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 grade GS-09 level.
- Direct air tactical operations, provide aerial supervision and
establish priorities for initial attack, extend attack and other
aviation duties as required
- Receive mobilization information; evaluate aircraft needs to
perform air tactical mission; establish target identification and
- Ensure that risk management processes are applied to aerial
supervision and tactics, and reevaluate continually during the
- Establish priorities for initial attack and extended attack.
Must be a qualified Division/Group Supervisor (DIVS) or Incident
Commander Type 3 (ICT3).
- Select locations for temporary and semi-permanent airfields,
helispots, and heliports as needed for air tactical
- Provide instruction on a variety of topics in fire, aviation
safety; briefs ATGS pilots on mission requirements and crew
resource management; notify ground crews of incoming aircraft and
tactics; and provide intelligence to appropriate personnel.
- May serve as Contracting Officer's Representative/Inspector on
air contracts. Conduct or participate in pre-work conferences with
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
- 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.
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-8 level: You must have one year specialized
experience equivalent to the GS-7 in the Federal service. Examples
of Specialized Experience includes: Assisting with the direction of
air tactical operations for wildland fires suppression by assisting
with evaluating aircraft needs to perform tactical missions,
establishing target identification and navigation requirements;
assisting with the inspection of aviation activities, notifying
ground crew of tactics, and ordering additional air resources as
needed; and, participating in aviation activities to support
contract management, aviation training, and safety programs 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
For the GS-9 level: You must have one year specialized
experience equivalent to the GS-8 in the Federal service. Examples
of Specialized Experience includes:Assisting with the direction of
air tactical operations for wildland fires suppression by providing
aerial supervision and establishing priorities for initial and
extended attacks; evaluating aircraft needs to perform tactical
missions and establishing target identification and navigation
requirements; and performing contract management, aviation
training, and safety program support activities for an aviation
program 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.
Selective Placement Factors
Successful completion of the NWCG Core Requirement of
Division/Group Supervisor (DIVS) or Incident Commander Type 3
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
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.
To receive consideration for this position, you must provide
updated required documents and meet all qualification requirements
by the closing date of this announcement.
See QUALIFICATIONS section for education requirements.