Lead Forestry Technician
Department Of The Interior - Indiana

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Experience Your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

The employees of the National Park Service care for the special places that are the heritage of all Americans. Since its inception in 1916, the National Park Service has been dedicated to the preservation and management of this country's outstanding natural, historical, and recreational resources.

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 Senior Firefighter (SFF), and requires selectee to meet the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position. Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at http://www.ifpm.nifc.gov/

This is an arduous position and subject to medical exam screening, drug and physical fitness testing.

This is a primary firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8812(d) (FERS). Maximum Age for Entry conditions apply.

For general information regarding fire positions, please visit: http://nps.govifire/employment/employment.cfm

This is a Career/Career Conditional position. The employee will work full time (at least 40 hours per week) when in pay and duty status.

Number of Vacancies: We expect to fill 1 vacancy at this time; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies.

Full Performance Level: GS-06

Note: This position is concurrently open under Announcement Number YRCI- EVERCO122471-MP under merit promotion procedures.

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U.S. Citizenship is required.

Background and/or security investigation is required.

Drug testing designated position: Pre-employment & random drug testing.

Valid state driver's license/Maintain Red-Card Incident Qualification

Medical exam requirement and physical fitness testing.

Incumbent of this position will serve as Engine Operator on a Type 3 wildland fire engine. Duties consist of, but are not limited to, serving as engine operator on wildfires and prescribed fires; leads a crew during prescribed and wildfire operations; performs holding or ignition duties during prescribed fires; organizes and maintains equipment, vehicles and supplies associated with wildfire operations and provides training for crew members and fire management staff on wildfire suppression operations and tactics. Drives and operates a wildland fire engine, positioning the engine for proper use and operation. Personally performs and directs others in starting pump engine, priming pump, adjusting engine speed and pump valves, laying hose, and using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustment in effective use of water and additives. Has specialized duties such as water handling specialist, fully qualified chain saw operator, or responsible for maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland urban interface/intermix situations. Ensures the engine is kept in a full state of readiness for emergency fire dispatch.

Everglades National Park , Homestead , FL. Please visit Everglades National Park for area information.

For specific area and housing information, or information directly pertaining to vacancy status, contact: Chris Lindquist, Supervisory Forestry Technician (Engine Captain), 305-242-7854 or Jackson Weer, Assistant Fire Management Officer, 305-242-7057

The applicant must possess the following NWCG qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position:


NWCG Requirements:
1. NWCG qualification as Firefighter, Type 1 (FFT1)

2. Completion of NWCG course S-290 “Intermediate Fire Behavior”

Mandatory: Most current version of Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or equivalent documentation which verified you meet the required NWCG qualifications for this IFPM position. Failure to provide this documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in your being rated as not qualified.

3. Engine Operator Certification (ENOP)

4 . Maximum Entry Age:
Applicants must not have reached their 37th birthday by the date of appointment to this position. These positions are covered by the special retirement provisions for Firefighter positions and have a mandatory retirement age of 57. Selectees for these positions who have reached age 37 must have been or currently be covered by the special retirement provisions and must be able to complete at least 20 years of covered service by age 57. You must submit proof of your status in the special enhanced retirement system with your application materials.

(1) This age restriction does not apply to those who have sufficient creditable service in a Federal civilian (not military) position covered by the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) or 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) to permit retirement on or before the mandatory retirement age of 57

(2) If you are a veteran who is eligible for veterans preference ("preference eligible"), you may be eligible for a waiver of the maximum entry age for this position if you are otherwise qualified and meet medical and fitness requirements. If you are claiming veterans preference, you must submit proof of your veterans' preference. Please be advised that if you do not submit this required documentation of your service, you will not be eligible for consideration of this limited waiver of the maximum entry age.

In addition to meeting the above Selective Factors, you must demonstrate that you possess either 1) education, or 2) specialized experience described below. Equivalent combinations of education and experience may also be used to qualify.

Specialized Experience: At least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in Federal Service. For this position, specialized experience is experience performing as a senior firefighter and leading others in one or more of the following wildland fire-fighting functions: serving as a member of a fire suppression hand-crew; a prescribed fire crew; a wildland fire engine crew; a wildland fire helitack crew; or other forestry technician or comparable position performing wildland fire related work.


Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience: 6 months of graduate education or an internship which is directly related to the work of the position (e.g., forestry, agriculture, fire science, suppression and prevention, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science.


Combination of Qualifying Education and Experience: 6 seasons of experience in one of the following: A) Forestry aid or technician work. B) Engineering, range, or soil conservation technician work that involved the application of cultural, resource conservation, or land management practices on nonforest or ranch lands when combined with knowledge of forestry operations and equipment. C) Farming or ranching work that involved application of cultural and soil and water conservation practices, including safety and use of equipment, and that provided a basic understanding of land use. D) Forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants are responsible for providing documentation that the applicable educational provisions have been met. To qualify based on education you must submit a legible copy of transcripts or list of college courses with your name, school name, credit or semester hours, major(s), and a grade-point average or class ranking. Official transcripts are required upon selection if you qualified based on education.

