THIS IS AN OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT. This type of announcement provides the Forest Service with a readily available source of applicants when vacancies occur. Eligibility and qualifications will be verified when there is a vacancy for the location and grade for which you applied. Information on specific locations where jobs are being filled and the dates applications are due for these locations can be found on theForest Service website.
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- Duties listed are at full performance grade GS-11 level.
- Coordinate the involvement of fire management input into the development of land management plans and analyses.
- Responsible for the review of planned suppression actions, tactical plans, and strategies for the management of complex wildland fires and other wildland urban interface/intermix situations.
- Coordinate suppression action on large, complex wildland fires.
- Oversight of the unit's Fire Prevention Program and integration with other fire management activities.
- Program oversight of the unit's aviation program. Responsible for the preparation of contract specifications and inspections.
- Program oversight to the unit or interagency Dispatch Center.
- Coordinate the use of fire and aviation management personnel and funding to accomplish the unit?s annual targets in fuels and vegetation management.
- Provide technical and administrative supervision to the fire staff.
- Provide leadership in the fire safety program.
- Provide technical input and coordinate the accomplishment of fire management planning to support the development of forest land management goals and objectives.
- Assist in the formulation of standards, methods, and guides for all fire and aviation management program elements on the unit.
- Development the unit's annual fire management budget to assure balance in organization at varying levels of funding.
- Coordinate and negotiate the development of local operating plans to implement cooperative fire protection agreements and provides technology transfer of new and current research data to Forest programs.
- Develop new techniques and methods or modifies existing procedures to solve unprecedented or critical fire management problems
- Ensure that adequate review, analysis and reporting are completed after incidents/accidents/near miss incidents
- Negotiate cooperative agreements and directs the Forest fire program to a particular course of action.
- Meet with other agency management officials for discussions and commitments which have important implications for the overall Forest and Agency objectives.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel overnights on fire suppression or fire related assignments for this position.
- Job family (Series)
0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program
- Managers, All Other
- Managers, Training
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.
- Subject to one year supervisory/managerial probationary period unless prior service is creditable. New USDA supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required training program before the end of their probationary period.
- Minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required.
- 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.
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:
For the GS-09: Applicants are required to have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: Assisting with a component of a wildland and/or prescribed fire management program. Assisting in implementing a partial fire program budget taking into consideration changing priorities. Assisting in implementing agreements with cooperators. Establishing relationships with entities external to the organization regarding fire issues.
A Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
An appropriate combination of specialized experience and education described above. Only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours/27 quarter hours may be used to qualify for this grade level. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
For the GS-11: Applicants are required to have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: Managing a component of a wildland and/or prescribed fire management program. Assisting in developing and implementing a partial fire program budget taking into consideration changing priorities. Implementing agreements with cooperators and maintaining relationships with entities external to the organization regarding fire management program issues. Managing strategies for a moderate to high complexity wildland fire suppression or prescribed fire organization utilizing agency policies, guidelines, and procedures.
One year of specialized experience described above, but a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
An appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
Selective Placement Factors
Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirements of Task Force Leader (TFLD) and Secondary NWCG Core Requirement of Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) or Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2) AND Successfully completed the NWCG Course # M-581 Fire Program Management.
Primary NWCG Core Requirements of Helibase Manager (HEBM) and Secondary NWCG Core Requirement of Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) AND Successfully completed the NWCG Course # M-581 Fire Program Management.
A minimum 90 days experience performing on-the-line (Primary/Rigorous) wildland fire suppression duties as a member of an organized fire suppression crew or comparable unit that utilized knowledge of wildland fire suppression, containment or control techniques and practices under various conditions. This experience must be documented with specific dates in the online application or resume.
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 Moderate 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 secondary 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, MODERATE, or LIGHT 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.
See QUALIFICATIONS section for education requirements.