EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions, GS-0401 and Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-0401: General Biological Science Series.
BASIC REQUIREMENT FOR GS-0401:
A. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR
B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in biological sciences, agriculture or natural resources management, or at least 24 semester hours in biological sciences, natural resources, wildland fire management, forestry, or agriculture equivalent to a major field of study, plus appropriate experience or additional education that is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in the biological sciences, agriculture, or natural resources.
ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: In addition to meeting the basic entry level qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education as follows:
GS-9: 1 year of creditable specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level OR 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a masters degree or masters or equivalent graduate degree.
GS-7: 1 year of creditable specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level OR 1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience which has provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully function in the wildland fire management position. Possession of the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities can be evidenced by:
For GS-9 Grade Level:
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 plan objectives can be met from a fire management standpoint.
· Conducting field inspections before and/or after prescribed fires or wildland fires to determine if objectives have been met.
2. Prescribed fire/fuels management experience in activities such as:
· Inventory methods and procedures.
· Fuel treatment methods and programming.
· Evaluating prescribed fire plans or fire management plans to ensure containment is possible and identify appropriate contingencies if containment is not obtained.
3. Fire management operations - analyzing and applying fire management strategies, plus experience in at least four of the following activities:
· Mobilization and dispatch coordination
· Fire prevention
· Equipment development and deployment
· Fire communications systems
· Suppression and preparedness
For GS-7 Grade Level: Specialized experience is defined as experience that demonstrated an understanding of fire behavior relative to fuels, weather, and topography and how fire effects the natural and cultural resources. Typical assignments include:
- Participating in implementing prescribed fire or fire use plans to ensure resource objectives can be met from a fire management standpoint.
- Developing initial attack incident management strategies and tactics to meet the stated resource objectives.
SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled. S.A.A. is based on (1) Class standing-applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class, based on completed courses; or (2) Grade-Point Average-applicants must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (3) Election to membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.
SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTORS: In addition to the qualification requirements above, candidates must possess the following type and amount of experience determined to be essential to the position:
- Applicants must have prior wildland firefighting experience. A minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required to meet qualifications for this secondary (administrative) covered position. Wildland firefighting experience is defined as on-the-line wildland firefighting experience gained through containment, control, suppression, or use of wildland fire. Three distinct types of wildland fire have been defined and include wildfire, wildland fire use, and prescribed fire (includes only fireline experience on a prescribed fire and does not include experience in the planning stages). This is a MANDATORY qualification prerequisite to qualify for this position.
NOTE: Selective factors are knowledges, skills, abilities, or special qualifications that are in addition to the minimum requirements in a qualification standard, but are determined to be essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. Applicants who do not meet the selective factors are ineligible for further consideration.