THIS IS AN OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT. This type of
announcement provides the Forest Service with a readily available
source of applicants when vacancies occur. Eligibility and
qualifications will be verified when there is a vacancy for the
location and grade for which you applied. Information on specific
locations where jobs are being filled and the dates applications
are due for these locations can be found on theForest Service
See ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section for details.
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- Develop and review fire prevention plans to meet short/long
- Review and evaluate fire management plans.
- Coordinate complex operations with cooperating agencies on
incidents during all phases of the fire, fuels and aviation
management planning on the district/zone.
- Direct safe initial attack and extended attack suppression
- Review and evaluate fuels and fire management plans and
prescriptions to achieve ecosystem and resource management
- Provide technical and administrative supervision to the fire
- Provide leadership in the fire safety program.
- Direct all aspects of the district/zone?s fire, fuels and
aviation management programs.
- Coordinate and administer the district/zone fire and fuels
management program, annual and out-year budget, and program of
- Coordinate program activities with federal, state, tribal, and
local government entities/agencies.
- Provide advice and counsel to Line Officers on the development
of strategies and appropriate course of actions for all
- Performs wildfire suppression support as directed within
training and physical and other duties as assigned.
- Duties listed are at full performance grade GS-11 level.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel overnight on
fire suppression or fire related assignments for this position.
0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program
- Managers, All Other
- Managers, Training
Conditions of Employment
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
- Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective
Service or exempt.
- Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background
investigation and/or fingerprint check.
- Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless
- Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to
have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial
- Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check.
To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and
responsibilities, visit E-Verify.
- Must be 18 years of age.
- Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of
- This is a Test Designated Position. You will be tested for
illegal drugs prior to appointment and randomly thereafter.
Appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative
- Must pass the Work Capacity Test for certain Interagency Fire
Program Management or Fire Program Management positions.
- Subject to one year supervisory/managerial probationary period
unless prior service is creditable. New USDA supervisors must
successfully complete all components of the required training
program before the end of their probationary period.
- Minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is
- Willing to live/work in remote locations
- Some Fire positions may have Conditions of Employment such as:
a valid state driver's license; a commercial driver's license
(CDL); pre-appointment and random drug testing; or a physical or
- There may be additional Conditions of Employment not listed
here, however applicants will be notified of any specific
requirements at the time a tentative job offer is made.
In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and
qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of
the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for
this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General
Schedule Qualification Standards.
Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess
the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for
qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as
Specialized Experience Requirement:
GS-9 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized
experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level
(GS-7); OR a 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., if related; 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 and demonstrate the knowledge,
skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
Examples of specialized experience are: Assisting with a
component of a wildland and/or prescribed fire management program.
Assisting in implementing a partial fire program budget taking into
consideration changing priorities. Assisting in implementing
agreements with cooperators. Establishing relationships with
entities external to the organization regarding fire issues.
For the GS-11 level: Applicants must have one year of
specialized experience equivalent to at least to the GS-9 grade
level; OR a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of
progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a
degree or LL.M., if related; OR an appropriate combination of
specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is
required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours
leading to a Ph.D.).
Examples of specialized experience are: Managing a component of
a wildland and/or prescribed fire management program. Assisting in
developing, coordinating and implementing a partial fire program
budget. Implementing agreements with cooperators and maintaining
relationships with entities external to the organization regarding
fire management program issues. Managing strategies for a moderate
to high complexity wildland fire suppression or prescribed fire
organization utilizing agency policies, guidelines, and
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.
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
Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirements of
Task Force Leader (TFLD) -AND-Secondary NWCG Core Requirement of
Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) -OR-Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type
2 (RXB2) -OR- Primary NWCG Core Requirements of Helibase Manager
(HEBM) -AND-Secondary NWCG Core Requirement of Incident Commander
Type 3 (ICT3) -AND-Successfully completed the NWCG Course # M-581
Fire Program Management,
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 Selective
Placement Factor for this position MUST be attached to your
application. Red cards are not acceptable documentation. 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
This position has been identified as Moderate 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.
FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE: This is a secondary position
covered under the special retirement provisions of 5 USC 8336(c)
for the Civil Service Retirement System and of 5 USC 8412(d) for
the Federal Employees Retirement System.
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 MODERATE 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
To receive consideration for this position, you must provide
updated required documents and meet all qualification requirements
by the closing date of this announcement.
See QUALIFICATIONS section for education requirements.