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    These positions are temporary, have a Not-to-Exceed date and will be filled for up to 6 months.  The appointment may also end early due to lack of work or funds.

    These positions are located within a National Forest. These positions are established on a Ranger District and serve as a Lookout coordinating information between two Interagency Dispatch Centers and overseeing two communities. The purpose of these positions is to provide fire detection services to district fire suppression personnel. 

    The number of positions to be filled will be dependent upon individual unit needs. 

    Some positions will have varying work schedules. Some positions may have irregular and protracted hours of work. Tours of duty include full-time or less than full-time and will involve working weekends or irregular work hours.

    The duty station for this position will be at one of the duty locations listed in this announcement.  Final determination of duty station will be made by the selecting official at the time of job offer. Salary range as shown is the locality pay area of Rest of U.S. (RUS). Pay rates vary depending on location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management’s website for additional information on pay rates.

    The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.

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    Uses standard fire finders, compass, binoculars, protractors, and geographic maps to locate observed smoke. Estimates distance to smokes and probable size and characteristics of fires. Plots locaton of fires using specialized equipment. Reports azimuth, distance, location, volume, color, behavior of smoke, and other pertinent information by radio. Continues to observe the area and reports significant changes such as increased smoke, wind conditions, changes in color or volume of smoke, etc to dispatch. Evaluates changing conditions with the use of weather instruments to interpret fire weather data, then advises Fire Suppression personnel of those changes. Uses radio communications to warn personnel involved in the response to fires of changes that may affect them. Observes ground lightning strikes, reports resultant fires, and records storm path to assist in the observation for hold over fires.

    Records and reports daily weather observations and records. Maintains photo records and log books identifying the source and duration of smoke plumes. Makes minor adjustments to and maintains lookout equipment. Maintains station and grounds in a neat and orderly condition.

    Operates a radio communications center which connects to other lookout stations, lookouts, agencies, and two interagency dispatch centers. Receives and relays messages and information received relating to weather forecasts, fire hazard conditions, fire emergencies, accidents, and location of work crews and personnel. Communicates the location of known down strikes and fires to aircraft during recon activities.

    Serves as key contact at a lookout station visited by large numbers of people during the fire season. Promotes the fire prevention program by explaining State and Federal laws, policies, and regulations, as well as fire prevention methods and procedures and fire hazard conditions.

    Patrols district one day per week; maintains prevention signs; changes out prevention signs as needed; issues campfire permits; explains state and federal laws to visitors during patrol; reviews documents and reports for completeness and enters pertinent information into an automated tracking system; independently conducts the full range of database searches; reviews and processes documents and reports in accordance with established procedures.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Position(s) may involve work away the official duty location to remote worksites within commuting distance (49 miles) and may also require overnight travel and/or camping per work/fire assignment.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

     US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/483330000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.