Forestry Technician (Prevention)
* Duties Help Duties Summary 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. See ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section for details. Learn more about this agency Responsibilities * Duties listed are at full performance grade GS-07 level. * Perform initial attack and suppression operations on fires and serves as an incident commander for initial action. * Assist in fire detection program as required. This may include aerial recon, lookout and repositioning during high levels of suspected arson activity. * Maintain records and reports including individual fire reports, fire resource orders, and incident action records. * Utilize fuel data bases and other computer programs, such as smoke management emissions and fuel loading. * Provide, interpret and record information for development of fuel treatment plans which may include prescribed fire, timber sales, and fuel modifications to provide defensible space and fuel break projects. * Plan exhibits and events for fire prevention/education activities and creates new opportunities to meet program goals. 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 7 * Job family (Series) 0462 Forestry Technician * Requirements Help Requirements 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. * 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. * 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. Qualifications In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the applicant submission date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards. To receive consideration for this position, you must provide updated required documents and meet all qualification requirements by the following applicant submission date of this announcement: 15 September 2021; 15 November 2021; 18 January 2022 (Closing Date). 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-6 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-5); OR one full year (18 semester/27 quarter hours) of successfully completed graduate level coursework that is directly related to the work of the position (such as forestry, range management, agriculture); OR combinations of graduate level education that is directly related to the position and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Examples of specialized experience for the GS-06 level are: Performing suppression operations and instructing others during initial attack or assisting with prescribed burns. Giving formal talks and informally providing information on fire prevention laws, rules, and regulations. Issuing various permits and ensuring users were in compliance with rules and regulations. For the GS-7 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-6); OR one full year (18 semester/27 quarter hours) of successfully completed graduate level coursework that is directly related to the work of the position (such as forestry, range management, agriculture); OR combinations of graduate level education that is directly related to the position and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Examples of specialized experience for the GS-07 level are: Assisting in developing and presenting educational programs, and performing extensive public contact work in providing information on fire prevention/protection issues. Issuing burning or campfire permits with regards to fire danger levels, and monitoring them for compliance/non-compliance. Assisting in gathering, processing, analyzing fire risks, hazards and values needed to prepare prevention plans. Performing initial attack on fires and serving as an incident commander or implementing prescribed burn plans. Selective Placement Factors 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. 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. Education See Qualifications Section for educational requirements.