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Open to all current career or career conditional federal employees, former federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, and persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities. Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 or more years of continuous active service may apply.

The employee in this position serves as a permanent, full-time, seasonal Supervisory Range Technician (Fire), GS-455-6/7 for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 6, National Wildlife Refuge System, Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, located in Jordan, 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.

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 OR a preference eligible veteran.  This information must be provided in your resume, application, etc.

This position may be filled at the GS-06 or GS-07 level

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be authorized for this position.


This is a rigorous position that performs wildland firefighting work and supervises crews performing such work.  These crews perform work directly related to wildland fire suppression and control activities including suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction, and prescribed burning.

Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents.

Responsible for operation and maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland and prescribed fire situations.

Provides for crew safety and welfare and implements a training program in compliance with applicable requirements.

Performs full range of supervisory duties.

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