National Park Service Forestry Aid/Technician (Fire) in Hot Springs, South Dakota

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Summary

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 National Park Service (NPS) is looking for temporary employees to work on an Engine Crew. For more information on Crew Types, click here.

A Wildland Firefighter (GS-03 Forestry Aid)performs assignments as a wildland firefighter crew member in developing a working knowledge of fire suppression and fuels management techniques, practices, and terminology; may assist in more specialized assignments such as backfire and burnout, mobile and stationary engine attack; construction of helispots, helitack operations, and performing hover hookups.

A Wildland Firefighter (GS-04 Forestry Technician) is a skilled wildland firefighter. 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 4X4s.

A Wildland Firefighter (GS-05 Forestry Technician) is a senior wildland firefighter performing all aspects of wildland and prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding and mop-up. 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 4X4s.

Cut-off Date: The following locations will begin to consider applicants prior to the closing date of the announcement. You must apply on or before the date indicated below to receive first consideration. Thereafter, applications may be considered as needed, during the open period of the announcement:

01/22/2019Hot Springs, SD (Wind Cave NP) Interior, SD (Badlands, NP)

For contacts and information regarding housing availability visit Fire Contacts on the DOI Fire Jobs website and select South Dakota.

Travel Required

76% or greater - Frequent/Extensive travel may be required.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

05

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0462 Forestry Technician

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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-03, you must meet at least one of the following:

  • 6 months of general work experience, which can be any work experience; OR

  • 1 year of education above the high school level, which included at least 6 semester hours in any combination of the following courses: range management; range conservation; agriculture; forestry; wildlife management; engineering; biology; mathematics; other natural or physical sciences; OR

  • a combination of education and experience described above.

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- or 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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SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS: These positions are subject to a pre-employment background investigation. If applicable, the appointment will be subject to successful completion of the background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to satisfy the background check will result in cancellation of offer of employment or may be grounds for termination.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.

CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified for each grade. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. The job specific questions for each grade relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position and must be supported in your resume; otherwise you will be changed to a lower category.

*GS-03***1. Ability to work as a member of a team under stressful and adverse operating conditions. 2. Ability to use a variety of hand and power tools to build and control fireline. 3. Knowledge of safety practices and procedures. * *GS-041. Knowledge of standard fire program requirements, tactics and suppression methods in containment and control of wildland fires. 2. Knowledge of operations and maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland and prescribed fire situations. 3. Knowledge of fire behavior including causes of wildland fire, influence of wind, slope and moisture.

GS-05 1. Knowledge of strategies, tactics and suppression methods used in containment and control of wildland fires. 2. Knowledge of operations and maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland and prescribed fire situations. 3. Knowledge of fire behavior including causes of wildland fire, influence of temperature, humidity, wind, topography, slope and fuels.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Not Applicable

Drug test required

Yes

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**You MUST fax or upload "Required Documents" PRIOR to the Cut-off or Closing Date.

Please note that documents selected to transfer from your USAJOBS profile are NOT automatically added to your application. You need to transfer the document(s) in the Document step at the end of the application process. College transcripts - If you are qualifying using education above high school, you MUST submit your college transcripts.

V*eteran Preference Documentation* - If you are claiming Veteran Preference, you MUST submit evidence of eligibility. DD-214 MUST show character of service. Failure to submit a DD-214 which shows the character of service and other appropriate supporting documentation, if applicable, will result in NOT granting preference. Note: If you are still on active duty, contact the FIRES Help Desk for acceptable alternative documentation.

  • 0-point Sole Survivorship preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.

  • 5-point preference - DD-214 which shows character of service or other documentation which proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

  • 10-point preference - DD-214, SF-15, an official letter dated 1991 or later from the Department of Veteran's Affairs, or other appropriate source. For further information, please refer to the "Veteran Information" link at the bottom of the screen.

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)- If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP you MUST submit documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.

Incident Qualification Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or equivalent documentation - If you are applying for the GS-05, you must submit your IQCS Master Record or other equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the required NWCG qualification and training for this IFPM position. Failure to provide this documentation will result in you being rated as not qualified for the GS-05 position.

  • You only need to fax or upload documents that apply to you. For faxing and uploading instructions please click here.

You will not be contacted for additional information. If you have questions regarding what is considered appropriate supporting documentation, contact the FIRES Help Desk.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

Temporary employees hired in wildland fire or wildland fire support positions are eligible for the following:

  • Annual and Sick Leave

  • Depending on tour of duty – Sunday, holiday, shift differential and/or hazard pay

  • Paid federal holidays

  • Participation in the Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) program - Employees electing to participate in the FEHB will be responsible for the employee share of the premium while on the official agency roles, which is deducted from bi-weekly earnings. After separating from federal employment, employees will be offered to continue participation in FEHB under the Temporary Continuation of Coverage (TCC) option. Employees electing to continue coverage under the TCC provision will be responsible for the full premium amount plus a 2% administration fee.

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How to Apply

Applications must be received ON-LINE through USAJOBS. On-line applications must be submitted prior to 12:00AM (Midnight) Eastern Standard Time of the cut-off/closing date of the announcement.

Step 1 - Register with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov) and Create a Resume. *Your Resume *must include the following information: from / to dates (month/year to month/year), work schedule (hours worked per week), grade level (if federal) and duties for each season and position held.

*Step 2 - Review the Vacancy Announcement. *Review the announcement thoroughly. These sections describe who is eligible to apply, what education and/or experience is required for the position, and which documents are needed for your application package.

*Step 3 - Apply Online. *Click the "Apply Online" link at the side of the page. Select your USAJOBS resume to submit with your application and answer the vacancy questions.

*Step 4 - Supporting Documentation. *Submit required supporting documentation that applies to you; refer to the Required Documents section below.

For detailed step-by-step instructions on How to Apply click here.

If applying online poses a hardship for you, or you do not have Internet access, contact the FIRES Help Desk for an application packet PRIOR to the cut-off/closing date of the announcement.

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Agency contact information
FIRES Help Desk
Phone

888-364-6432

Fax

000-000-0000

Email

blmfafires@blm.gov

Address

INTERIOR, National Park Service FIRES Program Office (call toll free number for address information) Boise, Idaho 83705-5354 United States

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Next steps

If you are determined to be eligible and qualified, you may be referred to the location(s) you selected in the vacancy question during the application process. You can check your application status by logging into "My Account" on USAJOBS. You will only be notified through e-mail when you are referred; no other notifications will be sent.

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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/517844800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 11/27/2018 to 02/26/2019

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 03 - 05

Salary: $12.74 to $17.68 per hour

Appointment type: Temporary - The length and actual dates of employment may vary depending on the position.

Work schedule: Full-Time - These are full-time competitive service temporary seasonal positions; Not to Exceed 6 months.