Job Overview


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 first line supervisor of a Wildland Firefighter Type 2 IA HandCrew. The primary responsibility is for leadership of highly effective wildland fire suppression and wildland urban interface/intermix situations.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number OCR14-462-HANDCREW(H)-7/8G .

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.  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. The applicant must possess these qualifications to be considered eligible for this position.For futher information :

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.


Supervises a group of employees. Performs the administrative and human resource management functions. Establishes guidelines and performance expectation of employee. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Ensures a continuing affirmative application of policies concerning equal opportunity.

Responsible for directing a module of a 10 to 20 person Handcrew. Recognizes, reacts to and communicates changes in predicted weather and fire behavior, topography and fuel types, and adapts planned strategies and tactics to identify and relocate firelines, escape routes and safety zones. Performs in other assignments on incidents involving wildland urban interface. Plans and implements work activities such as setting priorities, identifying objectives, coordinating resources, vehicles, supplies and equipment, developing job hazard analysis, and conducting job skill training. Assigns resources, conducts safety meetings, monitors work quality and quantity, tracks budget expenditures, and reports work progress and project accomplishments. Develop, implement and executes prescribed burn plans.

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

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Fire-Related or Suppression

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses may be authorized
  • Additional Duty Location Info

    many vacancies in the following locations

    • Chino Valley, AZ
    • Douglas, AZ
    • Flagstaff, AZ
    • Happy Jack, AZ
    • Mesa, AZ
    • Nogales, AZ
    • Payson, AZ
    • Tucson, AZ
    • Williams, AZ
    • Chester, CA
    • Fort Jones, CA
    • Georgetown, CA
    • Grizzly Flats, CA
    • Groveland, CA
    • Hat Creek, CA
    • Hathaway Pines, CA
    • Kernville, CA
    • Lancaster, CA
    • Macdoel, CA
    • Mammoth Lakes, CA
    • Mi-Wuk Village, CA
    • Pinecrest, CA
    • Pollock Pines, CA
    • San Bernardino, CA
    • San Dimas, CA
    • South Lake Tahoe, CA
    • Springville, CA
    • Susanville, CA
    • Bayfield, CO
    • Grand Junction, CO
    • Rifle, CO
    • Altoona, FL
    • Bristol, FL
    • Crawfordville, FL
    • Sanderson, FL
    • Silver Springs, FL
    • Tallahassee, FL
    • Umatilla, FL
    • Boise, ID
    • Clayton, ID
    • Council, ID
    • Idaho City, ID
    • Island Park, ID
    • Lowman, ID
    • Mackay, ID
    • McCall, ID
    • Saint Anthony, ID
    • Oscoda, MI
    • Missoula, MT
    • Magdalena, NM
    • Baker City, OR
    • Cave Junction, OR
    • Detroit, OR
    • Enterprise, OR
    • Estacada, OR
    • Gold Beach, OR
    • Halfway, OR
    • Hines, OR
    • Idleyld Park, OR
    • John Day, OR
    • La Grande, OR
    • McKenzie Bridge, OR
    • Merlin, OR
    • Powers, OR
    • Prairie City, OR
    • Prospect, OR
    • Tiller, OR
    • Ukiah, OR
    • Westfir, OR
    • Beaver, UT
    • Duchesne, UT
    • Monticello, UT
    • Vernal, UT
    • Chelan, WA
    • Cle Elum, WA
    • Darrington, WA
    • Entiat, WA
    • Kettle Falls, WA
    • Leavenworth, WA
    • Naches, WA
    • Tonasket, WA
    • Walla Walla, WA
    • Winthrop, WA
    • Moran, WY