Fire Management Specialist (Fuels Planner)

Department Of Agriculture Albuquerque, NM
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Help Duties Summary

This position is located in the Southwestern Region, Region 3, at the Regional Office in Albuquerque, NM. The incumbent serves as a staff specialist with primary responsibility to ensure that both short-term and long-term fire management direction, policies, regulations, and technical expertise and analysis are integrated into Forest Resource and Land Management Plans, National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), and Fire Management Plan documents and provides expertise in fuels management. Assists and provides professional knowledge, technical expertise and analysis for the integration of Fire and Fuels Management programs into various resource management planning documents. Provides support in all areas of fuels management involved with the treatment of fuels accumulations.

For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Pam Bostwick at 505-842-3417 or e-mail at

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Conducts program reviews of natural resources activities to determine the effectiveness of resource management plans, and whether projects or fuels programs adhere to established regulations and standards. Incumbent recommends actions to correct identified deficiencies, and prepares comprehensive reports of reviews. Provides technical assistance to support leadership in the administration of resources and in solving problems.

Participates in the Regional Office review process of environmental assessments, land management plan revisions, prescribed fire burn plans, and other similar documents. Ensures compliance with national, regional and local policies, regulations and laws, and adequate correlation/coordination of natural resources management with other resource areas.

Utilizes state-of-the-art scientific methods and computer-based decision support models to identify fuel treatment and fire ecology needs in developing plans. Implements and administers fuels, fire ecology, and fire behavior models. Works with various specialists coordinating, monitoring, and evaluating various computer programs to ensure effectiveness. Recommends enhancements and modifications where needed.

Works regularly with administrators from other federal, state, and local agencies on projects such as short-range issues and long-range strategies.

Assists in the management of Regional Fire and Fuels Management programs. Assists in the development, organization, and administration of the program; and development of methodologies and protocols for the program. Coordinates program activities with other organizations, federal agencies, and universities; plans and prepares assessments, and trains personnel in the use of the methodologies, protocols, and assessments.

Coordinates with Research and universities in the development and evaluation of planning models, fire behavior prediction concepts, wildland fire effects modeling, and related wildland fire planning research projects.

Advises management regarding appropriate procedures in the use of analytical tools and information systems, and ensures NEPA and NFMA regulations are followed.

Develops and reviews management plans and programs for assigned natural resources areas or functions. Assists in the development of management plan revisions and amendments within specific areas. Coordinates analysis across multiple Forests or Regions. Provides guidance and technical assistance regarding environmental planning procedures and assessment techniques. Serves as a member of Regional Management review teams.

Provides technical expertise on national or regional committees that affect Forest policy. Keeps abreast of developing fire ecology and ecosystem management concepts, principles, and practices.

Provides leadership in the transfer of new information technology and methods. Ensures technical training opportunities for wildland fire and fuels management personnel and other specialists by disseminating information and assisting applicable groups in conducting formal training. Develops and facilitates training, workshops and symposia on wildland fire and fuels management, and other activities to effectively carry out program plans, initiatives and directives and to meet goals and objectives.

Provides wildfire support as directed within training and physical capabilities and other duties as assigned.

Duties listed are at the full performance level.

Travel Required

25% or less - Travel may be required each month for trainings, meetings, and emergencies. Travel requirements may increase for emergency travel throughout the year.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply This job is open to… Current permanent federal employees with competitive status, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, Farm Service Agency permanent county employees, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP, VEOA, and reinstatement eligibles.

Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.

* Job family (Series)

0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* You must be a US Citizen or US National.

* Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.

* Minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required.

* Secondary firefighter retirement covered position.

* Subject to negative drug test prior to entrance on duty.


Must be 18 years of age.

May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.

DRUG TESTING: This is a Testing Designated Position (TDP). Selectee must submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and random testing thereafter. Final appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results for illegal drug use.


You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided with the application to validate that coursework requirements are met. 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. Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.

Basic Requirements:

A. Degree: Biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

* OR-

B. 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 basic requirements described above, you must meet the following experience requirements. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the specialized experience requirements. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09.

GS-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11. Experience must have included all of the fire program management elements as described below in order to be considered for either grade level:

* 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 loading assessments);

* 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 obtained.

Fire management operations - analyzing and applying fire management strategies, plus experience in at least five of the following activities:

* Mobilization and dispatch coordination

* Fire prevention and education

* Training

* Logistics

* Equipment development and deployment

* Fire communication systems

* Suppression and preparedness

* Aviation

Selective Placement Factor:

* 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 resume.

In order to be considered for this position, copies of your Official Transcripts and/or Technical Fire Management (TFM) certificates MUST be attached to your application.

Additional information on the qualification requirements for this position are outlined in the Interagency Fire Program Management 401 Supplemental Guide and the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and are available at these website's:

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


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