1. Overview
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  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Forest Assistant Fire Management Officer

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Forest Service

Job Announcement Number:OCR14-301-FAFMO(H)-11/12DP

SALARY RANGE:

$57,408.00 to $68,809.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 to Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0301-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies in the following location(s):
Hot Springs, AR View Map
Mount Ida, AR View Map
Russellville, AR View Map
Flagstaff, AZ View Map
Phoenix, AZ View Map
More Locations  (57)

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

JOB SUMMARY:

A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

This position serves as a Forest Assistant Fire Management Officer (FAFMO) with responsibility for assisting the FFMO to provide leadership and program direction for the unit’s fire and aviation management programs. Responsible to assist with coordinating the development of short and long-range fire management programs, fire management activities on the unit, and integrating the units fire management program with other disciplines.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number OCR14-301-FAFMO(H)-11/12G. Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement.

This is a continuously open vacancy announcement for one or more locations throughout the Forest Service. The number and location of positions to be filled will be dependent upon individual unit needs.  Positions may be filled as career ladders or could be filled at the full performance level dependent upon the individual unit's needs. Availability of government housing, federal day care facilities, and bargaining unit status will vary by location. To ensure continued interest and availability, applicants will be notified via e-mail reminding them to re-certify their application every 60 days.

This position has been identified under the Forest Service Fire Program Management (FS-FPM) and is subject to selective placement factor requirements contained in the Forest Service Fire Program Management (FS-FPM) Standard and Guide when filling this vacancy. FS-FPM selective placement factors are made up of a primary and secondary National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) core Incident Management Qualifications and Required Training. The applicant must possess these qualifications to be considered eligible for this position. For further information: http://www.ifpm.nifc.gov/standard/electronicver/electronic.htm

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required.
  • Must meet FS-FPM qualifications.
  • Secondary firefighter retirement covered position.
  • Position requires a Work Capacity Test (WCT).
  • Must possess and maintain a Valid Driver’s License.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • US Citizenship required.

DUTIES:

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Responsible assisting with coordinating the development of short and long-range fire management programs, fire management activities on the unit, and integrating the unit’s fire management program with other disciplines and interagency partners to achieve goals consistent with the Federal Wildland Fire Policy and agency manual direction. Provides leadership, coordination, and direction for the administration of the fire suppression; detection and prevention programs; dispatching services; fuels/vegetation management; aviation management; and the integration of fire and aviation management plans and activities with other resources including urban interface/intermix, watershed, range, ecosystem management, and recreation.

Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff members, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system. Develops work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as necessary. Effects disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests.

Performs wildfire suppression support as directed within training and physical capabilities and other duties as assigned. Duties listed are at the full performance level.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education if applicable, and any selective placement factors described below before a certificate of candidates from this announcement is issued to the selecting official. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Additional information on the qualification requirements for this position is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM’s website: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp

Basic Qualifications: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience directly related to this position should be documented in the online application or resume.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

For the GS-11 position, in addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had one (1) year of specialized experience at least equivalent to GS-09: Managed or assisted with a component of a wildland and/or prescribed fire management program. Developed, coordinated and implemented a partial fire program budget. Effectively managed and utilized available dollars taking into consideration changing priorities. Implemented agreements with cooperators. Maintained relationships with entities external to the organization regarding fire management program issues.

For the GS-12 position, in addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had one (1) year of specialized experience at least equivalent to GS-11: Managing a wildland and/or prescribed fire management program at a unit level. Developing, coordinating and implementing a partial fire program budget. Effectively managing and utilizing available dollars taking into consideration changing priorities. Developing and implementing agreements with cooperators. Maintaining relationships with entities external to the organization regarding fire management program issues.

Substitution of Education for Experience: The experience requirements for the GS-11 level may be met by completion of three (3) years of graduate level education or a doctorate in a position-related field of forestry or natural resources management. For the GS-12 level there is no substitution of education for experience for this position.

Combination of Education and Experience: GS-11 level equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements. For the GS-12 level there is no combination of education and experience for this position.

