24 Aug
Forestry Technician (Apprentice)
Colorado,

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Summary


Job Corps graduates of fire certified programs are encouraged to apply.


This position is located in the Rocky Mountain Region, Region 2.


The purpose of the position is wildland fire suppression/management/control as a specialized firefighter on an engine, helitack module, or hand crew with responsibility for the operation/maintenance of specialized tools or equipment.


For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact - Scott McDermid @scott.mcdermid@usda.gov.


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Responsibilities



  • Duties listed are at full performance grade GS-05 level.

  • Serve as an experienced firefighter on a hand crew or other related fire suppression crews performing fire suppression and/or fuels management duties under the most adverse conditions of climate, fuels, and terrain.

  • Perform the duties of a fully qualified chain saw operator and chainsaw repair technician.

  • Perform all aspects of wildland and prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding, and mop-up. Collects fire weather data, fuel and/or soil moisture samples, maps projects, and maintains records.

  • Serve as a senior wildland firefighter on a wildland fire engine.

  • Perform and may direct 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.

  • Serve as a senior wildland firefighter on a helitack crew.

  • Load helicopter personnel and cargo considering methods, weight distribution, necessity for securing, total weight, etc. and completes manifests of personnel and equipment being transported to the fire or other work site.

  • Gather and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents.

  • Responsible for operation and maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland and prescribed fire situations.

  • Participate in wildland fire and safety training in the techniques, practices, and methods of fire suppression.

  • Perform project work such as road and trail maintenance, habitat manipulation, and miscellaneous equipment and facilities maintenance.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Travel Required


Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel overnights on fire suppression or fire related assignments for this position.


Supervisory status


No


Promotion Potential


5



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0462 Forestry Technician



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Conditions of Employment



  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.

  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service or exempt.

  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.

  • Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.

  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.

  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify.

  • Must be 18 years of age.

  • Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training.

  • This is a Test Designated Position. You will be tested for illegal drugs prior to appointment and randomly thereafter. Appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results.

  • Must pass the Work Capacity Test for certain Interagency Fire Program Management or Fire Program Management positions.

  • Willing to live/work in remote locations (volatile/unpredictable).

  • Some Fire positions may have Conditions of Employment such as: a valid state driver's license; a commercial driver's license (CDL); pre-appointment and random drug testing; or a physical or medical examination.

  • There may be additional Conditions of Employment not listed here, however applicants will be notified of any specific requirements at the time a tentative job offer is made.

  • Under age 37; less than age 37 after subtracting the months of Permanent Federal Service in a primary or secondary firefighter/law enforcement position or a veteran preference eligible, older than age 37 and is requesting a waiver to the requirement.


Qualifications


In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards.


Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary.


Specialized Experience Requirement:


GS-03: Applicants must have 6 months of general experience. Examples of general experience include: Performed farm/ranch labor, such as feeding and tending livestock or general maintenance of farm/ranch facilities and/or Worked in a greenhouse or nursery moving, watering, and tending plants and performing other general labor tasks and/or Fed and watered animals, such as in a laboratory, pet store, or zoo and/or Any work experience, paid or unpaid.


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Successful completion of 1 year of study above high school that included at least 6 semester hours/9 quarter hours in a combination of courses such as range management or conservation, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, mathematics, or other natural or physical sciences.


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An appropriate combination of experience and education above high school as described above. The education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university and include courses that are related to the occupation of the position.


GS-04: Applicants must have six months of general experience (any type of work that demonstrated the ability to perform the work of the position, or experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation) AND six months of specialized experience that is directly related to the work of the position. Examples of general experience previously listed above AND Examples of specialized experience include: fuels reduction work and suppression of wildland fires using a variety of hand and power tools to control spreading wildland fires and to prepare lines prior to prescribed burning and/or Patrolled fire line to locate and extinguished sparks, flareups, and hot spots that could have threaten developed fire lines, moved dirt, chopped brush or felled small trees to build fireline using various hand tools and power saws to control spreading wildland fires and to prepare lines prior to prescribed burning.


OR


Successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science (no more than 3 semester hours in mathematics is creditable).


OR


An appropriate combination of experience and education above high school as described above. The education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university and include courses that are related to the occupation of the position.


GS-05: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-4 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: Patrolling areas of controlled fires to mop-up by searching out and extinguishing any remaining burning material and/or Serving on a specialty crew (hotshot, helitack, engines, etc.) to suppress the full range of difficult and complex fires and/or Operating specialized fire suppression equipment such as portable pumps or drip torches.


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A Bachelor's degree or 4 years of successfully completed education above high school (120 semester/180 quarter hours) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources, outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science (no more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable)


OR


A Combination of successfully completed post-high school education (in excess of the first 60 semester/90 quarter hours) and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.


Selective Placement Factors


GS-05 only: Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirement of Firefighter 1 (FFT1).


Primary firefighter positions include the following age requirements: Under age 37 -OR- less than age 37 after subtracting the months of Permanent Federal Service worked in a primary or secondary firefighter/law enforcement position -OR- a veteran preference eligible, older than age 37 and is requesting a waiver to the maximum age requirement.


In order to be considered for this position, copies of your Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record (or equivalent training documents) which contain documented proof of the certification or attainment of the IFPM Selective Placement Factor for this position MUST be attached to your application. Red cards are not acceptable documentation. Currency Requirement: Required to maintain currency once hired into the position. Currency of NWCG qualifications is not required for selection. If not currently qualified, the applicant must provide documented evidence that they have been fully qualified in the past, and are able to regain currency within one year of being hired. Failure to provide this documentation will result in disqualification.


This position has been identified as High or Moderate or Low Complexity under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) or Forest Service Fire Program Management (FS-FPM) and is subject to selective placement factor requirements contained in the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard and Guide when filling this vacancy. IFPM or FS-FPM selective placement factors are made up of a primary and secondary National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) core Incident Management Qualifications and Required Training. The applicant must possess these qualifications at the applicable complexity level to be considered eligible for this position.


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.


FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE: This is a primary/rigorous position covered under the special retirement provisions of 5 USC 8336(c) for the Civil Service Retirement System and of 5 USC 8412(d) for the Federal Employees Retirement System.


WORK CAPACITY TEST (WCT) for Wildland Firefighters: This position participates in wildland firefighting activities. Based on the type of work performed, TAKING and PASSING the WCT at the ARDUOUS level is a condition of employment.


To receive consideration for this position, you must provide updated required documents and meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Education


See QUALIFICATIONS section for education requirements.

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