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Job Title:Fire Management Specialist (Prescribed Fire and Fuels)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Forest Service

Job Announcement Number:OCR13-401-FFUEL(H)-11DP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

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

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, December 03, 2012 to Saturday, November 30, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

many vacancies in the following location(s):
Clarksville, AR View Map
Mount Ida, AR View Map
Camp Verde, AZ View Map
Chino Valley, AZ View Map
Duncan, AZ View Map
More Locations  (142)

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.

Serves in a key fire management position in a field fire management organization as a Fire Management Specialist (Prescribed Fire and Fuel). The incumbent has program responsibility for prescribed fire, fuels management, and smoke management. The incumbent provides professional advice and assistance to meet resource management objectives with prescribed fire and/or multiple objective wildland fires.

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 OCR13-401-FFUEL(H)-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

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.

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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Participates in, coordinates, and/or manages natural resources programs and projects. Implements fuels/vegetation management plans. Performs work involving the review and analysis of forestry resource issues in order to implement forestry resource plans and/or management programs. Prepares guidance for implementing plans within the assigned area of responsibility.

Develops fire management plans to achieve resource management objectives. Prepares long- and/or short-range plans, such as those for prevention, detection, pre-suppression, suppression, prescribed fire coordination and implementation, and/or fuels management efforts.

Performs wildfire suppression support as directed within training and physical capabilities. Performs other duties as assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must meet all the qualification and educational requirements, and any selective placement factors described below before a certificate of candidates from this announcement is issued to the selecting official. Additional information on the qualification requirements for this position are outlined in the Interagency Fire Program Management 401 Supplemental Guide and the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and are available at on these website’s: http://www.ifpm.nifc.gov/standard/standard/DOI_PB_07-13.pdf http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-prof.asp 

Basic Qualifications: Education and experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is directly related to the work of the position to be filled.

Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree with at least 24 semester/36 quarter hours in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position being filled. In addition to education, must have a minimum 1 year of specialized experience as described below.

OR

Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to the requirements above, plus appropriate experience. Education includes completion of less than a full 4-year course of study in a major field of study from an accredited college or university. Major Field of study includes a combination of at least 24 semester/36 quarter hours of upper and lower division courses in biological sciences, natural resources, wildland fire management, forestry, or agriculture AND in addition to education, must have appropriate number of years of experience that is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in biological sciences, agriculture, or natural resources fields.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

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:

Reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for ecological soundness and technical adequacy; conducting field inspections before and after prescribed or wildland fires to determine if resource objectives were achieved; and developing analyses on the ecological role of fire and its use and/or exclusion, and smoke management.

Performing professional forest or range inventory procedures (e.g., Brown's planar intercept for dead and down fuels; live fuel loading assessments); analyzing fuel loadings and determining appropriate fuel treatment methods and programming; land use planning and environmental coordination; and evaluating prescribed burn plans or fire management plans to ensure fire containment is possible and identifying appropriate suppression contingencies if containment cannot be obtained.

Fire/fuels management experience includes work in operations areas such as mobilization and dispatch coordination, fire prevention and education, training, logistics, equipment development and deployment, fire communications systems, suppression and preparedness, or aviation related activities.

Substitution of Education for Experience:

There is no substitution of education for experience for this position.

Selective Placement 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.
  • Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirement of Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2).
  • Successfully completed the Secondary NWCG Core Requirement of Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) -OR- Task Force Leader (TFLD) -OR- Helicopter Manager, Type 1 (HEB1).

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.

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 High 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 possess these qualifications at the high complexity level to be considered eligible for this position.  Currency Requirement: Required to maintain currency once hired into the position. 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, and are able to regain currency within one year of being hired.

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=e3a6f8a4-de0a-40a6-b5f6-a0cf0116f66b


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.

We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.  

Bargaining Unit Status: Eligible - Coverage is dependent upon unit location.

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.

Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK:  Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

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 Official Transcripts and/or Technical Fire Management (TFM) certificates MUST be attached and received before the vacancy closes or before a referral list is issued from an open continuous announcement.

