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Forestry Technician (Fire Dispatch)

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Department Of Agriculture Fortuna , CA 95540

Posted 3 months ago

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This position is located within a National Forest. The primary purpose of this position serves as a Fire Dispatcher located in a dispatch center. The center is responsible primarily for wildland fire preparedness and suppression support activities, but may respond to all-risk incidents as needed or directed.

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Serves as a dispatcher, receiving, filling, and tracking resource requests for fire and other emergency incidents. Follows established procedures to perform a variety of technical duties common to the dispatch of personnel, equipment, aircraft and/or supplies according to pre-defined plans or in response to resource orders from the field. Initiates requests to higher organizational levels for additional resources as needed.

Maintains resource status and tracking systems and operates telecommunications systems.

Collects, processes, collates and submits incident information to support fire operations (e.g. fire reports, smoke permits, spot weather forecasts, prescribed fire burn requests).

Organizes and reviews completed records of all orders placed and actions taken to ensure adherence to established operating procedures.

Processes and interprets weather information (e.g., spot weather forecasts, weather station observations, current and forecasted weather, lightning detection, and fuel moisture levels). This information is used to determine burning indices, preparedness levels and staffing levels for suppression and aviation resources.

Inputs data into a number of fire-related computer applications (e.g., incident qualification records, fire reporting systems, and automated dispatch systems) and makes the initial assessment of outputs.

Provides critical logistical support information to supervisor and makes recommendations concerning the efficient uses of available resources.

Records and maintains communication logs.

Coordinates and may assist with fire training and orientation.

Gathers information for the development and maintenance of the dispatch mobilization guide and internal dispatch operating guides.

Shares information with cooperators and other interested entities.

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • Position(s) may involve work away the official duty location to remote worksites within commuting distance (49 miles) and may also require overnight travel and/or camping per fire assignment.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

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    0462 Forestry Technician

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S or U.S. National

  • Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check

  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt

  • Must be 18 years of age by entry of duty (EOD) date

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

Direct Deposit

  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.

E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.


No Additional Requirements.


You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.

GS-05: (1) One year of specialized experience at the GS-04 level.

Specialized experience is defined as: Filed and retrieved documents in a dispatching office; assisted in preparing various maps, plans, guides, analyses, and special reports for dispatch use and /or; received and processed requests for equipment, personnel, and supplies in conjunction with wildland fire and emergency incidents.-OR

Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree (a) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or (b) that included at least 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.-OR

A combination of education and experience listed above.

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

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.


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Forestry Technician (Fire Dispatch)

Expired Job

Department Of Agriculture