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The employee in this position serves as a permanent, full-time, seasonal Lead Range Technician (Fire), GS-455-5/6 for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 6, National Wildlife Refuge System, Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, located in Fort Peck, Montana.

In a permanent career-seasonal position, the employee may work 26 weeks, but no more than 50 weeks in a service year.  When services are not required, employee will be placed in a non-work, non-pay status.  The employee will work 40 hours per week when in pay and duty status.

DUAL CONSIDERATION: This announcement has also been advertised under vacancy announcement number R6-14-1136524-M for status candidates.

This position is covered as a primary firefighter under the provisions of 5 USC 8412(b) and 5 USC 8336(c).  Applicants must not have reached their 37th birthday upon appointment to this position.  An exception is allowed if selectee has sufficient prior Federal service in a covered law enforcement officer or firefighter position or positions to qualify for retirement on or before the mandatory retirement age for these types of positions.  This information must be provided in your resume, application, etc.

This position may be filled at the GS-05 or GS-06 level.


Performs wildland firefighting work and leads crews performing such work.  The crews perform work directly related to wildland fire suppression and control activities including suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction and prescribed burning.

During initial attack fire suppression activities, locates fireline, directs and participates in fireline construction, backfiring and burnout operations, engine and pump operations, tree falling and holding/patrol/mop us operations.

Uses a variety of specialized tools, equipment and techniques to actively suppress fires. 

Operates and maintains specialized equipment used to respond to wildland and prescribed fire situations.

Participates in wildland fire and safety training in the techniques, practices, and methods of fire suppression and in the safe, efficient operation and use of tools, equipment and vehicles used in fire suppression activities. 

Provides daily leadership and training for crew members. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:  This is an arduous position requiring regular, protracted periods of considerable exertion.  May be required to work under hazardous conditions encountered in prescribed burning and fire suppression operations (excessive heat, smoke, dust, rough terrain, sharp hand tools, motorized equipment, poisonous snakes and insects), including prolonged standing, walking over uneven, rocky or swampy ground, recurrent bending, reaching, lifting and carrying items weighing up to 50 pounds, and other strenuous activities requiring good agility and dexterity.  Must wear protective clothing and other safety equipment.  Must meet and maintain arduous physical requirements established for the position, as evidenced by passing the standardized fitness test for arduous positions approved by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group for wildland fire agencies.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Fire details

Relocation Authorized

  • No