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Wildland Firefighter

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Interior, US Fish And Wildlife Service Cambridge , MD 21613

Posted 4 months ago

Duties

Summary

Positions at the GS-05 level have been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard. These positions have been categorized as a Senior Firefighter (SFF), and require 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 the IFPM website.

Responsibilities

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is looking for temporary employees to work on Prescribed Crews. For more information on Crew Types, .

A Wildland Firefighter (GS-03 Forestry Aid) performs assignments as a wildland firefighter crew member in developing a working knowledge of fire suppression and fuels management techniques, practices, and terminology; may assist in more specialized assignments such as backfire and burnout, mobile and stationary engine attack; construction of helispots, helitack operations, and performing hover hookups.

A Wildland Firefighter (GS-04 Forestry Technician) is a skilled wildland firefighter. May be assigned to carry out specialized assignments such as tree falling, backfire, and burnout operations; utilizes a variety of specialized tools, equipment and techniques while actively managing wildfires. May be required to operate light vehicles and 4X4s.

A Wildland Firefighter (GS-05 Forestry Technician) is a senior wildland firefighter performing all aspects of wildland and prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding and mop-up. Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents. May be required to operate light vehicles and 4X4s.

Locations for these positions are:
Bar Harbor, ME (Acadia NP)
Cambridge, MD (Great Dismal Swamp NWR)
Wrightstown, NJ (US Airforce Wildland)
Suffolk, VA (Chesapeake Marshlands NWRC)

For contacts and information regarding housing availability visit Fire Contacts on the DOI Fire Jobs website and select the state you are interested in.

Travel Required

76% or greater

  • Frequent/Extensive travel is required.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

05

Job family (Series)

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

You must be a U.S. Citizen.
Positions may require a valid state driver's license.
Some positions may require a CDL; information will be provided at job offer
All positions have medical qualification requirements.
You must be 18 years of age or older prior to appointment.
These positions have no promotion potential.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/TESTING: You must pass an initial pre-employment physical examination and must be able to pass the work capacity fitness test (must carry a 45 lb pack for 3 miles within 45 minutes). Failure to meet any of the required medical qualifications will disqualify you for employment. Any condition, which would cause you to be a hazard to yourself or to others, will disqualify you for employment.

DRUG TESTING: Positions require a mandatory pre-employment drug test.

Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test is received. The drug test will be provided at Government direction and expense. Once hired, employees are also subject to random drug testing during employment. This is in accordance with Executive Order 12564 and under the Departments Drug Free Workplace Program.

Qualifications

To qualify for a GS-03, you must meet at least one of the following:

  • 6 months of general work experience, which can be any work experience; OR
  • 1 year of education above the high school level, which included at least 6 semester hours in any combination of the following courses: range management; range conservation; agriculture; forestry; wildlife management; engineering; biology; mathematics; other natural or physical sciences; OR
  • a combination of education and experience described above.

To qualify for a GS-04, you must meet at least one of the following AND the Selective Factor:

  • 6 months of general work experience, which can be any work experience AND 6 months of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-03 level duties. Examples of specialized work experience include on-the-line wildland fire experience in forest/range fire control, prevention or suppression work as a trainee wildland firefighter. OR
  • 2 years of education above the high school level which included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of the following courses: forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine biology and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours of mathematics is creditable toward this requirement; OR
  • a combination of the education and experience described above.

Selective Factor for GS-04: In addition to the basic qualifications listed above, you must have the following: 90 days of wildland fire experience.

Wildland fire experience is defined as any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland. Wildland firefighting experience is gained through work on the fire line in containment, control, suppression or use of wildland fire. This experience can be met by serving in a temporary, seasonal or equivalent private sector fire position. Periods of wildland firefighting experience gained through militia and rural fire departments can also be credited.

To qualify for a GS-05, you must meet at least one of the following AND the Selective Factors:

  • 1 year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-04 level duties. Examples include on-the-line wildland fire experience in forest/range fire control, prevention or suppression work as a skilled wildland firefighter, utilizing a variety of specialized wildland fire tools and equipment. OR
  • successful completion of a 4 year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with either: 1. a major study in forestry, range management or agriculture; or a subject matter field directly related to the position; OR 2. at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following courses: forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine biology and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 6 semester hours of mathematics is creditable. The level of the course work must have been equivalent to at least the junior- and senior-year levels of a baccalaureate program; OR
  • a combination of education and specialized work experience described above.

Selective Factors for GS-05: In addition to the basic qualifications listed above, you must have possessed the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualification and training requirement to be considered eligible.

1.Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1); And
2.Successful completion of S-290 "Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior"

For more information regarding basic qualifications and combining education and experience .

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

All locations may not be hiring for all grades; check with each location.

Education

Additional information

SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS: These positions are subject to a pre-employment background investigation.

If applicable, the appointment will be subject to successful completion of the background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to satisfy the background check will result in cancellation of offer of employment or may be grounds for termination.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at or . If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified for this vacancy.

You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.

CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume.

If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position and must be supported in your resume; otherwise, it will be changed to a lower category.

GS-03
1.Ability to work as a member of a team under stressful and adverse operating conditions.
2.Ability to use a variety of hand and power tools to build and control fireline.
3.Knowledge of safety practices and procedures.

GS-04
1.Knowledge of standard fire program requirements, tactics and suppression methods in containment and control of wildland fires.
2.Knowledge of operations and maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland and prescribed fire situations.
3.Knowledge of fire behavior including causes of wildland fire, influence of wind, slope and moisture.

GS-05
1.Knowledge of strategies, tactics and suppression methods used in containment and control of wildland fires.
2.Knowledge of operations and maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland and prescribed fire situations.
3.Knowledge of fire behavior including causes of wildland fire, influence of temperature, humidity, wind, topography, slope and fuels.
To preview questions please .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Yes

Required Documents

You MUST fax or upload "Required Documents" PRIOR to the Close Date.

Please note that documents selected to transfer from your USAJOBS profile are NOT automatically added to your application. You need to transfer the document(s) in the Document step at the end of the application process.

College transcripts

  • If you are qualifying using education above high school, you MUST submit your college transcripts.

Veteran Preference Documentation

  • If you are claiming Veteran Preference, you MUST submit evidence of eligibility. DD-214 MUST show character of service.

    Failure to submit a DD-214 which shows the character of service and other appropriate supporting documentation, if applicable, will result in NOT granting preference. Note: If you are still on active duty, contact the FIRES Help Desk for acceptable alternative documentation.

  • 0-point Sole Survivorship preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.

  • 5-point preference

  • DD-214 which shows character of service or other documentation which proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

  • 10-point preference

  • DD-214, SF-15, an official letter dated 1991 or later from the Department of Veteran's Affairs, or other appropriate source. For further information, please refer to the "Veteran Information" link at the bottom of the screen.

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)

  • If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP you MUST submit documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.

(IQCS) Master Record or equivalent documentation

  • If you are applying for the GS-05, you must submit your IQCS Master Record or other equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the required NWCG qualification and training for this IFPM position. Failure to provide this documentation will result in you being rated as not qualified for the GS-05 position.
  • You only need to fax or upload documents that apply to you. For faxing and uploading instructions please .

You will not be contacted for additional information. If you have questions regarding what is considered appropriate supporting documentation, contact the FIRES Help Desk.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

This job originated on . For the full announcement and to apply, visit . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.



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Wildland Firefighter

Expired Job

Interior, US Fish And Wildlife Service