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 when
applications are due for these locations can be found on theForest
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- Determine presuppression and suppression needs annually and
facilitates procurement and fleet management.
- Formulate and prepares project plans for the hotshot crew and
aids in the development of the hotshot crew portion of the unit?s
- Develop and implements a training program for the Hotshot Crew
in compliance with applicable requirements of providing complete
coverage of fire suppression, procedures, methods, techniques, and
- Responsible for fire related assignments and project work, such
as monitoring fuel inventories, preattack planning, brush disposal,
backlog fuels disposal and preparation, and Environmental
- Demonstrate leadership in establishing and maintaining a work
environment that is free from discrimination and creates a sense of
inclusion and support for all employees in the workplace
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel overnights on
fire suppression or fire related assignments for this position.
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.
GS-09: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience
equivalent to at least the next lower grade level GS-8. OR have 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 a 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 include: Identified and
analyzed suppression tactics and strategies employed on wildland
fires, and revising and/or developing approaches in view of such
condition. Making on-site evaluations of conditions and tactical
decision. Determining appropriate responses pertinent to initial
attack, large wildland fire suppression activities and wildland
urban interface/intermix situations. Exercising discretion in
selecting work methods from among a variety of alternatives used to
plan and execute support activities for fire and aviation
Selective Placement Factors
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.
Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirements of
Task Force Leader (TFLD)(Currency required) -AND- Successful
completion of theSecondary NWCG Core Requirement of Incident
Commander Type 4 (ICT4) -AND- Firing Boss (FIRB). A copy of the
Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master
Record (or equivalent training document).
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: The required NWCG qualifications are derived from the
Standards for IHC Operation and FS FAQG Chapter 4. Selective
Placement Factors are divided into Primary Core Requirements -AND-
Secondary Core Requirement. Once hired, CURRENCY IS REQUIRED,
however applicants do not need to be "current" in their NWCG
qualifications to be eligible for the position, but must attain
"currency" within one year of hire. See Wildland Fire
Qualifications System Guide (PMS 310-1) for definition of
"currency". 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
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 meet all
qualification requirements by the closing date of this
See QUALIFICATIONS section for education requirements.