Forestry Technician (Training)

Employer
Department Of Agriculture
Location
Elkins, West Virginia, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jul 21, 2021
Closes
Jul 23, 2021
Ref
2294180761
Discipline
Forestry
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Salary
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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 when applications are due for these locations can be found on the Forest Service website.

See ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section for details.

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Responsibilities
  • Duties listed are at full performance grade GS-09 Level.
  • Perform a wide variety of limited aviation operations projects incorporating diverse technical knowledge.
  • Assist in developing Regional and local fire and/or aviation management curriculum, courses, and training materials.
  • Serve as a coordinator for Interagency, Regional, and local fire and/or aviation management courses and workshops. Prepare announcements, specific instructional and performance objectives, select instructors and instructional materials.
  • Serve in a variety of fire assignments and details as qualified and needed to maintain qualifications and credibility in profession.
  • Make on-the-job fire suppression and incident management training evaluations by serving as overhead team member on project wildfires and independently viewing fire suppression activities.
  • Coordinate needs of instructors and trainees, screen trainees to meet prerequisites, and insure that administrative and support requirements pertaining to course preparation are accomplished.
  • Determine and recommend appropriate training to correct deficiencies. Serve in a variety of fire assignments and details as qualified and needed to maintain qualification and credibility in profession.
  • Make lesson assignments. Specify timelines, review training materials, evaluate instructor effectiveness and recommend appropriate changes of instructional method.
  • Supervise one or more detailers to accomplish administrative tasks, i.e., preparing materials for distribution, developing audio-visual aids, instructions, etc. Supervises instructors at the District Forest and Regional level
  • Develop and recommend a budget to meet program needs and managers the approved program budget.
  • Determine and coordinate needs of instructors and trainees, screens trainees to meet prerequisites, selects trainees, and insure that administrative and support requirements pertaining to course preparation are accomplished.
  • Identify and analyze individual and organization skill or knowledge deficiencies and developmental needs in Fire and Aviation Management by on-site evaluation.
  • Serve as instructor for Interagency, Regional and Interregional Fire and/or Aviation Management courses.
  • Review and evaluate Interagency, Regional and National training courses, curriculum, instructional methods (on-the-job, formal, self-study) media etc., to determine whether training objectives are being met.
  • Produce video, slide programs, and other audio-visual materials for use in training. Select production format, write narratives, operate video and 35mm cameras, edit and review A-V materials for inclusion in the training program.

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

9
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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.
  • 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 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: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-08 grade level.Examples of specialized experience include: Providing instruction on a variety of topics in fire and aviation safety. Performing various technical duties that involve a diverse range of aviation field and program operations with complicating variables by serving in a variety of aviation and fire incident management assignments.

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Two full years (36 semester/54 quarter hours) of successfully completed graduate level education or master's degree if the coursework is directly related to the work of the position (such as forestry, range management, agriculture). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university;

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A combination of graduate level education that is directly related to the position (in excess of 18 semester/27 quarter hours) and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.

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, to include, specific duties and specific dates must be documented in your work history/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.

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.