Job Overview


This position serves as a Fire Dispatcher located in a dispatch center. The center is responsible primarily for wildland fire preparedness and suppression support activities, but may respond to all-risk incidents as needed or directed.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number OCR14-462-IADISP-5/6/7G . Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration.

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.  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.

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. IFPM selective placement factors are made up of a primary and secondary National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) core Incident Management Qualifications and Required Training. The applicant must possess these qualifications to be considered eligible for this position. For further 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.


Performs and directs others in receiving fire reports and current fire reports and current fire information the appropriate response to incidents and request from the field and independently plans and carries out the procedural and technical tasks involved in the dispatching of personnel, equipment, and/or supplies to suppress wildland fires. Resolves the full range of irregular or problem situations in anticipating resource needs for fire suppression activities. Makes recommendations regarding resource orders or anticipated orders.

Based upon current wildland fire suppression activity and utilizing prior wildland firefighting experience and training, anticipates fire suppression needs and determines resource allocation. Determines the number of persons and composition of equipment to dispatch to wildland fires, or for situations in which the fire danger is high. Redistributes resources to address emerging needs, such as in cases of multiple wildland or in prescribed fires. Maintains fire organization rosters. Plans and carries out fire program management projects in accordance with fire management objectives and policies.

Develops and implements fire program management project work plans. Resolves the full scope of irregular problem situations encountered when performing a wide range of interrelated, nonstandard assignments pertaining to fire program management activities.

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

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No
  • Additional Duty Location Info

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