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

Job Title:Supervisory Forestry Technician (Fire)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Forest Service

Job Announcement Number:OCR14-462-DZAFMO(M)-8/9DP

SALARY RANGE:

$42,960.00 to $47,448.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

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

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0462-08/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies in the following location(s):
Andalusia, AL View Map
Brent, AL View Map
Double Springs, AL View Map
Heflin, AL View Map
Talladega, AL View Map
More Locations  (192)

WHO MAY APPLY:

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

JOB SUMMARY:

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 Merit Promotion Announcement Number OCR14-462-DZAFMO(M)-8/9G.

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 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

  • US Citizenship required.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required.
  • Must possess and maintain a Valid Driver’s License.
  • Must meet FS-FPM qualifications.
  • Secondary firefighter retirement covered position.

DUTIES:

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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.


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/IORs/gs0400/0462.htm

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-08 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-07: Developed fire control plans and documents relating to fire pre-suppression, prevention, detection, and suppression tactics and strategies; Prepared fuels hazard and wildland fire risk assessments.Periodically inspected fire caches and equipment, directing repairs or enhancements and requisitioning replacements as indicated.

For the GS-09 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-08: Addressed a broad range of technical fire management problems, such as analyzing on-the-ground fuel conditions and weather; Developed specific plans for burning projects after analyzing fuels; Assisted in determining annual pre-suppression and suppression needs; Assisted in coordinating and executing wildland fire suppression and prescribed burning operations for a district.

Substitution of Education for Experience:

The experience requirements for the GS-9 level may be met by completion of two (2) years of graduate level education or a master's degree in a position-related field of forestry or natural resources management.

For the GS-08 there is no substitution of education for experience for this position.

Combination of Education and Experience:

GS-09 equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.

For the GS-08 there is no combination of education and experience for this position.

Selective Placement Factors:

Must possess 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 fire suppression, containment or control techniques and practices under various conditions. This experience must be documented with specific dates in the Work Experience, Additional Information portion of the application, or Resume.

Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirement of Task Force Leader (TFLD) AND Successfully completed the Secondary NWCG Core Requirement of Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) or Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2).

OR

Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirement of Helicopter Manager Type 1 (HEB1) and Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3).

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


REQUIREMENTS:

Must be 18 years of age.

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 Wildland Firefighters: This position participates in wildland firefighting activities. Based on the type of work performed, TAKING and PASSING the WCT at the ARDUOUS level is a "condition of employment." The Arduous fitness (Pack) test requires completing a three (3) mile hike within forty-five (45) minutes, while carrying a forty-five (45) pound pack. You are strongly encouraged to consult with your physician and begin training immediately if applying for this position. This announcement constitutes the required 30 days advanced notice for testing requirements.

This position has been identified as Moderate Complexity under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) 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 moderate 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.

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.


To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=104a124a-0c7b-43e9-ba68-a23e011367b4


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.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/enrollment/new-federal-employee-enrollment/

OTHER INFORMATION:

Relocation expenses may be authorized.

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

Bargaining Unit Status: Eligible - Coverage is dependent upon unit location.

 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.



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:

You must submit a complete Application Package, prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date of this announcement.  The following documents must be submitted for your application package to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents are received within the required timeframes. 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 the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.
  • College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or you are substituting education for specialized experience and/or if you are using education to meet the criteria for the quality category. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty.
  • DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) if claiming Veterans’ Preference. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran 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.
  • Other required documents may include:
    • CTAP/ICTAP Required Documentation 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.

NOTE : If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

In order to be considered for this position, copies of your Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record (or equivalent training documents) which contain documented proof of the certification or attainment of the FS-FPM Selective Placement Factor for this position MUST be attached to your application. 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. Failure to provide this documentation will result in disqualification.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HRM Contact Center
Phone: 877-372-7248 Option 2
Fax: Not accepting faxes
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: Not accepting faxes

