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
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- Duties listed are at full performance GS-08 grade level.
- Supervises a group of employees performing firefighting work.
Provides administrative and technical supervision necessary for
accomplishing the work of the unit.
- Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff
members, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee
performance management system.
- Observes workers' performance. Demonstrates and conducts work
performance critiques. Provides informal feedback and periodically
evaluates employee performance.
- Provides advice and counsel to workers related to work and
administrative matters. Effects disciplinary measures as
appropriate to the authority delegated in this area. Reviews and
approves or disapproves leave requests.
- Furnishes employee assignments and a place of employment which
is free from recognized hazards that are likely to cause death or
serious physical harm; refers matters that exceed the incumbents
authority to higher levels of management for decision.
- Complies with occupational safety and health standards
applicable to USDA FS and with all rules, regulations, and orders
issued by USDA FS with respect to the occupational safety and
- Ensures that personnel management within the organizational
entity under supervision is accomplished without regard to race,
color, religion, sex, age, handicap, or national origin.
- Is responsible for keeping abreast of developments, policy
issuances, and other similar material in the equal opportunity
field, and for fully supporting USDA FS Equal Opportunity
- Is responsible for directing a module of a 10 to 20 person
- Performs various technical duties that involve differing and
unrelated processes and methods. Coordinates the activities of a
unit or team of firefighters in wildland fire and all-hazard
- Uses technical equipment such as programmable two way radios,
GPS units, weather monitoring equipment, computers for accessing
fire weather, and fire modeling and mapping programs.
- Recognizes, reacts to, and communicates changes in predicted
weather and fire behavior, topography and fuel types, and adapts
planned strategies and tactics to identify and relocate firelines,
escape routes, and safety zones.
- Performs in other assignments on incidents involving wildland
urban interface/intermix situations, or other incidents which may
require other specialized training and qualifications; i.e.,
Incident Commander, etc.
- Works with other resource managers in the development and
implementation of prescribed burn plans. Executes prescribed burns
commensurate with qualifications such as burn boss, firing boss or
- May be required to operate a crew carrier. If a CDL is
required, the position is a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under
the Department of Transportation (DOT)/Forest Service Alcohol and
Controlled Substance Testing Program.
Occasional travel - Occasional overnight travel may be required
for fire suppression or fire related assignments.
0462 Forestry Technician
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
- Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to
have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Willing to live/work in remote locations
- 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
- 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.
- Under age 37; less than age 37 after subtracting the months of
Permanent Federal Service in a primary or secondary firefighter/law
enforcement position or a veteran preference eligible, older than
age 37 and is requesting a waiver to the requirement.
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
Specialized Experience Requirement:
For the GS-07: Applicants must have one year of specialized
experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level
(GS-6); OR one full year (18 semester/27 quarter hours) of
successfully completed graduate level coursework that is directly
related to the work of the position (such as forestry, range
management, agriculture); OR combinations of graduate level
education that is directly related to the position and specialized
experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited
college or university.
Examples of specialized experience include: Served on a
specialty crew (hotshot, helitack, engines, etc.) or assigned to
lead fire suppression under the most adverse conditions of climate,
fuels, and terrain and/or performed interdisciplinary tactical
methods and techniques for use of water and other additives in
controlling and mopping-up fires in order to efficiently and
effectively to accomplish objectives and/or made initial evaluation
of fire situations, determined rate of spread, potential hazards to
property and other improvements, suppression method to use, hose
lays, deployment of crew, point of initial attack and type of tools
For the GS-08: Applicants must have one year of specialized
experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level
(GS-7); OR two full years (36 semester/54 quarter hours) of
successfully completed graduate level education or master's degree
if the coursework is directly related to the work of the position
(such as forestry, range management, agriculture); OR combinations
of graduate level education that is directly related to the
position (in excess of 18 semester/27 quarter hours) and
specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an
accredited college or university.
Examples of specialized experience include: Independently
practiced methods and procedures associated with wildfire
suppression to resolve a full range of irregular or problem
situations when suppressing wildland fires and/or coordinated and
assisted in the development of fire/aviation training and
instructional programs and/or independently implemented many
technical specialized objectives such as coordinating resources,
vehicle, supplies & equipment and other tactics used in fire
suppression and prescribed fire.
Selective Placement Factors
Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirement of
Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirement of Crew
Boss (CRWB) - AND - Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core
Requirement Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5).
Primary firefighter positions include the following age
requirements: Under age 37 -OR- less than age 37 after subtracting
the months of Permanent Federal Service worked in a primary or
secondary firefighter/law enforcement position -OR- a veteran
preference eligible, older than age 37 and is requesting a waiver
to the maximum age requirement.
In order to be considered for this position, copies of your
Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master
Record (or equivalent training documents) which contain documented
proof of the certification or attainment of the IFPM Selective
Placement Factor for this position MUST be attached to your
application. Red cards are not acceptable documentation. Currency
Requirement: Required to maintain currency once hired into the
position. Currency of NWCG qualifications is not required for
selection. If not currently qualified, the applicant must provide
documented evidence that they have been fully qualified in the
past, and are able to regain currency within one year of being
hired. Failure to provide this documentation will result in
This position has been identified as High Complexity under the
Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) or Forest Service Fire
Program Management (FS-FPM) and is subject to selective placement
factor requirements contained in the Interagency Fire Program
Management (IFPM) Standard and Guide when filling this vacancy.
IFPM or FS-FPM selective placement factors are made up of a primary
and secondary National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) core
Incident Management Qualifications and Required Training. The
applicant must possess these qualifications at the applicable
complexity level to be considered eligible for this position.
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 primary/rigorous
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.