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    This is a full time permanent position at Indiana Dunes National Park. For information on the duties of the position please contact: Nathaniel Orsburn at nathaniel_orsburn@nps.gov. Anticipated Entry On Duty: 1/31/2021.

    This announcement is concurrently open under Merit Promotion procedures: MW-1544-INDU-20-10939913-ST

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    As a lead forestry technician for the Great Lakes Fire Management Zone you will lead crews and perform routine as well as complex duties in wildland fire response, prescribed fire, project work, and wildland urban interface projects on type 6 and type 3 wildland engines. You will work within the 12 park Fire Management Zone and on out of park fire assignments. You will act as an incident commander, lead formal and on the job trainings and scenarios. You will operate a variety of vehicles and power equipment. You will utilize specialized skills in water handling, chainsaws, heavy equipment, and engine and pump maintenance. You will assist in prevention and education programs. You may be responsible for supervision of the crew in the absence of the supervisor.

    This is a Primary firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8812(d) (FERS) and5 U.S.C. 8336(c) (CSRS). Maximum age for entry conditions apply. See "Qualifications" for additional information.

    The Work Capacity Test (WCT-Pack Test) is a method for assessing an employee's fitness levels for fire qualifications in the positions covered by this recruitment notice. Employees required to pass a WCT-Pack Test as a "condition of employment" will be provided one opportunity to pass the required test with a second chance provided at the discretion of management based on the results of the first test. This recruitment notice constitutes the required 30 days advanced notice for testing requirements. NOTE: Arduous fitness (WCT-Pack Test) will consist of completing a three-mile hike, within 45 minutes, while carrying a 45 pound pack. A time of 45 minutes, the passing score for the test, approximates an aerobic fitness score of 45, the established standard for firefighters. Applicants shall be disqualified for appointment if they fail to meet any physical requirement. Probationary or seasonal employment is subject to termination for failure to meet the 25th percentile in each of the identified component being measured.

    Physical Demands: Essential functions require arduous exertion for protracted periods of time such as, but not limited to, extensive running, walking, climbing, kneeling, stooping, puling hoses, jumping and twisting. Duties involve 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.

    Work Environment: The work is primarily performed in forest, range and desert 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 F 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. Employee must adjust and cope with exposure to weather elements, dust and smoke, poor sleeping and eating conditions and unpredictable sets of circumstances. Employee may be required to live in backcountry camps for extended periods of time. The hazardous nature of the work requires that personal protective equipment be worn (boots, hardhat, gloves, flame resistant clothing, etc.) Work may require by fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft.

    Travel Required

    50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position up to 10 nights per month

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/585841400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.