Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. For additional information about the BLM, please visit our website.
This is an open continuous announcement, in which applications are collected over several months, and have multiple cut-off dates up until the closing date of the announcement. A certificate will only be issued upon the location request, once they have a need to fill position(s). Cut off dates are located in the How to Apply section.
Learn more about this agency
* Serves as a senior wildland firefighter on a handcrew, prescribed fire crew, wildland fire engine, or helitack crew, performing wildland firefighting work and leading crews performing such work, i.e., wildland fire suppression and control activities including preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction, and prescribed burning.
* Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior during suppression of wildland fire incidents.
* Drives and operates a wildland fire engine, positioning the engine for proper use and operation.
* Performs specialized duties such as water handling specialist, fully qualified chainsaw operator, and/or responsible for maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland urban interface/intermix situations.
* Conducts crew member assessments of skills and knowledge.
50% or less - Frequent Travel will be required during peak fire activity.
05 - If the position is filled at a lower grade level, promotion to the next grade level may be processed without further competition if approved.
* Job family (Series)
0462 Forestry Technician
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
* U.S. Citizenship is required
* Be sure to read the \"How to Apply\" and \"Required Documents\" Sections
* You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
* have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land
* Direct Deposit Required
* Background Investigation Required
You must be 18 years of age or older to be assigned to a hazardous position.
You must possess and maintain a valid automobile driver's license and may be required to obtain and maintain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL).
THIS IS A DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION in accordance with Executive Order 12564, and under the Department's Drug Free Workplace Program. Applicant(s) tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and to pass the test prior to appointment. This position is also subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
* NOTE: If location requires possession of a CDL for a specific engine type, the following policy will be in place: It is a Drug and Alcohol Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991. If the selectee for the position does not currently occupy a CDL Drug and Alcohol Testing Designated Position, he/she will be required to submit to and receive a negative test result prior to appointment. A positive drug or alcohol test result may be grounds for denying final placement into this position. The Act also mandates that the incumbent will be subject to random drug and alcohol testing and that he/she may also undergo reasonable suspicion, post-accident, return-to-duty, and follow-up testing.
This is a primary firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS). The position is subject to maximum entry age (MEA) requirements. The MEA for this position shall not exceed age 37; unless you have sufficient prior Federal civilian firefighter experience or you are a preference eligible veteran. If you are a veteran with preference, you may be eligible for this position after your 37th birthday. You must supply a copy of your Defense Department Form 214 (DD-214) along with Standard Form 15 (if applicable) and any associated documentation in accordance with the instructions in this vacancy announcement. Failure to provide this documentation with your application will result in loss of eligibility to receive a waiver of the maximum entry age requirement.
If over the MEA and you are not a Veteran, proof of prior covered service must be submitted prior to employment. Acceptable proof consists of SF-50s showing beginning and ending dates of covered/creditable appointments and copies of approved letters based on individual claims.
Specialized Experience Requirements: In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled. 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.
To qualify for the GS-04, 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.
To qualify for the GS-05, 1 year (12 months) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 is required. Examples of work experience include, but are not limited to: Serving as a crewmember utilizing a variety of specialized fire tools, equipment, and techniques while actively suppressing wildfires. Performing basic fireline activities such as line construction, hose layout, operations of pumps and accessories, lopping and scattering of fuels using hand tools.
Substitution of Education for Experience:
For GS-04: Successful completion of 2-year (60 semester hours) course of study above high school that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as foresty, agriculture, crop or plant science, range managagement or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours of mathematics is creditable OR an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education.
For GS-05: Successful completion of 4-year (120 semester hours) of study leading to a bachelor's degree (a) with major study in foresty, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as those show above. No more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable. OR an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education.
* You must meet the above qualification requirements by the cut off date you submitted your application for.
This position has been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard. This position has been categorized as a Senior Firefighter (SFF), and requires 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 www.ifpm.nifc.gov.
Selective Placement Factor(s): This position requires a special qualification that has been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as a screen out element. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified.
Selective Placement Factor #1 - This position is a Primary Firefighter position and is subject to a maximum entry age (MEA). The MEA is the date immediately preceding your 37th birthday. Applicants must not have reached age 37 at the time of appointment, unless proof is provided of prior Federal service in another primary covered position, or you are a preference eligible veteran.
Selective Placement Factor #2 - To meet IFPM requirements for this position, you must have possessed all of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position (currency not required):
A) Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1), AND;
B) S-290 \"Intermediate Fire Behavior\"
* You must meet all IFPM qualification requirements by the cut off date you submitted your application for.
Physical Demands: Duties involve rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance, and superior conditioning. Work requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying heavy items.
Work Environment: Work is primarily performed in forest and range environments in steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely uneven, rocky, covered with vegetation, and in smoky conditions.
This position has a substitution of education for Specialized Experience. See qualification section for a description of the education substitution for specialized experience. Additionally to qualify based on education you must submit copies of all Transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.
Associated topics: border agent, fire fighter, firefighter, fire fighter, fire marshal iii, fire marshal iv, inspection, jail, misdemeanor, prisoner