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    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 first line supervisor of a crew of helitack personnel/firefighters located on a Forest unit and is responsible to function as an assistant to the supervisor of a Helitack program providing leadership and technical knowledge to employees on a daily basis.

    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.

    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.

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    Serves as an Incident Commander (IC), managing resources that vary from single resource to multiple resource task forces or strike teams.  May serve as helicopter rappel spotter, responsible for the safe and efficient deployment of rappellers and cargo on incident and training missions from a variety of aircraft.

    Coordinates and prioritizes attack sequence in multiple fire situations based on fire needs and principles of efficient aircraft use.  Provides pilots, crews, and dispatchers with detailed instructions on incident objectives, situations and tactics.

    Serves as Helicopter Manager, preparing helicopter for mission response, briefs personnel, performs aerial recons, relays critical incident information, makes tactical decisions, deploys personnel, coordinates with other incident resources and aviation assets.

    Provides technical expertise for helicopter projects including aerial ignition, spraying, seeding. Determines violations of safety regulations or contractual clauses.  Incumbent is responsible for the day to day operation and supervision of the module.

    Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised.  Serves as alternate to primary COR. Enforces helicopter contract provisions, proposes contract language changes to the Helitack Manager, issues work orders and notices of non-compliance to the Contractor. 

    Responsible for helicopter safety and compliance.  Ensures subordinates are trained and qualified. Ensures all flight-following policies and procedures are adhered to.  Serves as instructor for Forest and Regional courses or workshops that instruct helitack, Forest, and other cooperating agency personnel in helicopter operations, wildland fire, and related resource management.  Provides input to Helitack Manager in current and out-year planning of the helitack budget. 

    Duties listed are at the full performance level.

    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; 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/506645500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.