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Wildland Firefighter - Helitack (Forestry Technician)

Duties
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Positions at the GS-05 level have been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard. These positions have been categorized as a Senior Firefighter (SFF), and require selectee to meet the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position. Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at the IFPM website.
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Responsibilities
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is looking for temporary employees to work on Helitack (helicopter) Crews. For more information on Crew Types, click here.
A Wildland Firefighter (GS-04 Forestry Technician) is a skilled wildland firefighter on a helitack crew. Loads helicopters, determines weight calculations, completes crew manifest and may rappel from a hovering helicopter near ground level in remote areas to construct helispots, or to attack small fires, hot spots, and spot fires. May be assigned to carry out specialized assignments such as tree falling, backfire, and burnout operations; utilizes a variety of specialized tools, equipment and techniques while actively managing wildfires. May be required to operate light vehicles and 4X4's.
A Wildland Firefighter (GS-05 Forestry Technician) is a senior wildland firefighter on a helitack crew. Loads helicopter personnel and cargo considering methods, weight distribution, necessity for securing, total weights, etc. and completes manifests of personnel and equipment being transported to the fire or other work site. May exit helicopter in remote areas to construct helispots, or to attack small fires, hot spots, and spot fires. Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents. May be required to operate light vehicles and 4X4's.
Cut-off Dates: This is an open continuous announcement, in which applications are collected over several months, and have multiple cut-off dates. Applications will be considered throughout the open period of the announcement. A certificate will only be issued upon the location's request, once they have positions to fill.
December 4, 2018
January 2, 2019
February 5, 2019
For contacts and information regarding housing availability visit Fire Contacts on the DOI Fire Jobs website and select the state you are interested in.
During the application process, you may select up to SEVEN (7) locations from the list of available locations in this announcement.
Travel Required
76% or greater - Frequent/Extensive travel is required.
Supervisory status
No
Promotion Potential
05
Job family (Series)
0462 Forestry Technician
Requirements
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen.
Positions may require a valid state driver's license.
Some positions may require a CDL; information will be provided at job offer
All positions have medical qualification requirements.
You must be 18 years of age or older prior to appointment.
These positions have no promotion potential.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/TESTING: You must pass an initial pre-employment physical examination and must be able to pass the work capacity fitness test (must carry a 45 lb pack for 3 miles within 45 minutes). Failure to meet any of the required medical qualifications will disqualify you for employment. Any condition, which would cause you to be a hazard to yourself or to others, will disqualify you for employment.
DRUG TESTING: Positions require a mandatory pre-employment drug test. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test is received. The drug test will be provided at Government direction and expense. Once hired, employees are also subject to random drug testing during employment. This is in accordance with Executive Order 12564 and under the Department's Drug Free Workplace Program.
Qualifications
To qualify for a GS-04, you must meet at least one of the following AND the Selective Factor:
6 months of general work experience, which can be any work experience AND 6 months of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-03 level duties. Examples of specialized work experience include on-the-line wildland fire experience in forest/range fire control, prevention or suppression work as a trainee wildland firefighter. OR
2 years of education above the high school level which included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of the following courses: forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine biology and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours of mathematics is creditable toward this requirement; OR
a combination of the education and experience described above.
Selective Factor for GS-04: In addition to the basic qualifications listed above, you must have the following: 90 days of wildland fire experience. Wildland fire experience is defined 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. Periods of wildland firefighting experience gained through militia and rural fire departments can also be credited.
To qualify for a GS-05, you must meet at least one of the following AND the Selective Factors:
1 year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-04 level duties. Examples include on-the-line wildland fire experience in forest/range fire control, prevention or suppression work as a skilled wildland firefighter, utilizing a variety of specialized wildland fire tools and equipment. OR
successful completion of a 4 year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with either: 1. a major study in forestry, range management or agriculture; or a subject matter field directly related to the position; OR 2. at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following courses: forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine biology and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 6 semester hours of mathematics is creditable. The level of the course work must have been equivalent to at least the junior- and senior-year levels of a baccalaureate program; OR
a combination of education and specialized work experience described above.
Selective Factors for GS-05: In addition to the basic qualifications listed above, you must have possessed the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualification and training requirement to be considered eligible.
1. Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1); And
2. Successful completion of S-290 "Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior"
For more information regarding basic qualifications and combining education and experience click here.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the cut-off/closing date of the announcement.
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