Supervisory Forestry Technician (Handcrew)

Department Of Agriculture Cle Elum , WA 98922

Posted 1 month ago

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Summary

Job Corps graduates of fire certified programs are encouraged to apply.

This position serves as a first line supervisor of a Wildland Firefighter Type 2 IA Handcrew located on a forest unit and is responsible for leadership of highly effective wildland fire suppression and wildland urban interface/intermix situations.

These positions are located in Region 6 on the Rogue River-Siskiyou and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests.

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Responsibilities

  • Supervises a group of employees. Performs the administrative and human resource management functions. Establishes guidelines and performance expectation of employee.

  • Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Ensures a continuing affirmative application of policies concerning equal opportunity.

  • Responsible for directing a module of a 10 to 20 person Handcrew.

  • Recognizes, reacts to and communicates changes in predicted weather and fire behavior, topography and fuel types, and adapts planned strategies and tactics to identify and relocate firelines, escape routes and safety zones.

  • Performs in other assignments on incidents involving wildland urban interface.

  • Plans and implements work activities such as setting priorities, identifying objectives, coordinating resources, vehicles, supplies and equipment, developing job hazard analysis, and conducting job skill training.

  • Assigns resources, conducts safety meetings, monitors work quality and quantity, tracks budget expenditures, and reports work progress and project accomplishments. Develop, implement and executes prescribed burn plans.

  • Performs wildfire suppression support as directed within training and physical capabilities 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

Yes

Promotion Potential

8

  • Job family (Series)

0462 Forestry Technician

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Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.

  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service or exempt.

  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.

  • Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.

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

  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify.

  • Must be 18 years of age.

  • Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training.

  • This is a Test Designated Position. You will be tested for illegal drugs prior to appointment and randomly thereafter. Appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results.

  • Must pass the Work Capacity Test for certain Interagency Fire Program Management or Fire Program Management positions.

  • Subject to one year supervisory/managerial probationary period unless prior service is creditable. New USDA supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required training program before the end of their probationary period.

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

  • 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.

  • Under age 37; less than age 37 after subtracting the months of Permanent Federal Service in a primary or secondary firefighter/law enforcement position or a veteran preference eligible, older than age 37 and is requesting a waiver to the requirement.

Qualifications

In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards.

Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements.

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.

Specialized Experience Requirements

For the GS-07 level: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 level. Examples of specialized experience include: Served on a specialty crew (hotshot, helitack, engines, etc.) or assigned to lead fire suppression under the most adverse conditions of climate, fuels, and terrain and/or performed interdisciplinary tactical methods and techniques for use of water and other additives in controlling and mopping-up fires in order to efficiently and effectively to accomplish objectives and/or made initial evaluation of fire situations, determined rate of spread, potential hazards to property and other improvements, suppression method to use, hose lays, deployment of crew, point of initial attack and type of tools to use.

For the GS-08 level: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level. Examples of specialized experience include: Independently practiced methods and procedures associated with wildfire suppression to resolve a full range of irregular or problem situations when suppressing wildland fires and/or coordinated and assisted in the development of fire/aviation training and instructional programs and/or independently implemented many technical specialized objectives such as coordinating resources, vehicle, supplies & equipment and other tactics used in fire suppression and prescribed fire.

Selective Placement Factors:

Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirement of Crew Boss (CRWB) - AND- Successfully completed the Secondary NWCG Core Requirement (ICT5).

Primary firefighter positions include the following age requirements: Under age 37

  • OR- less than age 37 after subtracting the months of Permanent Federal Service worked in a primary or secondary firefighter/law enforcement position

  • OR- a veteran preference eligible, older than age 37 and is requesting a waiver to the maximum age requirement.

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.

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.

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 encourage 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.

FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE: This is a primary/rigorous position covered under the special retirement provisions of 5 USC 8336(c) for the Civil Service Retirement System and of 5 USC 8412(d) for the Federal Employees Retirement System.

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

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