Job Overview

Summary

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 in fire prevention and suppression and iis included in the unit fire plan as an initial attack fire suppression position for an assigned geographical area of the district or unit.

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). You will then be placed in a non-pay/non-duty status for the remainder of the year.

Pay rates vary depending on location. See the OPM website at http://www.opm.gov/ for additional information on pay rates.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number OCRP-462-PREV-5/6/7G.  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 www.fs.fed.us (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.

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.

Duties

Detects and suppresses fires while patrolling an assigned unit. Assesses size and potential of fires, determines need for assistance and requests appropriate resources. When advised by dispatcher or lookout, proceeds immediately to wildland fire scene to perform suppression or other appropriate action in responding to wildland fires and other wildland urban interface/intermix situations.

Provides technical expertise on fire protection and prevention issues of special use permits, service contracts, and timber sale contracts, as well as safety practices and procedures involved in wildland fire prevention and suppression to prevent injury or loss of life while performing in urban locations. Participates in the development of a unit fire protection plan. Assists in fuels and prescribed burn projects.

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

Travel Required

  • Not Required
  • Additional Duty Location Info

    many vacancies in the following locations

    • Andalusia, AL
    • Brent, AL
    • Double Springs, AL
    • Heflin, AL
    • Montgomery, AL
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    • Aurora, MN
    • Ely, MN
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    • Forest, MS
    • Jackson, MS
    • Laurel, MS
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    • Ovett, MS
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    • Rolling Fork, MS
    • Wiggins, MS
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    • Spanish Fork, UT
    • Vernal, UT
    • Edinburg, VA
    • Natural Bridge Station, VA
    • Amboy, WA
    • Chelan, WA
    • Darrington, WA
    • Leavenworth, WA
    • Metaline Falls, WA
    • Newport, WA
    • North Bend, WA
    • Quilcene, WA
    • Randle, WA
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    • Tonasket, WA
    • Trout Lake, WA
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    • Park Falls, WI
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    • Cody, WY
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    • Dubois, WY
    • Jackson, WY
    • Lander, WY
    • Laramie, WY
    • Saratoga, WY