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

Job Title:Forestry Technician

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Department of Agriculture - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:14(1)-462-WFAP-3/4/5DP

SALARY RANGE:

$24,933.00 to $40,706.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Sunday, December 01, 2013 to Wednesday, April 30, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0462-03/05

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

05

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Flagstaff, AZ View Map
Phoenix, AZ View Map
Prescott, AZ View Map
Springerville, AZ View Map
Tucson, AZ View Map
More Locations  (78)

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens; no prior Federal experience is required.

JOB SUMMARY:

 This position serves as a wildland firefighter Apprentice on various wildland fire crews with responsibility for the operation and maintenance of specialized tools or equipment. The incumbent will be assigned into one or more types of positions within the wildfire program where the individual’s specialized skills are required at one or more locations thoughout the forest service.

The locations listed in this announcement are for recruitment only. These are not necessarily the actual duty locations where you will work. If selected, you will be placed in a duty station within the Forest that you are applying to.

Information about the Wildland Fire Apprentice program can be found at:  www.wfap.net/index.html

These are permanent positions with varying tours of duty and may include weekend work. Tours of duty are less than full-time seasonal (guaranteed minimum 6 months/13 pay periods of full-time employment). 

This is a continuously open vacancy announcement for one or more locations throughout the Forest Service. Not all locations anticipate hiring Apprentices at this time. Apply only to locations that you would accept a job offer. To ensure continued interest, applicants will be notified via e-mail reminding them to re-certify their application every 30 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.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US Citizenship required.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required for the GS-05.
  • Must meet Maximum Entry Age (MEA) requirements.
  • Primary firefighter retirement covered position.
  • Must possess and maintain a Valid Driver’s License.
  • Position requires a Arduous Work Capacity Test (WCT).
  • May require a Commercial Drivers License (CDL).
  • Subject to negative drug test prior to entrance on duty if CDL required.

DUTIES:

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Serves as an apprentice firefighter on a wildland fire crew performing fire suppression and/or fuels management duties under the most adverse conditions of climate, fuels, and terrain.

Performs various aspects of wildland and prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding, and mop-up, Driving engines to fire locations, frequently over unimproved roads. Starting pump engine, priming pump, adjusting engine speed and pump valves, laying hose, and using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustment in effective use of water and additives, Loading 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.

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/group-stds/gs-tech.asp

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-03 position, qualifying experience includes six (6) months of general experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position that provided familiarity with subject matter or processes of the occupation.

 For the GS-04 position, in addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had six (6) months of general experience AND six (6) months of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-3 grade level. Examples 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; volunteer work, such as at a youth camp, scouting organization, hospital, local fire department, etc.

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: Examples include: Performed fuels reduction work and suppress wildland fires using a variety of hand/power tools; patrolled fire line to locate and extinguish sparks, flareups, and hot spot fires; 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.

Substitution of Education for Experience:

The experience requirements for the GS-03 level may be met by successful completion of 1 year of study that included at least 6 semester hours/9 quarter hours in a combination of courses such as range management or conservation, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, mathematics, or other natural or physical sciences.

The experience requirements for the GS-04 level may be met by 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.

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-03, GS-04 and GS-05 equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.

Selective Placement Factors:

  • 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.
  • To qualify at the GS-05 applicant must have 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.
  • To qualify at the GS-05 journey worker level, the applicant must have successfully completed Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1). A copy of the Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) master record (or equivalent training document - Red Cards are not acceptable) which contains documented proof of certification or attainment of this requirement should be attached to application.

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


REQUIREMENTS:

Will be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary 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 position may require the selectee to obtain or possess a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and therefore, is a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Department of Transportation (DOT)/Forest Service Alcohol and Controlled Substance Testing Program. Applicant tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use unless they currently occupy a TDP under the DOT/Forest ServiceTesting Program. Final appointment is conditional on a negative drug test.

This announcement constitutes the required 30 days advanced notice for testing requirements.

APPRENTICE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:

There are conditions of employment for this position. The selected applicant must complete the provision of the National Apprenticeship Standards. These conditions of employment may change during the term of the apprenticeship as approved by the National Interagency Joint Apprentice Committee (NIJAC). National Apprentice Standards can be found at http://www.wfap.net/forms/Final_Standards9_24_10.pdf

 Conditions of employment include:

1. Formal Classroom training consisting of the Wildland Fire Academy (both Basic and Advance Academies) at the Wildland Fire Training Center.

