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Job Title:Forestry Technician (Helitack)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Forest Service

Job Announcement Number:OCR14-462-HLTKSRFF-4/5DP

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$27,990.00 to $31,315.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, October 18, 2013 to Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0462-04/05

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

05

DUTY LOCATIONS:

MANY vacancies in the following location(s):
Brent, AL View Map
Douglas, AZ View Map
Nogales, AZ View Map
Payson, AZ View Map
Prescott, AZ View Map
More Locations  (73)

WHO MAY APPLY:

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

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Other

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

The position is located on a wildland fire crew. The purpose of the position is wildland fire suppression/management/control as a specialized firefighter with responsibility for the operation and maintenance of specialized tools or equipment related to helicopters.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number OCR14-462-HLTKSRFF-4/5G.

This position has been identified 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.

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. To ensure continued interest and availability, applicants will be notified via e-mail reminding them to re-certify their application every 60 days.

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. 

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • 25% or Greater
  • Fire Suppression

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • Yes
  • Transfer of Station May be Authorized.

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 Maximum Entry Age (MEA) requirements.
  • Must meet IFPM qualifications.
  • Primary firefighter retirement covered position.
  • Position requires a Work Capacity Test (WCT).

DUTIES:

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Performs recurring fire suppression duties as a Senior Firefighter on a Helitack Crew. Loads helicopter personnel and cargo considering methods, weight distribution, necessity for securing, total weight, etc. and completes manifests of personnel and equipment being transported to the fire or other work site. Inventories and inspects helicopter accessories, fire tools, and equipment. Certified in the use of long line external loads and the operation and maintenance of accessory equipment. May serve as a certified rappeller.

Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents. When positioning and deploying personnel and equipment, recommends best approaches and practices to use in protection of the values at risk.

Performs wildfire suppression support as directed within training and physical capabilities. Performs other duties as assigned.


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-04 position, in addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had six (6) months of general experience that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to perform the work of the position or that provided familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the occupation.  Examples of general experience include: Worked with tools and equipment used in laboratories or at field sites; observed field work projects and recorded data; identified plant or wildlife species; collected data and used computers to input data and generate reports; identified and cataloged artifacts and/or cultural resources and other work experience, paid or unpaid, that demonstrates an ability to learn and perform the work of this position. Examples of unpaid experience include volunteer work, such as at a park, youth camp, scouting organization, hospital, community sports league, local fire department, etc. AND six (6) months of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-03.  Examples of specialized experience include:  Performed a limited variety of manual tasks to accomplish fuels reduction work and suppress wildland fires using a variety of hand and power tools; at the instruction of a crew leader, patrolled fire line to locate and extinguish sparks, flareups, and hot spot fires that might threaten developed fire lines;  at the instruction of a crew leader, moved dirt, chopped brush, or felled small trees to build fire line using various hand tools and power saws to control spreading wildland fires and to prepare lines prior to prescribed burning; performed slash reduction work.

For the GS-05 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-04: Loaded helicopter cargo and completed manifests of crews and equipment; Patrolled areas of controlled fires to mop-up by searching out and extinguishing any remaining burning material; served on a specialty crew (hotshot, helitack, engines, etc.) to suppress the full range of difficult and complex fires; operated specialized fire suppression equipment such as portable pumps or drip torches; rappelled from a helicopter near ground level.

Substitution of Education for Experience:

The experience requirements for the GS-04 level may be met by successful completion of two (2) academic years of post high school education which included at least 12 semester/18 quarter hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester/4 quarter hours in mathematics is creditable.

The experience requirements for the GS-05 level may be met by successful completion of a four (4) year course of study leading to a bachelors' degree or the equivalent. Education must include at least 24 semester/36 quarter hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management with natural resources emphasis, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 6 semester/9 quarter hours in mathematics is creditable.

Combination of Education and Experience:

For the GS-04 and GS-05 equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.

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.
  • Primary firefighter positions include the following age requirements: Under age 37 -OR- less than age 37 after subtracting the months of Federal Service worked in a primary or secondary firefighter/law enforcement position -OR- a veteran preference eligible, older than age 37 and is requesting a waiver to the maximum age requirement.
  • Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirements of Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1).
  • Successfully completed the NWCG Course # S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior.

A copy of the Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record (or equivalent training document) which contains documented proof of certification or attainment of this requirement MUST be attached to the application. Failure to provide this documentation will result in disqualification.

