Supervisory Forestry Technician (Smokejumper)
* 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-11 level. * Directly supervises smokejumper squads which include Squad Leaders and Smokejumpers. * Provides administrative and technical supervision. Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised. * Formulates and develops plans, contract specifications, and schedules for well-precedented fire management operations. * Plans, schedules and coordinates all aspects of smokejumper loadmaster operations. * Is responsible for formulating budget requirements for all loadmaster operations and submits budget proposal for inclusion in the group annual work plan. * Maintains individual records of smokejumper loadmaster training and experience. Ensures adequate numbers of jumpers are trained and qualified for loadmaster assignments. * Maintains accurate inventory of all loadmaster materials, parachutes, supplies, and equipment. * Serves as a Crew Supervisor for up to 20 firefighters while responding to complex fire assignments. * Trains smokejumper pilots in smokejumper operations including paracargo procedures. * Serves as an active smokejumper, parachute rigger, and paracargo specialist. Travel Required Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel overnights on fire suppression or fire related assignments for this position. Supervisory status Yes Promotion Potential 11 * 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. * 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. 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-10 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-9); OR a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M.,(coursework must be directly related to the position being filled such as forestry, range management, agriculture); OR 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/54 quarter 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. Examples of specialized experience are: Assisting with one or more program responsibilities such as: Loft, operations, training, loadmaster, and/or prescribed fire; directing initial and extended attack suppression actions such as determining incident needs, and dispatch/deployment of personnel and equipment; assisting in anticipating needs for loft-related equipment; and/or assisting in maintaining service life records of parachuting equipment and determining air worthiness of equipment. For the GS-11 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-10); OR a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M.,(coursework must be directly related to the position being filled such as forestry, range management, agriculture); OR 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/54 quarter 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. Examples of specialized experience are: Assisting with more than one smokejumper program responsibilities such as: Loft, operations, training, loadmaster, and/or prescribed fire; assessing various fire management factors such as fuels, suppression capability, resistance to control, ignition probability, predicted rate of spread, and flame height and weather; maintaining accurate inventory of loft materials, parachutes, supplies, and equipment; and/or assisting in researching and/or developing smokejumper equipment design improvements and development of new equipment. Smokejumper duties present unusual hazards and require that personnel be in excellent physical condition and possess a high degree of emotional stability and mental alertness. The health of individuals must be such that they have the capacity to meet demands for performance in the position and for human reliability. Before entrance on duty, and periodically during employment, smokejumpers must undergo a medical exam, physical conditioning, and an adeptness test. Failure to meet any of the required standards will be considered disqualifying for employment or a basis of termination. See Medical Requirements for Smokejumper Positions. During the training period, incumbents are continually evaluated on their ability to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in various aspects of parachute jumping and smokejumper-related tasks, including aircraft exit procedures, parachute landing falls, parachute maneuvering, timber let-down procedures, parachute and cargo retrieving, tree climbing, and chainsaw and hand tool use. Incumbents who cannot perform up to the required standards of proficiency will be terminated from the smokejumper program. Smokejumpers must perform safely and efficiently in extreme temperatures and weather conditions, often with severe smoke and dust. Terrain may be extremely steep, uneven, rocky, and covered with thick tangled vegetation. Conditions riding in aircraft may be hot, cramped, and extremely turbulent, which may promote airsickness. The hazardous nature of the work requires that protective clothing (jump suit, helmet, boots, gloves, fire resistant clothing, etc.) be worn and protective equipment, including fire shelters, be carried. 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 resume. * Must possess a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Senior Parachute Rigger Certificate. You must attach a copy of your FAA Senior Parachute Rigger Certificate in order to be considered for this position. * Must be currently qualified or have been previously qualified as an active smokejumper on an organized wildland fire smokejumper crew. If not currently qualified, applicant must have the ability to recertify as an active smokejumper and perform as a smokejumper spotter. 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 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.