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Job Title:Forest Fire Management Officer (FFMO)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Forest Service

Job Announcement Number:OCR13-301-FFMO(M)-9/11DP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$47,448.00 to $57,408.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 to Saturday, November 30, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0301-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

50 vacancies in the following location(s):
Montgomery, AL View Map
Mount Ida, AR View Map
Alpine, AZ View Map
Camp Verde, AZ View Map
Cavecreek, AZ View Map
More Locations  (113)

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens; no prior Federal experience is required.

JOB 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 is established on a Forest Service unit. The incumbent serves as a Forest Fire Management Officer (FFMO) and is responsible for providing leadership and program direction for the unit’s fire and aviation management program. The incumbent is responsible for coordinating the development of short and long-range fire management program plans, fire management activities on the unit, and integrating the unit’s fire management program with other disciplines and interagency partners to achieve goals consistent with the Federal Wildland Fire Policy and agency manual direction. 

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 OCR13-301-FFMO(M)-9/11G.  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.

 This position has been identified under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) and is subject to selective placement factor requirements contained in the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard and Guide when filling this vacancy. IFPM 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 must possess these qualifications to be considered eligible for this position. For further information: http://www.ifpm.nifc.gov/standard/electronicver/electronic.htm

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required.
  • Must meet IFPM qualifications.
  • Secondary firefighter retirement covered position.
  • Must possess and maintain a Valid Driver’s License.
  • Position requires a Work Capacity Test (WCT).
  • US Citizenship required.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.

DUTIES:

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Develops fire control plans and documents, including pre-suppression, prevention, detection, and suppression tactics and strategies.  Contributes to the compilation, review, and/or distribution of fire hazard and risk data.  Collaborates in the planning of wildland fire suppression and prescribed burning operations.  Assists in the determination of resources required for pre-suppression and suppression activities.

Provides technical advice and support to districts to ensure integration of fire ecology and effects into all documents, plans, and projects.  Supports long-range fire behavior prediction science and climatology.  Assists in the establishment and operation of training programs.

Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised.  Plans, schedules, and assigns work to subordinates.  Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff members; provides feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance.  Provides advice, counsel, and/or instruction to staff members.  Recommends or approves appointments, selections, or reassignments to positions appropriate to the selection authority delegated.  Effects disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area.  Carries out Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and program activities.

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


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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/group-stds/gs-admin.asp

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-09 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-07:  Assisted with a component of a wildland and/or prescribed fire management program. Assisted in implementing a partial fire program budget taking into consideration changing priorities. Assisted in implementing agreements with cooperators. Established and maintained relationships with entities external to the organization regarding fire management program issues.

 

For the GS-11 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-09: Managed or assisted with a component of a wildland and/or prescribed fire management program. Assisted in developing and implementing a partial fire program budget taking into consideration changing priorities. Implemented agreements with cooperators, and maintained relationships with entities external to the organization regarding fire management program issues.

Substitution of Education for Experience:

The experience requirements for the GS-9 level may be met by completion of two (2) years of graduate level education or a master's degree in a position-related field of forestry or natural resources management.

The experience requirements for the GS-11 level may be met by completion of three (3) years of graduate level education or a doctorate in a position-related field of forestry or natural resources management.

Combination of Education and Experience:

For the GS-09 and GS-11 equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements. 

Selective Place 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.
  • Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirement of Task Force Leader (TFLD) -OR- Helicopter Manager Type 1 (HEB1).
  • Successfully completed the Secondary NWCG Core Requirement of Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) -OR- Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2) if qualifying with (TFLD).
  • Successfully completed the Secondary NWCG Core Requirement of Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) if qualifying with (HEB1).
  • Successfully completed the NWCG Course # M-581 Fire Program Management.

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.  


REQUIREMENTS:

Must be 18 years of age.

Subject to satisfactory completion of a one year supervisory/managerial probationary period.

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 certain Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) or Fire Program Management (FS-FPM) positions: This position participates in wildland firefighting activities. Based on the type of work performed, TAKING and PASSING the WCT at the ARDUOUS, MODERATE, or LIGHT level is a condition of employment. The arduous, moderate, or light WCT is dependent on the incumbent’s NWCG (National Wildfire Coordinating Group) incident management qualifications required for their IFPM or FS-FPM position.  This announcement constitutes the required 30 days advanced notice for testing requirements.

