Forestry Technician (Fire) (Lead Firefighter) - Direct Hire Authority - #19528859
Department Of The Interior
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We expect to fill multiple vacancies at this time from multiple locations; however, additional positions may be filled from this announcement if they become available.
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- Serves as a lead wildland firefighter on an engine, prescribed fire, hand crew or hotshot crew.
- Responsible for operation and maintenance of specialized equipment.
- Provides leadership of wildland fire suppression/management/control work on an engine crew, prescribed fire crew, or handcrew.
- Makes initial evaluation of fire situations and determines which suppression method to use.
- May assist in the preparation of hazardous fuels treatment plans and burn plans.
- Gather and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents.
- Participate in wildland fire and safety training.
50% or less - Frequent travel will be required during peak fire activity.
- Job family (Series)
0462 Forestry Technician
Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship is required.
- Be sure to read the How to Apply and Required Documents Sections.
- You cannot hold an active real estate license: nor can you have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Lands.
- Direct Deposit Required.
- Background Investigation Required.
- Appointment will be subject to a favorably adjudicated background/suitability investigation/determination. Failure to possess or obtain a favorable determination will result in the cancellation of the offer or will be grounds for termination.
- You must be 18 years of age or older to be assigned to a hazardous position.
- You must pass a pre-employment physical.
- You must meet specified levels on annual physical fitness tests, and pass periodic medical exams for wild land fire personnel, commensurate with current incident management qualifications.
- You must also pass the work capacity test for arduous positions.
- Applicant(s) tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and to pass the test prior to appointment. In addition, this position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
- This position requires regular and recurring overtime and shift work during peak fire season.
- May require completion of a one year probationary period.
- Applicants appointed to this position must possess and maintain a valid state driver?s license.
This announcement is being used to fill any of the following positions:
- Lead Firefighter (Engine), GS-06
- Lead Firefighter (Fuels), GS-06
- Lead Firefighter (Handcrew), GS-06
- Lead Firefighter (Hotshot), GS-06
NOTE - Locations listed on this announcement may not have a vacancy for each of the above positions. If you are referred to the manager for consideration and called for an interview, the manager should let you know at that time which of the three positions you are being considered for.
Specialized Experience Requirements: In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.
To qualify for the GS-06 grade level, 1 year (12 months) of specialized experience equivalent to GS-05 is required. Examples of work experience include, but are not limited to: 1) on-the-line wildland fire experience in forest/range fire control, prevention or suppression work; and 2) operating and maintaining specialized wildland fire tools, equipment and/or vehicles.
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.
Substitution of Education for Experience:
GS-06: 18 semester hours of graduate education which is DIRECTLY related to work of the position OR an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education.
Education and experience may be combined to meet the specialized experience requirement.
Selective Placement Factor(s): This position requires a special qualification that has been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as a screen out element. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified.
1) This position is a Primary Firefighter position and is subject to a maximum entry age (MEA). The MEA is the date immediately preceding your 37th birthday. Applicants must not have reached age 37 at the time of appointment, unless proof is provided of prior Federal service in another primary covered position, or you are a preference eligible veteran. If you are a preference eligible veteran, you may be eligible for this position after your 37th birthday. You must supply a copy of your Defense Department Form 214 (DD-214) along with Standard Form 15 (if applicable) and any associated documentation in accordance with the instructions in this vacancy announcement. Failure to provide this documentation with your application may result in loss of consideration.
2) This position has been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard. This position has been categorized as a Senior Firefighter, and requires selectee to meet the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position. Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at www.ifpm.nifc.gov. To meet IFPM requirements for this position, you must have possessed all of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position (currency not required):
A) Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1), AND;
B) Intermediate Fire Behavior (S-290)
- You must meet all qualification and selective placement factor requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Physical Demands: 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 heavy items.
Work Environment: 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.