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:
Andalusia, AL View Map
Brent, AL View Map
Double Springs, AL View Map
Heflin, AL View Map
Talladega, AL View Map
Wing, AL View Map
Booneville, AR View Map
Clarksville, AR View Map
Danville, AR View Map
Deer, AR View Map
Glenwood, AR View Map
Hector, AR View Map
Jasper, AR View Map
Jessieville, AR View Map
Marianna, AR View Map
Mena, AR View Map
Mount Ida, AR View Map
Mountain View, AR View Map
Oden, AR View Map
Ozark, AR View Map
Paris, AR View Map
Perryville, AR View Map
Waldron, AR View Map
Alpine, AZ View Map
Douglas, AZ View Map
Duncan, AZ View Map
Hereford, AZ View Map
Lakeside, AZ View Map
Nogales, AZ View Map
Overgaard, AZ View Map
Roosevelt, AZ View Map
Safford, AZ View Map
Sierra Vista, AZ View Map
Springerville, AZ View Map
Tucson, AZ View Map
Collbran, CO View Map
Grand Junction, CO View Map
Gunnison, CO View Map
Montrose, CO View Map
Norwood, CO View Map
Paonia, CO View Map
Steamboat Springs, CO View Map
Walden, CO View Map
Olustee, FL View Map
Sanderson, FL View Map
Blairsville, GA View Map
Chatsworth, GA View Map
Eatonton, GA View Map
Lakemont, GA View Map
Fairfield, ID View Map
Ketchum, ID View Map
Harrisburg, IL View Map
Jonesboro, IL View Map
Marion, IL View Map
Murphysboro, IL View Map
Vienna, IL View Map
Bedford, IN View Map
Tell City, IN View Map
Big Creek, KY View Map
Golden Pond, KY View Map
London, KY View Map
Whitley City, KY View Map
Bentley, LA View Map
Boyce, LA View Map
Leesville, LA View Map
Provencal, LA View Map
Winnfield, LA View Map
Manistique, MI View Map
Munising, MI View Map
Raco, MI View Map
Rapid River, MI View Map
Saint Ignace, MI View Map
Sault Ste. Marie, MI View Map
Ackerman, MS View Map
Forest, MS View Map
Laurel, MS View Map
Meadville, MS View Map
Oxford, MS View Map
Superior, MT View Map
Franklin, NC View Map
Mars Hill, NC View Map
Murphy, NC View Map
Nebo, NC View Map
New Bern, NC View Map
Pisgah Forest, NC View Map
Robbinsville, NC View Map
Troy, NC View Map
Chadron, NE View Map
Bloomfield, NM View Map
Canjilon, NM View Map
Clayton, NM View Map
Coyote, NM View Map
Cuba, NM View Map
El Rito, NM View Map
Espanola, NM View Map
Glenwood, NM View Map
Grants, NM View Map
Jemez Springs, NM View Map
Magdalena, NM View Map
Mimbres, NM View Map
Mountainair, NM View Map
Pecos, NM View Map
Penasco, NM View Map
Quemado, NM View Map
Questa, NM View Map
Reserve, NM View Map
Silver City, NM View Map
Tijeras, NM View Map
Tres Piedras, NM View Map
Truth or Consequences, NM View Map
Austin, NV View Map
Nelsonville, OH View Map
Pedro, OH View Map
Broken Bow, OK View Map
Cheyenne, OK View Map
Idabel, OK View Map
Baker City, OR View Map
Corvallis, OR View Map
Cottage Grove, OR View Map
Dufur, OR View Map
Estacada, OR View Map
Hebo, OR View Map
Heppner, OR View Map
Hines, OR View Map
Idleyld Park, OR View Map
John Day, OR View Map
Joseph, OR View Map
La Grande, OR View Map
Mount Hood, OR View Map
Prairie City, OR View Map
Tiller, OR View Map
Ukiah, OR View Map
Waldport, OR View Map
Westfir, OR View Map
Zigzag, OR View Map
Hot Springs, SD View Map
Benton, TN View Map
Greeneville, TN View Map
Tellico Plains, TN View Map
Unicoi, TN View Map
Milam, TX View Map
New Waverly, TX View Map
Ratcliff, TX View Map
Zavalla, TX View Map
Beaver, UT View Map
Duchesne, UT View Map
Dutch John, UT View Map
Ephraim, UT View Map
Escalante, UT View Map
Fillmore, UT View Map
Heber City, UT View Map
Manila, UT View Map
Monticello, UT View Map
Panguitch, UT View Map
Richfield, UT View Map
Teasdale, UT View Map
Vernal, UT View Map
Blacksburg, VA View Map
Covington, VA View Map
Edinburg, VA View Map
Harrisonburg, VA View Map
Marion, VA View Map
Natural Bridge Station, VA View Map
Newcastle, VA View Map
Warm Springs, VA View Map
Wise, VA View Map
Amboy, WA View Map
Forks, WA View Map
North Bend, WA View Map
Pomeroy, WA View Map
Quilcene, WA View Map
Randle, WA View Map
Sedro Woolley, WA View Map
Trout Lake, WA View Map
Walla Walla, WA View Map
Eagle River, WI View Map
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Cody, WY View Map
Douglas, WY View Map
Dubois, WY View Map
Lander, WY View Map
Lovell, WY View Map
Mountain View, WY View Map
Sheridan, WY View Map

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Job Announcement Number:

OCR14-462-DZAFMO(M)-8/9DP

Control Number:

352761400