Selective Placement Factors:

  • A minimum 90 days experience performing wildland fire suppression duties as a member of an organized fire suppression crew or comparable unit that utilized knowledge of wildland fire suppression, containment or control techniques and practices under various conditions. This experience must be documented with specific dates in the online application or resume.
  • Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirement of Division Group Supervisor (DIVS) - OR- Air Support Group Supervisor (ASGS).
  • Successfully completed the Secondary NWCG Core Requirement of Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) -OR- Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2) if qualifying with (DIVS).
  • Successfully completed the Secondary NWCG Core Requirement of Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) if qualifying with (ASGS).
  • Successfully completed the NWCG Course # M-581 Fire  Program Management.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements at the time a certificate of candidates is generated from this Open Continuous announcement.


REQUIREMENTS:

Subject to satisfactory completion of a one year supervisory/managerial probationary period 

May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period. 

Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license

WORK CAPACITY TEST (WCT) for certain Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) or Fire Program Management (FS-FPM) positions: This position participates in wildland firefighting activities. Based on the type of work performed, TAKING and PASSING the WCT at the ARDUOUS, MODERATE, or LIGHT level is a condition of employment. The arduous, moderate, or light WCT is dependent on the incumbent’s NWCG (National Wildfire Coordinating Group) incident management qualifications required for their IFPM or FS-FPM position.  This announcement constitutes the required 30 days advanced notice for testing requirements.

This position has been identified as High Complexity under the Forest Service Fire Program Management (FS-FPM) and is subject to selective placement factor requirements contained in the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard and Guide when filling this vacancy. FS-FPM selective placement factors are made up of a primary and secondary National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) core Incident Management Qualifications and Required Training. The applicant must possess these qualifications at the high complexity level to be considered eligible for this position.  Currency Requirement: Required to maintain currency once hired into the position. Currency of NWCG qualifications is not required for selection. If not currently qualified, the applicant must provide documented evidence that they have been fully qualified in the past, and are able to regain currency within one year of being hired.

•  Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.


  • We will review your application, including an online Occupational Questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your answers will be verified against information provided in your online resume and application. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.

In order to be considered for this position, copies of your Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record (or equivalent training documents if not a Federal employee) which contain documented proof of the certification or attainment of the IFPM or FS-FPM Selective Placement Factor for this position MUST be attached to your application. Red cards are not acceptable documentation. Currency Requirement: Currency of NWCG qualifications is not required for selection. Required to maintain currency once hired into the position. If not currently qualified, the applicant must provide documented evidence that they have been fully qualified in the past, and are able to regain currency within one year of being hired. Failure to provide this documentation will result in disqualification.    

Note: If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be adjusted to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.


To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=a8848ff8-5014-4875-a28d-a23d00db1802


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at:  http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

OTHER INFORMATION:

Relocation expenses may be authorized.

We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.  

This is a non bargaining unit designated position.

If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

•  Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK:  Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE: This is a secondary firefighter position under 5 USC 8336(c) (CSRS) and 8412(d) (FERS). At least 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required. There is no age limit for entry into secondary positions. Firefighter retirement coverage of the incumbent depends upon his or her individual work history.


This position requires completion of a three-year probationary period in accordance with the USDA Demonstration Project Authority. During this time period, employee's conduct and performance will be monitored in order to determine if employee will be retained.

•  Must have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.

•  If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.

Some Fire positions may have Conditions of Employment such as: a valid state drivers license; a commercial drivers license (CDL); pre-appointment and random drug testing; or a physical or medical examination. There may be additional Conditions of Employment not listed here, however applicants will be notified of any specific requirements at the time a tentative job offer is made.

Applications received become the property of the USDA Forest Service and will not be returned.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Check our website at: http://www.fs.fed.us/fsjobs for general information on the Forest Service.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.
The following instructions outline our application process.

  • You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. 
  • We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
  • This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at www.usajobs.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

Step 2: Create a Resume with USAJOBS or upload a Resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

Step 3: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.

You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

A complete Application Package must be submitted and received prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date. The following documents are required for your application package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

  • Resume that includes as a minimum: 1) sufficient information to verify qualifications; 2) supervisors phone number/e-mail address for each work period and whether we may contact them for reference checks.
  • College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or used as a substitute for specialized experience.

