Forestry Technician (Prescribed Fire/Fuels Technician)

Posted on Oct 19, 2020

Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior

Safford, AZ  |   #government

 


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This position is located in Safford AZ.

Information about Safford and the surrounding area can be found at Safford, AZ We expect to fill one (1) vacancy/vacancies at this time; however, additional positions may be filled from this announcement if they become available.

Selective Placement Factors: 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: This position is subject to the lnteragency Fire Program (IFPM) Standard and Guide selective placement factors for a Forestry Technician (Prescribed Fire/Fuels Technician).

This position requires the following qualifications - Currency Not Required: Primary Core Requirement: ENGB or CRWB or FIRB or HMGB AND Secondary Core Requirement: ICT4 This position requires a valid state driver's license to operate a variety of motor vehicles to transport equipment, supplies, crew members, and others (as required).

I possess a valid current State driver's license.

90 Day Prior Firefighting Experience Requirement (resume must show to and from dates and a description of work performed).

The Department of the Interior defines wild land firefighting experience as on-the-line wildland firefighting experience gained through containment, control, suppression, or use of wild land fire.

This experience can be met by serving in a temporary, seasonal, or equivalent private sector fire position for no less than 90 days.

Periods of wildland firefighting experience, gained through militia and rural fire departments, can also be credited, as long as the total amount of this experience equates to at least 90 days.

In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the qualification requirements - please be sure to include this information in your resume.

No assumptions will be made about your experience.

For GS-08: You must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level.

Examples of work experience include but are not limited to: Demonstrated ability by performing range or forest fire control, prevention, or suppression work; Leading firefighting crews in prescribed burning and wildfire suppression field operations; Leading wildland fire suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction and prescribed fire as wildland firefighter crewmember.

For GS-09: You must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-8 grade level.

Examples of work experience include but are not limited to: Demonstrated ability by performing range or forest fire control, prevention, or suppression work; Leading firefighting crews in prescribed burning and wildfire suppression field operations; Leading wildland fire suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction and prescribed fire as wildland firefighter crewmember.

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- OR- Combination of Education and Experience: You may meet qualifications requirement for this position with an equivalent combination of specialized experience and appropriate undergraduate/ graduate education.

Graduate level education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of 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.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement in accordance with 5 CFR300.604.

If you are a current Federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level.

This is a SECONDARY/Administrative fire position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C.

8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C.

8412(d) (FERS).

While secondary positions are not subject to the maximum entry age (MEA) policy, the selectee must have prior service in a primary position and meet the transfer requirement for movement from a primary to secondary position to be eligible for special retirement coverage.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure this office has enough information to determine your retirement status to ensure you do not lose benefits(normally through submission of your SF-50).

YOU MUST LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY IN A PRIMARY POSITION.

Physical Demands: Work requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighing over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring at least average agility and dexterity.

Work Environment: Work is perform both in-doors (office) and out-of-doors (field work).

Office conditions require long periods of sitting, working with computers and general lifting, and bending and reaching.

Field conditions are performed in various conditions and often involve steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely uneven, rocky, covered with vegetation, and in smoky conditions.

Temperatures vary from above 100 degrees F to below freezing.

Risks include smoke inhalation, fire entrapment, snake or insect bites and stings, exposure to excessive machinery noise, and falling and rolling material.

Personnel must adjust and cope with exposure to adverse weather elements, dust and smoke, poor sleeping and eating conditions and unpredictable sets of circumstances.

The employee may be required to live in backcountry camps for extended periods of time.

The hazardous nature of the work requires that personal protective equipment be worn (boots, hardhat, gloves, flame resistant clothing, etc.).

Work may require travel by fixed- wing or rotor-wing aircraft.


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