Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education if applicable, and any selective placement factors described below before a certificate of candidates from this announcement is issued to the selecting official. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Additional information on the qualification requirements for this position is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM’s website: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/gs0400/0462.htm
Basic Qualifications: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience directly related to this position should be documented in the online application or resume.
Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:
For the GS-05 position, in addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had one (1) year of specialized experience at least equivalent to GS-04 in Reporting instances of non-compliance and performed corrective actions. Established contact with forest users, visitors, and local residents; apprised them of fire danger; provided advice on fire precautions; and explained laws and regulations. Patrolled areas of controlled fires to mop-up by searching out and extinguishing any remaining burning material and operated specialized fire suppression equipment such as portable pumps or drip torches. Performed fire prevention patrols of a fixed area and inspected permitted use areas to ensure compliance with fire laws and regulations.
For the GS-06 position, in addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had one (1) year of specialized experience at least equivalent to GS-05 in give formal talks and informally provided information on fire related laws, rules, and regulations and /or issued various permits and ensured users were in compliance. Inspected campgrounds, buildings, resorts, or other improvements for hazards or other unsatisfactory conditions. Performed initial attack and mop-up operations by searching out and extinguishing any remaining burning material and operated specialized fire suppression equipment.
For the GS-07 position, in addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had one (1) year of specialized experience at least equivalent to GS-06 in Providing input for the unit fire prevention plan and executed regular and recurring segments of the plan. Assisting in presenting educational programs and performed extensive public contact work in providing information on fire prevention/protection issues. Investigated fires, other trespasses, and law violations; assisted in identifying, collecting, and preserving evidence in determining the cause of fires. Patrolling an assigned geographic area to detect and suppress fires; assessed size and potential of fires; and determined the need for assistance.
Substitution of Education for Experience:
The experience requirements for the GS-05 level may be met by successful completion of a four (4) year course of study leading to a bachelors' degree or the equivalent. Education must include at least 24 semester/36 quarter hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management with natural resources emphasis, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 6 semester/9 quarter hours in mathematics is creditable.
For the GS-06 there is no substitution of education for experience for this position.
The experience requirements for the GS-07 level may be met by completion of one (1) year of graduate level education in a position-related field of forestry or natural resources management.
Combination of Education and Experience:
For the GS-05 and GS-07 equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.
For the GS-06 there is no combination of education and experience for this position
Selective Placement Factors:
- A minimum 90 days experience performing 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.
- Primary firefighter positions include the following age requirements: Under age 37 -OR- less than age 37 after subtracting the months of Federal Service worked in a primary or secondary firefighter/law enforcement position -OR- a veteran preference eligible, older than age 37 and is requesting a waiver to the maximum age requirement.
To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements on the date a certificate of candidates is generated from this Open Continuous announcement.
May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.
Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.
WORK CAPACITY TEST (WCT) for Wildland Firefighters: This position participates in wildland firefighting activities. Based on the type of work performed, TAKING and PASSING the WCT at the ARDUOUS level is a "condition of employment." The Arduous fitness (Pack) test requires completing a three (3) mile hike within forty-five (45) minutes, while carrying a forty-five (45) pound pack. You are strongly encouraged to consult with your physician and begin training immediately if applying for this position. This announcement constitutes the required 30 days advanced notice for testing requirements.
ARDUOUS FIRE POSITIONS: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be employed in a position performing hazardous duties. An initial pre-employment medical examination is required for arduous fire positions. Failure to meet any of the required medical qualifications will be considered disqualifying for employment.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated based on the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.
Your online application and resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work with percentages of time performing these duties if work involved a variety of different duties (i.e. 75% of the time performing these duties and 25% of the time performing this duty) and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration. This information should be clearly identified in your online application or resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of consideration.
To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=c57169bb-2c92-4617-99c8-a0d900cfd32d