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Job Title:  Lead Wildland Firefighter (Lead Range or Forestry Technician)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  NPS-FIRE-2013-014

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$18.27 to $18.27 / Per Hour
Thursday, November 01, 2012 to Thursday, February 28, 2013
These are full-time excepted service temporary seasonal positions; Not to Exceed 6 months. - The length and actual dates of employment may vary depending on the position.
few vacancies in the following location:
Denali National Park, AK, USView Map
Applications will be accepted from all qualified United States citizens.


The Department of the Interior, National Park Service, is now looking for temporary employees to work on as a Lead Wildland Firefighter on a handcrew at Denali National Park, in Alaska. For more information on Crew Types, click here.

This position has been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard. This position has been categorized as a Senior Firefighter (SFF), and is subject to meeting the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position. Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at the IFPM website by clicking here.

FIRST CONSIDERATION DATE: Selecting Officials at Denali National Park will begin to consider applicants prior to the closing date of the announcement. You must apply on or before 01/08/2013 to receive first consideration this location. Thereafter, applications may be considered as needed during the open period of the announcement.

For information on the National Park Servies fire program, please visit their website at: National Park Service (NPS) - Includes positions at National Parks (NP) and National Monuments (NM)

For contacts and information regarding housing availability visit Fire Contacts on the DOI Fire Jobs website and select the state you are interested in.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Positions may require a valid state drivers license
  • Some positions may require a CDL; information will be provided at job offer
  • All positions have medical qualification requirements
  • You must be 18 years of age or older prior to appointment
  • These positions have no promotion potential


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A Lead Wildland Firefighter (GS-06, Range/Forestry Tech), Serves as a lead wildland firefighter performing the following duties: locates fire line, directs and participates in fire line construction, backfiring and burnout operations, engine operations, tree falling and holding/patrol mop-up operations.  Serves as a lead wildland firefighter on a prescribed fire crew.  Performs prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding, and mop-up. Monitors fire behavior, fire effects, and fire weather on prescribed fires and wildland fire use.  Serves as a lead wildland firefighter on a wildland fire engine.  Drives and operates a wildland fire engine, positioning the engine for proper use and operation. Personally performs and directs others in starting pump engine, priming pump, adjusting engine speed and pump valves, laying hose, and using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustment in effective use of water and additives. May serve as a lead wildland firefighter on a helitack crew. Leads the fire suppression efforts of the helicopter module. Directs the loading of helicopter personnel and cargo considering weight and balance, securing cargo, etc. Completes manifests of personnel and equipment being transported to the fire or other work sites. Inventories and inspects helicopter accessories, fire tools, and equipment. Assures that needed tools and equipment are available for fire fighting tasks.

PLEASE NOTE: This position will be based out of Denali Park, Alaska. It will have fire management responsibilities for not only Denali National Park and Preserve itself but also for the Western Arctic Parklands and Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. Interested candidates need to be flexible and self-motivated individuals who are willing to participate in the varied aspects of fire management without focusing solely on fire operations. Fire management responsibilities and opportunities may include but will not be limited to hazard fuels reduction planning and implementation, fire ecology, GIS, cabin database project, fire communication and education, cache management, training instruction, and assisting with resource management projects. Operationally, individuals could fill fire roles (either single resource or on a crew) inside and outside of Alaska depending on fire activity and fire qualifications of the individual, assist with structure protection and prescribed fire projects, and/or monitor fires via aircraft.


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To qualify for a GS-06, you must meet at least one of the following AND the Selective Factor:

  • 12 months of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level duties: Examples include on-the-line wildland fire experience in forest/range fire control, prevention or suppression work; operating and maintaining specialized wildland fire tools/equipment/vehicles and may include leading crewmembers.; OR
  • 9 semester/12 quarter hours credit of graduate education directly related to this position; OR
  • a combination of education and experience that is directly related to the work of this position.

SELECTIVE FACTOR: You must possess the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training to be considered eligible for the GS-6 position.

  • Fire Fighter Type 1 (FFT1); And
  • Faller Class B (FALB); And
  • Successful completion of S-290 "Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior"

    For more information regarding basic qualifications, general experience and combining education and experience click here.

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/TESTING: You must pass an initial pre-employment physical examination and must be able to pass the work capacity fitness 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. Any condition, which would cause you to be a hazard to yourself or to others, will disqualify you for employment.

    DRUG TESTING: The NPS REQUIRES MANDATORY DRUG TESTING WITH FAVORABLE RESULTS PRIOR TO REPORTING FOR WORK. The drug test will be provided at Government direction and expense. Once hired, employees are also subject to random drug testing during employment.


