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    Duties

    Summary

    This position serves as a Fire Management Specialist in the Wildland Fire Management Research Development and Application (WFM RD&A) Program, within the Rocky Mountain Research Station as a Business Lead and subject matter expert for the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS). The WFM RD&A is a national level program with significant interagency coordination in support of national strategic goals, and mission statements for the US Forest Service and Department of Interior bureaus. The WFM RD&A ensures effective and timely communication between research and management. In addition to ongoing integration of new knowledge and processes into management; It also sponsors and guides development and application of wildland scientific knowledge; decision support tools; and provides science application services to the interagency wildland fire community. This position is funded through the National Fire Decision Support Center and provides guidance and/or assistance with wildland fire decision making, including interpretation, delivery of analysis results to agency administrators and fire managers. In addition, this position assists with development, communication, and implementation of new fire management tools and technology; facilitating effective communication among fire research scientists, appropriate technical specialists, and fire managers at the local, regional and national level within the Federal Fire Agencies, States, and other local fire agencies. This position will work in support of the various geospatial fire models and associated risk informed decision process in WFDSS as well as oversight and development of WFDSS training materials. In addition, this position will be involved in the development of project work statements and other documents related to contracts for continued development of WFDSS related models and tools as a Business Lead and subject matter expert.  The incumbent will provide training and assistance to researchers, fire managers, and field personnel through various media outreaches, or communication.

    For additional information on the duties of this position, please contact Tim Sexton – WFM RD&A Program Manager at Timsexton@fs.fed.us or 208-608-6034 or Chuck McHugh-Acting WFM RD&A Deputy Program Manager at cmchugh@fs.fed.us 406-829-6953.

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    Responsibilities

    Provides program leadership and consultation for strategic fire management planning, assessments (e.g., wildland fire risk, prevention, etc.), and interagency and/or unit Fire Management Plan (FMP) development.

    Provides technical advice and participates in the analysis of fire management program requirements to design, develop, and implement methods to integrate emerging science and new technologies into national fire management programs.

    Serves as an expert in the design, development, and presentation of regional/national fire/fuels management courses, workshops, distance learning, and continuing education activities.

    Serves as a Business Lead and Subject Matter Expert for WFDSS and provides technical advice and participates in the development of project work statements and other documents related to contract specifications for continued development of WFDSS related geospatial models, data, and tools.

    Provides advice, guidance, and training in working with the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) including the use of the various geospatial fire models, decision documentation and risk assessment tools within in WFDSS.

    Manages and provides regional oversight on the full range of analytical tools used for bureau and interagency fire management planning. Coordinates and supports the use of geospatial information technology in strategic fire management planning. Provides guidance to the field units on collection and evaluation of fire hazard risk, fuels, historic fire occurrence, fire effects, climatology and weather.

    Establishes and maintains cooperative relationships with public and private groups, state, tribal, and local governmental groups and other federal agencies related to wildland fire management planning activities.

    Performs wildfire suppression support as directed within training and physical and other duties as assigned.

    Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    13

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Current permanent federal employees with competitive status, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, Farm Service Agency permanent county employees, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP, and VEOA eligibles.

    Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a US citizen or US National
    • Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
    • Subject to a negative drug test prior to entrance on duty
    • Secondary firefighter retirement covered position
    • Minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required
    • Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check

    Must be 18 years of age.

    May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.

    Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training.

    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.

    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.

    Basic Requirements:

    A. Degree: Biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

    -OR-

    B. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major course of study in biological sciences, agriculture or natural resources management, chemistry or at least 24 semester hours in biological sciences, natural resources, wildland fire management, forestry, or agriculture equivalent to a major field of study, plus appropriate experience or additional education that is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in the biological sciences, agriculture, or natural resources.

    In order to be considered for this position, copies of your Official Transcripts and/or Technical Fire Management (TFM) certificates MUST be attached to your application. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that evaluate education, visit http://www.naces.org/members.htm. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. 

    Additional information on the qualification requirements for this position are outlined in the Interagency Fire Program Management 401 Supplemental Guide and the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and are available at these website’s:

    http://www.ifpm.nifc.gov/standard/standard/DOI_PB_07-13.pdf

    http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-prof.asp

    In addition to the basic requirements described above, you must meet the following experience requirements. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the specialized 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.

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:

    GS-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11.

    Specialized Experience must have included all of the fire program management elements as described below:

    Reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for ecological soundness and technical adequacy; and Conducting field inspections before and after prescribed or wildland fires to determine if resource objectives were achieved and/or to evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken; and Developing analyses on the ecological role of fire and its use and/or exclusion, and smoke management.

    In addition to fire program management, appropriate experience must have included either prescribed fire/fuels management - or - fire management operations as described below:

    Prescribed fire/fuels management - experience in a broad range of activities such as:
    • Professional forest or range inventory methods and procedures (e.g., Brown's planar intercept for dead and down fuels; live fuel loading assessments);
    • Analysis of fuel loadings and determination of appropriate fuel treatment methods and programming;
    • Land use planning and environmental coordination;
    • Evaluation of prescribed burn plans or fire management plans to ensure fire containment is possible and identification of appropriate suppression contingencies if containment is not obtained.

    Fire management operations - analyzing and applying fire management strategies, plus experience in at least five of the following activities:
    • Mobilization and dispatch coordination
    • Fire prevention and education
    • Training
    • Logistics
    • Equipment development and deployment
    • Fire communication systems
    • Suppression and preparedness
    • Aviation

    GS-13
    : One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12.  

