Specialized Experience Requirements: In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirements; please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.
To qualify for GS-04, you must have 6 months of general and 6 months of specialized experience. The 6 months of specialized work experience equivalent to GS-3 is on-the-line wildland fire experience in forest/range fire control, prevention or suppression work as a trainee wildland firefighter; OR having completed 2 years of study above high school that included 12 semester hours in 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; OR an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education.
To qualify for GS-05, you must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-04 of on-the-line wildland fire experience in forest/range fire control, prevention or suppression work as a skilled wildland firefighter, utilizing a variety of specialized wildland fire tools and equipment; OR completed a Bachelor's degree with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a field directly related to this position; or that included at least 24 semester hours in courses such as range management or conservation, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, mathematics, or other natural or physical sciences; OR an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Selective Placement Factors: These positions require special qualifications that have been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as a screen out element. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factors will be rated not qualified.
You must possess a valid automobile driver's license and it must be valid at all times during your appointment to this position.
GS-04: Possession of IQCS qualifications of Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) or higher; AND Helicopter Crew member (HECM) Trainee; AND NWCG course S-290 "Intermediate Fire Behavior".
GS-05: Possession of IQCS qualifications of Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) or higher; AND Helicopter Crew member (HECM); AND NWCG course S-290 "Intermediate Fire Behavior".
This is a primary firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS). The position is subject to maximum entry age (MEA) requirements. The maximum entry-age for this position shall not exceed age 37 unless you have sufficient prior Federal civilian firefighter experience or you are a preference eligible veteran. If you are a preference eligible veteran, you may be eligible for this position after your 37th birthday. You must supply a copy of your Defense Department Form 214 (DD-214) along with Standard Form 15 (if applicable) and any associated documentation in accordance with the instructions in this vacancy announcement. Failure to provide this documentation with your application will result in loss of eligibility to receive a waiver of the maximum entry age requirement. If you have left Federal service and are over the age of 37, you must provide copies of SF50s showing beginning and ending dates of covered Federal law enforcement service or your will not be eligible for consideration under this vacancy announcement.
You can review the Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions, Range Technician Series, 0455 located on the OPM website.
If you are a current career seasonal employee, your time spent in non-pay status is not creditable towards meeting the specialized experience requirement of 52 weeks or 1 year (whichever is first). Please include in your resume (on the first line of each job experience section), the dates you were placed in and out of pay status.
You must be 18 years of age or older to be assigned to a hazardous position.
Passage of a pre-employment physical is required. You must also pass the work capacity test for arduous positions. The physical demands of this position are rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. Work requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighing over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring at least average agility and dexterity. Duties include demands for strenuous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods of time. Operation of some specialized fire equipment can place extended physical stress on incumbent during fire activities.
THIS IS A DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION. In accordance with Executive Order 12564 and under the Department’s Drug Free Workplace Program applicant(s) tentatively selected for this position must submit a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and to pass the test prior to appointment. The position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.
KSA 1: Knowledge of technical firefighting techniques, such as helicopter operations.
KSA 2: Knowledge and necessary certifications such as, chain saw operation and repair, long line certification, cargo let down, pump operation and water handling, use of specialized equipment used in response to wildland urban interface situations, and helicopter accessory equipment used in wildland fire management and prescribed burns.
KSA 3: Knowledge of fire behavior including causes of wildland fire, influence of temperature, humidity, wind, topography, slope and fuel moisture conditions, and fuels.
KSA 4: Knowledge of accepted fire safety practices and procedures.
KSA 5: Knowledge of general range/forestry technician work in order to personally perform and lead others in the performance of a variety of work in such areas as hazard tree removal, recreation, wildlife and watershed.
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