Forestry Technician (Helitack)

Department Of Agriculture Castle Rock Inn Campground , MT 59730

Posted 3 months ago

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HelpDuties Summary

This position is located within a National Forest. The primary purpose of the position is wildland fire suppression/management/control as a specialized firefighter with responsibility for the operation and maintenance of specialized tools or equipment.

Due to technical difficulties affecting applicants' ability to submit applications, this announcement is being extending for an additional 5 days.

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Responsibilities

Helitack Work 70%

Serves as a skilled member of a helitack crew. Regularly performs standard fire duties in the suppression of wildland fires.

Loads helicopter cargo and completes manifest of crews and equipment. Rappels from hovering helicopter near ground level. Builds fireline and lays or directs hose.

Patrols areas of controlled fires to mop-up. Cleans, reconditions, and stores fire tools and equipment. Independently or with one or two other crewmembers may be assigned to carry out specialized assignments such as tree falling, backfire and burnout, construction of helispots, specialized helitack operations, and hover hookups. Performs fuel management and prescribed burn activities.

May be qualified as a Forest Service short-hauler.

Additional Duties 30%

Performs as a member of a fire crew assigned to suppress the full range of difficulty and complexity of fires. Uses standard forestry practices and techniques, and accepted fire suppression and prescribed burning methods used in various types of fuels and under a variety of weather and terrain. Observes, records, and preserves evidence of cause of fires.

Participates in 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 line activities, with emphasis on those used in the particular function to which assigned.

Participates in crew proficiency checks and drills. Participates in safety sessions and fire critiques. Ensures own and others' welfare and safety in all aspects of the assignments.

May be assigned to fire lookout to provide detection and reporting of wildfires. Reports smoke and fire to a dispatcher giving location, estimated size and other pertinent information. Reports weather and fire behavior information keeping the dispatcher and/or other officials informed of current conditions.

May perform project work such as road and trail maintenance, habitat manipulation, and miscellaneous equipment and facilities maintenance.

May assist higher level workers in forestry/range research efforts; in the marketing of forest/range resources; or in the scientific management, protection, and development of forest/range resources.

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

No

Promotion Potential
04

  • Job family (Series)
    0462 Forestry Technician

  • Requirements

HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

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

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

  • Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check

  • Position requires a Work Capacity Test (WCT)

  • You must be 18 years of age by Entry on 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.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

ARDUOUS FIRE POSITIONS: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be employed in a position performing hazardous duties.

An initial pre-employment medical examination is required for arduous fire positions. Failure to meet any of the required medical qualifications will be considered disqualifying for employment.

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.

Qualifications

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-04: (6) Six months of general experience and (6) six months of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-03 level.

General experience is defined as: Worked with tools and equipment used in laboratories or at field sites.

Observed field work projects and recorded data. Identified plant or wildlife species. Collected data and used computers to input data and generate reports.

Identified and cataloged artifacts and/or cultural resources. Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, e.g. unpaid experience include volunteer work, such as at a park, youth camp, scouting organization, hospital, community sports league, local fire department, etc.

Specialized experience is defined as: Performed a limited variety of manual tasks to accomplish fuels reduction work and suppress wildland fires using a variety of hand and power tools; As the instruction of a crew leader, patrolled fire line to locate and extinguish sparks, flare ups, and hot spot fires that might threaten developed fire lines; or the instruction of a crew leader, moved dirt, chopped brush, or felled small trees to build fire line using various hand tools and power saws to control spreading wildland fires and to prepare lines prior to prescribed burning.OR

Successful completion of 2 years of study above high school that included at least 12 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 3 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 profice valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience including volunteer experience.

Education

See Qualifications above for Education Requirements.



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Forestry Technician (Helitack)

Department Of Agriculture