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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 (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 a Lead Forestry Technician on a Helitack Squad located on a forest unit for a nationally shared resource helitack program and is responsible to lead helitack crew personnel performing work directly related to incident activities or project work such as; preparedness, prevention, fire suppression, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction, and prescribed burning.

    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.

    This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 19-FIRESPRING-HTKSQLR-67G. Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation.

    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 a manager and/or manager/spotter of a helicopter on a regular and recurring basis and has aviation responsibilities including helitack and/or helitack/rappel operations, reconnaissance, aerial ignition, and search and rescue.

    Provides leadership and direction to firefighters while on the incident by implementing tactics such as; direct and indirect fire line construction, hot spotting, backfiring, burnout, aerial ignition, water delivery systems, tree felling, brush removal, and mop-up operations.

    Responsible for completing fire line safety and tactical briefings, fire size-up, fire reports and fire personnel performance evaluations. Provides aerial and ground support in the suppression of wildland fires. Operates radios, telephones, and other equipment to exchange information for fire weather and other forest suppression activities.

    Compiles payment sheets for mileage, task time, and pilot flight time. Performs daily helicopter inspection. Inventories and inspects helicopter accessories, specialized fire equipment, and tools.  Performs wildfire suppression support as directed within training and physical capabilities. Performs other duties as assigned.  

    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…

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

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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    0462 Forestry Technician

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/506645700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.