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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Forestry Technician (Fire Dispatch)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Forest Service

Job Announcement Number:OCR14-462-IADISP-5/6/7DP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

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

OPEN PERIOD:

Sunday, December 01, 2013 to Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0462-05/07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

07

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies in the following location(s):
Anchorage, AK View Map
Andalusia, AL View Map
Brent, AL View Map
Double Springs, AL View Map
Heflin, AL View Map
More Locations  (122)

WHO MAY APPLY:

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

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Not Applicable

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

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: http://www.ifpm.nifc.gov/standard/electronicver/electronic.htm

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

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

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 meet IFPM qualifications.
  • Secondary firefighter retirement covered position.
  • Must possess and maintain a Valid Driver’s License.

DUTIES:

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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.


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-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 in filing and retrieving documents in a dispatching office. Assisting in preparing various maps, plans, guides, analyses, and special reports for dispatch use; Received and processed requests for equipment, personnel, and supplies in conjunction with wildland fire and emergency incidents

For the GS-06 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-05 in assisting in the central dispatch of personnel, equipment, aircraft, and supplies for fire, law enforcement, structural fires, medicals, vehicle accidents, and other normal administrative traffic; Arranging for ground and air transportation of personnel, supplies, and equipment in support of emergency and project activities; Collected, processed and disseminated weather and smoke management information into computer programs or databases.

For the GS-07 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-06 in conducting inventories of personnel, equipment, aircraft, and supplies for fire, law enforcement, structural fires, medicals, vehicle accidents, and other normal administrative traffic; determining the appropriate personnel and resource composition to respond to wildland fires or emergencies, as the situation demands; Reassigned resources to address changing needs, such as in cases of multiple wildland or prescribed fires.

Substitution of Education for Experience:

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.

For the GS-06 there is no substitution of education for experience for this position.

The experience requirements for the GS-07 level may be met by completion of one (1) year of graduate level education in a position-related field of forestry or natural resources management.

Combination of Education and Experience:

For the GS-05 and GS-07 equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.

For the GS-06 there is no combination of education and experience for this position

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.
  • Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirement of Expanded Dispatch Recorder (EDRC). A copy of the Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record (or equivalent training document) which contains documented proof of my certification or attainment of this requirement will be attached to my application.

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.


Must be 18 years of age.

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

Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.

Some fire positions may have conditions of employment such as valid state drivers license; a commercial drivers 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.

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. 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.  

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.

  • We will review your application, including an online Occupational Questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your answers will be verified against information provided in your online resume and application. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.

In order to be considered for this position, copies of your Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record (or equivalent training documents if not a Federal employee) which contain documented proof of the certification or attainment of the IFPM Selective Placement Factor for this position MUST be attached to your application. Red cards are not acceptable documentation.  

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.

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=6b1dbbb5-3a25-4374-bbc9-a27e0127b00e


BENEFITS:

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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.

We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. 

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

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.

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. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

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 secondary firefighter position under 5 USC 8336(c) (CSRS) and 8412(d) (FERS). At least 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required. There is no age limit for entry into secondary positions. Firefighter retirement coverage of the incumbent depends upon his or her individual work history.

Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.

If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.

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) 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:

A complete Application Package must be submitted and received prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date. The following documents are required for your application package to be complete. 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 as a minimum: 1) sufficient information to verify qualifications; 2) supervisors phone number/e-mail address for each work period and whether we may contact them for reference checks.
  • College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or used as a substitute for specialized experience.

Other required documents as applicable:

  • Current/Former Career/Career-Conditional:  Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, federal status, position title, series and grade AND most recently completed performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by the supervisor, or a statement as to why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.
  • VEOA:  DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference and supporting VA letter if claiming 10 pt. 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.
  • Interchange Agreement with Other Merit Systems:  Documentation of eligibility as listed in interchange agreement.
  • VRA or 30% Disabled Veteran:  DD214, VA letter andSF-15 if claiming 10 pt. preference OR if currently on active duty; a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days.
  • Peace Corps Volunteers/Personnel:  Documentation of no less than 36 months of continuous service without a break of 3 days or more and separated within the last 3 years.
  • Schedule A, Persons with Disabilities Appointment:  Sch A letter from a physician, local, state or federal rehabilitation office citing eligibility under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u).
  • Non-Competitive Reassignment/Transfer/Reinstatement:  Most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) in the competitive service with the same or higher promotion potential as this position.
  • Miscellaneous Authorities Not Regulated by the Office of Personnel Management: (Postal Career Service, Postal Service Commission, GAO, US Courts, etc.), Current Notification of Personnel Action (or equivalent) that reflects eligibility.
  • Certain Family Members Eligible under E.O. 12721:  Most recent non-award SF-50 and performance appraisal.
  • Certain Military Spouses Eligible under E.O. 13473:  Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders issued within the last 2 years, that lists you as authorized to accompany the military member to the new duty permanent station; OR verification of the member's 100% disability (VA Letter); and/or verification of the member's death while on active duty (DD-1300 and Death Certificate) AND verification of the marriage to the service member (i.e., a marriage license or other legal documentation verifying marriage).
  • Foreign Service:  Most recent Foreign Service Notification of Personnel Action, service under an unlimited, career-type appointment AND have completed at least 1 year of continuous service without a break of a workday under one or more non-temporary Foreign Service appointments.
  • CTAP/ICTAP: 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
  • Other Special Hiring Authorities: If you are claiming eligibility under a Special Hiring Authority not listed above, you must submit appropriate supporting documentation.

