Job Title: Forestry Technician (Fire Lookout)Job Announcement Number: NPS-FIRE-2013-019
Department: Department Of The Interior
Agency: National Park Service
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Monday, December 03, 2012 to
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
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
WHO MAY APPLY:
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
DUTIES:Back to top
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.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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.
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BENEFITS:Back to top
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.