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 when
applications are due for these locations can be found on theForest
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- Duties listed are at the full performance level.
- Provide leadership in the fire safety program in a doctrinal
principles based approach. Ensure that adequate review, analysis
and reporting are completed after incidents/accidents/near miss
- Serve as a member of the Forest/Grassland Leadership Team,
which is responsible for the coordination and development of
overall long-range forest planning.
- Responsible for coordinating the accomplishment of the unit's
fire management activities, program direction, coordination, and
evaluation of the fully integrated fire management program.
- Provide advice and guidance in the adaptation of policies and
standards received from higher authorities to local
- Provide leadership, coordination and direction in the
formulation of standards, methods, and guides for aviation
management program elements.
- Coordinate and provide technology transfer of new and current
research data to forest programs. Identify the need for research
studies related to fire and aviation management issues.
- Provide advice and counsel to line officers to ensure certified
personnel are ready for duty.
- Perform program oversight by working with the districts, region
and other forest program personnel in order to develop policies,
establish long and short-term objectives, resolve issues, and
- Ensure field inspections are conducted before and after
wildland and prescribed fire to ensure objectives are met.
- Direct and supervise all phases of budget management to assure
balance in the organization at varying levels of funding, and
initiates changes as appropriate.
- Coordinate the preparation of contract specifications for
suppression and personnel contracts for the forest. Provide fire
management expertise in negotiating contracts for various types of
- Coordinate and negotiate the development of local annual
operating plans to implement cooperative fire protection agreements
with other federal, tribal, state and local agencies.
- Ensure that the Dispatch Center maintains close working
relationships to provide a prompt, coordinated response. Coordinate
with partners on fire restrictions, administration of permits
systems, severity requests and other activities.
- Resolve difficult and controversial public relations
- Responsible for coordinating with cooperators on developing
strategies and completion of a Wildland Fire Decision Support
System (WFDSS) that meets forest objectives and agency
- Coordinate and provide guidance for all-risk incidents
consistent with agency policies. Provide technical and
administrative supervision to a highly skilled fire staff
consisting of several program experts and specialists.
- Serve as Duty Officer/POC for the unit during periods of fire
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel overnights on
fire suppression or fire related assignments for this position.
0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program
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.
GS-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the
GS-11 level work. Examples include: Managing a wildland and/or
prescribed fire management program at a unit level. Developing,
coordinating and implementing a partial fire program budget.
Developing and implementing agreements with cooperators.
Maintaining relationships with entities external to the
organization regarding fire management program issues.
GS-13: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the
GS-12 level work. Examples include: Managing, directing and
evaluating a fully integrated wildland and/or prescribed fire
management program. Developing, coordinating and implementing a
full fire program budget. Negotiating, managing and implementing
agreements with cooperators. Forming and maintaining liaison with
entities external to the organization, and speaking for the
organization on fire management program issues.
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
Division Group Supervisor (DIVS) and Secondary NWCG Core
Requirement of Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) or Prescribed Fire
Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2) AND Successfully completed the NWCG course#
M-581, Fire Program Management (Currency not required). - OR -
- Primary NWCG Core Requirement of Air Support Group Supervisor
(ASGS) and Secondary NWCG Core Requirement of Incident Commander
Type 3 (ICT3) AND Successfully completed the NWCG course# M-581,
Fire Program Management (Currency not required).
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 attachment of the IFPM Selective
Placement Factor for this position MUST be attached to your
application. Red cards are not acceptable documentation. Currency
Requirement: 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. Failure to provide this documentation will result in
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.
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 Wildland Firefighters: 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.
To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all
qualification requirements by the closing date of the
This job does not have an education qualification