NOTE:  Verify that uploaded documents \ from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Once in the Agency's staffing system additional documents may be uploaded. Documents 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
TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: fsjobs@fs.fed.us
Agency Information:
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

FEW vacancies in the following locations:
Anchorage, AK View Map
Andalusia, AL View Map
Brent, AL View Map
Double Springs, AL View Map
Heflin, AL View Map
Tuskegee, AL View Map
Booneville, AR View Map
Jasper, AR View Map
Mount Ida, AR View Map
Flagstaff, AZ View Map
Mesa, AZ View Map
Prescott, AZ View Map
Show Low, AZ View Map
Tucson, AZ View Map
Williams, AZ View Map
Alturas, CA View Map
Bishop, CA View Map
Camino, CA View Map
El Cajon, CA View Map
Fortuna, CA View Map
Fresno, CA View Map
Grass Valley, CA View Map
Lancaster, CA View Map
Nevada City, CA View Map
Porterville, CA View Map
Quincy, CA View Map
Redding, CA View Map
Riverside, CA View Map
San Bernardino, CA View Map
Santa Maria, CA View Map
Sonora, CA View Map
Susanville, CA View Map
Vandenberg AFB, CA View Map
Willows, CA View Map
Yreka, CA View Map
Carbondale, CO View Map
Fort Collins, CO View Map
Glenwood Springs, CO View Map
Grand Junction, CO View Map
Minturn, CO View Map
Montrose, CO View Map
Crawfordville, FL View Map
Olustee, FL View Map
Silver Springs, FL View Map
Tallahassee, FL 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
Shoshone, ID View Map
Harrisburg, IL View Map
Marion, IL View Map
Tell City, IN View Map
Cadillac, MI View Map
Escanaba, MI View Map
Gladstone, MI View Map
Watersmeet, MI View Map
Deer River, MN View Map
Grand Rapids, MN View Map
Meadville, 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
Plains, MT View Map
Trout Creek, MT View Map
Troy, MT View Map
New Bern, NC View Map
Bismarck, ND View Map
Conway, NH View Map
Gorham, NH View Map
Alamogordo, NM View Map
Albuquerque, NM View Map
Ruidoso, NM View Map
Santa Fe, NM View Map
Silver City, NM View Map
Taos, NM View Map
Elko, NV View Map
Ely, NV View Map
Las Vegas, NV View Map
Minden, NV View Map
Winnemucca, NV View Map
Bend, OR View Map
Burns, OR View Map
Corvallis, OR View Map
Glide, OR View Map
Hines, OR View Map
John Day, OR View Map
Klamath Falls, OR View Map
La Grande, OR View Map
Lakeview, OR View Map
Medford, OR View Map
Prineville, OR View Map
Roseburg, OR View Map
Springfield, OR View Map
Bradford, PA View Map
Marienville, PA View Map
Warren, PA View Map
New Ellenton, SC View Map
Rapid City, SD View Map
Hudson, TX View Map
Cedar City, UT View Map
Draper, UT View Map
Moab, UT View Map
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Salt Lake City, UT View Map
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Colville, WA View Map
East Wenatchee, WA View Map
Enumclaw, WA View Map
Everett, WA View Map
Quilcene, WA View Map
Sedro Woolley, WA View Map
Vancouver, WA View Map
Eagle River, WI View Map
Florence, WI View Map
Casper, WY View Map
Cody, WY View Map
Moose, WY View Map

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Job Announcement Number:

OCR14-462-IADISP-5/6/7DP

Control Number:

356493500