Job Overview


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.

This position serves as a Lead Forestry Technician on an Interagency Hotshot Crew (IHC Hotshot Squad Leader) for a National shared resource hotshot program. The primary purpose of this position is to lead a small (6-10) crew of highly effective and trained firefighters in wildland fire suppression and wildland urban interface/intermix incidents.

These are permanent positions with varying tours of duty and may include weekend work. Some positions may have irregular and protracted hours of work. Tours of duty include full-time or less than full-time (guaranteed minimum 6 months/13 pay periods of full-time employment). If on a seasonal schedule, you will be placed in a non-pay status for the rest of the season.

Pay rates vary depending on location. See the OPM website at for additional information on pay rates.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number OCRP-462-IHCSQDLR-6/7G.  Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement.  Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation.

PERMANENT OPEN CONTINUOUS RECRUITMENT: This is a continuously open vacancy announcement for one or more locations throughout the Forest Service. The number and location of positions to be filled will be dependent upon individual unit needs. Positions may be filled as career ladders or could be filled at the full performance level dependent upon the individual unit's needs. Availability of government housing, federal day care facilities, and bargaining unit status will vary by location. Pay rates vary depending on location. To ensure that you receive consideration, applications submitted through the on-line application process must be received by 11:59 p.m. eastern time the day before a certificate of candidates is issued. When there are no applicants for specific locations, the search area may be broadened when generating certificates to include locations in the closest city nearby. To obtain more information about the US Forest Service and individual locations, go to (a search can be done by State or by Name). We encourage applicants to contact supervisors at the chosen locations for specific information. To ensure continued interest and availability, applicants will be notified via e-mail reminding them to re-certify their application every 60 days. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age upon appointment. Some positions have other conditions of employment not specified in this announcement. Applicants will be notified of any specific requirements at the time a tentative job offer is made.

This position has been identified under the Forest Service Fire Program Management (FS-FPM) and is subject to selective placement factor requirements contained in the Forest Service Fire Program Management (FS-FPM) Standard and Guide when filling this vacancy. 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 will be required to possess these qualifications by October 1, 2013 and must meet them prior to entry into the positionafter October 1, 2013. For further information:

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.


The incumbent serves as a lead Forestry Technician on an Interagency Hotshot Crew (IHC Hotshot Squad Leader) for a National shared resource hotshot program.

The primary purpose of this position is to lead a small (6-10) crew of highly effective and trained firefighters in wildland fire suppression and wildland urban interface/intermix incidents. This position may also serve as an assistant to the Assistant Hotshot Superintendent.

Performs wildfire suppression support as directed within training and physical capabilities. Performs other duties as assigned. Duties listed are at the full performance level. 

  • Additional Duty Location Info

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