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Lead Forestry Technician (Hotshot/Handcrew)

Department Of Agriculture

This is a Full-time position in Fort Collins, CO posted September 9, 2021.

* DutiesHelpDutiesSummaryInformation on specific locations where jobs are being filled and the dates applications are due for these locations can be found on theForest Service website.Perform work directly related to wildland fire suppression and control activities including suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, and hazardous fuels reduction.See ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section for details.Learn more about this agencyResponsibilities* Duties listed are at full performance grade GS-06 level.* Serve as a lead wildland firefighter on a handcrew on a prescribed/suppression fire crew.

Performs prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding, and mop up.

Constructs handlines in various vegetative types.* Make initial evaluation of fire situations, determine rate of spread, potential hazards to property and other improvements, suppression method to use, hose lays, deployment of crew, point of initial attack, and application of water.* Provide daily leadership and training for the crewmembers.

Serves as a working leader over 3 or more crewmembers, at least one of which is a GS-05.

May also lead additional technicians and detailers.* Use a variety of specialized tools, equipment and techniques to actively suppress fires and firing equipment.

Perform the duties of a fully qualified chainsaw operator.

Perform chainsaw maintenance and makes minor repairs.* Provide training in wildland fire and safety techniques, practices, and methods of fire suppression.Travel RequiredOccasional travel
– Occasional overnight travel may be required for fire suppression or fire related assignments.Supervisory statusNoPromotion Potential6* Job family (Series)0462 Forestry Technician* RequirementsHelpRequirementsConditions 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 previously served.* Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.* 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 training.* 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 results.* Must pass the Work Capacity Test for certain Interagency Fire Program Management or Fire Program Management positions.* Minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required.* Willing to live/work in remote locations (volatile/unpredictable).* 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 medical examination.* 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.* Under age 37; less than age 37 after subtracting the months of Permanent Federal Service in a primary or secondary firefighter/law enforcement position or a veteran preference eligible, older than age 37 and is requesting a waiver to the requirement.QualificationsIn 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 necessary.Specialized Experience Requirement:GS-5 level : Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-4 grade level.

Examples of specialized experience include: Served as a skilled wildland firefighter on a specialty crew (hotshot, helitack, engines, etc.) to suppress a full range of fires and/or independently, or with one or two other crew members, carried out specialized assignments such as tree felling, mop-up, patrolling and/or burnout and/or operated and maintained equipment such as a Pulaski, shovel, McLeod, ax, chainsaw, portable pumps or drip torches for fire suppression tasks.ORA bachelor’s degree or 4 years of successfully completed education above high school (120 semester/180 quarter hours) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources, outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science (no more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable);ORA combination of successfully completed post-high school education (in excess of the first 60 semester/90 quarter hours) and specialized experience.

The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.GS-6 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-5).

Examples of specialized experience include: Certifying in one or many technical specializations such as felling, saw repair, long line, rappelling, or water handling used in fire suppression and prescribed burning and/or directing and leading crew members in various technical operations on wildland fires and/or and serving as a wildland or prescribed fire crew member.OROne full year (18 semester/27 quarter hours) of successfully completed graduate level coursework that is directly related to the work of the position (such as forestry, range management, agriculture);ORA combination of graduate level education that is directly related to the position and specialized experience.

The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.Selective Placement FactorsSuccessfully completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirement of Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) -AND
– Successfully completed the Secondary NWCG Core Requirement of Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior (S-290).Primary firefighter positions include the following age requirements: Under age 37 -OR
– less than age 37 after subtracting the months of Permanent Federal Service worked in a primary or secondary firefighter/law enforcement position -OR
– a veteran preference eligible, older than age 37 and is requesting a waiver to the maximum age requirement.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 disqualification.This position has been identified as High or Moderate or Low 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.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 primary/rigorous 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 level is a condition of employment.To receive consideration for this position, you must provide updated required documents and meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.EducationSee QUALIFICATIONS section for education requirements.