Assistant Director, FAM Management (OPERATIONS)

Department Of Agriculture Missoula, MT
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

This position serves as a principal assistant to the Director of Aviation and Fire Management with primary responsibility for planning, organizing and directing Region-wide activities in wildland fire protection systems, including fire detection, readiness, preparation, coordination, incident organization, and management of activities within the Region.

This position is located in the Northern Region, Region 1 in Missoula, MT.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Gregory Morris at 406-329-3296 or email at

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Provides leadership, coordination, administration and direction in the formulation of standards, methods, and guides for a highly complex fire operations program. Prepares guidance based on analysis of interrelated issues of effectiveness, efficiency and productivity of mission orientated programs. Prepares detailed plans, goals, objectives, requirements and criteria for complex or high value management processes and systems. Provides regional support and advice to Forest preparedness and suppression activities.

Reviews, inspects, and evaluates existing fire programs. Performs field evaluation and reviews of preparedness and suppression operations for effectiveness, overall accomplishment method and procedure analysis. Responsible for the leadership to coordinate with Federal, State, Tribal, local government as well as the close coordination between National Forests. Provides technical oversight, advice and assistance for the Operations program budget.

Directs the development of a wide variety of annual and long-term plans. Supervises a group of employees. Provides administrative and technical supervision. Performs wildfire suppression 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, and VEOA eligibles.

Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.

* Job family (Series)

0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program

* 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.

Subject to one-year supervisory/managerial probation period (unless prior service is creditable). New USDA supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required new supervisor training program before the end of their probationary 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. 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. 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 or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.

GS-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least to the GS-11 grade level. Examples include: Developing management and action plans for all aspects of wildland fire program functions; developing, coordinating and implementing a partial fire program budget; developing and implementing agreements with cooperators; maintaining relationships with entities external to the organization regarding fire management program issues.

GS-13: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least to the GS-12 grade level. Examples include: Preparing detailed plans, goals, objectives, requirements and criteria for complex or high value management processes and systems, such as developing staffing standards for all aspects of wildland fire program functions; coordinating and directing programs during critical fire situations establishing priorities for all firefighting resources; developing, coordinating and implementing a full fire program budget; negotiating, managing, and implementing agreements with cooperators; forming and maintaining liaison with entities external to the organization, and representing the organization on fire management program issues.


* 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.

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.