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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Forestry Technician), GS-0499-04 (HRF 14-051)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  HRF 14-051 (SR1095936)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$13.55 to $13.55 / Per Hour
Monday, April 14, 2014 to Friday, April 18, 2014
Full Time - Internships NTE 1039 hours
2 vacancies in the following location:
Yellowstone National Park, WY View Map
Student/Internship Program Eligibles
Q - Nonsensitive


About the Agency

Experience Your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service.  The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.
Number of Vacancies:  We expect to fill 2 vacancies at this time; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies.

This position is being filled under the Pathways Internship Program which is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore Federal careers while still in school.

Students who successfully complete the internship program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent appointment or a term (1-4 years in duration) appointment without further competition. 

The appointee must sign a DOI Pathways Intern Program Participant Agreement. 

To be eligible for the Pathways Program position:
• You must be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a degree or certificate program on at least a half-time basis and in good standing.
• Enrollment must be with an accredited educational institution or state-approved home school. These may include high schools, colleges, universities, technical, trade, vocational, or business schools, and state approved home school secondary and post-secondary programs. 
• Qualifying certificate programs are post-high school programs equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum.
• Educational institutions must be accredited by organizations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  To verify accreditation, please visit:

For more information on the Pathways Intern Program, visit: 
You must continue to meet ALL eligibility requirements throughout the duration of your appointment under the Pathways Internship Program in order to be employed.  (See Required Documents Section of this announcement.)

Please read the entire announcement before you apply.  To view the entire announcement, select “Print Preview” at the right hand side of this screen.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required.


  • No


  • U.S. Citizen, permanent resident, or otherwise authorized to be employed.
  • Online application under the Job Opportunity Announcement.
  • Verification of student status in a qualifying academic institution.
  • Verification of education earned through a qualifying academic institution.
  • Verification of veteran's preference, if claimed.


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Serves as a skilled member of the Yellowstone Helitack Crew.   Assists in loading helicopters with personnel, Builds cargo nets.  Initial Attacks wildland fires in home unit as well as the surrounding area and western US.  Must be in good physical shape able to be a team player.  Must be able to work independently and use a variety of handtools and equipment including chainsaws, pumps and computer.   Must possess a valid driver’s license.

Position Location:  Yellowstone National Park/Mammoth, WY.  Yellowstone National Park:    Most work locations are 40-50 miles from the nearest gateway community with services including grocery stores, motels, restaurants, and medical offices.  Medical clinics are available in Mammoth Hot Springs, Lake Village, and Old Faithful.  Park Headquarters is located at mammoth Hot Springs, elevation 6,200 feet.  Temperatures in the park vary from 70 degrees Fahrenheit to sub-zero at times.  Please visit for area information. 


For specific area and housing information, or information directly pertaining to vacancy status, contact:  Wendy Hafer, Helitack Supervisor, 307-344-2183.


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In addition to meeting the selective factor specified below, applicants must also possess one year of specialized experience, or the substitutable education or an equivalent combination of the two as defined below, as of the closing date of this announcement in order to be considered. 


1.  Selective Factor (MANDATORY):  NWCG Primary Core Requirement.

Currently hold, have held, or will be able to obtain NWCG qualification as a Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2) by the closing date of this announcement. 

2.  Selective Factor (MANDATORY):  NWCG Primary Core Requirement.

Currently hold, have held, or will be able to obtain NWCG qualification as a Helicopter Crewmember Trainee (HECM(t) by the closing date of this announcement.

3.  Selective Factor (MANDATORY):  NWCG Required Training.

Have completed or will complete NWCG course S-271 “Helicopter Crew Member” by the closing date of this announcement.


Possess six months of general experience and six months of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-03 level in the Federal service.  For this position General Experience is (1) any type of work that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.  Specialized Experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: forestry aid or technician work; engineering, range, or soil conservation technician work that involved application of cultural, resource conservation, or land management practices; farming or ranching work that provided a basic understanding of land use and involved the application of cultural and soil and water conservation practices; forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work.


Have successfully completed two years or more of education above high school (60 semester hour or 90 quarter hours minimum) that included at least twelve semester 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.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. 


Have an equivalent combination of the two.  For example, I have six months of general and/or specialized experience (50% of the experience requirement), and one year of college study (30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours) that included at least 6 semester hours courses as described above (50% of the education requirements to qualify).


Additional information on the qualification requirements can be viewed on the OPM web site at:

Applicants are responsible for providing documentation that the applicable educational provisions have been met.  To qualify based on education you must submit a legible copy of transcripts or list of college courses with your name, school name, credit or semester hours, major(s), and a grade-point average or class ranking.  Official transcripts are required upon selection if you qualified based on education. 

Education must have been obtained from an accredited or pre-accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.  Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. 

For further information on creditable education visit: and 

Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic job requirements.  In addition, we will evaluate your responses to the attached online Assessment Questionnaire to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position.  To preview the Assessment Questionnaire click here: View Assessment Questions

The Assessment Questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies needed to successfully perform on the job: 

KSA-1.  Knowledge of forestry practices, suppression and ignition of wildland fires and prescribed burns.
KSA-2.  Ability to use and maintain a variety of wildland firefighting equipment and tools.
KSA-3.  Ability to perform duties in helitack operations.
KSA-4.  Ability to work as a member of a team or crew.

