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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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- Provides program management oversight for a high complexity
fire/fuels management program, based on the IFPM complexity
analysis rating factors.
- Provides professional expertise in the development and
implementation of multiple resource objectives.
- Develops fuels treatment alternatives to support management
decisions while adhering to applicable laws, regulations, policies,
- Responsible for the smoke management program to ensure
compliance with state air quality standards.
- Coordinates with the next higher organizational level, other
agencies, cooperators, and stakeholders to develop interagency
- Coordinates multi-disciplinary field studies related to fuels
management program issues to determine effectiveness of treatments.
Coordinates and provides transfer of findings to the appropriate
- Serves as a member of an interdisciplinary team planning,
developing, and implementing land management plans, compliance
documents, and agreements.
- Participates in the development, review, and modification of
the fire management plan. Develops, reviews and monitors fuels
- Works closely with other resource specialists to integrate
vegetation management project designs in fuels program
- Implements and administers prescribed fire activities, wildland
fire use, and fuels management activities to ensure targets are
achieved, management objectives are met and mitigation measures are
- Monitors fire behavior, evaluates fire effects, identifies
potential problems and takes appropriate action.
- Identifies training needs and participates in prescribed fire
and fuels management training, and wildland fire and safety
- May serve as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) on
fuels management contracts and may be responsible for the
preparation of contract specifications and performance
- Performs wildfire suppression support as directed within
training and physical and other duties as assigned.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel overnights on
fire suppression or fire related assignments for this position.
0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological
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.
- Minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is
- 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.
You must possess the Basic Requirements indicated below, plus
additional specialized experience and/or education to be considered
eligible for this position. This position has a positive education
requirement; therefore, a legible copy of your college transcripts
is required to be attached to your application prior to the closing
date of the announcement; applicants who fail to submit their
transcripts will not be given credit for their education. Your
application or resume must clearly show that you possess the
appropriate specialized experience requirements. The following link
provides more information on the qualifications for these
positions: Professional and Scientific Positions.
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
Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource
management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the
Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a
major course of study in biological sciences, agriculture or
natural resources management, chemistry or at least 24 semester
hours in biological sciences, natural resources, wildland fire
management, forestry, or agriculture equivalent to a major field of
study, plus appropriate experience or additional education that is
comparable to that normally acquired through the successful
completion of a full 4-year course of study in the biological
sciences, agriculture, or natural resources.
In addition to the requirements described above, the following
additional experience is required:
Specialized Experience Requirement:
GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least
the GS-09 level. Experience at GS-09 level must have included all
of the fire program management elements as described below:
- Reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for ecological
soundness and technical adequacy; and
- Conducting field inspections before and after prescribed or
wildland fires to determine if resource objectives were achieved
and/or to evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken; and
- Developing analyses on the ecological role of fire and its use
and/or exclusion, and smoke management.
In addition to fire program management, appropriate experience
must have included either prescribed fire/fuels management - or -
fire management operations as described below:
Prescribed fire/fuels management - experience in a broad range
of activities such as:
- Professional forest or range inventory methods and procedures
(e.g., Brown's planar intercept for dead and down fuels; live fuel
- Analysis of fuel loadings and determination of appropriate fuel
treatment methods and programming;
- Land use planning and environmental coordination;
- Evaluation of prescribed burn plans or fire management plans to
ensure fire containment is possible and identification of
appropriate suppression contingencies if containment is not
- Fire management operations - analyzing and applying fire
management strategies, plus experience in at least five of the
- Mobilization and dispatch coordination
- Fire prevention and education
- Equipment development and deployment
- Fire communication systems
- Suppression and preparedness
Selective Placement Factors:
Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirement of
Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2) -AND- successfully
completed the Secondary NWCG Core Requirement of Incident Commander
Type 3 (ICT3) -OR- Task Force Leader (TFLD) -OR- Successfully
completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirement of Prescribed Fire Burn
Boss Type 2 (RXB2) -AND- successfully completed the Secondary NWCG
Core Requirement of Helibase Manager (HEBM).
A minimum 90 days experience performing on-the-line
(Primary/Rigorous) 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
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 secondary 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, MODERATE, or LIGHT 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.