Forestry Technician, Forestry Technician (Fire)

Department Of The Interior Hammett , ID 83627

Posted 4 weeks ago

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Summary

This position's are located throughout the Boise District . Information about the surrounding area may be found here Idaho

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This position serves as a lead wildland firefighter on a wildland fire engine.

  • May drive and operate a wildland fire engine, positioning the engine for proper use and operation. Personally performs and directs others in starting pump engine, priming pump, adjusting engine speed and pump valves, laying hose, and using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustment in effective use of water and additives.

  • May have specialized duties such as water handling specialist, chainsaw operator, or 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.

  • 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, determines rate of spread, potential hazards to property and other improvements, suppression method to use, hose lays, deployment of module/crew, point of initial attack, type of tools to use and application of water.

  • Participates in wildland fire and safety training in the techniques, practices, and methods of fire suppression and in the safe, efficient operation and use of tools, equipment, and vehicles used in fire suppression activities, with emphasis on those used for the particular function assigned.

  • Lead responsibilities may include instructing crewmembers in specific tasks and techniques; conducting on-the-job training; distributing and controlling work assignments among employees, assures timely accomplishment of assigned tasks; maintaining work notes and records; reporting on work accomplishments, ensuring that the work is carried out safely; and reporting on performance problems and issues.

  • May perform hazardous fuel reduction projects, which entail thinning, cutting and piling vegetation through use of mechanical means, e.g., chainsaw, etc.

  • May perform project work such as road and trail maintenance, inventory fuel beds, habitat improvement, burned area rehabilitation, and miscellaneous equipment and facilities maintenance.

  • May work with local homeowners, community stakeholders, various local, state, tribal, and federal agencies in an effort to educate and mitigate potential threats to these communities by wildland fire.

  • Participates in wildland fire and safety training in the techniques, practices, and methods of fire suppression and in the safe, efficient operation and use of tools, equipment, and vehicles used in fire suppression activities, with emphasis on those used for the particular function assigned.

Travel Required

50% or less - Frequent travel will be required during times of peak fire activity.

Supervisory status

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Promotion Potential

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0462 Forestry Technician

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Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required

  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections

  • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you

  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land

  • Direct Deposit Required

  • Background Investigation Required

Passage of a pre-employment physical is required. You must also pass the work capacity test for an arduous position.

This position has been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard. This position has been categorized as a Supervisory Fire Engine Operator (SEOP), and requires selectee to meet the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position. Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at IFPM.

This is a primary firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS). The position is subject to maximum entry age (MEA) requirements. The MEA is the date immediately preceding your 37th birthday. Applicants must not have reached age 37 at the time of appointment, unless proof is provided of prior Federal service in another primary covered position, or you are a preference eligible veteran.

If you are a preference eligible veteran, you may be eligible for this position after your 37th birthday. You must supply a copy of your Defense Department Form 214 (DD-214) along with Standard Form 15 (if applicable) and any associated documentation in accordance with the instructions in this vacancy announcement. Failure to provide this documentation with your application will result in a loss of eligibility to receive a waiver of the maximum entry age requirement.

Proof of prior covered service must be submitted prior to employment. Acceptable proof consists of SF-50's showing beginning and ending dates of covered/creditable appointments and copies of approved letters based on individual claims. Applicants who fail to provide this evidence will not be considered eligible for the position.

You must be 18 years of age or older to be assigned to a hazardous position.

Responses to the online job-specific questions must be supported in your resume.

Qualifications

In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.

For GS-06: One year (12 months) of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level GS-05 in the federal service. Examples of specialized experience may include experience directly related to wildland fire suppression and control activities including suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction or prescribed burning.

Substitution of Education for the Specialized Experience Requirement:

For GS-06: One year (18 semester hours) of graduate level college education in a field related to range work such as a major study in forestry, range management, agriculture or a field directly related to this position.

Education and experience may be combined to meet the specialized experience requirement.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.: Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement in accordance with 5 CFR 300.604. If you are a current Federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a Temporary promotion opportunity, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.

You must meet all IFPM minimum qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Selective Placement Factors: This position requires a special qualification that has been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as a screen out element. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified.

Selective Placement Factor 1: This position is a Primary Firefighter position and is covered under Special Fire Retirement. In accordance with Public Law 107-27, 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. If you are a preference eligible veteran, you MAY be eligible for this position after your 37th birthday.

Selective Placement Factor 2: To meet IFPM minimum qualification requirements for the Supervisory Fire Engine Operator (SEOP), you must possess all of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position:

  1. Engine Boss (ENGB),

  2. Incident Commander, Type 5 (ICT5), AND

  3. Additional required training of S-211, "Portable Pumps and Water Use".


Selective Placement Factor 3: You must possess a valid state driver's license Class B, CDL by the closing date of the announcement and at all times during your appointment in this position.

You must provide a copy of your Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or other equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the required NWCG minimum qualifications for this IFPM position. Failure to provide this documentation by the closing dated of the announcement will result in you being rated as not qualified.

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