This position has been identified as Moderate Complexity under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) and is subject to selective placement factor requirements contained in the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard and Guide when filling this vacancy. IFPM 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 must have at one time possessed these to be considered eligible for this position. Currency Requirement: Applicants are not required to possess currency of the NWCG qualifications to be eligible for the position, but must be able to provide documented evidence that they have been fully qualified in the past.

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=5d48a383-f9fc-4762-a6bd-a0d600facb0f


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at:  http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Relocation expenses may be authorized.

If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation. The position may require a Confidential, Secret, or Top Secret security clearance or be subject to a Public Trust background investigation at the time of appointment, and may be subject to reinvestigation every five years thereafter. A favorable adjudication of the clearance or background investigation at the time of appointment and on reinvestigations is a condition of employment.

FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE: This is a secondary firefighter position under 5 USC 8336(c) (CSRS) and 8412(d) (FERS). At least 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required. There is no age limit for entry into secondary positions. Firefighter retirement coverage of the incumbent depends upon his or her individual work history.

Some Fire positions may have Conditions of Employment such as: a valid state drivers license; a commercial drivers license (CDL); pre-appointment and random drug testing; or a physical or medical examination. There may be additional Conditions of Employment not listed here, however applicants will be notified of any specific requirements at the time a tentative job offer is made.

Applications received become the property of the USDA Forest Service and will not be returned.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Check our website at: http://www.fs.fed.us/fsjobs for general information on the Forest Service.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.

You must complete the application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Assistance is available during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be received no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

Step1 – Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at www.usajobs.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

Step 2 - Create a Resume with USAJOBS or upload a Resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

Step 3 - Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.

You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents must be submitted to constitute a complete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure that all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents will result in elimination from consideration.


1. Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience; and, 5) other qualifications.


2. College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or you are substituting education for specialized experience. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application, however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required.


3. DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) and/or SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference if claiming Veterans’ Preference or eligibility for appointment under the VRA, VEOA, or 30% Disabled Veterans hiring authority.


4. SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action if you are a current or former Federal employee that will verify your federal status, position title, series and grade. FSA County employees must provide the most recent Notification of Personnel Action (Form SF-50-B or FSA-50) that verifies permanent status. Also provide the SF-50 that reflects the highest grade level held on a permanent basis or the full performance level of your current position, whichever is higher.


5. Annual Performance Appraisal if you are a current Federal employee. Submit the most recently completed annual performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) which identifies the employee's official rating of record, signed by the supervisor, or a statement advising why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.


6. Certification of Disability if you are eligible for appointment based on a disability under the Schedule A hiring authority. This certification can be documented by a counselor from a State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency or the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service of the Department of Veterans Affairs; by a statement or letter on a physician/medical professionals’ letterhead stationary; or by statements, records, or letters from a Federal Government agency that issues or provides disability benefits. The certification must verify the applicant has a severe disability, is eligible under a Schedule A appointment authority, and he or she is able to perform the essential duties of the position. The certification must also describe any needed reasonable accommodation. You can review additional information at: https://www.opm.gov/disability/appempl.asp.


7. If you are eligible for appointment based on service in the Peace Corps, Vista, Action Cooperative, or another special authority, submit proof of eligibility.

8. CTAP/ICTAP documentation if separated from Federal service or pending separation based on a reduction in force (RIF) or other management workforce reduction action. Proof of eligibility must include a separation notice or Certificate of Expected Separation, SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action or most recent SF-50 (that is not an award), and latest performance appraisal (dated within the last 18 months) or a statement advising why one is unavailable.


NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document.

