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    This position serves as a Wildland Firefighter Apprentice on various wildland fire crews with responsibility for the operation and maintenance of specialized tools or equipment. The incumbent will be assigned into one or more types of positions within the wildfire program where the individual’s specialized skills are required at one or more locations thoughout the forest service.

    As part of the Wildland Firefighter Apprentice Program, If selected, you may be subject to random mobilization that could last up to six months in order to develop the knowledge, skills and requirements of the position.

    Information about the Wildland Fire Apprentice program can be found at: www.wfap.net/index.html

    These are permanent positions with varying tours of duty and may include weekend work. Tours of duty are less than full-time seasonal (guaranteed minimum 6 months/13 pay periods of full-time employment).

    This position is being concurrently announced under USDA Demonstration Project procedures (open to US Citizens) under announcement number 17-FIREFALL-WFAP-345DP. Current or former Federal employees and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to this Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement.

    Pay rates vary depending on location. See the OPM website at http://www.opm.gov/ for additional information on pay rates.

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    Serves as an apprentice fire fighter on a wildland fire crew performing fire suppression and/or fuels management duties under the most adverse conditions or climate, fuels and terrain.

    Performs various aspects of wildland and prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding and mop-up.  Driving engines to fire locations, frequently over unimproved roads.  Starting pump engine, priming pump, adjusting engine speed and pump valves, laying hose and using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustment in effective use of water and additives.  Loading helicopter personnel and cargo considering methods, weight distribution, necessity for securing, total weight, etc.  and completes manifests of personnel and equipment being transported to the fire or other work site.

    Performs wildfire suppression support as directed within training and physical and other duties as assigned.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional overnight travel may be required for fire suppression or fire related assignments.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP, VEOA, VRA, and reinstatement eligibles, Farm Service Agency permanent county employees; 30% or more disabled veterans; Individuals with Disabilities; former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers; certain Military Spouses; and those eligible for other Hiring Authorities.

    Questions? This job is open to 7 groups.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/476780400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.