Other required documents as applicable:

  • Current/Former Career/Career-Conditional:  Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, federal status, position title, series and grade AND most recently completed performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by the supervisor, or a statement as to why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.
  • VEOA:  DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference and supporting VA letter if claiming 10 pt. preference. Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days.
  • Interchange Agreement with Other Merit Systems:  Documentation of eligibility as listed in interchange agreement.
  • VRA or 30% Disabled Veteran:  DD214, VA letter andSF-15 if claiming 10 pt. preference OR if currently on active duty; a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days.
  • Peace Corps Volunteers/Personnel:  Documentation of no less than 36 months of continuous service without a break of 3 days or more and separated within the last 3 years.
  • Schedule A, Persons with Disabilities Appointment:  Sch A letter from a physician, local, state or federal rehabilitation office citing eligibility under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u).
  • Non-Competitive Reassignment/Transfer/Reinstatement:  Most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) in the competitive service with the same or higher promotion potential as this position.
  • Miscellaneous Authorities Not Regulated by the Office of Personnel Management: (Postal Career Service, Postal Service Commission, GAO, US Courts, etc.), Current Notification of Personnel Action (or equivalent) that reflects eligibility.
  • Certain Family Members Eligible under E.O. 12721:  Most recent non-award SF-50 and performance appraisal.
  • Certain Military Spouses Eligible under E.O. 13473:  Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders issued within the last 2 years, that lists you as authorized to accompany the military member to the new duty permanent station; OR verification of the member's 100% disability (VA Letter); and/or verification of the member's death while on active duty (DD-1300 and Death Certificate) AND verification of the marriage to the service member (i.e., a marriage license or other legal documentation verifying marriage).
  • Foreign Service:  Most recent Foreign Service Notification of Personnel Action, service under an unlimited, career-type appointment AND have completed at least 1 year of continuous service without a break of a workday under one or more non-temporary Foreign Service appointments.
  • CTAP/ICTAP: Reduction-In-Force: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from. Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50. Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held. Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held
  • Other Special Hiring Authorities: If you are claiming eligibility under a Special Hiring Authority not listed above, you must submit appropriate supporting documentation.

NOTE:  Verify that uploaded documents \ from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Once in the Agency's staffing system additional documents may be uploaded. Documents must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HRM Contact Center
Phone: 877-372-7248 Option 2
Fax: 866-338-3718
TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: fsjobs@fs.fed.us
Agency Information:
USDA Forest Service
Do not mail in applications, see instructions on How to Apply tab.
Albuquerque, NM,
87109
USA
Fax: 866-338-3718

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an acknowledgement email that the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate.

Additional Duty Location Info

FEW vacancies in the following locations:
Hot Springs, AR View Map
Mount Ida, AR View Map
Russellville, AR View Map
Flagstaff, AZ View Map
Phoenix, AZ View Map
Prescott, AZ View Map
Springerville, AZ View Map
Tucson, AZ View Map
Williams, AZ View Map
Alturas, CA View Map
Arcadia, CA View Map
Bishop, CA View Map
Camino, CA View Map
Clovis, CA View Map
Eureka, CA View Map
Goleta, CA View Map
Nevada City, CA View Map
Placerville, CA View Map
Porterville, CA View Map
Quincy, CA View Map
Redding, CA View Map
San Bernardino, CA View Map
San Diego, CA View Map
Sonora, CA View Map
South Lake Tahoe, CA View Map
Susanville, CA View Map
Willows, CA View Map
Yreka, CA View Map
Durango, CO View Map
Fort Collins, CO View Map
Tallahassee, FL View Map
Boise, ID View Map
Idaho Falls, ID View Map
McCall, ID View Map
Salmon, ID View Map
Twin Falls, ID View Map
Cadillac, MI View Map
Jackson, MS View Map
Alamogordo, NM View Map
Albuquerque, NM View Map
Santa Fe, NM View Map
Silver City, NM View Map
Taos, NM View Map
Sparks, NV View Map
Baker City, OR View Map
Bend, OR View Map
Chiloquin, OR View Map
John Day, OR View Map
Klamath Falls, OR View Map
Lakeview, OR View Map
Medford, OR View Map
Pendleton, OR View Map
Prineville, OR View Map
Springfield, OR View Map
Custer, SD View Map
Cedar City, UT View Map
Moab, UT View Map
Richfield, UT View Map
South Jordan, UT View Map
Colville, WA View Map
Wenatchee, WA View Map
Jackson, WY View Map

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Job Announcement Number:

OCR14-301-FAFMO(H)-11/12DP

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352757200