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 possess and maintain a valid driver's license.

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

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.

ARDUOUS FIRE POSITIONS: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be employed in a position performing hazardous duties. An initial pre-employment medical examination is required for arduous fire positions. Failure to meet any of the required medical qualifications will be considered disqualifying for employment.

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.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e., the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right.

Your online application and resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant andsignificant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. Your resume should containsufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated inthis job announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. In order to fully evaluate your application and receiveproper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifyingpurposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skillspertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work with percentages oftime performing these duties if work involved a variety of different duties (i.e. 75% of the time performing these duties and 25% ofthe time performing this duty) and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Applicants foundto be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration. This information shouldbe clearly identified in your online application or resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine yourqualifications for the position will result in loss of consideration.


To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=2221247e-218b-4e9f-840b-a23f010a1b32


BENEFITS:

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You can review our benefits at: http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/enrollment/new-federal-employee-enrollment/

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.

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

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.

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 primary/rigorous position covered under the special retirement provisions of 5 USC 8336(c) for the Civil Service Retirement System and of 5 USC 8412(d) for the Federal Employees Retirement System. This position is subject to a Maximum Entry Age (MEA) requirement which has been set at age 37. Applicants must be under age 37 prior to their appointment date for entry into this position. An applicant’s entry age may be adjusted based on credit for past primary/secondary service which is otherwise creditable for retirement.  Applicants who are entitled to veteran’s preference are eligible to request a waiver to the maximum age requirement. In instances where the maximum entry-age is waived, the corresponding mandatory retirement age for these individuals will also be higher because it will be reached after 20 years of coverage under special retirement provisions for the entitlement to an immediate enhanced annuity.

Some Fire positions may have Conditions of Employment such as: a valid state driver’s license; a commercial driver’s 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.



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).

NOTE: 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 IFPM 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 receiving 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
United States
Fax: Not receiving 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

MANY vacancies in the following locations:
Brent, AL View Map
Douglas, AZ View Map
Nogales, AZ View Map
Payson, AZ View Map
Prescott, AZ View Map
Springerville, AZ View Map
Tucson, AZ View Map
Williams, AZ View Map
Arcadia, CA View Map
Arroyo Grande, CA View Map
Bridgeport, CA View Map
Chester, CA View Map
Fillmore, CA View Map
Fort Jones, CA View Map
Happy Camp, CA View Map
Idyllwild, CA View Map
Kernville, CA View Map
Lewiston, CA View Map
Lone Pine, CA View Map
Mi-Wuk Village, CA View Map
Nevada City, CA View Map
Pollock Pines, CA View Map
Quincy, CA View Map
Ramona, CA View Map
Santa Ynez, CA View Map
Skyforest, CA View Map
Springville, CA View Map
Trimmer, CA View Map
Durango, CO View Map
Monument, CO View Map
Rifle, CO View Map
Crawfordville, FL View Map
Silver Springs, FL View Map
Boise, ID View Map
Challis, ID View Map
Garden Valley, ID View Map
Ketchum, ID View Map
Kooskia, ID View Map
McCall, ID View Map
New Meadows, ID View Map
Pocatello, ID View Map
Salmon, ID View Map
Sandpoint, ID View Map
Swan Valley, ID View Map
Yellow Pine, ID View Map
Aurora, MN View Map
Cook, MN View Map
Ely, MN View Map
Rolla, MO View Map
Ackerman, MS View Map
Bozeman, MT View Map
Dillon, MT View Map
Hamilton, MT View Map
Helena, MT View Map
Hungry Horse, MT View Map
Kalispell, MT View Map
Libby, MT View Map
Missoula, MT View Map
Nebo, NC View Map
New Bern, NC View Map
Hurley, NM View Map
Los Alamos, NM View Map
Reserve, NM View Map
Santa Fe, NM View Map
Tijeras, NM View Map
Las Vegas, NV View Map
Bend, OR View Map
Bly, OR View Map
Enterprise, OR View Map
Grants Pass, OR View Map
John Day, OR View Map
Lakeview, OR View Map
Prineville, OR View Map
New Waverly, TX View Map
Cedar City, UT View Map
Ogden, UT View Map
East Wenatchee, WA View Map
Jackson, WY View Map

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Job Announcement Number:

OCR14-462-HLTKSRFF-4/5DP

Control Number:

353548200