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ProfileForestry Technician (Fire) Duties: The candidate reports to the Forest Fire Management Officer on the host forest, but will interact closely with the Job Corps Center Manager and staff. Provides operational oversight and preparedness planning, hazardous fuels reduction and planning, and training for the Job Corps personnel (students and staff) to actively support the wildland fire mission of the Forest Service. Provides oversight during initial and extended attack fires, directs fireline activities and tactics of dispersed firefighters, resources, equipment, and aircraft. Utilizes wildland fire behavior knowledge and firefighting experience and assigns missions to ground and aviation wildland fire suppression resources. Responsible for the on-the-job safety and health of all employees supervised. Performs outreach and recruitment activities. Provide workshops to students to prepare applications, with feedback, for seasonal and permanent fire positions with the Forest Service. Initiates contacts with federal, state, and/or local law enforcement personnel as necessary to close roads, evacuate structures, and deal with the public. Conducts field reconnaissance of proposed prescribed burn units, makes recommendations on appropriate treatment techniques for meeting management objectives, drafts prescribed burn plans to meet those objectives and implements approved prescribed burn plans. Performs post-burn evaluation and completes documentation. Assists in developing and revising interagency annual operating plans, annual budget requests, the fire management plan and operating procedures pertaining to wildland fire suppression and prescribed fire. Performs wildfire suppression support as directed within training and physical and other duties as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
For GS-08: The candidate must have 1 year of specialized experience at the GS-07; Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., in a position-related field of forestry or natural resources management; or an appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.
Examples of specialized experience include: Assisting in coordinating and executing wildland fire suppression and prescribed burning operations. Addressing a broad range of technical fire management problems, such as analyzing on-the-ground fuel conditions and weather. Developing specific plans for burning projects after analyzing fuels.
For GS-09: The candidate must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-08 grade level; master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., in a position-related field of forestry or natural resources management; or an appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.
Examples of specialized experience include: Assisting in planning and directing wildland fire suppression and prescribed burning operations. Determining incident needs, personnel, and equipment for initial and extended attack suppression actions. Assisting in preparing prescribed burning plans and leading interdisciplinary teams on prescribed fire projects.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of the theories, principles, and concepts of fire program management. Ability to supervise and lead a diverse workforce. Knowledge of administrative management in support of prescribed fire and fuels management programs. Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing. Ability to plan, coordinate and execute fuels and prescribed burning operations. Ability to communicate effectively in writing. Ability to engage, lead, and direct a diverse workforce fostering and promoting an equitable, inclusive, and safe environment.
Note: This job is open to Land & base management; certain current or former term or temporary federal employees of a land or base management agency; Federal employees - Competitive service; current or former competitive service federal employees; career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL); federal employees who meet the definition of a surplus or displaced employee; veterans; individuals with disabilities; and Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista.
Application Deadline: October 15, 2018.
Announcement Number: 19-FIREHIRE-JCFAFMO(NS)-89G. Apply online. No emails. Visit website for more information.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
4000 Masthead Street NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109