EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for One-Grade Interval Technical or Medical Support Positions, and Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-0455: Range Technician Series; and the Approved IFPM/NWCG Qualifications Standards and Guide for GS-0455, Senior Wildland Firefighter).
GS-5: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 grade level OR 4 years of successfully completed education above the high school level leading to a bachelors degree (a) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as those shown below for GS-4. No more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.
GS-4: 6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience OR 2 years of successfully completed education above the high school level that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of course 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 OR 4 seasons of specialized experience.
SEASONAL EXPERIENCE: A season of experience is considered to be a period of no less than 3 months of continuous employment on a seasonal basis. Shorter periods may be combined to make a season, provided a total of at least 3 months experience is shown. For any period where the work exceeded 3 months, the excess work is credited towards an additional season of experience.
GENERAL EXPERIENCE: (1) Any type of work that demonstrates the applicants ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation. Specialized experience may be substituted for general experience.
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. Example of qualifying specialized experience include:
· Work in the conservation, regulation, and use of public or federally controlled lands for grazing.
· Range research activities.
· Work in the operation of a livestock ranch or in assisting in the management or preservation of lands comparable to the public range.
· Range or forest fire control, prevention, or suppression work.
SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTORS: These are MANDATORY qualification prerequisites to qualify for this position. The applicant must have possessed all of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position:
- Primary Core Qualification: Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) or higher.
- Required Training: S-290, Intermediate Fire Behavior Training.
- Prior Wildland Firefighting Experience: Applicants must have prior firefighting experience as gained by substantial service in a primary firefighter (wildland fire) position or equivalent experience outside the Federal government. Wildland firefighting experience is defined as on-the-line wildland firefighting experience gained through containment, control, suppression, or use of wildland fire. Wildland fire is defined as any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland. The three distinct types of wildland fire are wildfire, wildland fire use, and prescribed fire (includes only fireline experience on a prescribed fire and does not include experience in the planning stages).
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.
FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE AND MAXIMUM ENTRY AGE LIMIT: This position is covered as a primary firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of U.S.C. 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS) subject to maximum entry age and mandatory retirement at age 57, or anytime after 57, upon reaching 20 years of covered service. Applicants for this position must not have reached their 37th birthday upon appointment to this position. An exception is allowed if there is prior federal service in a covered firefighter position.
SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS: A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicants successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: This is a permanent (full-time) seasonal position. Incumbent will be full-time and subject to an established tour of duty of 40 hours per week when actually employed. Services will not be required at certain times due to lack of work, lack of funds, weather conditions, ceiling limitations, or other circumstances and incumbent will be placed in a non-work, non-pay status. As designated during the year, furlough period will be a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of twelve (12) weeks.
A Baseline Medical Examination will be required for all newly hired personnel in permanent positions that require wildland fire arduous duty and who would have received a Baseline medical examination under the Department of Interior (DOI) Medical Standards Program (MSP).
As a condition of employment, incumbents must complete a Baseline medical examination as required by the DOI-MSP when processes are in place to support this level of exam through the DOI-MSP.
OTHER: Incumbent will be required to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle in the performance of duties, therefore, a valid drivers license is required. Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
May require the incumbent to obtain and maintain a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) to operate motor vehicles.
This is a Testing Designated Positions (TDP) under the Department of Interior Drug Free Workplace Program.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Duties involve 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 weighting 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.
Incumbent is subject to medical examination and must pass the work capacity test for arduous positions.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- KNOWLEDGE OF WILDLAND FIRE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES, STRATEGIES, AND TACTICS USED ON PLANNED AND UNPLANNED IGNITIONS.
- SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE AND CERTIFICATIONS RELATED TO CHAIN SAW USE, WATER HANDING, HELICOPTER OPERATIONS, AND WILDLAND-URBAN INTERFACE TACTICS AND STRATEGIES.
- KNOWLEDGE OF GENERAL RANGE/FORESTRY WORK SUFFICIENT TO PERSONALLY PERFORM AND LEAD OTHERS IN THE PERFORMANCE OF PROJECT WORK RELATED TO FUELS TREATMENTS, THINNING, WILDLIFE AND WATERSHED TREATMENTS, REHABILITATION, AND EQUIPMENT AND VEHICLE MAINTENANCE.
- KNOWLEDGE OF NATIONAL WILDFIRE COORDINATING GROUP (NWCG) STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES RELATED TO QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING.
- SKILL IN ORAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATION SUFFICIENT TO EFFECTIVELY INTERACT WITH PEOPLE AT ALL LEVELS, INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL, INCLUDING THE PUBLIC.
We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your resume, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.