Education must have been obtained from an accredited or pre-accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States .

For further information on creditable education, visit: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html and http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Additional information on the qualification requirements can be viewed on the OPM web site at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications

Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic job requirements. In addition, we will evaluate your responses to the attached online Assessment Questionnaire to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position. To preview the Assessment Questionnaire click here: View Assessment Questions

The Assessment Questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies needed to successfully perform on the job:

Ability to perform wildland fire engine operations.
Skill in performing prescribed burns and wildland fire suppression operations.
Knowledge of fire behavior, fire weather, and fuels management principles, including mechanical fuel reduction techniques.
Ability to serve as a work leader for a fire crew.
Ability to communicate effectively.

Basis for rating:
Applicants who meet the qualification requirements specified above for this position will be evaluated, and a score assigned, based upon the responses provided on the job specific questionnaire that is required as part of the application process for this position.

Applicants who meet the qualification requirements based on responses provided in the Applicant Assessment Questionnaire will be placed in one of three categories: 1) Best Qualified - meets the minimum qualification standards and excels in most requirements of the position; 2) Well Qualified - meets the minimum qualification standards and meets most requirements of the position; 3) Qualified - meets the minimum qualification standards but does not possess the relevant competencies to a substantive degree. Within these categories, applicants referred to the selecting official that are eligible for Veteran’s Preference will receive selection priority over Non-Veterans.

Veteran’s Preference: Veterans' Preference applies to category rating. Within each quality category, veteran's preference eligibles are listed first, including CP, CPS, XP, and TP. In addition, veterans who have a 10% or more service-connected compensable disability (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the highest quality category. Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate alphabetically (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores. See the Office of Personnel Management's VetGuide for more information about Veteran's Preference: http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp

DO NOT SEND Application materials by mail or email to the National Park Service Office.


Once the basic qualifications have been met, you will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of this position. The evaluation will be based on information you provide in your on-line resume, your answers to the knowledge, skills, and abilities questions for this announcement, and a review of the application material requested as a part of this announcement.

You must provide information about your experience and/or education that support s the answers you give in the questionnaire, and the KSAs required for this position.

The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits

Pre-employment physical is required - ARDUOUS WORK CAPACITY “PACK TEST”: Wildland firefighting and other forms of field work demand a high level of fitness to safely perform arduous, day-long work in difficult environmental conditions, including steep terrain, extreme temperatures, altitude, and smoke, and to meet unforeseen emergencies. This position requires that you pass a Pack Test , a job-related test of the capacity for arduous work. It consists of a 3-mile hike with a 45-pound pack over level terrain. A time of 45 minutes, the passing score for the test, approximates an aerobic fitness score of 45, the established standard for firefighters. Applicants shall be disqualified for appointment if they fail to meet any physical requirement. Probationary or seasonal employment is subject to termination for failure to meet the 25th percentile in each of the identified component being measured.

Successful completion of pre-employment medical exam is required before entry on duty.

This is a testing designated position (TDP) under the Department of the Interior Drug-Free Workplace Program.

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid if the person selected for the position is from outside the local commuting area is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the Federal Travel Regulations.

Government housing may be available.

Evenings, weekends, overtime and holiday work will be required.

Travel is required: Frequent Nights Per Month

Applicants must possess a valid state driver’s license in good standing. May require the incumbent to obtain and maintain a Commercial Drivers License (CDL)

Wearing a uniform is required.

Position is covered by 6C.

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law.

Physical demands: Duties involve rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. Work requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighing over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring at least average agility and dexterity. Duties include demands for strenuous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods of time. Operation of some specialized fire equipment can place extended physical stress on incumbent during fire activities.

Work environment: The work is primarily performed in forest and range environments in steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely uneven, rocky, covered with vegetation, and in smoky conditions, etc. Temperatures may vary from above 100 degrees F to below freezing. Risks include smoke inhalation, fire entrapment, snake or insect bites and stings, exposure to excessive machinery noise, and falling and rolling material. Personnel must adjust and cope with exposure to weather elements, dust and smoke, poor sleeping and eating conditions and unpredictable sets of circumstances. Incumbent may be required to live in backcountry camps for extended periods of time. The hazardous nature of the work requires that personal protective equipment be worn (boots, hardhat, gloves, flame resistant clothing, etc.). Work may require travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft.

ICTAP/CTAP - Qualified individuals applying based on special priority consideration rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Program (ICTAP) must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. To be considered well-qualified for this purpose, you must clearly meet all qualification requirements specified for this position including any selective factors, and must also clearly meet the fully satisfactory or equivalent level for each of the rating factors (knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies) required for this position as specified above.

Individuals claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

Veteran's Preference - If you are claiming Veteran's Preference, you MUST clearly identify your claim on your application and provide specific required evidence such as: DD-214, "Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty", or Standard Form 15 (SF-15), "Application for 10-point Veterans Preference" and proof requested on the form. Failure to submit appropriate support ing documentation will result in NOT granting veteran's preference.

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