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This position is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System/Fire Management Program and serves US Air Force stations through a national agreement. The position manages the USAF Fire Program in the Mid-West Region and serves USAF stations in CO, IA, KS, MI, MN, MT, ND, NE, NM, OK, SD, TX, UT and WY. The program focuses on Wildlife Habitat management and improvement on AF stations through fuels management and prescribed fire. Fire suppression is a secondary function. Field operations are conducted in an interagency manner, where local, state, and Federal agencies lend their support to neighboring agencies and departments to achieve project objectives. The interagency operational structure also facilitates faster response times and more efficient expenditures.
This announcement is being advertised concurrently under R6-18-10110635-M for current and former federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.
As an Assistant Fire Management Officer you will be responsible for planning, developing, implementing, coordinating, and evaluating an integrated fire management program to achieve resource management objectives on all FWS lands on the Refuge.
This key fire management position is categorized under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard as a Unit Fire Program Manager (high complexity). Minimum IFPM qualification standards must be met prior to being placed into the position. Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at http://www.ifpm.nifc.gov
Prior experience in wild land firefighting is required in order to carry out the duties of this position. You will not be considered for this position if you do not have prior wild land firefighting experience.
Note: The position is covered under the secondary/administrative category for special firefighter retirement provisions. You may meet qualification requirements but not be eligible for special retirement coverage. If you are not eligible for special retirement coverage, you will be placed in the regular retirement system.
As an Assistant Fire Management Officer, you will be responsible for:
Coordinating and initiating fire management activities based on firefighter and public safety, cost effectiveness, and values to be protected consistent with resource objectives, by using the full range of strategic and tactical options otherwise known as Appropriate Management Response (AMR) as described in an approved Fire Management Plan (FMP).
Monitors fire season severity predictions, fire behavior, and fire activity levels and takes appropriate actions to ensure safe, efficient and effective operations.
May serve as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) and may be responsible for the preparation of contract specifications and performance measures.
Provides technical and administrative supervision to fire staff on the unit(s). Plans and directs overall work to be accomplished by subordinate supervisor(s), sets and adjusts priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work.
Identifies and provides for routine training needs and makes decisions on special, controversial, or costly training for subordinate employees.
Physical Demands: Work often requires physical exertion while overseeing fire suppression and prescribed fire activities including walking over rough, steep, uneven terrain in all types of weather. The incumbent is faced with emergency situations at all hours and must respond quickly. The position may require long shifts or multi-day assignments under primitive living conditions during emergencies. During fire/burning season, extended fire assignments away from the unit may be required under very stressful situations.
Work Environment: Most work is performed in an office setting. Field work is sometimes performed in steep terrain where surfaces may be uneven, rocky, or covered with thick vegetation. Temperatures are frequently extreme, both from weather and fire conditions where the presence of smoke and/or dust conditions are frequently severe.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…U.S. Citizens
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/488796300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.