Specialized Experience Requirements:
In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. See the qualification requirements section for examples of specialized work experience.
Selective Placement Factors: This position requires special qualifications that have been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as screen out elements. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified:
1) Must have a minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience.
2) Must have held, or currently hold, the Expanded Dispatch Recorder (EDRC) or higher qualification. This must be reflected on the ICQS master record and submitted to this announcement.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
At the GS-4 level: 6 months of general and 6 months of specialized work experience -OR- Successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester 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 hours in mathematics is creditable.
In addition, 4 seasons of seasonal work experience is also qualifying for the GS-4 level. A season of experience is considered to be a period of no less than 3 months of continuous employment on a seasonal basis. Shorter periods may be combined to make a season, provided a total of at least 3 months' experience is shown. For any period where the work exceeded 3 months, the excess work is credited towards an additional season of experience. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Forestry aid or technician work; Engineering, range, or soil conservation technician work that involved the application of cultural, resource conservation, or land management practices on nonforest or ranch lands when combined with knowledge of forestry operations and equipment; Farming or ranching work that involved application of cultural and soil and water conservation practices, including safety and use of equipment, and that provided a basic understanding of land use; Forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work.
At the GS-5 level: One year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-04 in the federal service, OR completion of a full 4 year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject matter field directly related to the position. Examples of specialized experience include: dispatching personnel, equipment, aircraft, and/or supplies in response to resource orders from the field; organizing and reviewing completed records of all orders placed and actions taken to ensure adherence to procedures.
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, you 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.
1) Knowledge of wildland fire suppression and prescribed fire strategies, tactics, methods and procedures, fire behavior, and weather conditions to effectively dispatch fire management resources.
2) Knowledge of fire management operations, dispatch procedures, and resources used for the tactical and logistical support for wildland and prescribed fire incidents.
3) Knowledge of communication equipment, radio use, computers and software used in all aspects of dispatch.
4) Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
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