    Specialized Experience must have included all of the fire program management elements as described below:

    Reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for ecological soundness and technical adequacy; and Conducting field inspections before and after prescribed or wildland fires to determine if resource objectives were achieved and/or to evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken; and Developing analyses on the ecological role of fire and its use and/or exclusion, and smoke management.

    In addition to fire program management, appropriate experience must have included either prescribed fire/fuels management - or - fire management operations as described below:

    Prescribed fire/fuels management - experience in a broad range of activities such as:
    • Professional forest or range inventory methods and procedures (e.g., Brown's planar intercept for dead and down fuels; live fuel loading assessments);
    • Analysis of fuel loadings and determination of appropriate fuel treatment methods and programming;
    • Land use planning and environmental coordination;
    • Evaluation of prescribed burn plans or fire management plans to ensure fire containment is possible and identification of appropriate suppression contingencies if containment is not obtained.

    Fire management operations - analyzing and applying fire management strategies, plus experience in at least five of the following activities:
    • Mobilization and dispatch coordination
    • Fire prevention and education
    • Training
    • Logistics
    • Equipment development and deployment
    • Fire communication systems
    • Suppression and preparedness
    • Aviation

    SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR
    :
    • 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.

    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.

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

    Education

    See "Qualifications Required" section.

    Additional information

    We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.  

    Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL or ICTAP eligible see http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.

    Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.

    Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.

    Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Employees: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career- conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period.

    Forest Service daycare facilities and housing are not available.

    This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.

    Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary or term employees of federal land management agencies opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better.
    See https://www.congress.gov/114/plaws/publ47/PLAW-114publ47.pdf.

    If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is not guaranteed.

    Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service are eligible for consideration under the Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA). See: http://www.opm.gov/staffingportal/vetguide.asp#VeteransEmploymentAct1998

    This is a bargaining unit designated position. Coverage is dependent upon unit location.

    Only one (1) position will be filled at one of the listed locations. Multiple locations are listed more than once due to being in multiple counties. Select all locations you may be interested in.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:

      • Knowledge of wildland fire planning principles, practices, and techniques.
      • Knowledge fire program management theories, principles, and concepts.
      • Knowledge of instructional methods and techniques related to fire research technology.
      • Knowledge of fire technical analysis related to natural resources.
      • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

    Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need to meet minimum qualifications to be referred.

    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

    Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right.


    To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=C6BE55F3-82F5-47E7-B5EA-A80F009EF487

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Other

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    Required Documents

    The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

    • Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor’s phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications.
    • If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit: a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that evaluate education, visit http://www.naces.org/members.htm. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. 
    In addition to the above, you must submit the documents below if you claim any of the following:
    • Current and former Federal employees: 1) Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND 2) Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.
    • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.
    • Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act Eligible Applicants: Notification of Personnel Actions (SF-50s) showing you have served in appropriate appointment(s) for a period/periods that total more than 24 months without a break in service of two or more years. You must include the initial hire actions, extensions, conversions and termination/separation SF-50s for each period of work; AND Performance Rating(s) or other evidence showing acceptable performance for ALL periods counted toward the more than 24 months of service. You must provide: 1) Performance Rating(s) showing an acceptable level of performance for period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility, signed by your supervisor(s); or 2) If documentation of a rating does not exist for one or more periods, a statement from your supervisor(s) or other individual in the chain of command indicating an acceptable level of performance for the period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility; or 3) If you do not have a Performance Rating or other performance documentation (outlined in 1 and 2 above) for any period that you are using to qualify for eligibility under the LMWFA, you must provide: A stated reason as to why the appraisal/documentation is not available, and a statement that your performance for all periods was at an acceptable level, your most recent separation was for reasons other than misconduct or performance, and you were never notified that you were not eligible for rehire based on performance. (This shall be accepted in lieu of providing copies of the performance appraisals).
    • Current permanent FSA County employees: most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action, (SF-50 or equivalent) showing your highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) per above.
    • VEOA: please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website.

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

    You MUST submit a copy of your transcript if you want to substitute your education for experience. If you claim qualifications based on education, and do not submit a transcript, your education will not be used in making a qualification determination and you may be found "not qualified".

    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 schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    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.

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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE: This is a secondary firefighter position under 5 USC 8336(c) (CSRS) and 8412(d) (FERS). At least 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required. There is no age limit for entry into secondary positions. Firefighter retirement coverage of the incumbent depends upon his or her individual work history.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.

    This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this.

    To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents.

    NOTE: You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open.

    Please view Tips for Applicants – a guide to the Forest Service application process.

    Agency contact information

    HRM Contact Center

    Phone

    877-372-7248, option 2

    TDD

    800-877-8339

    Fax

    866-338-8718

    Email

    fsjobs@fs.fed.us

    Address

    USDA Forest Service
    Do not mail in applications, see instructions under the How to Apply tab.
    Albuquerque, NM,
    United States
    Learn more about this agency

    A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

    It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

    USDA is a great place to start or continue your career. USDA is ranked as one of the top 10 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" by the Partnership for Public Service (http://bestplacestowork.org/BPTW/rankings/overall/large). Rankings are based on employee feedback regarding satisfaction with their work experience.

    Next steps

    Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account at https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a Case-by-Case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/486380500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.