EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions, and Individual Occupational Requirements for Forestry Technician Series, GS-0462).
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 requirement; 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 the GS-05 grade level, 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-04 is required. Examples of work experience include, but are not limited to: experience in firefighting techniques and practices, equipment and resources used in wildland fire suppression, including support needs, communications, and safety precautions; performing as a crewmember on a variety of initial attack or extended attack wildland fires.
To qualify for the GS-07 grade level, 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-05 is required. Examples of work experience include, but are not limited to: experience using firefighting techniques and practices; equipment and resources used in wildland fire suppression, including support needs, communications, and safety precautions sufficient to (1) perform logistics coordination functions with minimal supervision (2) follow alternative dispatch procedures to supplement preplanned mobilization guides; assisting in the mobilization of fire suppression resources to meet local, geographic and national fire suppression and other emergency needs.
To qualify for the GS-09 grade level, 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-07 is required. Examples of work experience include, but are not limited to: experience using firefighting techniques and practices; equipment and resources used in wildland fire suppression, including support needs, communications, and safety precautions sufficient to (1) perform logistics coordination functions for a variety of agencies with varying internal procedures, (2) devise alternative dispatch procedures to supplement preplanned guides which meet the needs of the fire suppression/prescribed fire organization fire occurrence periods ; assisting in the mobilization of fire suppression resources to meet local, geographic and national fire suppression and other emergency needs.
Substitution of Education for Experience:
GS-05: Successful completion of a 4 year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with either a major study in forestry, range management or agriculture; or a subject matter field DIRECTLY related to the position; OR at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following courses: forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine biology and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 6 semester hours of mathematics is creditable. The level of the course work must have been equivalent to at least the junior- and senior-year levels of a baccalaureate program; OR a combination of education and experience that is directly related to the work of this position.
GS-07: one full year (18 semester hours) of graduate education which is DIRECTLY related to work of the position OR an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education.
GS-09: two full years (36 semester hours) of graduate education or a master’s degree which is DIRECTLY related to work of the position OR an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement.
Selective Placement Factor(s): This position requires a special qualification that has 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 factor(s) will be rated not qualified.
Prior on-the-line firefighting: The Department of the Interior defines wildland firefighting experience as any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland. Wildland firefighting experience is gained through work on the fire line in containment, control, suppression or use of wildland fire. This experience can be met by serving in a temporary, seasonal, or equivalent private sector fire position for no less than 90 days. Wildland fires are categorized into two distinct types: (1) Wildfires – Unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildfires; and (2) Prescribed Fires – Planned ignitions. This description includes only fireline experience on a Prescribed Fire; it does not include experience in the planning stages. Prescribed fire experience must be supplemented by fire suppression experience in order to be creditable as previous wildland firefighting experience.
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. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. 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.
- Knowledge of laws, regulations, policies, standards and procedures applicable to dispatch and use of wildland firefighting resources.
- Knowledge of agency resources, ground/air transport facilities mobilization planning.
- Skill in diplomatically meeting, cooperating and dealing effectively with peers under stressful conditions.
- Knowledge of fire related systems.
- Skill in written and verbal communications using appropriate fire related terminology.
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. To preview questions please click here.