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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- Plans, coordinates, and directs helitack crews in support of
fire suppression. Applies technical methods and procedures. Manages
complex aviation operations. Manages permanent and temporary
helibases. Responsible for helicopter safety and compliance
- Ensures safety and welfare for all assigned personnel. Provides
leadership and direction to firefighters. Completes fire line
safety and tactical briefings, fire size-up, fire reports and fire
personnel performance evaluations.
- Serves as an Incident Commander, managing resources that vary
from single resource to multiple resource task forces or strike
teams. May serve as helicopter rappel spotter.
- Prioritizes attack sequence in multiple fire situations.
Coordinates and provides direction for aviation assets.
- Supervises the helicopter module personnel. Establishes
guidelines and performance expectations, evaluates employee
performance, provides advice and counsel to workers, affects
disciplinary measures as appropriate.
- Supervises complex aviation operations, providing direction and
oversight to pilots, firefighters, and aviation personnel.
Responsible for furthering the goals of equal employment
- Completes and maintains reports and records for aircraft use.
Completes daily flight invoices and contract daily diaries. Signs
for receipt of services and approves payments. Plans helicopter
- Responsible for property tracking and use. Makes economic and
program analyses of helicopter operations and advises managers of
alternatives. Participates in Regional and National planning
- Assists in the development of training techniques related to
helicopters and helicopter firefighting for regional fire
management program. Responsible for helicopter safety and
compliance with policies and procedures.
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
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 Requirement:
GS-09: one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least
the next lower grade level (GS-8); 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 are: Oversaw helicopter
service contract and enforced contract provisions; provided
detailed instructions on incident objectives, situations, and
tactics to pilots, crews, and dispatchers; planned and coordinated
complex air operations using numerous helicopter models,
capabilities and limitations, including remote, isolated work
locations; developed specific aerial ignition plans for burning
projects after analyzing conditions.
Selective Placement Factors
Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirement of
Helibase Manager (HEBM) -AND- Successfully completed the Secondary
NWCG Core Requirement 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 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.
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
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, 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.