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. 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.
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 having patrolled areas of controlled fires to mop-up by searching out and extinguishing any remaining burning material; operated and maintained suppression equipment such as portable pumps or drip torches or power tools and equipment in accordance with standard safety practices; served on a specialty crew (hotshot, helitack, engines, etc.) to suppress the full range of difficult and complex fires.
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 having performed parachute jumps from various aircraft, with a minimum of 90 days as a smokejumper trainee; suppressed the full range of difficult and complex wildland fire using common and proven basic techniques.
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 and detailed duties that show your 90 days of on-the-line experience in the online application or resume for verification.
- Under age 37; OR after subtracting the months of Federal Service worked in a primary firefighter/law enforcement position, less than age 37; OR a veterans preference eligible, older than age 37 and will request a waiver to the maximum age requirement.
- GS-6: Minimum 90 days experience performing as a smokejumper.
- GS-6: Ability to obtain CRWB and ICT5 - National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) qualifications.
- Smokejumper medical standards - see Questionnaire for specific standards.
You must meet all qualification requirements the date a certificate of candidates is issued from this Open Continuous Announcement.
Must be 18 years of age.
Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training.
May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.
Subject to successful completion of pre-employment medical examination.
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.
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 the 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.
Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Non-Competitive candidates need to meet minimum qualification requirements to be referred.
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 lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. 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=1bf51309-2bbd-4cab-a520-a27a00c2d0a6