered.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Firefighting is extremely arduous and hazardous. The work requires strenuous physical exertion, including carrying heavy objects, walking, climbing, bending, stooping, hacking through underbrush and using heavy tools for long periods of time. Most work is performed outdoors ina forest and/or rangeland setting. Terrain ranges from flat and swampy to seep and rock and is often covered with thick, tangled vegetation or various trees and grasses. Temperature extremes, smoke, and dust are frequently severe. The hazardous nature of the work requires the u se of protective gear and closing (boots, hard hat, nomex closing, gloves, etc.). This work is typically performed in isolated locations, which are often away from roads and water sources; camping is necessary for extended periods of time.

CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CTAP) or INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ICTAP): These programs apply ONLY to Federal employees who have been or may be involuntarily separated (e.g. reduction in force, declining to relocate/transfer outside their local commuting area) from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal or Removal Notice; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; or Removal and most recent performance appraisal.). For more information visit:

VETERANS: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit the Member Copy 4 copy of your DD-214 showing your military service that that you were honorably discharged. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach the Member Copy 4 copy of your DD-214 showing your military service and that you were honorably discharged as well as a SF-15," Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" along with your Department of Veterans Affairs letter stating % of disability.

SELECTIVE SERVICE: To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at


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:

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