Lead Range Technician (Engine)

Department Of The Interior Pahrump, NV
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Physical Demands: Rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance, and superior conditioning. Prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying items weighing over 50 pounds.

Work Environment: Work is primarily performed in forest and desert environments in steep, uneven terrain, extreme weather, and smoky conditions.

This announcement may be used to fill more than one position at this duty location.

Duty Locations include the following duty stations:

Las Vegas District: Las Vegas, Logandale, Pahrump

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Responsibilities

Serves as a lead wildland firefighter operating a wildland fire engine, performing wildland fire fighting work and leading crews performing such work, i.e., wildland fire suppression and control activities including preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction, and prescribed burning.

Drives and operates a wildland fire engine, positioning the engine for proper use and operation. Ensures the engine is kept in a full state of readiness for emergency fire dispatch. Has specialized duties such as water handling specialist, fully qualified chain operator, and/or responsible for maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland urban interface/intermix situations.

Instructs crew members in specific tasks and techniques, conducts on-the-job training, distributes and controls work assignments and ensures timely accomplishment of assigned tasks, maintains work records, reports on work accomplishments, ensures the work is carried out safely, and reports on performance problems and issues. Responsible for supervision of the crew in absence of supervisor.

Travel Required

25% or less - May be required to live in backcountry camps for extended periods of time. Work may require travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

06

Who May Apply This job is open to… All current federal employees or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility; CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area; Veteran Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA); Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA); Veterans more than 30% disabled eligible; Persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities, Schedule A and/or individuals w/disabilities; All former PLC members who within the past 120 days have completed all requirements of a creditable PLC project.

Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.

* Job family (Series)

0455 Range Technician

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* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* U.S. Citizenship is required.

* Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections.

* You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you

* have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal land.

* Direct deposit is required.

* Background Investigation is required.

This position falls under the Technical and Medical Support Group Qualification Standard and Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR) for the Range Technician 0455 series.

You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit all your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.

THIS IS A DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION. In accordance with Executive Order 12564 and under the Department's Drug Free Workplace Program applicant(s) tentatively selected for this position must submit a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and to pass the test prior to appointment. The position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.

You must be 18 years of age or older to be assigned to a hazardous position.

Passage of a pre-employment physical is required. You must also pass the work capacity test for arduous positions. The physical demands of this position are rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. Work requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighing over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring at least average agility and dexterity. Duties include demands for strenuous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods of time. Operation of some specialized fire equipment can place extended physical stress on incumbent during fire activities.

You must possess a valid automobile driver's license and it must be valid at all times during your appointment to this position. You may be required to obtain a commercial driver's license within 90 days of appointment.

Qualifications

Qualification Requirement Using Specialized Experience and/or Education: In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirements; please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.

To qualify for GS-05: you must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-04, in wildland fire suppression and control activities which may include suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction or prescribed burning under general supervision; OR completed a Bachelor's degree with (a) major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a field directly related to this position; or (b) that included at least 24.0 semester hours in any combination of courses such as range management or conservation, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, mathematics, or other natural or physical sciences. No more than 6.0 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.

To qualify for GS-06: you must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-05 working in wildland fire suppression and control activities which may include suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction or prescribed burning; and operating and maintaining specialized wildland fire tools, equipment and vehicles; OR nine (18) semester credits of graduate level college education (equivalent 1 year) related to range technician fire work such as a major in forestry, fire science or a subject-matter field directly related to the work of the position.

For GS-05 and GS-06, education and experience may be combined to meet the specialized experience requirements.

Selective Placement Factors: This position requires a special qualification that has been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as a screen out element. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified.

PRIOR WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. Applicants must have 90-days of prior wildland firefighting experience. This must be evidenced in your application. The Department of the Interior defines wildland firefighting experience as any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland. Wildland firefighting experience is gained through work on the fire line in containment, control, suppression or use of wildland fire. This experience can be met by serving in a temporary, seasonal, or equivalent private sector fire position for no less than 90 days. Periods of wildland firefighting experience gained through militia and rural fire departments can also be credited as long as the total amount of this experience equates to at least 90-days. Wildland fires are categorized into two distinct types:

1) Wildfires - Unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildfires, and 2) Prescribed Fires/Planned ignitions. This description includes only fireline experience on a Prescribed Fire; it does not include experience in the planning stages. Prescribed fire experience must be supplemented by fire suppression experience in order to be creditable as previous wildland firefighting experience.

This position is subject to the Interagency Fire Program (IFPM) Standard and Guide selective placement factors for a Wildland Senior Firefighter. The selectee must meet the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position. Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at IFPM.

To meet IFPM requirements, you must possess all of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position:

1) Primary Core Requirement - Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1)

2) Additional Required Training - Intermediate Fire Behavior (S-290)

If you are a current career seasonal employee, your time spent in non-pay status is not creditable towards meeting the specialized experience requirement of 52 weeks or 1 year (whichever is first). Please include in your resume (on the first line of each job experience section), the dates you were placed in and out of pay status.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement in accordance with 5 CFR 300.604. If you are a current Federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.

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