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Job Title:Lead Forestry Technician

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:736331 NS

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$31,315.00 to $50,431.00 / Per Year


Friday, September 7, 2012 to Friday, September 21, 2012




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Los Alamos, NM United StatesView Map


Position is permanent, full time position, subject to furlough.


Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations. For more information about the National Park Service, click TAG:Agency URL.

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Open to all qualified U.S. citizens. You do not have to be a current or former government employee to be considered for this position.

This is a Permanent, full time position, subject to furlough.  This position is also career-seasonal in nature and does not provide employment on a year-round basis. You may work a minimum of 26 weeks but generally not more than 48 weeks a year. Actual work schedule and period of furlough is contingent upon funding and operational needs.

This announcement is being advertised under Delegated Examining procedures and the candidates listed above under "Who May Be Considered" may apply. The vacancy is concurrently advertised under Merit Promotion procedures under announcement number 731556 NS. Candidates who wish to be considered under both procedures MUST apply and submit complete application packages to both vacancies.

Bandelier National Monument is comprised of over 32,817 acres, including a designated wilderness area of 23,267 acres and an 800-acre detached archeological section.  The Monument was created to preserve the numerous archeological features of a late prehistoric period which represents the transition of the Pueblo Indians from  the prehistoric Ancestral Puebloan to modern traditions.  Annual visitation exceeds 350,000.


Vacancy Announcement Amended:  This is amending Category rating procedures.  Candidates will be ranked into 2 categories.

Category Group I (Best Qualified) - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position.
Category Group II (Qualified) - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Selectee must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug test.
  • Must pass a pre-employment medical exam.
  • Extensive travel required.


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This position will function as one of two squad leaders on the Bandlelier National Monument, Wildland Fire Module. This position will be dedicated to wildland fire and fuels management operations including (but not limited to) fire monitoring, suppression, ignition, holding, prescribed fire preparation and implementation, hazardous fuels reduction, fire effects monitoring, and aviation support. Depending on the assignment, this position may work as a fireline leader with the module as a whole or as a part of a smaller group. This position will function as a squad boss providing leadership for small groups of firefighters engaged in the activities mentioned above. This position requires extensive travel throughout the region and the nation to support NPS and interagency incidents and projects. The majority of the incumbent's work (up to 70-80% of time in pay status) may take place away from the module's duty station. Work may often occur in remote back-country environments.

 Physical Demands: Duties involve arduous field work requiring above average physical performance, endurance, and superior conditioning.  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.   Duties include demands for strenuous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods of time.  Operation of some specialized fire equipment can place extended physical stress on Lead Crewmember during fire activities.  The duties of this position require the Crewmember to meet physical fitness test for arduous positions.  Lead Crewmember must be able to annually pass the Work Capacity Test at the arduous level.
Work Environment:  The work is primarily performed outdoors in forest and desert environments in steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely uneven, rocky or covered by vegetation.  Temperatures commonly exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit and fall below freezing.  Risks include smoke inhalation, fire entrapment, snake or insect bites and stings, exposure to excessive machinery noise and falling and rolling material.  Personnel must adjust and cope with exposure to weather elements dust and smoke; poor bivouac and eating situations under an unpredictable set of circumstances.  Lead crewmember maybe required to live in backcountry camps for extended periods of time.  The hazardous nature of the job requiring protective clothing be worn (hard hats, gloves, boots, flame resistant clothing and other personal protective equipment).  Work may require travel by light fixed-wing or rotor wing air craft. Processing and analysis of data are done primarily in office setting involving extended hours of computer work; this is done less than 20% of the time.

 AREA INFORMATION/HOUSING INFORMATION: The Monument is located 45 miles from Santa Fe, 32 miles from Espanola, and 12 miles from Los Alamos.  Elevation ranges from 5,300 to 10,199 feet with headquarters located at 6,000 feet.  Good medical facilities, schools and  shopping are available in Los Alamos.  Local cost of living is considered high.  Government housing may be available.  Please visit the web site for additional area information.


