A 4-year degree in the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to the position. The following additional subject fields have been determined to be acceptable as directly related degree programs for fire management jobs in this series: wildland fire management, forestry agronomy, biochemistry, biometrics, ecology, fishery biology, general fish and wildlife administration, horticulture, natural resources management, physiology, plant physiology, rangeland management, soil science, wildlife biology, zoology, agricultural extension, animal science, botany, entomology, genetics, microbiology, pharmacology, plant pathology, plant protection and quarantine, soil conservation, toxicology, wildlife refuge management. In addition, natural resources related disciplines include chemistry, environmental sciences (not environmental or natural resources policy), hydrology, outdoor recreation if it has a natural resource emphasis, physics, fire management, earth sciences, geology, meteorology related weather, climate, physical geography if it has a natural resource emphasis, and watershed management.
Combination of education and experience- at least 24 semester hours equivalent to a major field of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you also meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.
Specialized experience: 1) Experience that demonstrated understanding of fire effects on cultural and natural resources. The assignments must have shown participation in activities such as: Developing fire management plans to ensure resource objectives can be met from a fire management standpoint; or conducting field inspections before and/or after prescribed fires or wildland fires to determine if defined resource objectives have been met OR 2) Prescribed fire/fuels management experience in activities such as professional forest or range inventory methods and procedures (e.g., Browns planar intercept for dead and down fuels; live fuel loading assessments), or analysis of fuel loadings and determination of appropriate fuel treatment methods and programming, or evaluating prescribed fore plans for fire management plans to ensure fire containment is possible and identify appropriate suppression contingencies if containment is not obtained OR 3) Fire management operations analyzing and applying fire management strategies, plus experience in at least for of the following activities: mobilization and dispatch coordination, fire prevention, training, logistics, equipment development and deployment, fire communications systems, suppression and preparedness or aviation.
Education: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.
Selective Placement Factors: This position requires a special qualification that has been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as a screen out element. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified.
* Wildland Firefighting Experience Requirement: This position requires previous wildland firefighting experience (at least 90 days). Wildland firefighting experience is defined as experience gained through work on the fire line in containment, control, or suppression of wildland fire. Experience may be related to Wildfires or, fire line experience on a Prescribed Fire (this does not include experience in the planning stages).
* The applicant must have possessed all of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered elibiglbe for this position.
· Engine Boss (ENGB) or Crew Boss (CRWB)
· Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4) or Prescribed Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2)
Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.
Applicants must meet the experience and/or education requirements, qualifications, any selective placement factors specified in the announcement, and time-in-grade requirements by the closing date, Monday, November 12, 2012
Unless previously served, you must complete a probationary period.
You will be required to carry a firearm in performance of your duties. Per the Lautenberg Amendment to 18 U.S.C.922(g)(9), effective September 30, 1996, applicants are ineligible for this position if at ANY time they have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime of domestic violence, unless such conviction was expunged, set aside or the applicant received a pardon.
REQUIREMENTS/TESTING: Prior to appointment, the person selected for this position must be determined physically fit by an authorized physician to perform strenuous and physically demanding duties; and also pass a medical examination (which includes vision, hearing, cardiovascular, and mobility of extremities) given by an authorized physician. Selectees must also be able to pass the work capacity fitness test (Pact Test: Must carry a 45 LB pack for 3 miles within 45 minutes). Failure to meet any of the required medical qualifications will disqualify you for employment
Work Capacity Test (Pack Test): Annually, the duties/requirements of this position require the incumbent to meet the physical fitness test for arduous duty positions.
Medical Exam: A pre-employment medical exam in addition to recurring medical exams during employment are required for this position. Applicants must meet established medical standards for this position prior to appointment, and continue to meet them during their employment.
THIS IS A DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION under the Department's Drug Free Workplace Program. Applicant who is tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative result prior to entering on duty. You will be subject to random drug testing.
This is a secondary/administrative fire position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c)(CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d)(FERS). While secondary positions are not subject to the maximum entry age policy, the selectee must have prior service in a primary position and meet the transfer requirement for movement from a primary to secondary position to be eligible for special retirement coverage.
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.
Frequent travel, up to 40% of the time is required. You will travel by fixed and rotor wing aircraft and through other means.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your rating will be based on your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. The Assessment questions relate to the following competencies that are required to perform the work of this position.
KSA-1 Knowledge of fire management programs such as prescribed fire, fire effects monitoring, and risk mitigation.
KSA-2 Ability to adapt land use plan objectives from multiple land managers into suppression and protection strategies.
KSA-3 Knowledge of fire behavior, and fuels types to develop operational strategies to meet interagency fire management option objectives.
KSA-4 Knowledge of financial planning in order to prepare, monitor, and implement an annual work plan.
KSA-5 Ability to direct a staff in the implementation of fire and aviation plans
Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic qualifications. If you meet the qualification requirements based on your online application and are found to be among the top candidates you will be referred to the selecting official for further review. All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. If it is determined that your work history, competencies, and/or your supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you will not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough detail to support your answers to the competencies. A panel may be used to review your application.