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Job Title:  Forestry Technician (Fire Lookout)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  NPS-FIRE-2013-019

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$14.31 to $14.31 / Per Hour
Monday, December 03, 2012 to Tuesday, April 30, 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 - Tulelake, CA, US  View Map
Applications will be accepted from all qualified United States citizens.


The National Park Service is looking for temporary employees to work as fire lookouts in Tulelake, CA (Lava Beds National Monument)

FIRST CONSIDERATION DATE: Lava Beds National Monument selecting officials will begin to consider applicants prior to the closing date of the announcement. You must apply on or before 1/29/2013 to receive first consideration. Thereafter, applications may be considered as needed during the open period of the announcement.

For information on each of the National Park Service (NPS) fire programs, please visit their website.

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
  • 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 Fire Lookout (GS-04 Forestry Technician) will perform fire control duties by observingand reporting specific smoke sightings and applying various specialized practices, tools and equipment to ascertain and relay specific information on the sightings of wildland fire. Observe and document all fire weather and conditions data. Order and maintain look-out equipment. Maintain radio communications with other lookout stations. Serve as the primary contact at the lookout. Incumbent will be required to hike approximately 1.5 miles with an elevation gain of approx. 600 feet daily to access the lookout tower. The hike is a gradual uphill climb. Schonchin Butte Lookout is visited regularly by summer tourists, and the lookout staff provide educational and interpretive opportunities for visitors when time allows.


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To qualify for a GS-04, you must meet at least one of the following:
- 6 months of general work experience, which can be any work experience AND 6 months of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-3 level duties. Examples of specialized work experience is considered wildland fire duties in observing and reporting smoke sightings, observing weather and documenting, maintaining wildland fire equipment; or wildland fire dispatching.  Also, forest or range fire control, prevention or suppression work is creditable. OR
- 2 years of education above the high school level which included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of the following courses:  forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine biology and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours of mathematics is creditable toward this requirement; OR
- an equivalent combination of the education and experience specified above.

Physical demands: Requires long periods of standing, walking and hiking over rough terrain. Demands of long days in the tower may not be physically demanding but may be mentally fatiguing.

DRUG TESTING: This is not a drug testing position. Employees wishing to perform wildland fire duties are 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.

    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 further 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.
    - 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.

    * You only need to fax or upload documents that apply to you.
    * For instructions please click

    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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