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Fire Management Officer

Department Of The Interior
Saint Marys, Georgia, US
Closing date
Oct 22, 2021

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This position is located in Cumberland Island National Seashore, in the Visitor and Resource Protection Division.

This is a Career/Career Conditional appointment.

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As Cumberland Island National Seashore and Atlantic Zone Fire Management Officer you will be responsible for fire management leadership for nine NPS units. The FMO will ensure planning and implementation of mechanical and fuels treatments. Duties include managing and tracking a budget that is derived from multiple accounts and fluctuates yearly. FMO coordinates all fire suppression response throughout the zone to include establishing Incident Command, dispatching, WFDSS, fire reporting, and assisting line officers make informed decisions. FMO coordinates closely with local, state, and interagency partners and ensures agreements are in place. FMO supervises engine crew and provides leadership and administrative duties for crew. Incumbent coordinates with local stakeholders for wildfires and projects. FMO assists other NPS units with IQCS, training, and fire management leadership.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

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0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences
  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males.
  • Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
  • You will be required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result prior to appointment. In addition, this position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
  • Prior to appointment, you must be determined physically fit by an authorized government physician to perform strenuous and physically demanding duties; and also pass a medical examination (which includes vision, hearing, cardiovascular, and mobility of extremities) given by an authorized government physician. You will also be required to undergo periodic medical examinations throughout employment.
  • The Work Capacity Test (WCT-Pack Test) as a method for assessing an employee's fitness levels for fire qualifications in the positions covered by this recruitment notice. Employees required to pass a WCT-Pack Test as a "condition of employment"
  • You will be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties; a valid driver's license is required.
  • You may be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided.
  • You may be required to work on-call, evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and shift work.
  • If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
  • Subject to frequent extended travel 1-14 nights per month particularly during fire season, and you must obtain a government charge card for travel.
  • You may be required to complete training and obtain/maintain a government charge card with travel and/or purchase authority.


All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement 10/19/2021, unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement.

Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. To receive credit for experience, your resume MUST clearly indicate the nature of the duties and responsibilities for each position, starting and ending dates of employment (month/year), and the resume must reflect full and/or part-time or total number of hours worked (i.e., work 40+ hours a week, rather than indicating full-time). If part-time, the hours must be annotated to be able to pro-rate the amount qualified specialized experience.

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 Fire Management Officer and requires selectee to meet the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to moving into the position. For more information on IFPM, click here.

Selective Factors: The applicant must have possessed all the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position:
  • Have held, or currently hold the NWCG qualification for Task Force Leader (TFLD), AND Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3), OR Prescribed Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2).

  • Have held, or currently hold the NWCG qualification for Helibase Manager Type 1 (HEB1), AND Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3).


Have the NWCG course M-581 "Fire Program Management", or complete M-581 within one year of entry on duty.


A minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required to meet qualifications for secondary (administrative) covered positions. The Department of Interior defines wildland firefighting experience as: On-the-line wildland firefighting experience gained through containment, control, suppression, or use of wildland fire. This experience can be met by serving in a temporary, seasonal, or equivalent private sector fire position for no less than 90 days. Periods of wildland firefighting experience, gained through militia and rural fire departments, can also be credited, as long as the total amount of this experience equates to at least 90 days. Wildland fire is any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland. Two distinct types of wildland fire have been defined and include wildfire and prescribed fires as follows: Wildfire: Unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildfires. Prescribed Fires: Planned ignitions. This description includes only fireline experience on a Prescribed Fire; it does not include experience in the planning stages. Prescribed fire experience must be supplemented by fire suppression experience in order to be creditable as previous wildland firefighting experience.
  • Degree: Biological Sciences, Agriculture, Natural Resource Management, Chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

  • NOTE: The following additional subject fields have been determined to be acceptable as directly related degree programs for fire management jobs in this series: wildland fire management, forestry agronomy, biochemistry, biometrics, ecology, fishery biology, general fish and wildlife administration, horticulture, natural resources management, physiology, plant physiology, rangeland management, soil science, wildlife biology, zoology, agricultural extension, animal science, botany, entomology, genetics, microbiology, pharmacology, plant pathology, plant protection and quarantine, soil conservation, toxicology, wildlife refuge management. In addition, natural resources related disciplines include chemistry, environmental sciences (not policy), hydrology, outdoor recreation if it has a natural resource emphasis, physics, fire management, earth sciences, geology, meteorology related weather, climate, physical geography if it has a natural resource emphasis, and watershed management. You must provide a legible copy of your transcript(s)
    • OR-
  • Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. You must provide a legible copy of your transcript(s). Courses equivalent to a major may be defined as 24 semester hours in biological sciences, natural resources, wildland fire management, forestry or agriculture equivalent to a major field, of study, plus appropriate experience or additional education that is comparable to that acquired through successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in the biological sciences, agriculture, or natural resources.

  • Specialized experience and education requirements for GS-7 and above Fire Program Management Specialists:

    In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown below:

    Applicants must possess at least one of the following minimum qualifications by closing date of the announcement:

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level is required in addition to meeting the basic qualification requirements. Experience at the GS-9 must include Fire Program Management elements such as described below:
    • Developing, reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for ecological soundness, or consistency with land management goals and/or potentially adverse impacts to cultural and natural resources;
    • Conducting field inspections before and after prescribed or wildfires to determine if resource objectives were achieved and/or to evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken; and,
    • Analyzing the ecological role of fire and its use and/or exclusion, and smoke management.

    In addition to the Fire Program Management elements listed above, appropriate GS-9 experience must have included EITHER prescribed fire/fuels management - OR- fire management operations as described below:

    Prescribed fire/fuels management: Examples of this type of experience may include:
    • Professional forest or range inventory methods and procedures (e.g., Brown's planar intercepts for dead and down fuels; live fuel loading assessments);
    • Analysis of fuel loadings and determination of appropriate fuel treatment methods (i.e. prescribed fire, mechanical, chemical, or biological treatments);
    • Land use planning and environmental compliance;
    • Evaluation of prescribed burn plans or fire management plans to ensure fire containment is possible and identification of appropriate suppression contingencies if fire containment is not obtained.

    Fire management operations: Experience in analyzing and/or applying fire management strategies in at least five of the following activities:
    • Mobilization and/or dispatch coordination
    • Fire prevention and education
    • Training
    • Logistics
    • Equipment development and deployment
    • Fire communication systems
    • Suppression and preparedness
    • Aviation
    • OR-

    EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. You must provide a legible copy of your transcript(s).
    • OR-

    3 academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree. You must provide a legible copy of your transcript(s).

    Volunteer Experience: 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.


    When submitting college transcripts, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.

    If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.
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