You must meet all qualification requirements outlined in this vacancy by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of the announcement. Applicable regulatory requirements, such as time-in-grade, must also be met by the closing date.
Maximum Entry Age: This position is covered in the primary/rigorous category for enhanced CSRS and FERS firefighter retirement provisions under 5 USC 8336(c) and 8412(d). You must not have reached your 37th birthday at the time of entry into this position, unless you have sufficient prior Federal civilian firefighter experience service to complete 20 years of covered service by the mandatory retirement age of 57. This requirement may be waived if you are entitled to veteran's preference. You must supply documentation of your prior covered service or veteran's preference with your application or you will not be considered eligible. (See Required Documents).
Qualification Requirements for GS-4:
A. Six months of general experience AND six months of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-03 grade level in the Federal Service. General experience is (l) Any type of work that demonstrates your ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided familiarity with fire control methods. Specialized experience is operational wildland firefighting experience that has provided working knowledge of wildfire suppression and fuels management techniques, and the skills and ability to use handtools, pumps, hoses and chainsaws to perform basic wildfire suppression and prescribed fire assignments.
B. Successful completion 2 years of study above high school that included at least 12 semester/18 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, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. You must provide a copy of your transcripts that support this education.
C. A combination of experience as described in A above and education as described in B above that meet the minimum qualification requirements for this grade.* You must provide a copy of your transcripts that support this education.
Qualification Requirements for GS-5:
A. One full year of wildland firefighting experience equivalent to the GS-04 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include working as a trainee engine operator, driving the engine, operating the pump and making hoselays; on a helitack crew, loading helicopters, calculating weight, completing crew manifests, rappelling from hovering helicopter to construct helispots or to attack small fires or hotspots; monitoring and controlling fire during prescribed burns, and collecting data on fire weather and fire behavior; as an experienced hand crew member, independently constructing fire lines, laying out hose, operating pumps and accessories, lopping and scattering fuels, patrolling, monitoring, and mop-up operations.
B. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelors degree (a) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter directly related to the position, or that (b) included at least 24 semester/36 quarter hours in any combination of courses such as range management or conservation, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, mathematics, or other natural or physical sciences. You must provide a copy of your transcripts that support this education. You must provide a copy of your transcripts that support this education
C. A combination of experience as described in A above and education (must be in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree) as described in B above that meet the minimum qualification requirements for this grade.* You must provide a copy of your transcripts that support this education.
*To combine education and experience, determine your total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required. Then determine your qualifying education as a percentage of the required education. When added together, the two percentages must equal at least 100% to qualify for this grade.
Additional Requirements (Selective Factors):
You must possess the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Incident Management Qualifications, or higher, to be qualified for this position:
1. Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1); and
2. S-290, "Intermediate Fire Behavior"
Copies of transcripts are acceptable for application purposes; if selected, official transcripts are required.
All qualifying education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. You can verify accreditation at http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.
Foreign Education: You can receive credit for education earned outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution, or that full credit has been given by an accredited institution in the United States. For more information, see http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
It is your responsibility to provide evidence that educational provisions are met when applying.
OTHER KEY REQUIREMENTS (conditions of employment)
Direct deposit of salary payment.
Must apply for Government travel charge card if expected to travel on official business.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures.
If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, your evaluation will be based on a review of your complete application package and the extent to which your responses to the Questionnaire relate to the knowledge, skills and abilities listed below:
- Knowledge of wildland fire suppression techniques, methods and safety practices to analyze fire circumstances, determine when additional forces may be needed, or when circumstances warrant withdrawal to safe locations;
- Ability to train others in firefighting techniques, practices, and safety;
- Skill in using and maintaining motorzied vehicles, pumps, chainsaws, and related hand and power tools used in wildland fire operations; and
- Ability to work effectively with others to carry out operational programs.
To preview the Questionnaire, click View Assessment Questions.
We will then place you in one of three categories:
Qualified: Meets minimum qualifications established for the position, but fails to meet the benchmark definition for the Well Qualified category
Well Qualified: Demonstrates overall competency in the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.
Best Qualified: Demonstrates high proficiency and comprehensive level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.
Please make sure that your responses to the questionnaire are supported in your resume. Also, follow all instructions carefully as errors and omissions may affect your score.
Note: If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience and/or education, OR that your application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.
Application of Veterans Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veterans preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher.