Qualification Requirement Using Specialized Experience or Education: In order to be rated as qualified using specialized experience, we must be able to determine that you meet the definition(s) below - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level of the position to be filled.
For GS-08:One year of specialized experience, equivalent to GS-07 in the Federal service, which has provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully function in the wildland fire management position applied for; OR 18 months of graduate level college education directly related to range technician fire work such as a major in forestry or fire science; OR a combination of experience and education.
For GS-09: One year of specialized experience, equivalent to GS-08 in the Federal service, which has provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully function in the wildland fire management position applied for; OR 2 years of graduate level college education directly related to range technician fire work such as a major in forestry or fire science; OR a combination of experience and education.
Education and experience may be combined to meet the specialized experience requirement.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Selective Placement Factors:
This position requires a special qualification that has been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as a screen out element. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified. SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: PRIOR WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. Applicants must 90-days of prior wildland firefighting experience. This must be evidenced in your application. The Department of the Interior defines wildland firefighting experience 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 for no less than 90 days. Periods of wildland firefighting experience gained through militia and rural fire departments can also be credited as long as the total amount of this experience equates to at least 90-days. Wildland fires are categorized into two distinct types: 1) Wildfires
- Unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildfires, and 2) Prescribed Fires/Planned ignitions.
This description includes only fireline experience on a Prescribed Fire; it does not include experience in the planning stages. Prescribed fire experience must be supplemented by fire suppression experience in order to be creditable as previous wildland firefighting experience. This position has been categorized as a Wildland Fire Operations Specialist (WFOS) in a moderate complexity program, a key fire management position under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard, the selectee must meet the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position. Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at IFPM
. To meet IFPM requirements, you must possess all of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position:
1. Task Force Leader (TFLD) or higher; AND
2. Incident Commander, Type 3 (ICT3) or higher; OR Prescribed Fire Burn Boss, Type 2 (RXB2) or higher
This position falls under the group coverage standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions and Range Technician Series IOR standards. Passage of a pre-employment physical is required. You must also pass the work capacity test for non-arduous position. The physical demands of this position require above average physical fitness and endurance. Work requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighing over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring at least average agility and dexterity. THIS IS A DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION. In accordance with Executive Order 12564 and under the Department’s Drug Free Workplace Program applicant(s) tentatively selected for this position must submit a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and to pass the test prior to appointment. The position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use. You must possess a valid state driver's license at the time of appointment and at all times during appointment in this position. You must be 18 years of age or older to be assigned to a hazardous position. This is a secondary/administrative fire position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS). Secondary positions are not subject to the maximum entry age policy; the selectee must have prior service in a primary position and meet the transfer requirement for movement from a primary to secondary position to be eligible for special retirement coverage.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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, you application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position. KSA 1:In depth knowledge of the policies, techniques and practices of wildland firefighting obtained through substantial service as a primary wildland firefigher. KSA 2:Knowledge of interagency wildland fire policies, manuals, regulations, suppression agreements, organizations, and functions sufficient to ensure compliance with existing standards and to implement annual operating plans. KSA 3: Knowledge of supervisory policies, procedures, and methods in order to manage a diverse workforce. To preview questions please click here.