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Job Title:  Forestry Technician (Fire)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Job Announcement Number:  R8-14-1072191-ES

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$32,188.00 to $44,337.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 to Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
2 vacancies in the following location:
Jamul, CA View Map
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These permanent seasonal wildland firefighter positions with the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex, based at San Diego National Wildlife Refuge have been identified as key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard. These positions are categorized as a Senior Firefighter, and requires the selectee to meet the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position.

Work is career seasonal (18/8) – you will be in pay and duty status at least 36 but not more than 50 weeks per year.

For more information about the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex, please visit or the Southern California Fire Management Zone at

Salary Range
GS-4:  $32,188 - $39,613 per annum
GS-5:  $36,021 - $44,337 per annum

Additional positions may be filled through this announcement should the need arise.


  • 50% or Greater
  • Frequent overnight travel, normally at least 16 days per incident during the fire season


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship and Background Investigation
  • Maximum Entry Age: 37
  • Meet IFPM requirements (See Qualifications and How to Apply)
  • Pre-employment drug test, medical exam and physical performance (Pack) test
  • Valid driver's license
  • Seasonal Work - at least 36 but not more than 50 weeks per year
  • Must wear official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform
  • One-year initial probationary period
  • Commercial driver's license required within 1 year of appointment


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As a senior firefighter, you will actively suppress wildfire using a variety of special tools, equipment and techniques. Fireline activities include various line constructions, complex hose layouts, operating pump and water handling systems, breaking up fuel concentrations using hand and power tools; holding, patrol and mop-up operations; and scouting, monitoring and mapping wildfires.  You may be expected to conduct backfire and burnout operations, operate engines or other specialized equipment, construct helispots or conduct helitack operations and hover hook-ups. 

You will also conduct prescribed fire operations; maintain and condition tools, equipment and vehicles; and maintain facilities and fire caches.

As an experienced crewmember, at the GS-4 level, you will perform duties similar to those described above, but under closer supervision, with instruction provided for advancement toward the full performance and eventual promotion.


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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.
- OR –
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.
- OR –
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.
- OR –
B. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor’s 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
- OR –
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

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

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.


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.


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  For more information about these benefits, please visit

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses WILL NOT be paid by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Any moving expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.




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To apply for this position, you must complete the Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
Your complete Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM (EASTERN STANDARD TIME) Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

*To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the Occupational Questionnaire.
*Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
*It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

*To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

*To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


Make sure your application materials DO NOT include your date-of-birth or contain photograph(s).

For this job announcement, the following documents are required:

1. Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary.  USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume.
2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.
3. Transcripts, (if claiming education to meet qualification requirements). Copies are acceptable but, if selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts.
4. Incident Qualifications and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or equivalent document that verifies you possess the required NWCG qualifications.
5. If you are age 37 or older, proof of prior special firefighter/law enforcement retirement system coverage that would reduce your age to under 37. - This includes copies of all SF 50's/Notifications of Personnel Action showing beginning and ending dates for each covered period. If selected, you will need to provide copies of official position approval/certification. Note that temporary appointments after December 31, 1988 cannot be used to meet this requirement. You must submit proof of veterans' preference for this requirement to be waived.
6. If claiming veteran's preference, proof of eligibility (Member 4 copy of DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA letter, as appropriate); See 

Career Transition Assistance Plan/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP/ICTAP):  If you are a well-qualified (i.e., you are rated at least 85 or above on the rating criteria) surplus or displaced Federal employee, with a duty station in the local commuting area of the vacancy, you must provide proof when you apply that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) to receive special selection priority. This includes a copy of the official agency notice, copy of your most recent performance rating, and copy of SF 50(s) showing you held career/career conditional competitive status in your position of record, the promotion potential of that position and duty location. Note: You may need to submit more than one SF 50.  See

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the Occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. To fax your documents, you must use this cover page and provide the required information. The vacancy ID is 1072191. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on close date to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the Occupational Questionnaire and submit via fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire http://www.opm.govforms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.

3. Fax your completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 478-757-3144.

If you do not submit all the required materials, we will not be able to fully process your application, and you may lose consideration for this position. No additional information will be solicited or accepted after the closing date.

If you have any problems submitting your application, contact the online help at

If you have questions about the vacancy, contact Human Resources at the phone number or email address listed below and reference R8-14-1072191-ES.


Esther F. Standish
Phone: (503)231-6136
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Oregon
911 NE 11th Ave
Portland, OR


After you've successfully submitted the online Occupational Questionnaire, you will automatically receive an e-mail acknowledging receipt. After the vacancy closes, your application will be reviewed. Within approximately 20 business days, we will notify you of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

REMINDER: It is your responsibility to maintain access to your e-mail account; undelivered e-mails may cause you to lose consideration or not receive information about your application. Be sure to include your full name and vacancy number (R8-14-1072191-ES) in any inquiries regarding this job. Let us know if your contact information changes, or you decide you no longer wish to be considered for the position. If we're unable to contact you, or you do not respond to requests for information, it may be grounds for not selecting you.

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