Qualification Requirement Using Specialized Experience or Education:
In order to be rated as qualified using specialized experience, we must be able to determine that you meet the definition(s) below - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level of the position to be filled.
Specialized Experience Requirements: In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirements; please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.
To qualify for GS-06, you must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-05; Specialized experience is further defined as having leadership experience in the implementation of strategies, tactics, and suppression methods that are used in the containment and control of wildland fires.
OR six months of graduate level college education related to range technician fire work such as a major study in forestry, fire science or closely related field. Graduate education meets the specialized experience requirement only in those instances where it is DIRECTLY related to the work of the position.
To qualify for GS-07, you must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-06; Specialized experience is further defined as working as a skilled lead wildland firefighter with on-the-line wildland fire experience in forest/range fire control, prevention or suppression utilizing a wide variety of specialized wildland fire tools and equipment.
OR one (1) year (18 semester credits) of graduate level college education related to range technician fire work such as a major study in forestry, fire science or closely related field. Graduate education meets the specialized experience requirement only in those instances where it is DIRECTLY related to the work of the position.
Education and experience may be combined to meet the specialized experience requirement.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Selective Placement Factors: This position requires special qualifications that have been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as a screen out element. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factors will be rated not qualified.
(1) Engine Boss (ENGB), AND (2) Incident Commander, Type 5 (ICT5), AND (3) NWCG Course S-211, "Portable Pumps and Water Use" AND (4) You must possess a current valid state driver's license.
You must provide a copy of your Incident Qualification Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or equivalent documentation for verification by the closing date.
You can review the Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions, Range Technician Series, 0455 located on the OPM website.
If you are a current career seasonal employee, your time spent in non-pay status is not creditable towards meeting the specialized experience requirement of 52 weeks or 1 year (whichever is first). Please include in your resume (on the first line of each job experience section), the dates you were placed in and out of pay status.
This is a primary firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS). The position is subject to maximum entry age (MEA) requirements. The maximum entry-age for this position is 37, unless you have sufficient prior Federal civilian firefighter experience or you are a preference eligible veteran. If you have left Federal service and are over the age of 37, you must provide copies of SF50s showing beginning and ending dates of covered Federal law enforcement service or your will not be eligible for consideration under this vacancy announcement.
If you are a preference eligible veteran, you may be eligible for this position after your 37th birthday. You must supply a copy of your Defense Department Form 214 (DD-214) along with Standard Form 15 (if applicable) and any associated documentation in accordance with the instructions in this vacancy announcement or your will not be eligible to receive a waiver of the maximum entry age requirement.
Passage of a pre-employment physical is required. You must also pass the work capacity test for an arduous position. The physical demands of this position are rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. Work requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighing over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring at least average agility and dexterity. Duties include demands for strenuous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods of time. Operation of some specialized fire equipment can place extended physical stress on incumbent during fire activities.
THIS IS A DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION. In accordance with Executive Order 12564 and under the Department’s Drug Free Workplace Program applicant(s) tentatively selected for this position must submit a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and to pass the test prior to appointment. The position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
If you possess and/or obtain a CDL and are required to use it in this position, then you will come under the Drug and Alcohol Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991. If the person selected for the position does not currently occupy a CDL Drug and Alcohol Testing Designated Position, they must submit to and receive a negative test result prior to appointment. A positive drug or alcohol test result may be grounds for denying final placement into this position. The Act also mandates that the incumbent is subject to random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, return-to-duty, and follow-up drug and alcohol testing.
You must be 18 years of age or older to be assigned to a hazardous position.
You must possess a valid state driver's license at all times during appointment in this position.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, you application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.
KSA 1: Knowledge of supervisory policies, procedures and methods in order to manage a diverse workforce.
KSA 2: Knowledge of strategies, tactics, and suppression methods used in containment and control of wildfires and wildland fires.
KSA 3: Knowledge of fire behavior including influences of temperature, humidity, wind, topography, slope, and fuels.
KSA 4: Knowledge of instruction techniques and skill in coordinating training sessions and presenting wildland fire suppression and prescribed fire training material. To preview questions please click here.