    Your application will be evaluated by reviewing your on-line resume and your responses to the User Information, Core Questions, and Vacancy Questions, and if applicable your transcripts. ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS MUST BE SUPPORTED IN YOUR RESUME AND WILL BE VERIFIED. IF THEY ARE NOT SUPPORTED IN YOUR RESUME, YOU MAY BE RATED UNQUALIFIED.
    To preview questions please click here.


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    Temporary employees hired in wildland fire or wildland fire support positions are eligible for the following:

    • Annual and Sick Leave
    • Depending on tour of duty – Sunday, holiday, shift differential and/ or hazard pay
    • Paid federal holidays
    • Participation in the Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) program - Employees electing to participate in the FEHB will be responsible for the employee share of the premium while on the official agency roles.  After separating from federal employment, employees will be offered to continue participation in FEHB under the Temporary Continuation of Coverage (TCC) option. Employees electing to continue coverage under the TCC provision will be responsible for the full premium amount plus a 2% administration fee.


    SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

    BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS: These positions are subject to a pre-employment background investigation. If applicable, the appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of the background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to satisfy the background check will result in cancellation of offer of employment or may be grounds for termination. For further information on Privacy Act, please refer to the "Legal and Regulatory Guidance" link at the bottom of the screen.


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    Applications must be received ON-LINE through USAJOBS. On-line applications must be submitted prior to 12:00AM (Midnight) Eastern Standard Time of the closing date/early consideration date of the announcement.

    • Step 1 - Register with USAJOBS ( and Create a Resume. You must use the USAJOBS resume builder, DOI FIRES does not accept uploaded resumes.
    • Step 2 - Review the Vacancy Announcement Review the announcement thoroughly. These sections describe who is eligible to apply, what education and/or experience is required for the position, and which documents are needed for your application package. We suggest you preview the vacancy questions, located under the Qualifications and Evaluations tab. You may need to update your USAJOBS resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions.
    • Step 3 - Apply Online Click the "Apply Online" link at the side of the page. Select your USAJOBS resume to submit with your application and answer the vacancy questions.
    • Step 4 - Supporting Documentation To submit required supporting documentation that applies to you, refer to the 'Required Documents' section below.

    For detailed step-by-step instructions on how to apply click here. After you have completed the online application process you may review your current application status at any time, and update your application during the open period of the announcement. Click here for updating application instructions.

    Failure to provide the required information may negatively affect your qualification determinations.

    If applying online poses a hardship for you, or you do not have Internet access, contact the FIRES help desk 1-888-364-6432 for an application packet PRIOR to the closing date of the announcement.


    You MUST fax or upload Required Documents prior to the early consideration or close date.

    College transcripts - If you are qualifying using education above high school, you MUST submit your college transcripts.

    Veteran Preference Documentation - If you are claiming Veteran Preference, you MUST submit evidence of eligibility. DD-214 MUST show character of service. Failure to submit a DD-214 which shows the character of service and other appropriate supporting documentation, if applicable, will result in NOT granting preference. NOTE:  If you are still on active duty, contact the FIRES Help Desk at the number listed in this announcement for acceptable alternative documentation. 

    - 5-point preference - DD-214 which shows character of service, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof of entitlement.

    - 10-point preference - DD-214, SF-15, an official letter dated 1991 or later from the Department of Veteran's Affairs, or other appropriate source. For further information on Veterans Preference, please refer to the "Veteran Information" link at the bottom of the screen.

    Incident Qualification Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or equivalent documentation - If you are applying for the GS-5, you must submit your IQCS Master Record or other equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the IFPM minimum qualification standards as stated in the qualification section of this announcement. Failure to provide this documentation will result in you being rated as not qualified for the GS-5 position.

    * You only need to fax or upload documents that apply to you.

    * For faxing and uploading instructions please click here.

    Failure to submit required documents, if applicable, may result in you not being considered, or not receiving the appropriate preference. You will not be contacted for additional information. If you have questions regarding what is considered appropriate supporting documentation, refer to the contact information provided in this announcement.


    FIRES Help Desk
    Phone: 888-364-6432
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    Agency Information:
    INTERIOR, National Park Service
    FIRES Program Office
    (call toll free number for address information)
    Boise, ID
    Fax: 000-000-0000


    If you are determined to be eligible and qualified; you may be referred to the locations you selected during the application process. You can check your application status by logging into My Account, and selecting "Application Status", then select the "More Information" link in the Application Status column to view detailed information regarding your application status. You will only be notified through e-mail when you are referred; no other notifications will be sent.

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