In order to be considered for this position, copies of your Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record (or equivalent training documents) which contain documented proof of the certification or attainment of the IFPM Selective Placement Factor for this position MUST be attached to your application. Currency Requirement:  Currency of NWCG qualifications is not required for selection. If not currently qualified, the applicant must provide documented evidence that they have been fully qualified in the past. Failure to provide this documentation will result in disqualification.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HRM Contact Center
Phone: 877-372-7248, option 2
Fax: Not accepting Faxes
TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: fsjobs@fs.fed.us
Agency Information:
USDA Forest Service
Do not mail in applications, see instructions on How To Apply tab.
Albuquerque, NM,
87109
USA
Fax: Not accepting Faxes

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an acknowledgement email that the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and if you were selected or not selected.  If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application.  Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.   Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate are made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate

Additional Duty Location Info

50 vacancies in the following locations:
Montgomery, AL View Map
Mount Ida, AR View Map
Alpine, AZ View Map
Camp Verde, AZ View Map
Cavecreek, AZ View Map
Chino Valley, AZ View Map
Douglas, AZ View Map
Duncan, AZ View Map
Flagstaff, AZ View Map
Fredonia, AZ View Map
Globe, AZ View Map
Happy Jack, AZ View Map
Hereford, AZ View Map
Lakeside, AZ View Map
Mesa, AZ View Map
Nogales, AZ View Map
Overgaard, AZ View Map
Payson, AZ View Map
Phoenix, AZ View Map
Prescott, AZ View Map
Roosevelt, AZ View Map
Safford, AZ View Map
Scottsdale, AZ View Map
Sedona, AZ View Map
Show Low, AZ View Map
Springerville, AZ View Map
Tonto Basin, AZ View Map
Tucson, AZ View Map
Tusayan, AZ View Map
Williams, AZ View Map
Young, AZ View Map
Alturas, CA View Map
Arcadia, CA View Map
Bishop, CA View Map
Clovis, CA View Map
Eureka, CA View Map
Goleta, CA View Map
Nevada City, CA View Map
Placerville, CA View Map
Porterville, CA View Map
Quincy, CA View Map
Redding, CA View Map
San Bernardino, CA View Map
San Diego, CA View Map
Sonora, CA View Map
South Lake Tahoe, CA View Map
Susanville, CA View Map
Vallejo, CA View Map
Willows, CA View Map
Yreka, CA View Map
Delta, CO View Map
Fort Collins, CO View Map
Glenwood Springs, CO View Map
Monte Vista, CO View Map
Montrose, CO View Map
Crawfordville, FL View Map
Olustee, FL View Map
Boise, ID View Map
Ironwood, MI View Map
Watersmeet, MI View Map
Grand Rapids, MN View Map
Big Timber, MT View Map
Bozeman, MT View Map
Butte, MT View Map
Helena, MT View Map
Kalispell, MT View Map
Libby, MT View Map
Missoula, MT View Map
Whitehall, MT View Map
Bismarck, ND View Map
Nelsonville, OH View Map
Pedro, OH View Map
Bend, OR View Map
Corvallis, OR View Map
John Day, OR View Map
Klamath Falls, OR View Map
Prineville, OR View Map
Bradford, PA View Map
Marienville, PA View Map
Warren, PA View Map
Unicoi, TN View Map
Lufkin, TX View Map
Beaver, UT View Map
Cedar City, UT View Map
Duchesne, UT View Map
Dutch John, UT View Map
Ephraim, UT View Map
Escalante, UT View Map
Ferron, UT View Map
Fillmore, UT View Map
Heber City, UT View Map
Kamas, UT View Map
Loa, UT View Map
Logan, UT View Map
Manila, UT View Map
Moab, UT View Map
Monticello, UT View Map
Ogden, UT View Map
Panguitch, UT View Map
Pleasant Grove, UT View Map
Price, UT View Map
Provo, UT View Map
Richfield, UT View Map
Roosevelt, UT View Map
Saint George, UT View Map
Salt Lake City, UT View Map
South Jordan, UT View Map
South Weber, UT View Map
Spanish Fork, UT View Map
Teasdale, UT View Map
Vernal, UT View Map
Marion, VA View Map
Rutland, VT View Map
Eagle River, WI View Map
Florence, WI View Map
Lakewood, WI View Map
Laona, WI View Map
Cody, WY View Map

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Job Announcement Number:

OCR13-301-FFMO(M)-9/11DP

Control Number:

331152200