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 requirements; 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 GS-05, you must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-04; OR completion of a full four (4) years of academic study leading to a Bachelor's 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 24.0 semester hours in any combination of courses such as those described for GS-04 (refer to Range Technician Series). No more than 6.0 semester hours in mathematics is creditable. Specialized experience at GS-05 is experience directly related to wildland fire suppression and control activities including suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction and/or prescribed burning under general supervision.
To qualify for GS-06, you must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-05; OR nine (9) semester credits of graduate level college education DIRECTLY related to the work of the position. Specialized experience at GS-06 is Experience working in wildland fire suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction and/or prescribed burning and operating and maintaining specialized wildland fire tools/equipment/vehicles.
You must meet the qualification requirements by the closing of the announcement.
Selective Placement Factors: These positions require special qualifications that have 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 factors will be rated not qualified.
You must possess a valid automobile driver's license at time of appointment and at all times during your appointment to this position; and you may be required to obtain a commercial driver's license within 90 days of appointment.
SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: PRIOR WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. Applicants must 90-days of prior wildland firefighting experience. This must be evidenced in your application. 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. Periods of wildland firefighting experience gained through militia and rural fire departments can also be credited as long as the total amount of this experience equates to at least 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.
Must meet the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications: Primary Core Requirement - Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1); additional required training as presented in the following course or agency equivalent - S-290 "Intermediate Fire Behavior".
You can review the Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions, Range Technician Series, 0455 located on the OPM website. If using education to qualify for this position, you will need to clearly state your undergraduate and graduate degree(s) and submit all your college transcripts that include hours and grades.
Passage of a pre-employment physical is required. You must also pass the work capacity test for arduous position.
THIS IS A DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION. In accordance with Executive Order 12564 and under the Department’s Drug Free Workplace Program applicant(s) tentatively selected for this position must submit a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and to pass the test prior to appointment. The position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
You must be 18 years of age or older to be assigned to a hazardous position.
If you are a current career seasonal employee, your time spent in non-pay status is not creditable towards meeting the specialized experience requirement of 52 weeks or 1 year (whichever is first). Please include in your resume (on the first line of each job experience section), the dates you were placed in and out of pay status.
This is a primary firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS). The position is subject to maximum entry age (MEA) requirements.
The maximum entry-age for this position is 37, unless you have sufficient prior Federal civilian firefighter experience or you are a preference eligible veteran.
If you have left Federal service and are over the age of 37, you must provide copies of SF50s showing beginning and ending dates of covered Federal law enforcement service or your will not be eligible for consideration under this vacancy announcement.
If you are a preference eligible veteran, you may be eligible for this position after your 37th birthday. You must supply a copy of your Defense Department Form 214 (DD-214) along with Standard Form 15 (if applicable) and any associated documentation in accordance with the instructions in this vacancy announcement or your will not be eligible to receive a waiver of the maximum entry age requirement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, you application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. 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.
KSA 1 : Knowledge of but not limited to, fire engine and pump operations and hose lays.
KSA 2: Knowledge of chain saw operation and repair, pump operation andwater handling, and use of specialized equipment used in response to urban interface situations.
KSA 3: Knowledge of fire behavior including causes of wildland fire, inflences of temperature, humidity, wind, topography, slope and fuels. To preview questions please click here.