Fire Management Specialist (Prescribed Fire/Fuels)

Department Of Agriculture Willow Creek, CA
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

This position is located in the Pacific Southwest Region, Region 5, on the Six Rivers National Forest, as part of the Fire and Aviation Management Staff. The incumbent serves in a key fire management position in a field fire management organization as a Fire Management Specialist (Prescribed Fire and Fuels). The incumbent has program responsibility for prescribed fire, fuels management, smoke management, and wildland fire use. The incumbent provides professional advice and assistance to meet resource management objectives with prescribed fire and/or wildland fire use.

There is one position with two possible duty locations of Willow Creek, CA or Orleans, CA. Final determination of duty station will be made by the selecting official at the time of job offer.

For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Nolan Colegrove at 530-627-3207 or e-mail at ncolegrove@fs.fed.us.

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Responsibilities

Provides program management oversight for a high complexity fire/fuels management program, based on the IFPM complexity analysis rating factors. Provides professional expertise in the development and implementation of multiple resource objectives. Evaluates individual fuels treatments, effectiveness of the overall program and makes recommendations for improvement.

Implements and administers prescribed fire activities, wildland fire use, and fuels management activities. Monitors fire behavior, evaluates fire effects; and identifies potential problems. Develops fuels treatment alternatives adhering to applicable laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines.

Serves as a member of an interdisciplinary team planning, developing, and implementing land management plans, compliance documents, and agreements.

Participates in the development, review and modification of fire management plans. Performs fiscal analysis, formulates the annual fuels management budget, and tracks program expenditures.

May serve as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) on fuels management contracts and may be responsible for the preparation of contract specifications and performance measures.

Ensures welfare and safety in all aspects of project implementation and identifies training needs in fire and fuels management. Participates in preparedness reviews, proficiency checks and drills, safety sessions, and after action reviews.

Coordinates multi-disciplinary field studies related to fuels management program issues to determine effectiveness of treatments. Coordinates and provides transfer of findings to the appropriate personnel. Coordinates with the next higher organizational level, other agencies, cooperators, and stakeholders to develop interagency fuels strategies. Represents the organization in multi-agency fuels management activities.

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 - Occasional overnight travel may be required for fire suppression or fire related assignments.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

11

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.

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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.

* Must meet FS-FPM qualifications.

* Secondary firefighter retirement covered position.

* Position requires a Work Capacity Test (WCT).

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

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.

WORK CAPACITY TEST (WCT) for certain Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) or Fire Program Management (FS-FPM) positions: This position participates in wildland firefighting activities. Based on the type of work performed, TAKING and PASSING the WCT at the ARDUOUS, MODERATE, or LIGHT level is a condition of employment. The arduous, moderate, or light WCT is dependent on the incumbent's NWCG (National Wildfire Coordinating Group) incident management qualifications required for their IFPM or FS-FPM position. This announcement constitutes the required 30 days advanced notice for testing requirements.

This position has been identified as High or Moderate or Low Complexity under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) or Forest Service Fire Program Management (FS-FPM) and is subject to selective placement factor requirements contained in the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard and Guide when filling this vacancy. IFPM or FS-FPM selective placement factors are made up of a primary and secondary National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) core Incident Management Qualifications and Required Training. The applicant must possess these qualifications at the applicable complexity level to be considered eligible for this position.

Selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to payments

for moving expenses - 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act, Public Law 115-97. Questions should be directed to the Travel Help Desk, 877-372-7248, Option 1, or email asc_tos@fs.fed.us.

Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.

Qualifications

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-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are (Experience in at least two of the following three categories):

1. Experience that demonstrated understanding of fire effects on cultural and natural resources. The assignments must have shown participation in activities such as:

* Developing fire management plans to ensure resource objectives can be met from a fire management standpoint; or

* Conducting field inspections before and/or after prescribed fires or wildland fires to determine if defined resource objectives have been met.

2. Prescribed fire/fuels management - experience in 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); or

* Analysis of fuel loadings and determination of appropriate fuel treatment methods and programming; or

* 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.

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

* Mobilization and dispatch coordination

* Fire prevention

* Training

* Logistics

* Equipment development and deployment

* Fire communication systems

* Suppression and preparedness

GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09. Experience must have included all of the fire program management elements as described below:

* 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 Factors:

* 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.

* Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirement of Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2) - and

* Successfully completed the Secondary NWCG Core Requirement of Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) or Task Force Leader (TFLD) - or

* Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirement of Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2) and Secondary NWCG Core Requirement of Helibase Manager Type 1 (HEB1).

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 websites:

http://www.ifpm.nifc.gov/standard/standard/DOI_PB_07-13.pdf

http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-prof.asp

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 or FS-FPM Selective Placement Factor(s) for this position MUST be attached to your application. 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 disqualification. Red cards are not acceptable documentation.

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.

Education

See above for education that may be qualifying for the specific grade level.