This is a Public Notice for positions being filled under the Direct Hiring Authority (DHA) for Wildland Fire. Under this recruitment procedure applications will be accepted for each location identified in this Public Notice. To learn more about Direct-Hire Authority, go to: OPM.GOV Hiring Information - DHA.
The National Park Service (NPS) is looking for temporary employees to work on on a variety of wildland firefighting crews. Work may include working as a crew member on any of the following types of crews: Engine; Helitack ( helicopter); Fuels; Prescribed Fire crews. For more information on Crew Types, click here.
A Wildland Firefighter (GS-06 Forestry Technician) serves on an Engine, Helitack, Fuels, Prescribed Fire Crew performing various duties. On an Engine crew, drives and operates a wildland fire engine, positioning the engine for proper use and operation. Performs and directs others in starting pump engine, priming pump, adjusting engine speed and pump valves, laying hose, and using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustment in effective use of water and additives. On a Helitack crew, leads the fire suppression efforts of the helicopter module. Directs the loading of helicopter personnel and cargo; considers weight and balance, and securing the cargo. Completes manifests of personnel and equipment being transported to the fire or other work sites. Inventories and inspects helicopter accessories, fire tools, and equipment. Ensures that needed tools and equipment are available for firefighting tasks. On a Fuels crew, locates fire line and serves as a working crew leader for fuel/fire control activities such as suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction and prescribed burning. On a Prescribed crew, operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding, and mop-up. Monitors fire behavior, fire effects, and fire weather on prescribed fires and wildland fire use.
A Wildland Firefighter (GS-07 Forestry Technician) serves as a wildland firefighter on an Engine, Helitack, Fuels, or Prescribed Fire Crew performing various duties. On an Engine crew, directs the operation of a wildland fire engine and ensures the correct positioning, proper use and operation. Performs and directs others in starting pump engine, priming pump, adjusting engine speed and pump valves, laying hose, and using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustments in effective use of water and additives. On a Helitack crew, directs the fire suppression efforts of the helicopter module. Directs the loading of helicopter personnel and cargo, considers weight and balance, securing cargo. Completes manifests of personnel and equipment being transported to the fire or other work sites. Serves as Helispot and Dipsite Manager and certified in long line and external loads. On a Prescribed crew, directs and performs prescribed fire operations including line preparation activities such as brush clearing and hazard tree removal; ignition, monitoring, holding, and mop-up. Monitors fire behavior, fire effects, and fire weather on prescribed fires and wildfires. On a Fuels crew, directs and participates in fireline construction, backfiring and burnout operation. During initial attack fire suppression activities, locates fireline, leads brush clearing, tree falling and holding/patrol/mop up operations. Participates in prescribed fire operations.
Locations for these positions are:
Denali Park, AK (Denali NP&P)
Fairbanks, AK (Yukon-Charley Rivers NP)
Sausalito, CA (Golden Gate NRA)
Yosemite NP, CA (Yosemite NP)
International Falls, MN (Voyageurs NP)
Medora, ND (Theodore Roosevelt NP)
Moose, WY (Grand Teton NP)
*In addition to the base salary, you will receive a 4.40% cost of living allowance for Denali, AK or a 2.86% cost of living allowance for Fairbanks, AK. This allowance is subject to annual review, adjustment, and gradual decrease.
For contacts and information regarding housing availability visit Fire Contacts on the DOI FIRES Jobs website and select the state you are interested in.
For more information about temporary fire positions with DOI, go to the following link: https://www.firejobs.doi.gov/.
You MUST upload "Required Documents" PRIOR to Closing Date.
**Please note that documents selected to transfer from your USAJOBS profile are NOT automatically added to your application. You need to transfer the document(s) in the Document step at the end of the application process.
Resume which includes a list of all significant jobs held and duties performed, dates specified in month and year format, and the resume must reflect full and/or part-time or total number of hours worked (i.e., work 40+ hours a week, rather than indicating full-time). If part-time, the hours must be annotated to be able to pro-rate the amount qualified specialized experience. If military or civilian, please include your rank and/or grade.
A complete Assessment Questionnaire: This is completed automatically during the online application process. The questions have to do with minimum qualifications, selective factors if applicable, a verification statement, etc. There is no additional document needed to complete this requirement.
Other Supporting Documents, if applicable, such as:
College transcripts - To qualify based on education, you MUST submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution (http://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html) with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), grade-point average or class ranking, and if applicable, degree and date conferred. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.
Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) - If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP you MUST submit documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.
Incident Qualification Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or equivalent official documentation - You must submit your IQCS Master Record or equivalent official documentation which verifies you meet the required NWCG qualification and training for this IFPM position. Failure to provide this documentation will result in you being rated as not qualified.
* You only need to upload documents that apply to you. For uploading instructions please click here.
You will not be contacted for additional information. If you have questions regarding what is considered appropriate supporting documentation, contact the DOI FIRES Program Office.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from
schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before appointment or onboarding with the agency. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement.
Applications must be received ON-LINE through USAJOBS. On-line applications must be submitted prior to 12:00AM (Midnight) Eastern Standard Time of the closing date of the announcement.
Step 1 - Register with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov) and Create a Resume. You must build a resume with the USAJOBS Resume Builder or have an Uploaded Resume on your profile BEFORE applying. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YX7o1PBoFk.
Your Resume MUST include the following information:
- From and To dates (month/year to month/year) for each season and position held. (Ex: 05/2018 - 11/2018)
-Work schedule (number of hours worked per week) for all seasons and positions held. One year of experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hour per week (full-time). Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for a position listed that does not indicate hours per week.
- Grade level for each season and positions that were in the federal service.
- Duties for each of the seasons and positions held.
- References - personal and professional
INSUFFICIENT INFORMATION COULD RESULT IN AN INELIGIBLE RATING. The USAJOBS Resume Builder was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is an available tool when you login to your USAJOBS account.
Step 2 - Review the Vacancy Announcement. Review the announcement thoroughly. The sections describe who is eligible to apply, what education and/or experience is required for the position, and which documents are needed for your application package.
Step 3 - Apply. Click the "APPLY" link on the right side of the vacancy announcement. This will direct you to the login page for USAJOBS. Select your USAJOBS resume to submit with your application and proceed through the application process answering all questions.
Step 4 - Supporting Documentation. If applicable, attach all required documents (refer to the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy announcement).
For detailed step-by-step instructions on How to Apply click here.
If applying online poses a hardship for you, or you do not have Internet access, contact the DOI FIRES Program Office for an application packet PRIOR to the closing date of the announcement.
If you are determined to be eligible and qualified, you may be referred to the location(s) you selected in the vacancy question during the application process. You can check your application status by logging into "My Account" on USAJOBS. You will only be notified through e-mail when you are referred; no other notifications will be sent.