Basis for rating: 

Applicants who meet the qualification requirements specified above for this position will be evaluated, and a score assigned, based upon the responses provided on the job specific questionnaire that is required as part of the application process for this position. 

Applicants who meet the qualification requirements based on responses provided in the Applicant Assessment Questionnaire will be placed in one of three categories: 

Category Group I (Best Qualified) – applicants who possess experience and/or education that well exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective factors and all quality ranking factors.  Applicants considered best qualified must be highly proficient in all requirements of the job and be able to perform effectively in the position. 

Category Group II (Well-Qualified) – applicants possessing experience and/or education that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.

Category Group III (Qualified) – applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.


Within these categories, applicants referred to the selecting official that are eligible for Veteran’s Preference will receive selection priority over Non-Veterans.


Once the basic qualifications have been met, you will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of this position.  The evaluation will be based on information you provide in your on-line resume, your answers to the knowledge, skills, and abilities questions for this announcement, and a review of the application material requested as part of this announcement.

You must provide information about your experience and/or education that supports the answers you give in the questionnaire, and the KSAs required for this position.


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Depending on the expected duration of your appointment under the Internship Program, you may be eligible for our comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more  



Government housing is not available.
Overtime work may be required.
Pre-employment physical required.
This is a drug testing designated position.
Applicants must possess a valid state driver's license.
Wearing a uniform is required.

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law. 

Physical demands: Arduous: Duties involve rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance and superior condition.  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 heavy items, and similar strenuous activities 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.  Incumbent is subject to medical examination and must pass the work capacity test for arduous positions. 

Work environment: The work is primarily performed in forest and desert environments in steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely uneven, rocky, covered with thick tangled vegetation, smoky conditions, etc.  Temperatures commonly exceed 100 degrees F and fall below freezing.  Ricks include smoke inhalation, fire entrapment, snake or insect bites and stings, exposure to excessive machinery noise, and falling and rolling materials.  Personnel must adjust and cope with exposure to weather elements, dust and smoke, poor bivouac and easting situations under an unpredictable set of circumstances.  Incumbent may be requires to live in backcountry camps for extended periods of time.  The hazardous nature of the work requires that personal protective equipment be worn (boots, hardhats, gloves, flame resistant clothing, etc.).  Work may require travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft. 

Veteran's Preference - If you are claiming Veteran's Preference, you MUST clearly identify your claim on your application and provide specific required evidence such as: DD-214, Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty, or Standard Form 15 (SF-15), "Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference" and proof requested on the form.  Failure to submit appropriate supporting documentation will result in NOT granting Veteran's Preference. 

For more information about eligibility for Veteran’s Preference please visit 


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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.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, April 18, 2014 to receive consideration.

* 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.

Applications must be typed or printed clearly in dark ink.  Forms and additional information on how to apply for Federal jobs can be obtained from the Internet at
For additional information on this announcement, contact: 

Name: Jamie Barnes


Phone: 303-985-6851  


Note:  If you receive an email stating that there was a technical problem uploading your documents, you should fax the applicable documentation to OPM at 478-757-3144.  Be sure to use the fax cover sheet that was linked in the vacancy announcement; include the appropriate Vacancy ID Number 1095936 so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. For further questions regarding applying online or by fax, please contact OPM at


1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire, and
2. Your resume and any other supporting documents needed (such as DD214 to show Veteran's Preference, SF-50, transcripts, etc.).

3. STUDENT DOCUMENTATION - (REQUIRED) – You MUST provide proof that you are enrolled or accepted for enrollment in school.  Your student documentation must include the following information from your school:
• You are enrolled or accepted for enrollment at an accredited educational institution or state-approved home school.
• The type of degree or certificate you are seeking (not required if you are not yet attending)
• That you are in good standing (usually a 2.0 GPA or above) (not required if you are not yet attending)
• Anticipated graduation or completion date of your degree/certificate (not required if you are not yet attending).
You will NOT be considered unless you provide this information from your school.
This documentation may be provided in letter format from your academic advisor, school counselor, admission office, etc. OR it may be provided in the form of several official documents from your school such as a copy of your official transcripts and a copy of your class schedule for next semester.  Copies of documents from your school website are acceptable if they contain the school's and your name on them.  Letters from advisors or

other school officials must be on school letterhead.

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 the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1095936.

2. 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 Friday, April 18, 2014 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 items

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Jamie M. Barnes
Phone: (303)985-6851
Agency Information:
WASO HR Franchise
12795 West Alameda Parkway
Lakewood, CO


Once your complete application is received, we will verify your responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire against the other supporting application materials you submit, and your final score will be assigned.  Based on applicant scores, the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified when referral has been made and what the final outcome is.  We expect to make a selection within 45 working days of the closing date of this announcement.

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