Supervisory Forestry Technician (Dzafmo)

Department Of Agriculture Cleveland , TN 37320

Posted 3 months ago

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This announcement will be used to collect applications for two hiring events.

The incumbent serves in a key fire management position in a field fire management organization as a Wildland Fire Operations Specialist (ADFMO). The primary purpose of this position is to provide operational oversight and planning of wildland fire suppression activities, and specialized expertise in assigned zone/area.

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Provides oversight during initial and extended attack fires, directs fireline activities and tactics of dispersed firefighters, resources, equipment, and aircraft. Utilizes wildland fire behavior knowledge and firefighting experience and assigns missions to ground and aviation wildland fire suppression resources.

Provides protection for life, property and resources. Selects strategies and tactics to ensure safe operations for assigned resources.

Provides technical and administrative supervision to the unit(s). Responsible for the on-the-job safety and health of all employees supervised.

Performs, and supervises employees in: fire prevention, preparedness, detection, resource rehabilitation, mobilization, prescribed fire, aviation operations, and training programs. Ensures preparedness of wildland fire suppression equipment and personnel.

Performs, and supervises employees in: fire prevention, preparedness, detection, resource rehabilitation, mobilization, prescribed fire, aviation operations, and training programs. Ensures preparedness of wildland fire suppression equipment and personnel.

Coordinates with dispatch office regarding current fire behavior and fire conditions, release of resources, and other logistical considerations.

Assists in developing and revising interagency annual operating plans, annual budget requests, the fire management plan and operating procedures pertaining to wildland fire suppression and prescribed fire.

Performs wildfire suppression support as directed within training and physical and other duties as assigned. Duties listed are at the full performance level.

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • Occasional overnight travel may be required for fire suppression or fire related assignments.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

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    0462 Forestry Technician

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National

  • Successful completion of a one-year probationary or trial period

  • Minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required

  • Willing to live/work in remote locations (volatile/unpredictable)

  • Must be 18 years of age

  • Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training

The first application deadline will be 11:59PM EST August 30, 2018. This deadline is for the following locations:

Region (R9) - (Maine, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Delaware, and New Jersey).

The second application deadline is for all locations and will be 11:59PM EST October 15, 2018..

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.

Some Fire positions may have Conditions of Employment such as: a valid state driver's license; a commercial driver's license (CDL); pre-appointment and random drug testing; or a physical or medical examination. There may be additional Conditions of Employment not listed here, however applicants will be notified of any specific requirements at the time a tentative job offer is made.

Selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to payments for moving expenses

  • 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act, Public Law 115-97. Questions should be directed to the Travel Help Desk, 877-372-7248, Option 1, or email

The duty station for this position will be one of the duty locations listed in this announcement. Final determination of duty station will be made by the selecting official at the time of job offer.

Pay rates vary depending on location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on pay rates.

Information on specific locations where jobs are being filled and the dates applications are due for these locations can be found on the Forest Service website.


You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided if qualifications are based on education above the high school level.

Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

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.

GS-08: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07; or two years of graduate level education or a master's degree in a position-related field of forestry or natural resources management; or combinations of graduate level education that is directly related to the position and specialized experience.

The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Examples include: Assisting in developing fire control plans and documents relating to fire pre-suppression, prevention, detection, and suppression tactics and strategies.

Preparing fuels hazard and wildland fire risk assessments. Assisting in coordinating and executing wildland fire suppression and prescribed burning operations.

GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-08 grade level; or two years of graduate level education or a master's degree in a position-related field of forestry or natural resources management; or combinations of graduate level education that is directly related to the position and specialized experience.

The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Examples include: Assisting in managing a broad range of fire programs such as preparedness, prevention, prescribed burning, monitoring, and hazardous fuels reduction.

Assisting in writing and executing wildland fire management plans, prescribed burn plans, and preparedness plans. Assisting in determining annual pre-suppression and suppression needs.

This position has been identified as High or Moderate or Low Complexity under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) or Forest Service Fire Program Management (FS-FPM) and is subject to selective placement factor requirements contained in the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard and Guide when filling this vacancy. IFPM or FS-FPM selective placement factors are made up of a primary and secondary National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) core Incident Management Qualifications and Required Training. The applicant must possess these qualifications at the applicable complexity level to be considered eligible for this position.


  • A minimum 90 days experience performing on-the-line (Primary/Rigorous) wildland fire suppression duties as a member of an organized fire suppression crew or comparable unit that utilized knowledge of wildland fire suppression, containment or control techniques and practices under various conditions. This experience must be documented with specific dates in the online application or resume.

  • Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirement of Task Force Leader (TFLD).

  • And-
  • Successfully completed the Secondary NWCG Core Requirement of Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) or Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2).
  • OR-
  • Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirement of Helicopter Manager Type 1 (HEB1) and Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3).

In order to be considered for this position, copies of your Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record (or equivalent training documents) which contain documented proof of the certification or attainment of the IFPM Selective Placement Factor for this position MUST be attached to your application. Red cards are not acceptable documentation.

Currency Requirement: Required to maintain currency once hired into the position. Currency of NWCG qualifications is not required for selection.

If not currently qualified, the applicant must provide documented evidence that they have been fully qualified in the past, and are able to regain currency within one year of being hired. Failure to provide this documentation will result in disqualification.

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

TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


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Supervisory Forestry Technician (Dzafmo)

Department Of Agriculture