LEAD FORESTRY TECHNICIAN (FIRE) - (Lead Wildland Firefighter)

Department Of The Interior Fort Defiance, AZ
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This position is being advertised concurrently with Announcement Number ST-10255737-18-SY which is open to status candidates and other eligibles and applies Merit Promotion procedures. Status applicants who wish to be considered under both Merit Promotion and Competitive Examining procedures must apply directly to each announcement.

This position is located with Bureau of Indian Affairs, Navajo Region in Fort Defiance, Arizona.

Branch of Wildland Fire and Aviation Management, Hotshot Section.

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* Serves as a Squad Leader on an Interagency Hotshot Crew

* Performs work directly related to wildland fire suppression and control activities including suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring,hazardous fuels reduction, and prescribed burning.

* Performs as a qualified chainsaw operator and chainsaw maintenance.

* Performs prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding, and mop-up.

* Monitors fire behavior, fire effects, and fire weather on prescribed fires and wildland fire use.

* Use specialized firing equipment (e.g. fusees, drip torches, flares, and terra torch).

* Instructs crew members in specific tasks and techniques.

* Conducts on-the-job training.

* Distributes and controls work assignments among employees.

* Assures timely accomplishments.

* Ensures that the work is carried out safely.

* Reports on performance problems and issues.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel required for work assignments and/or training and may require travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

0462 Forestry Technician

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* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* U.S. Citizenship Required

* Indian Preference applies

* You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.

* You may be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period.

* A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.

* If you are a male applicant born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

* This position is subject to both pre-employment and random drug testing as a condition of employment. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test is received.

* Incumbent is required to operate a government motor vehicle, must possess a valid driver's license, and have a safe driving record within the 3 year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607.

* This position is subject to pre-employment and annual medical screening and physical fitness testing for arduous duty.


EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions, GS-0462, and Individual Occupational Requirements for Forestry Technician Series, GS-0462; and Interagency Fire Program Management Qualifications Standards and Guide; Standards for Interagency Hotshot Crew Operations).

GS-6: 1 year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-05 level. Examples of specialized experience include, but are not limited to, on the-line wildland fire experience as a senior wildland firefighter in forest/range control, prevention or suppression work, prescribed burning; operating and maintaining specialized wildland fire tools, equipment, vehicles, and may include leading the work of crew personnel.

GS-5: 1 year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-04 level duties. Examples of specialized experience include, but are not limited to, work in forest or range fire control, prevention or suppression work as a skilled wildland firefighter utilizing a variety of specialized wildland fire tools and equipment. -OR- 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree (a) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as those shown above For GS-4. No more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable. -OR- I have a combination of experience as described in A above and education as described in B above which total at least one year. For example, 6 months of experience (50% of the experience) and two years of related under-graduate study (50% of the education requirement) would qualify an applicant for this position.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge. skills, and abilities (KSA's) to successfully perform the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Examples of qualifying specialized experience:

* Forestry Aide or Technician work

* Engineering, range, or soil conservation technician work that involved the application of cultural, resource conservation, or land management practices on nonforest or ranch lands when combined with knowledge of forestry operations and equipment.

* Farming or ranching work that involved application of cultural and soil and water conservation practices, including safety and use of equipment, and that provided a basic understanding of land use.

* Forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work.

SELECTIVE FACTORS: The applicant must have possessed all of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position in accordance with the Standards for Interagency Hotshot Crew Operations for the required minimum incident management qualifications and training:

* Mandatory: Crew Boss (CRWB) AND Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5) or higher

* Required training:

* I-200, Basic ICS; S-215, Fire Operations in the Wildland/Urban Interface;

* S-230, Crew Boss; - S-234, Ignition Operations;

* S-260, Interagency Incident Business Management;

* S-290, Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior;

* L-280, Followership to Leadership

Selectees for IFPM requiring currency will be required to obtain and maintain currency for the NWCG qualifications listed above.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE AND MAXIMUM ENTRY AGE LIMIT: this position is covered as a primary firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of U.S.C. 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS) subject to maximum entry age and mandatory retirement at age 57, or anytime after 57, upon reaching 20 years of covered service. Applicants for this position must not have reached their 37th birthday upon appointment upon appointment to this position. An exception is allowed if there is prior federal service in a covered firefighter position. If you are a preference eligible veteran, you may be eligible for this position after your 37th birthday. You must supply a copy of your Defense Department Form 214 (DD-214) along with Standard Form 15 (if applicable) and any associated documentation in accordance wit the instructions in this vacancy announcement. Failure to provide this documentation with your application will result in the loss of eligibility to receive a waiver of the maximum entry age requirement.

The full performance level of this position is GS-06. Promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. A career ladder promotion is at the discretion of management, and in no way guaranteed.

TELEWORK: Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of this position are not suitable for telework under any circumstances.

This is a permanent, full-time seasonal position and is subject to placement in a non-pay status when services are not needed due to lack of work, funds, or unforeseen circumstances. Government housing is not available.


If you are qualifying based on your education, you MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.

One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education which shows the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit.http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.