Specialized Experience Requirements: In order to be rated as qualified using specialized experience, we must be able to determine that you meet the definition(s) below - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level of the position to be filled.
For GS-07: One year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-06) in the federal service further defined as experience performing and leading others in wildland fire suppression and control activities using rotor wing aircraft, including suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction or prescribed burning -
OR one year of graduate level college education in a field related to range work such as a major study in forestry, range management, agriculture or a field directly related to this position.
For GS-08: One year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-07) in the federal service, further defined as experience in leading and supervising the implementation of strategies, tactics, and suppression methods using rotor wing aircraft; supervising aircraft operations in fire and for resource management missions to include the use of the Interagency Helicopter Operations Guidebook (IHOG); exposure to aircraft contracts, implementing current aviation safety practices and procedures along with the risk analysis process -
OR 1 and 1/2 years (27 semester hours) of graduate level college education leading to a masters degree in a field related to range work such as a major study in forestry, range management, agriculture or a field directly related to this position.
If you are a current career seasonal employee, your time spent in non-pay status is not creditable towards meeting the specialized experience requirement of 52 weeks or 1 year (which ever is first). Please include in your resume (on the first line of each job experience section), the dates you were placed in and out of pay status.
To qualify using education you will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit all of your college transcripts; a certificate of diploma can not be used to determine applicant qualification. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution See Foreign Education.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Selective Placement Factors: This position requires a special qualification that has been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as a screen out element. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified.
For GS-07: Held or currently hold the selective factor of Incident Commander Type 5(ICT5) and Helicopter Manager (HMGB).
For GS-08:Held or currently hold the selective factor of Incident Commander, Type 4 (ICT4) or higher; AND Helicopter Manager, Single Resource (HMGB); AND a Helibase Manager Type 2 - Trainee (HEB2 - T).
This is a primary firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS).
The position is subject to maximum entry age (MEA) requirements. The maximum entry-age for this position shall not exceed age 37, unless you have sufficient prior Federal civilian firefighter experience or you are a preference eligible veteran. If you are a preference eligible veteran, you may be eligible for this position after your 37th birthday. You must supply a copy of your Defense Department Form 214 (DD-214) along with Standard Form 15 (if applicable) and any associated documentation in accordance with the instructions in this vacancy announcement. Failure to provide this documentation with your application will result lost of eligibility to receive a waiver of the maximum entry age requirement.
Passage of a pre-employment physical is required. You must also pass the work capacity test for arduous position.
THIS IS A DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION. In accordance with Executive Order 12564, and under the Department's Drug Free Workplace Program. Applicant(s) tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and to pass the test prior to appointment. In addition, this position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use. You must be 18 years of age or older to be assigned to a hazardous position.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.
KSA 1: Knowledge of supervision policy to effectively lead a diverse workforce in fire and non-fire activities.
KSA 2: Knowledge of helicopter contract provisions, specifications and administrative requirements to monitor compliance, resolve conflicts, complete flight invoices and related documentation.
KSA 3: Knowledge of and experience in fire suppression strategy, tactics, fire behavior, fuel models, fire weather, Incident Command System, firefighting tools and equipment to safely lead and execute fireline suppression operations.
KSA 4: Knowledge of helicopter accessory equipment capabilities and use to safely and efficiently conduct suppression, fire use and resource helicopter missions. Equipment includes: cargo nets, swivels, short and long lines, remote hood, water bucket, tanks, diptanks, Helitorch, Premo MKIII plastic sphere dispenser, rappel equipment, medevac equipment, aircraft extrication tools, fire extinguishers, FM radios, GPS receivers, etc.
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