Forestry Technician (Fire Prevention)
Department Of Agriculture - Montgomery, AL

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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.

Serves as Fire Prevention Officer on a Forest Service unit. The primary purpose of this position involves planning and execution of fire prevention, suppression, and education programs.

These are permanent positions with varying tours of duty and may include weekend work. Some positions may have irregular and protracted hours of work. Tours of duty include full-time or less than full-time (guaranteed minimum 6 months/13 pay periods of full-time employment). You will then be placed in a non-pay/non-duty status for the remainder of the year.

Pay rates vary depending on location. See the OPM website at http://www.opm.gov/ for additional information on pay rates.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number OCRP-462-PREV(NS)-8/9G. 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.

PERMANENT OPEN CONTINUOUS RECRUITMENT: This is a continuously open vacancy announcement for one or more locations throughout the Forest Service. The number and location of positions to be filled will be dependent upon individual unit needs. Positions may be filled as career ladders or could be filled at the full performance level dependent upon the individual unit's needs. Availability of government housing, federal day care facilities, and bargaining unit status will vary by location. Pay rates vary depending on location. To ensure that you receive consideration, applications submitted through the on-line application process must be received by 11:59 p.m. eastern time the day before a certificate of candidates is issued. When there are no applicants for specific locations, the search area may be broadened when generating certificates to include locations in the closest city nearby. To obtain more information about the US Forest Service and individual locations, go to www.fs.fed.us (a search can be done by State or by Name). We encourage applicants to contact supervisors at the chosen locations for specific information. To ensure continued interest and availability, applicants will be notified via e-mail reminding them to re-certify their application every 60 days. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age upon appointment. Some positions have other conditions of employment not specified in this announcement. Applicants will be notified of any specific requirements at the time a tentative job offer is made.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required.

Secondary firefighter retirement covered position.

Must possess and maintain a Valid Driver’s License.

Position requires a Work Capacity Test (WCT).

Will be required to perform Forest Protection Officer (FPO) duties.

US Citizenship required.

Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.

DUTIES:
Coordinates and directs fire prevention, detection, and suppression operations. Develops fire control plans and documents, including pre-suppression, prevention, detection, and suppression tactics and strategies. Contributes to the compilation, review, and/or distribution of fire hazard and risk data. Collaborates in the planning of wildland fire suppression and prescribed burning operations. Assists in the determination of resources required for pre-suppression and suppression activities.

Performs wildfire suppression support as directed within training and physical capabilities and other duties as assigned. Duties listed are at the full performance level.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education if applicable, and any selective placement factors described below before a certificate of candidates from this announcement is issued to the selecting official. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Additional information on the qualification requirements for this position is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM’s website: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/gs0400/0462.htm

Basic Qualifications: 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-08 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-07 in developing and executing plans to solve complex problems involving fire preparedness, fuels management, fire prevention, or training. Detected and suppressed fires while patrolling the forest.

For the GS-09 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-08 in developing and executing plans to solve complex problems involving fire preparedness, fuels management, fire prevention, or training. Detected and suppressed fires while patrolling the forest. Patrolled assigned station, established contact with Forest users, visitor and local residents.

Substitution of Education for Experience :
For the GS-08 there is no substitution of education for experience for this position.

The experience requirements for the GS-9 level may be met by completion of two (2) years of graduate level education or a master's degree in a position-related field of forestry or natural resources management.

Combination of Education and Experience:
For the GS-08 there is no combination of education and experience for this position.

Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements at the GS-09 grade level.

Selective Placement Factors:
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 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.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements on the date a certificate of candidates is generated from this Open Continuous announcement.

REQUIREMENTS:
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.

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 LIGHT level is a "condition of employment." The LIGHT fitness (Walk) test requires completing a one (1) mile hike within sixteen (16) minutes. You are strongly encouraged to consult with your physician and begin training immediately if applying for this position. This announcement constitutes the required 30 days advanced notice for testing requirements.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated based on 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.

Your online application and resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work with percentages of time performing these duties if work involved a variety of different duties (i.e. 75% of the time performing these duties and 25% of the time performing this duty) and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration. This information should be clearly identified in your online application or resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of consideration.

To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=51B6F7A9-1E86-4384-876A-A0D700CE40C7

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.

Bargaining Unit Status: Eligible - Coverage is dependent upon unit location.
If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

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.

Some Fire positions may have Conditions of Employment such as: a valid state drivers license; a commercial drivers 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.

Applications received become the property of the USDA Forest Service and will not be returned.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Check our website at: http://www.fs.fed.us/fsjobs for general information on the Forest Service.

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