Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education if applicable, and any selective placement factors described below before a certificate of candidates from this announcement is issued to the selecting official. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Additional information on the qualification requirements for this position is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM’s website: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/group-stds/gs-tech.asp
Basic Qualifications: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience directly related to this position should be documented in the online application or resume.
Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:
For the GS-03 position, qualifying experience includes six (6) months of general experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position that provided familiarity with subject matter or processes of the occupation.
For the GS-04 position, in addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had six (6) months of general experience AND six (6) months of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-3 grade level. Examples include: Worked with tools and equipment used in laboratories or at field sites ; observed field work projects and recorded data ; identified plant or wildlife species; collected data and used computers to input data and generate reports; identified and cataloged artifacts and/or cultural resources; volunteer work, such as at a youth camp, scouting organization, hospital, local fire department, etc.
For the GS-05 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-04: Examples include: Performed fuels reduction work and suppress wildland fires using a variety of hand/power tools; patrolled fire line to locate and extinguish sparks, flareups, and hot spot fires; moved dirt, chopped brush, or felled small trees to build fire line using various hand tools and power saws to control spreading wildland fires and to prepare lines prior to prescribed burning.
Substitution of Education for Experience:
The experience requirements for the GS-03 level may be met by successful completion of 1 year of study that included at least 6 semester hours/9 quarter hours in a combination of courses such as range management or conservation, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, mathematics, or other natural or physical sciences.
The experience requirements for the GS-04 level may be met by successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.
The experience requirements for the GS-05 level may be met by successful completion of a four (4) year course of study leading to a bachelors' degree or the equivalent. Education must include at least 24 semester/36 quarter hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management with natural resources emphasis, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 6 semester/9 quarter hours in mathematics is creditable.
Combination of Education and Experience:
For the GS-03, GS-04 and GS-05 equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.
Selective Placement Factors:
- Primary firefighter positions include the following age requirements: Under age 37 -OR- less than age 37 after subtracting the months of Federal Service worked in a primary or secondary firefighter/law enforcement position -OR- a veteran preference eligible, older than age 37 and is requesting a waiver to the maximum age requirement.
- To qualify at the GS-05 applicant must have 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. This experience must be documented with specific dates in the online application or resume.
- To qualify at the GS-05 journey worker level, the applicant must have successfully completed Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1). A copy of the Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) master record (or equivalent training document) which contains documented proof of certification or attainment of this requirement should be attached to application.
To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements on the date a certificate of candidates is generated from this announcement.
Will be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.
Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license
Subject to successful completion of pre-employment medical examination.
WORK CAPACITY TEST (WCT) for Wildland Firefighters: This position participates in wildland firefighting activities. Based on the type of work performed, TAKING and PASSING the WCT at the ARDUOUS level is a "condition of employment." The Arduous fitness (Pack) test requires completing a three (3) mile hike within forty-five (45) minutes, while carrying a forty-five (45) pound pack. You are strongly encouraged to consult with your physician and begin training immediately if applying for this position. This announcement constitutes the required 30 days advanced notice for testing requirements.
ARDUOUS FIRE POSITIONS: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be employed in a position performing hazardous duties. An initial pre-employment medical examination is required for arduous fire positions. Failure to meet any of the required medical qualifications will be considered disqualifying for employment.
This position may require the selectee to obtain or possess a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and therefore, is a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Department of Transportation (DOT)/Forest Service Alcohol and Controlled Substance Testing Program. Applicant tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use unless they currently occupy a TDP under the DOT/Forest Service Alcohol and Controlled Substances Testing Program. Final appointment is conditional on a negative drug test. This announcement constitutes 30 days advance notice.
APPRENTICE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:
There are conditions of employment for this position. The selected applicant must complete the provision of the National Apprenticeship Standards. These conditions of employment may change during the term of the apprenticeship as approved by the National Interagency Joint Apprentice Committee (NIJAC). National Apprentice Standards can be found at http://www.wfap.net/forms/Final_Standards9_24_10.pdf
Conditions of employment include:
- Formal Classroom training consisting of the Wildland Fire Academy (both Basic and Advance Academies) at the Wildland Fire Training Center.
- 3,000 hours of on-the-job training as well as hours in the related instruction and supplemental technical training. As applicant for apprenticeship can be credited up to 1,500 hours of creditable experience that meets apprentice work processes categories; and
- Formal class work at the identified passing level; and
- An examination of Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190) passes at 70% level or above at Fire Academy. This exam is given the first day of the Basic Academy; and
- Valid State Driver’s License
- Some positions may require Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), as determined by the position description, and will be subject to pre-employment and random drug testing. Applicants will notified of required CDL testing requirements prior to job offer. You will be required to take pre-employment drug test and be coded in the random drug testing pool before performing any drug testing sensitive duties (driving the engine) for training purposes.
Selected applicants who do not meet these conditions of employment may be subject to removal from position.
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.
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