Forest Aviation Officer
Department Of Agriculture - Idaho

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A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

This position is located on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. For additional information about this position, please contact Michael Almas at (208) 785-7494 or email at malmas@fs.fed.us .

This position serves as the Forest Aviation Officer and is the principal assistant to o ne or more Forest Staff Officer(s) or Forest Fire Management Officer (FFMO) in directing the complex aviation management program of the Fire and Aviation Operations on one or more Forest Service units.

The incumbent in this position provides leadership, coordination, guidance and direction to aerial project and fire management activities. Integrates operations of the Forest Aviation Operations program and the Forest Management Programs. Is the technical authority for the integrated use of aviation activities including detection, suppression, use of fire retardant, aerial non fire projects, and all other uses of aviation.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-01040000-6853G . Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation. KEY REQUIREMENTS

US citizenship is required.
Minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required.
Secondary firefighter retirement covered position.
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.

Must posses and maintain a valid drivers license DUTIES:
This position serves as a Forest Aviation Officer and provides for the strategic oversight and safety management of all aviation operations on one or more National Forests. This position provides information and technical direction for all planned and continuing Forest aviation operations. This position must also address a variety of unusual conditions, problems or questions related to long range and long duration matters that arise. Monitors present programs and missions to advise management regarding needed changes. Conducts analysis of aircraft use to determine long term organizations and budgetary needs in meeting the Forest’s aviation expectations. Coordinates, plans, and establishes priorities for the Forest’s aircraft use.

Maintains close liaison with other aviation managers, Forest Fire Management Officer (s), Deputy Forest FMO(s), Interagency Dispatch Center Manager(s) and Dispatch Coordinators to exchange information on current aviation operations. Provides appraisal of significant aviation issues to the Forest Supervisor(s). Position is responsible for advising line officers and resource managers on aviation applications in their programs. Advise project plans on utilization and suitability of aircraft needed for fire suppression and aviation projects. Maybe delegated to serve as the Forest Fire Management Officer in their absence.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience directly related to this position should be documented in the online application or resume.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

For the GS-12 position, in addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had one (1) year of specialized experience at least equivalent to GS-11: .Directed and coordinated aviation resources in support of fire suppression, prescribed fire and resource management for an assigned field location;Provided oversight in the planning, development and performance of aircraft used to perform high risk support activities. Ensured that safety procedures were followed when operating aircraft;Assisted in aviation activities such as: contract management, procurement services, and safety programs.

Substitution of Education for Experience:
For the GS-12 level there is no substitution of education for experience for this position.

Combination of Education and Experience:
For the GS-12 level there is no combination of education and experience for this position.

Selective Placement Factor:
A minimum 90 days experience performing wildland fire suppression duties as a member of an organized fire suppression crew or comparable unit that utilized knowledge of fire suppression, containment or control techniques and practices under various conditions. This experience must be documented with specific dates and detailed duties that show your 90 days of on-the-line experience in the application or resume and in the free-text box located in the Questionnaire including reference names and current phone numbers for verification.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Must be 18 years of age.

May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.

Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.

You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you described in your resume, as well as the responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below: =

We will review your application, including an online Occupational Questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your answers will be verified against information provided in your online resume and application. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.

Note : If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be adjusted to more accurately reflect the submitted docmentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=d56ec9c7-b507-4741-b9e6-a24200bae30a

BENEFITS:
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

. OTHER INFORMATION:
Relocation expenses may be authorized.

We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE: This is a secondary firefighter position under 5 USC 8336(c) (CSRS) and 8412(d) (FERS). At least 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required. There is no age limit for entry into secondary positions. Firefighter retirement coverage of the incumbent depends upon his or her individual work history.

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