2. 3,000 hours of on-the-job training as well as hours in the related instruction and supplemental technical training.

3. Formal class work at the identified passing level.

4. An examination of Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190) passes at 70% level or above at Fire Academy. This exam is given the first day of the Basic Academy.

Selected applicants who do not meet these conditions of employment may be subject to removal from position.

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.

Your online application and resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include:

 

(1) Paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary

(2) Specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work with percentages of time performing these duties if work involved a variety of different duties (i.e. 75% of the time performing these duties and 25% of the time performing this duty).

(3) Knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position.

(4) Names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s) and if we can contact them.

(5) Names and phone numbers of your current reference(s).

 

Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration.

 

Note: If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be adjusted to more accurately reflect the submitted docmentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.


To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=279b73a8-8188-42b3-9734-a282012740d4


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 are NOT authorized for this position.

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

Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training.

Physical Fitness Statement: You are being deployed to a challenging physical environment. You may encounter extremely dusty conditions, significant air pollution, high elevations, lack of potable water, food and waterbourne diseases, and communicable diseases. You will need to walk distances of a half-mile or more, run and step up to 2 feet while wearing a helmet and equipment that together weigh a minimum of 30 pounds. Medical care will be limited.

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.

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 was creditable for special retirement.  Temporary primary/rigorous service will only be credited if performed prior to January 1, 1989 (temporary service performed beginning 1/1/89 or later is not creditable for retirement). Applications received become the property of the USDA Forest Service and will not be returned.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Check our website at: http://www.fs.fed.us/fsjobs for general information on the Forest Service.



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) prior to a certificate being issued from 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, prior to a certificate being issued from 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 a VA Letter and 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).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

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

Many vacancies in the following locations:
Flagstaff, AZ View Map
Phoenix, AZ View Map
Prescott, AZ View Map
Springerville, AZ View Map
Tucson, AZ View Map
Alturas, CA View Map
Arcadia, CA View Map
Bishop, CA View Map
Clovis, CA View Map
Eureka, CA View Map
Goleta, CA View Map
Nevada City, CA View Map
Placerville, CA View Map
Porterville, CA View Map
Quincy, CA View Map
Redding, CA View Map
San Bernardino, CA View Map
San Diego, CA View Map
Sonora, CA View Map
South Lake Tahoe, CA View Map
Susanville, CA View Map
Willows, CA View Map
Yreka, CA View Map
Delta, CO View Map
Durango, CO View Map
Fort Collins, CO View Map
Glenwood Springs, CO View Map
Monte Vista, CO View Map
Pueblo, CO View Map
Boise, ID View Map
Coeur dAlene, ID View Map
Grangeville, ID View Map
Idaho Falls, ID View Map
McCall, ID View Map
Salmon, ID View Map
Twin Falls, ID View Map
Jackson, MS View Map
Wiggins, MS View Map
Billings, MT View Map
Bozeman, MT View Map
Dillon, MT View Map
Great Falls, MT View Map
Hamilton, MT View Map
Helena, MT View Map
Kalispell, MT View Map
Libby, MT View Map
Missoula, MT View Map
Alamogordo, NM View Map
Albuquerque, NM View Map
Santa Fe, NM View Map
Silver City, NM View Map
Taos, NM View Map
Sparks, NV View Map
Baker City, OR View Map
Bend, OR View Map
Corvallis, OR View Map
Hines, OR View Map
Hood River, OR View Map
John Day, OR View Map
Lakeview, OR View Map
Medford, OR View Map
Pendleton, OR View Map
Prineville, OR View Map
Roseburg, OR View Map
Sandy, OR View Map
Springfield, OR View Map
New Ellenton, SC View Map
Cedar City, UT View Map
Price, UT View Map
Richfield, UT View Map
Salt Lake City, UT View Map
Vernal, UT View Map
Colville, WA View Map
Everett, WA View Map
Olympia, WA View Map
Vancouver, WA View Map
Wenatchee, WA View Map
Cody, WY View Map
Dubois, WY View Map
Jackson, WY View Map
Lander, WY View Map
Laramie, WY View Map
Sheridan, WY View Map

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Job Announcement Number:

14(1)-462-WFAP-3/4/5DP

Control Number:

356444000