The position serves in a key fire management role as a Wildland Fire Operations Specialist. The primary purpose of this position is to provide operational oversight and planning of wildland fire suppression activities, and specialized expertise in an assigned moderate complexity District/Zone.
This position is being concurrently announced under USDA Demonstration Project procedures (open to US Citizens) under announcement number OCR14-462-DZAFMO(M)-8/9DP.
PERMANENT OPEN CONTINUOUS RECRUITMENT: 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. These are permanent positions with varying tours of duty and may include weekend work. Some positions may have irregular and protracted hours of work. Tours of duty include full-time or less than full-time (guaranteed minimum 13 pay period's full-time employment). 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. Pay rates vary depending on location. See the OPM website at www.opm.gov for additional information on pay rates.
To ensure continued interest and availability, applicants will be notified via e-mail reminding them to re-certify their application every 60 days. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age upon appointment. Some positions have other conditions of employment not specified in this announcement. Applicants will be notified of any specific requirements at the time a tentative job offer is made.
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: http://www.ifpm.nifc.gov/standard/electronicver/electronic.htm
The incumbent is responsible for preparedness, prevention, prescribed burning, monitoring, hazardous fuel reduction, and facilities within assigned zone/area. The incumbent also assists in writing and executing wildland fire management plans, prescribed burn plans, and preparedness plans.
Provides technical and administrative supervision to the unit(s). Plans and directs overall work to be accomplished by subordinate supervisor(s), sets and adjusts priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work. Assigns work to subordinate supervisor(s) based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and requirements of assignments, and the capabilities of the employees. Finds ways to improve production and/or increase the quality of work directed. Negotiates and coordinates work projects with other unit managers and supervisors.
Provides oversight during initial and extended attack fires, directs fireline activities and tactics of dispersed firefighters, resources, equipment, and aircraft. Provides for follow-up actions to safely and effectively manage wildland fires in accordance with the identified appropriate management response.
Utilizes wildland fire behavior knowledge and firefighting experience and assigns missions to ground and aviation wildland fire suppression resources. Utilizing knowledge of interagency policies and agreements, and makes efficient and effective use of multiple types of interagency wildland fire suppression resources with varying capabilities. Ensures common communications for interagency resources. Monitors weather and fire behavior, and communicates changes to strategy and tactics. Transfers command to an upper level Incident Management Team as necessary.
Performs wildfire suppression support as directed within training and physical capabilities and other duties as assigned. Duties listed are at the full performance level.