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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, TAG:Closing Date.  Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.  

QUALIFICATIONS: To be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education as well as the selective factors as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire and as follows: 

The applicant must hold or must have held in the past, all of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position SELECTIVE FACTORS):
1. Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1)
2. Fire Effects Monitor (FEMO)
3. Helicopter Crewmember (HECM)
4.Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5)

To qualify at the GS-6 level, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

Minimum Qualifications Requirement for GS-6 Level: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-05, in the federal service. Specialized Experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of a Supervisory Forestry Technician (Fire). Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: forestry aid or technician work; engineering, range, or soil conservation technician work that involved the application of cultural, resource conservation, or land management practices on nonforest or ranch lands when combined with knowledge of forestry operations and equipment; farming or ranching work that involved application of cultural and soil and water conservation practices, including safety and use of equipment, and that provided a basic understanding of land use; other examples include Forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work.

Education: Have successfully completed at least one semester of graduate level education with a major study in a related field such as forestry or wildland fire science. One semester of graduate education is considered to be 9 semester hours. IMPORTANT NOTE: You must submit a legible copy of your college transcripts prior to the closing of this announcement or you will be found ineligible and will not be considered for this position. Official transcripts are required if you are selected.

Combination: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate education and specialized experience (as described above) may be used to meet total qualification requirements. Total qualifying experience is calculated as a percentage of the experience required (i.e., 9 months of specialized experience is 75% of the 1 year requirement). Total qualifying education is calculated as a percentage of the education required for example, 6 months of specialized experience (50% of the experience) and five graduate level semester hours (50% of the education), may qualify an applicant for this position.

You must submit your Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or other equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the required NWCG qualifications for this IFPM position. Failure to provide this documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in you being rated as not qualified.


To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Applicants can verify accreditation HERE .

Transcripts do not need to be official but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify then you will need to provide official transcripts before you enter on duty.

You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited education institution in the United States when you apply. For further information click HERE.


1. Selected applicants must be able to pass the arduous duty Work Capacity Test to be able to obtain a Red Card and must also meet the requirements of the National Park Service Health and Fitness Guide or the current approved physical fitness plan at the time of employment.

2. In accordance with Executive Order 12564 and Department of Interior guidelines, applicants selected for this position are required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test prior to appointment. In addition, this position is a drug testing designated position subject to random testing for illegal drug use throughout the tenure of this appointment.

3. Must pass a pre-employment medical test. Prior to appointment, the person selected for this position must be determined physically fit by an authorized government physician to perform strenuous and physically demanding duties and pass a medical examination (which includes vision, hearing, cardiovascular and mobility of extremities) given by an authorized government physician. The agency will pay for this examination.

4. The hazardous nature of this job requires that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) be worn. PPE is equipment (hard hats, gloves, boots, flame resistant clothing, and other personal protective equipment), including a respirator, used to protect the health of the employee. Facial hair, corrective glasses or lenses, or goggles that cannot be accommodated within the respirator or any other conditions that interfere with or prevent proper seal or valve function are prohibited.

5. Applicants must possess a valid state driver's license. This position requires that you operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. A valid State driver's license is required. As a condition of employment, you will be required to submit a completed GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record. You must also submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that discloses all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. If you are tentatively selected for employment in this position, you will be required to complete GSA Form 3607 and submit the above State issued documents. Your employment, after your tentative selection, will be contingent upon receipt of these documents in a timely manner and that those documents establish, to the satisfaction of the selecting official, that you possess a valid driver's license.

6. May be assigned to work nights, early mornings, rotating shifts, holidays, and weekends.

7. Extensive travel is required.

8. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

9. If new to Federal Civil Service, you may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.

10. Appointment is subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.

11. In accordance with PL 104-134, new employees of the Department of the Interior must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of net pay within 30 days of entrance on duty. 


