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    Summary

    This announcement will be used to collect applications for two hiring events. 

    The first application deadline will be 11:59PM EST August 30, 2018. This deadline is for the following locations:

    Region (R5) - (California) Region (R9) - (Maine, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Delaware, and New Jersey) Region (R8) - (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma and Virginia).

    The second application deadline is for all locations and will be 11:59PM EST October 15, 2018. 

    This position serves as the supervisor of a Helitack program located on a forest unit and is responsible for providing leadership and technical knowledge to employees on a daily basis. The primary responsibility for this position is fire suppression. The incumbent supervises a crew of helitack personnel/firefighters that is established to provide fast initial attack, and large fire support. This position additionally utilizes helicopters in support of all types of incidents including emergency incidents and resource management functions.
     
    Information on specific locations where jobs are being filled and the dates applications are due for these locations can be found on the Forest Service website.

    The duty station for this position will be 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. 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.

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    Responsibilities

    Plans, coordinates, and directs helitack crews in support of fire suppression. Applies technical methods and procedures.  Manages complex aviation operations.  Manages permanent and temporary helibases.  Responsible for helicopter safety and compliance.  Ensures safety and welfare for all assigned personnel.  Provides leadership and direction to firefighters.  Completes fire line safety and tactical briefings, fire size-up, fire reports and fire personnel performance evaluations.

    Serves as an Incident Commander, managing resources that vary from single resource to multiple resource task forces or strike teams.  May serve as helicopter rappel spotter. Prioritizes attack sequence in multiple fire situations. Coordinates and provides direction for aviation assets. 

    Supervises the helicopter module personnel. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations, evaluates employee performance, provides advice and counsel to workers, affects disciplinary measures as appropriate.  Supervises complex aviation operations, providing direction and oversight to pilots, firefighters, and aviation personnel. Responsible for furthering the goals of equal employment opportunity (EEO). 

    Completes and maintains reports and records for aircraft use. Completes daily flight invoices and contract daily diaries. Signs for receipt of services and approves payments.  Plans helicopter budget. Responsible for property tracking and use. Makes economic and program analyses of helicopter operations and advises managers of alternatives. Participates in Regional and National planning committees.  

    Assists in the development of training techniques related to helicopters and helicopter firefighting for regional fire management program.  Responsible for helicopter safety and compliance with policies and procedures.

    Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    09

    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; Public Land Corp eligibles; Resource Assistants; and eligibles for other Hiring Authorities.

    Questions? This job is open to 6 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/506409100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.