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: Required to maintain currency once hired into the position. 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, and are able to regain currency within one year of being hired. 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

many vacancies in the following locations:
Clarksville, AR View Map
Mount Ida, AR View Map
Camp Verde, AZ View Map
Chino Valley, AZ View Map
Duncan, AZ View Map
Flagstaff, AZ View Map
Globe, AZ View Map
Happy Jack, AZ View Map
Hereford, AZ View Map
Lakeside, AZ View Map
Mesa, AZ View Map
Overgaard, AZ View Map
Payson, AZ View Map
Phoenix, AZ View Map
Prescott, AZ View Map
Sedona, AZ View Map
Springerville, AZ View Map
Tusayan, AZ View Map
Williams, AZ View Map
Alturas, CA View Map
Camino, CA View Map
Clovis, CA View Map
Fortuna, CA View Map
Goleta, CA View Map
Lancaster, 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
Aspen, CO View Map
Carbondale, CO View Map
Meeker, CO View Map
Monte Vista, CO View Map
Montrose, CO View Map
Rifle, CO View Map
Silverthorne, CO View Map
Steamboat Springs, CO View Map
Crawfordville, FL View Map
Olustee, FL View Map
Sanderson, FL View Map
Silver Springs, FL View Map
Boise, ID View Map
Burley, ID View Map
Cambridge, ID View Map
Cascade, ID View Map
Challis, ID View Map
Council, ID View Map
Driggs, ID View Map
Fairfield, ID View Map
Idaho City, ID View Map
Island Park, ID View Map
Ketchum, ID View Map
Lowman, ID View Map
McCall, ID View Map
Montpelier, ID View Map
Mountain Home, ID View Map
New Meadows, ID View Map
North Fork, ID View Map
Pocatello, ID View Map
Soda Springs, ID View Map
Stanley, ID View Map
Weiser, ID View Map
Bedford, IN View Map
Tell City, IN View Map
London, KY View Map
Watersmeet, MI View Map
Grand Rapids, MN View Map
Poplar Bluff, MO View Map
Big Timber, MT View Map
Bozeman, MT View Map
Great Falls, MT View Map
Helena, MT View Map
Libby, MT View Map
Livingston, MT View Map
Missoula, MT View Map
West Yellowstone, MT View Map
New Bern, NC View Map
Bloomfield, NM View Map
Carlsbad, NM View Map
Cloudcroft, NM View Map
Glenwood, NM View Map
Grants, NM View Map
Mimbres, NM View Map
Penasco, NM View Map
Reserve, NM View Map
Ruidoso, NM View Map
Silver City, NM View Map
Tijeras, NM View Map
Carson City, NV View Map
Elko, NV View Map
Ely, NV View Map
Reno, NV View Map
Sparks, NV View Map
Bend, OR View Map
Corvallis, OR View Map
John Day, OR View Map
Madras, OR View Map
Mount Hood, OR View Map
Prineville, OR View Map
Bradford, PA View Map
Marienville, PA View Map
Warren, PA View Map
Edgefield, SC View Map
Unicoi, TN View Map
Lufkin, TX View Map
Beaver, UT View Map
Cedar City, UT View Map
Duchesne, UT View Map
Escalante, UT View Map
Ferron, UT View Map
Heber City, UT View Map
Loa, UT View Map
Logan, UT View Map
Moab, UT View Map
Monticello, UT View Map
Ogden, UT View Map
Panguitch, UT View Map
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White Salmon, WA View Map
Eagle River, WI View Map
Florence, WI View Map
Glidden, WI View Map
Hayward, WI View Map
Medford, WI View Map
Park Falls, WI View Map
Washburn, WI View Map
Cody, WY View Map
Evanston, WY View Map
Jackson, WY View Map
Moran, WY View Map
Mountain View, WY View Map

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Job Announcement Number:

OCR13-401-FFUEL(H)-11DP

Control Number:

332590600