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Job Title:  Forestry Technician
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Forest Service
Job Announcement Number:  14(1)-462-SMKJMPR-5/6DP

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 $34,907.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD:
Monday, January 06, 2014 to Tuesday, September 30, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:
GS-0462-05/06
POSITION INFORMATION:
Full-Time - Permanent
PROMOTION POTENTIAL:
06
DUTY LOCATIONS:
FEW vacancies in the following location(s):
Redding, CA View Map
Grangeville, ID View Map
McCall, ID View Map
Missoula, MT View Map
West Yellowstone, MT View Map
More Locations  (2)
WHO MAY APPLY:
US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.
SUPERVISORY STATUS:
No

JOB SUMMARY:

A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

 

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

 

Serves as a smokejumper, performing a variety of duties in the areas of parachute jumping and fire suppression.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 14(1)-462-SMKJMPR-5/6G. 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 since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement.

This is a 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. Tours of duty include full-time or less than full-time (guaranteed minimum 6 months/13 pay periods of full-time employment). If on a seasonal schedule, you will be placed in a non-pay status for the rest of the season. Availability of government housing, federal day care facilities, and bargaining unit status will vary by location. 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 to meet the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) core Incident Management Qualifications. The applicant must be able to obtain these qualifications to be considered eligible for this position. For further information:  http://training.nwcg.gov /

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

  • Occasional Travel
  • Less than 25%

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • Yes
  • Maybe be authorized for current career or career conditional employees only.

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.
  • Primary firefighter retirement covered position.
  • Must meet Maximum Entry Age (MEA) requirements.
  • Position requires a Work Capacity Test (WCT).
  • Must meet Smokejumper Medical Qualifications.
  • GS-6 only: Minimum 90 days experience as a smokejumper.
  • GS-6 only: Ability to obtain a Crew Boss and ICT5 NWCG qualifications.

DUTIES:

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Performs parachute jumps and other duties in the suppression of wildland fires. Assists with fire dispatch through operation of radios, telephones and other necessary equipment to exchange information for fire weather and other forest suppression activities. Performs fire suppression duties. Cares for and maintains tools, equipment, jump gear and parachutes.

 

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. 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.


REQUIREMENTS:

 

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


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.

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 5 USC 8336(c) (CSRS) and 8412(d) (FERS). 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. Temporary service performed after 1/1/89 is not creditable to subtract from age. 

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:
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

FEW vacancies in the following locations:
Redding, CA View Map
Grangeville, ID View Map
McCall, ID View Map
Missoula, MT View Map
West Yellowstone, MT View Map
Redmond, OR View Map
Winthrop, WA View Map

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