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    Summary

    This position is being filled through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Direct Hire Authority for this occupation and is open to all U.S. Citizens. Since Direct Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veteran''s preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will however be given consideration for this position.

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    Responsibilities

    Participates in planning, implementing and coordinating all aspects of the prescribed fire and fuels management program.

    Provides technical assistance in program direction, short- and long-range planning; budgeting; and, managing wildfire suppression, fuels management, and prescribed fire programs.

    Researches the effects and behavior of prescribed fire to assist in the development of short-term fire management objectives and strategies.

    Evaluates prescription treatments, monitoring methods, and new technologies and, as appropriate, makes refinements to improve the organization's effectiveness.

    Develops and recommends plans and schedules for prescribed fire, wildfire response, and fuels treatment projects.

    Plans, conducts surveys and evaluates data to develop prescriptions for prescribed fire and wildfire response.

    Plans and conducts project assessments which determine the presence or absence of hazardous wildland fuels.

    Implements and participates in the technical aspects of the prescribed fire operations, ensuring that preparation, ignition, holding, mop-up, and rehabilitation are completed to the standards specified and in accordance with regulations, policies, and guidelines.

    Conducts fuels management inventories and monitoring to document presence, amount, and types of hazardous fuels.

    Conducts field reconnaissance of prescribed fire/fuels treatment units, summarizes field findings and makes recommendations on appropriate prescriptive criteria for meeting land management objectives.

    Identifies and provides for training needs to support prescribed fire and fuels management programs.

    Responsible for the on-the-job safety and health for self and other employees.


    Physical Demands/ Work Environment:
    Duties involve rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. Work requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighing over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring at least average agility and dexterity. Duties include demands for strenuous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods of time. Operation of some specialized fire equipment can place extended physical stress on the incumbent during fire activities. The work is primarily performed in forest and range environments in steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely uneven, rocky, covered with vegetation, and in smoky conditions, etc. Temperatures vary from above 100 degrees Fahrenheit to below freezing. Risks include smoke inhalation, fire entrapment, snake or insect bites and stings, exposure to excessive machinery noise, and falling and rolling material. Personnel must adjust and cope with exposure to weather elements, dust and smoke, poor sleeping and eating conditions and unpredictable sets of circumstances.

    Travel Required

    50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    9

  • Job family (Series)

    0462 Forestry Technician

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