This key fire management position is a categorized under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard as a Prescribed Fire & Fuels Specialist (PFFS) Moderate Complexity Level . Minimum IFPM qualification standards must be met prior to being placed into the position. Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at https://www.ifpm.nifc.gov/
IFPM Qualification Requirements (currency not required):
Primary Core Requirement: Prescribed Fire Burn Boss, Type 2 (RXB2)
Secondary Core Requirement(s):
Engine Boss, Single Resource (ENGB)
Crew Boss, Single Resource (CRWB)
Helicopter Manager, Single Resource (HMGB)
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.
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.
Only experience and education obtained by 05/22/2020 will be considered.
GS-401 Series Educational Requirements (must meet A or B):
Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Minimum Qualifications for the GS-7 grade level (must meet A, B, C, or D):
Possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level in Federal service. Examples of specialized experience may include: assisting with developing and revising of fire management planning documents for long range wildland fire control and prescribed burns; assisting with organizing and completion preparedness activities as it pertains to fire equipment, supplies, and fire personnel; analyze incident objectives, strategies and tactics, safety, cost effectiveness/efficiency; some experience working with various resources and agencies in order to accomplish work.
Have successfully completed one full year (18 semester hours) of graduate education in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
Have a combination of specialized experience and graduate education as described above that, when combined, equals 100% of the total requirement.
Successful completion of a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in a field of study that demonstrates the competencies required by this position with either (1) a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale; (2) a 3.5 GPA based on a 4.0 scale for all required courses completed in a qualifying major field of study at either the time of application or during the last two years of your undergraduate curriculum; (3) class standing of upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or a major subdivision of the college; or, (4) membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society certified by the Association of College Honor Societies, excluding freshman honor societies.
Minimum Qualifications for the GS-9 grade level (must meet A, B, or C):
Possess 1 year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience may include: developing and revising fire management planning documents for long range wildland fire control and prescribed burns; organization and completion of preparedness activities as it pertains to fire equipment, supplies, and fire personnel; analyze incident objectives, strategies and tactics, safety, cost effectiveness/efficiency; experience working with various resources and agencies in order to accomplish work.
2 years of progressively higher level graduate education, in a discipline directly related to the position, leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent
Have an equivalent amount of such experience and graduate education. (To compute, first, determine your experience as a percentage of the experience required in A; then determine your graduate education as a percentage of the education required in B. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100%).
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed represent the full performance level of GS-09. At lower grade levels, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-09. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds. The selectee may be promoted without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.