Supervisory Forestry Technician (Helitack)

Department Of Agriculture Blacksburg , VA 24060

Posted 3 months ago

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

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

Region (R5) - (California) 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) Region (R8) - (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma and Virginia).

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

This position serves as the supervisor of a Helitack program located on a forest unit and is responsible for providing leadership and technical knowledge to employees on a daily basis. The primary responsibility for this position is fire suppression.

The incumbent supervises a crew of helitack personnel/firefighters that is established to provide fast initial attack, and large fire support. This position additionally utilizes helicopters in support of all types of incidents including emergency incidents and resource management functions.

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.

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.

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Responsibilities

Plans, coordinates, and directs helitack crews in support of fire suppression. Applies technical methods and procedures.

Manages complex aviation operations. Manages permanent and temporary helibases. Responsible for helicopter safety and compliance.

Ensures safety and welfare for all assigned personnel. Provides leadership and direction to firefighters. Completes fire line safety and tactical briefings, fire size-up, fire reports and fire personnel performance evaluations.

Serves as an Incident Commander, managing resources that vary from single resource to multiple resource task forces or strike teams. May serve as helicopter rappel spotter.

Prioritizes attack sequence in multiple fire situations. Coordinates and provides direction for aviation assets.

Supervises the helicopter module personnel. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations, evaluates employee performance, provides advice and counsel to workers, affects disciplinary measures as appropriate.

Supervises complex aviation operations, providing direction and oversight to pilots, firefighters, and aviation personnel. Responsible for furthering the goals of equal employment opportunity (EEO).

Completes and maintains reports and records for aircraft use. Completes daily flight invoices and contract daily diaries.

Signs for receipt of services and approves payments. Plans helicopter budget. Responsible for property tracking and use.

Makes economic and program analyses of helicopter operations and advises managers of alternatives. Participates in Regional and National planning committees.

Assists in the development of training techniques related to helicopters and helicopter firefighting for regional fire management program. Responsible for helicopter safety and compliance with policies and procedures.

Travel Required

Occasional travel

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

Supervisory status

Yes

Promotion Potential
09

Who May ApplyThis job is open to

Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP, VEOA/VRA and reinstatement eligibles; Farm Service Agency permanent county employees; 30% or more disabled veterans; Individuals with Disabilities; former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers; Public Land Corp eligibles; Resource Assistants; and eligibles for other Hiring Authorities.

Questions? This job is open to 6 groups.

  • Job family (Series)
    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

  • Must be 18 years of age

  • Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training

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

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

  • OR- less than age 37 after subtracting the months of 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

  • OR- eligible under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, older than 37, and requesting a waiver to the maximum age requirement.

DRUG TESTING: This is a Testing Designated Position (TDP). Selectee must submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and random testing thereafter. Final appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results for illegal drug use.

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.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

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 asc_tos@fs.fed.us.

Qualifications

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-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-08 grade level or two full years (36 semester/54 quarter hours) of successfully completed graduate level education or master's degree in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position; or an appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university by the U.S. Department of Education and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

Examples of specialized experience are: Oversaw helicopter service contract and enforced contract provisions; provided detailed instructions on incident objectives, situations, and tactics to pilots, crews, and dispatchers; planned and coordinated complex air operations using numerous helicopter models, capabilities and limitations, including remote, isolated work locations; developed specific aerial ignition plans for burning projects after analyzing conditions.

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.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTORS:

  • Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirements of Helibase Manager Type 2 (HEB2).

  • Successfully completed the Secondary NWCG Core Requirements of Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4).

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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