Your rating will be based on both your responses to the Job Assessment Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. The assessment questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs)/competencies that are required to perform the work of this position. Only education and experience acquired by the closing filing deadline will be considered.

Please Note : All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. Upon review, if it is determined that your work history, KSAs/competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified or your score may be modified. Please ensure that your work history provides enough detail to support your answers to the KSAs/competencies.  

  • Knowledgeof and experience with wildland fire module operations.
  • Skillin prescribed burns and wildland fire suppression operations.
  • Knowledgeof fire behavior, fire weather, and fuels management principles, includingmechanical fuel reduction techniques.
  • Abilityto serve as a work leader for a fire crew.
  • Abilityto communicate effectively/Interpersonal skills.

You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".

Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into 2 categories:
Category Group I (Best Qualified) - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position. 
Category Group II (Qualified) - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.


VETERANS PREFERENCE: Veterans Preference applies to category rating. Within each quality category, veteran's preference eligibles are listed first, including CP, CPS, XP, and TP. In addition, veterans who have a 10% or more service-connected compensable disability (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the highest quality category. Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate alphabetically (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores. 

Order of Consideration: Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications required by the position will be considered in the following order: (1) best qualified applicants entitled to 10-point veterans' preference who have a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more, best qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference, and then all other best qualified applicants, (2) well qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference and then all other well qualified applicants, (3) qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference and then all other qualified applicants.


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1. CTAP/ICTAP: If you are an eligible Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 93 or above on the rating criteria for this position. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. For additional information go to

2. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

3. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach legible a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. You must submit the required documentation to verify/confirm your claim, or you will NOT be given veteran's preference. Additional veteran's information is found at

4. You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement. For additional information regarding Schedule A appointment eligibility visit:

5. Number of Vacancies: One. This announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies if necessary.

6. Applications/resumes and supporting documentation sent by mail (including email) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Applicants are advised that a variety of public facilities such as schools, public libraries, state employment offices and regional job centers provide access to computers at no charge. Help may also be available to targeted groups through a variety of public assistance agencies.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:

1.Your Resume - We encourage you to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you choose to use your own resume make sure it lists all of the required information needed.
2.A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3.Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on TAG:Closing Date.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID TAG:VacancyID. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

Note:  If you receive an email stating that there was a technical problem uploading your documents, you should fax the applicable documentation to OPM at 478-757-3144.  Be sure to use the fax cover sheet that was linked in the vacancy announcement, include the appropriate Office Code (JY) and VIN (six digit code) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. For further questions regarding applying online or by fax, please contact OPM at

If you cannot apply online:

1.Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire TAG:Link to Full Questionnaire, and
2.Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire and
3.Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

Note: If you are only submitting supporting documents see the Submitting Documents instruction in Step 2 below.                


Step 2

  • Resume -- We encourage you to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you choose to use your own resume make sure it lists all of the required information needed (including hours per week worked and month and year of employment).
  • Transcripts -- if qualifications are based on education
  • Qualifications -- example, typically used for licenses or other documents that attest to the qualifications of the applicant
  • Veterans Preference documentation -- Legible copy of DD-214 that shows honorable discharge, VA letter dated 1991 or later, SF-15 plus proof required by that form, if applicable.
  • Response to Assessment Questionnaire.
  • Miscellaneous -- any supporting document that does not already have its own type listed

DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS.  Any resumes with these attachments cannot be forwarded to the hiring official.

Submitting Documents


If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.


Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. To fax documents, you M UST use the special cover page. Print the pre-populated cover page at to print a copy of the cover page. When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.   


  • Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number TAG:VacancyID
  • Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
  • You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.
  • Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:  


  • Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
  • Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number
  • Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name

Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.


Intermountain Region SantaFe
Phone: (505)988-6076
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
Intermountain Region Santa Fe
Human Resources Office
Apply Online or by FAX only
Please call with questions
Thank You, NM
00000 Fax: (478)757-3144


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire: If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.

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736331 NS

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