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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- Serves as a highly trained and specialized fire suppression
crewmember. Performs incident response to the "hot" portions of the
fireline, operating under the pressure of unpredictable, changing
- Plans, schedules, and assigns work to subordinates.
- Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff
members; provides feedback and periodically evaluates employee
- Provides advice, counsel, and/or instruction to staff
- Recommends or approves appointments, selections, or
reassignments to positions appropriate to the selection authority
- Effects disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority
delegated in this area. Carries out Equal Employment Opportunity
(EEO) policies and program activities.
- Performs wildfire suppression support as directed within
training and physical capabilities. Performs other duties as
- Duties listed are at the full performance level.
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
- 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.
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
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.
Specialized Experience Requirements
For the GS-07 level 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 are: Serves on a specialty
crew (hotshot, helitack, engines, etc.) or assigns to lead fire
suppression under the most adverse conditions of climate, fuels,
and terrain. Performs interdisciplinary tactical methods and
techniques for use of water and other additives in controlling and
mopping-up fires in order to efficiently and effectively accomplish
operations where water was in short supply.
For the GS-08 level 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
Examples of specialized experience are: Independently practices
methods and procedures associated with wildfire suppression to
resolve a full range of irregular or problem situations when
suppressing wildland fires. Plans and implements field projects:
this includes setting priorities, identifying objectives,
coordinating resources, obtaining vehicles, supplies and equipment,
developing job hazard analysis, and conducting job skill training.
Independently performed many technical specializations such as
felling and saw repair used in fire suppression and prescribed
burning, ensuring equipment has been kept in full state of
readiness for emergency dispatch.
Selective Placement Factors
Successful completion of the Primary NWCG Core Requirements of
Strike Team Leader Crew (STCR) -OR- Successful completion of the
Primary NWCG Core Requirements of Task Force Leader (TFLD).
Successful completion of the Secondary NWCG Core Requirements of
Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4).
Primary firefighter positions include the following age
requirements: Under age 37 -OR- less than age 37 after subtracting
the months of 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.
This position has been identified as High or Moderate or Low
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.
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
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.'' The Arduous fitness
(Pack) Test requires completing a three (3) mile hike within
forty-five (45) minutes, while carrying a forty-five (45) pound
pack. You are strongly encourage to consult with your physician and
begin training immediately if applying for this position, This
announcement constitutes the required 30 days advanced notice for
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.
To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all
qualification requirements by the closing date of the