Qualification Requirement Using Specialized Experience and/or Education:
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, in wildland fire suppression and control activities which may include suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction or prescribed burning under general supervision; 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 courses such as range management or conservation, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, mathematics, or other natural or physical sciences. No more than 6.0 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.
To qualify for GS-06, you must have one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to GS-05, working in wildland fire suppression and control activities which may include suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction or prescribed burning, and operating and maintaining specialized wildland fire tools, equipment, and vehicles; OR nine (9) semester credits of graduate level college education related to range technician fire work such as a major study in forestry, fire science or a subject matter field DIRECTLY related to the work of the position.
Education and experience may be combined to meet the specialized experience requirement.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date 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.
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".
This position falls under the group coverage qualification standards for Technical and Medical Support in conjunction with the Individual Occupation Requirements for Range Technician
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.
Passage of a pre-employment physical is required. You must also pass the work capacity test for ardous position. You must also pass the work capacity test for arduous position.
The physical demands of this position are 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 weighing 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.
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.
You must possess a valid state driver's license at the time of appointment and at all times during appointment in this position. You may be required to obtain a CDL within 90 days of appointment.
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 and water 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.