EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions, Approved Interagency Fire Program Management Qualifications Standards and Guide for Unit Fire Program Manager, GS-0401 (Moderate Complexity), Supplemental Qualification Standard for Fire Management Specialist, GS-0401, and Individual Occupational Requirements for General Biological Science Series, GS-0401).
BASIC REQUIREMENT FOR GS-0401:
A. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR
B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in biological sciences, agriculture or natural resources management, or at least 24 semester hours in biological sciences, natural resources, wildland fire management, forestry, or agriculture equivalent to a major field of study, plus appropriate experience or additional education that is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in the biological sciences, agriculture, or natural resources.
ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: In addition to meeting the basic entry level qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education as follows:
GS-09: 1 year of creditable specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level that includes experience in at least two of the following three categories: EXPERIENCE THAT DEMONSTRATED UNDERSTANDING OF FIRE EFFECTS ON CULTURAL AND NATURAL RESOURCES. The assignments must have shown participation in activities such as: Developing fire management plans to ensure resource objectives can be met from a fire management standpoint; or Conducting field inspections before and/or after prescribed fires or wildland fires to determine if defined resource objectives have been met. PRESCRIBED FIRE/FUELS MANAGEMENT - experience in activities such as: Professional forest or range inventory methods and procedures (e.g., Brown's planar intercept for dead and down fuels; live fuel loading assessments), or Analysis of fuel loadings and determination of appropriate fuel treatment methods and programming, or Evaluating prescribed fire plans or fire management plans to ensure fire containment is possible and identify appropriate suppression contingencies if containment is not obtained. FIRE MANAGEMENT OPERATIONS - ANALYZING AND APPLYING FIRE MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES, plus experience in at least four of the following activities: Mobilization and dispatch coordination, Fire prevention, Training, Logistics, Equipment development and deployment, Fire communications systems, Suppression and preparedness OR 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a masters degree or masters or equivalent graduate degree.
GS-11: 1 year of creditable specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-11 AND ABOVE: Experience must have included all of the fire program management elements as described below:
- 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 objectives were achieved and/or evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken.
- Developing analyses on the ecological role of fire and its use and/or exclusion, and smoke management.
In addition to fire program management, appropriate experience must have included either prescribed fire/fuels management - OR - fire management operations as described below:
Prescribed fire/fuels management experience in a broad range of activities such as:
- Inventory methods and procedures
- Fuel treatment methods and programming
- Land use planning and environmental coordination
- Evaluating prescribed burn plans or fire management plans to ensure containment is possible and identify contingencies if containment is not obtained.
Fire management operations - analyzing and applying fire management strategies, plus experience in at least five of the following activities:
· Mobilization and dispatch coordination
· Fire prevention and education
- Equipment development and deployment
- Fire communication systems
- Suppression and preparedness
SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTORS: 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 requirement: Applicant must be currently or previously qualified as a Task Force Leader (TFLD).
- Secondary core requirement: Applicant must be currently or previously qualified as an Incident Commander, Type 3 (ICT3), OR Prescribed Fire Burn Boss, Type 2 (RXB2).
- Required training: Applicant must have completed training course of M-581, Fire Program Management.
- Applicants must have prior wildland firefighting experience on the fireline, as gained by substantial service in a primary/rigorous firefighter position, or equivalent experience outside the Federal government. A minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required to meet qualifications for this secondary (administrative) covered position. Wildland firefighting experience is defined as on-the-line wildland firefighting experience gained through containment, control, suppression, or use of wildland fire. Three distinct types of wildland fire have been defined and include wildfire, wildland fire use, and prescribed fire (includes only fireline experience on a prescribed fire and does not include experience in the planning stages). This is a MANDATORY qualification prerequisite to qualify for this position.
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.