Supervisory Forestry Technician
Employment Type: Full-Time
* DutiesHelpDutiesSummaryTHIS 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 the Forest Service website.See ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section for details.Learn more about this agencyResponsibilities* Duties listed are at the full performance level.* Train and check performance of spotter trainees for spotting missions of widely varied scope and complexity as to type of aircraft, number of jumpers, number and character of fires, terrain and weather conditions.* Perform the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised.* Formulate and develop plans, contract specifications, and schedules for well-precedented fire management operations. Serves as spotter and makes critical safety decisions on jump actions, and fire strategies and tactics.* Provide advice and counsel to workers related to work and administrative matters.* Serve as cargo dropper in charge of aerial delivery missions in a variety of aircraft involving both paracargo and free-fall delivery using systems varying from standard single-chute to roller-palletized bundles with multiple chute clusters.Travel RequiredOccasional travel - You may be expected to travel overnights on fire suppression or fire related assignments for this position.Supervisory statusYesPromotion Potential9* 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.* 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 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.QualificationsSmokejumpers are a national resource. Jumpers travel all over the country, including Alaska, to provide highly-trained, experienced firefighters and leadership for quick initial attack on wildland fires in remote areas. For more information about the smokejumping program in the Forest service click Here.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.Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements.Specialized Experience RequirementsFor the GS-08: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level. Examples of specialized experience include: Performing as an Initial Attack Commander responsible for leading a squad of personnel in wildland suppression activities. Directing and coordinating all types of related aircraft, fireline personnel and equipment. Leading other crew members in all applicable smokejumper duties including parachute rigging and repair, paracargo rigging, aircraft loading, sewing and manufacturing, equipment maintenance and other duties which support the smokejumper program.For the GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-8 level. Examples of specialized experience include: Serving as spotter and making critical safety decisions on jump actions and fire strategies and tactics. Assisting in managing Smokejumper Safety Programs such as Smokejumper First Aid or Prescribed Fire/Fuels Treatment and Chainsaw Safety, or Smokejumper Spotter/Pilot Program. Serving as a cargo dropper in charge of aerial delivery missions in a variety of aircraft involving both paracargo and free-fall delivery using systems.Smokejumper duties present unusual hazards and require that personnel be in excellent physical condition and possess a high degree of emotional stability and mental alertness. The health of individuals must be such that they have the capacity to meet demands for performance in the position and for human reliability. Before entrance on duty, and periodically during employment, smokejumpers must undergo a medical exam, physical conditioning, and an adeptness test. Failure to meet any of the required standards will be considered disqualifying for employment or a basis of termination.See Medical Requirements for Smokejumper Positions.During the training period, incumbents are continually evaluated on their ability to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in various aspects of parachute jumping and smokejumper-related tasks, including aircraft exit procedures, parachute landing falls, parachute maneuvering, timber let-down procedures, parachute and cargo retrieving, tree climbing, and chainsaw and hand tool use. Incumbents who cannot perform up to the required standards of proficiency will be terminated from the smokejumper program.Smokejumpers must perform safely and efficiently in extreme temperatures and weather conditions, often with severe smoke and dust. Terrain may be extremely steep, uneven, rocky, and covered with thick tangled vegetation. Conditions riding in aircraft may be hot, cramped, and extremely turbulent, which may promote airsickness. The hazardous nature of the work requires that protective clothing (jump suit, helmet, boots, gloves, fire resistant clothing, etc.) be worn and protective equipment, including fire shelters, be carried.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 resume.Currently licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a Senior Parachute Rigger.Currently or have been previously qualified as a smokejumper on an organized wildland fire smokejumper crew.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 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.