Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service Forestry Technician (Fire) in Cambridge, Maryland

Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Cambridge, MD
Work Schedule is Full Time - Temporary NTE 6 months

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (13 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 10/26/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Forestry Technician (Fire) GS-0462-05 (FPL GS-05)**

Working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is more than a career. It is a commitment shared by more than 9,000 men and women representing a diverse range of professions, backgrounds, and specialties who are dedicated to conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats. From the Arctic Ocean to the South Pacific, the Atlantic to the Caribbean, Service personnel are working hard to ensure future generations will be able to enjoy nature's beauty and bounty.

You too can make a difference in our world. The work of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is meaningful and varied. Want to know more about what it is like to work for us?

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Who may be considered?All U.S. Citizens

This is a full time Temporary position with the USFWS, Region 5, Chesapeake Marshland NWR Complex, Blackwater NWR located in Cambridge, MD. This position is initially not-to-exceed 6 months and may be extended up to a total of 2 years without re-advertisement. This position may be terminated at any time due to lack of work, lack of funds, or as the needs of the Service dictate.

Telework -the duties of this position are not suitable for telework.

One or more positions may be filled from this vacancy.


This position is located on a fire crew as a crew member within the fire management organization. The purpose of the position is wildland fire suppression/management/control, as a skilled firefighter on an engine, helitack module, or hand crew. Other wildland fire related duties might involve fire prevention, patrol, detection, or prescribed burning. The incumbent will also be involved with the maintenance and repair of firefighting tools, equipment, and facilities , and will receive firefighting training.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Rigorous fieldwork requires above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. Requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighting over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items. Includes strenuous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods of time. Operation of some specialized fire equipment can place extended physical stress on incumbent during fire activities. Incumbent is subject to medical examination and must pass the work capacity test for arduous positions. *WORK ENVIRONMENT: *Work is performed in forest and desert environments; surfaces may be uneven, rocky, covered with thick vegetation, smoky conditions, etc. 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. Must adjust and cope with exposure to weather elements, dust and smoke, poor sleeping and eating conditions under unpredictable sets of circumstances. May be required to live in backcountry camps for extended periods of time. Personal protective equipment must be worn (boots, hardhat, gloves, flame resistant clothing, etc.).

Travel Required
  • 25% or Greater
  • Travel to attend fire incidents, training, or meetings.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship is a requirement.

You must meet all qualification requirements outlined within this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of this announcement, Wednesday, October 26, 2016

In order to be qualified for this position you must meet the following SELECTIVE FACTOR:

The applicant 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:

SELECTIVE FACTOR: You must provide proof that you have held or hold the NWCG qualification of Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) AND *that you have successfully completed the NWCG Course S-290 "Intermediate Fire Behavior". Incident Qualifications and Currency System (IQCS) Master Record or equivalent documentation) *must be uploaded with your application.

Applicants who *fail to provide proof of FFT1 and completion of NWCG Course S-290, you will not receive further consideration for this position.*

Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at information on qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule positions, .

In addition in order to be qualified for this position at the GS-5 level, you must possess one of the following:

Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study at an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree (a) with major field of study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position which 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 (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.


One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 grade level or higher in federal service. Examples of specialized experience would 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.


A combination of specialized experience and education as described above above which, when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement. (Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours may be used in this calculation). To calculate your percentage of education, first determine the total number of semester hours that exceed 60 semester hours (or your school's definition of two years of study), then divide the total number of your excess semester hours by 60 (or your school's definition of two years of study). To calculate your percentage of qualifying experience, divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. Now, add the two percentages together. The sum of the percentages must equal at least 100%.

Note: Seasonal experience may also be creditable. A season of experience is considered to be a period of no less than 3 months of continuous employment on a seasonal basis. Shorter periods may be combined to make a season, provided a total of at least 3 months' experience is shown. For any period where the work exceeded 3 months, the excess work is credited towards an additional season of experience. 4 seasons of experience qualify for GS-4. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:

  • Forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work.

Selectees for IFPM positions requiring currency will be required to obtain and maintain currency for the NWCG qualifications listed above.

Additional information on qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule positions,

Note:A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time or unpaid experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for experience must indicate clearly their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours spent per week in employment. For more information please visit,

T*ranscripts: ANY APPLICANT who will be using education to qualify for this position, including those who currently, or have previously, occupied a position in this job series *MUST **submit a copy of their transcripts (official or unofficial) to verify that they meet these educational requirements as described above. If you have attended more than one university/college or have completed more than one degree, you must submit documentation from each university/college. If the position being filled requires specific classes or a specific number of credits, applicants MUST ensure that the transcripts submitted verify completion of those courses or credits. Failure to submit transcripts that verify qualifying education by the closing date of this announcement will result in disqualification from further consideration.

Foreign Education:Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specialized in interpretation of foreign education credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body, this documentation must be submitted at the time of application, failure to submit this documentation by Wednesday, October 26, 2016 will result in disqualification from further consideration. For more information please visit,

  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from selective service.
  • All new employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay prior to appointment.
  • New employees who are expected to travel on official business are required to apply for a Government travel charge card within 30 days of their appointment.
  • Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of the background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
  • Incumbent must wear the official U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service uniform.
  • An unusual tour of duty may be required which may include weekends and holidays.
  • In accordance with Executive Order 12564, applicants selected for this position are required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result prior to appointment. In addition, this position is a drug testing designated position subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
  • A pre-appointment medical exam is required for this position.
  • A valid state driver's license.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older prior to appointment.
  • Successful completion of a Pack Test - Arduous level is required. SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS: Government housing is available for rent.
Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

Reminders:Your computer system's access is your responsibility to maintain. Undeliverable e-mails can cause loss of further consideration for this vacancy and/or the inability to convey information to you regarding it. Be sure to include on any correspondence your full given name and this job's vacancy identifier, 1818844Please inform us of any changes to your personal contact information. If at any time you decide you no longer wish to be considered for this position, please notify us to withdraw your name. If you cannot be contacted, or do not respond to request for information, it may be ground for not selecting you.


The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:

Effective January 2015, employees on temporary appointments may be eligible for health benefits through the Federal Employees Health Benefits program and, if eligible, will receive the same government contribution as full-time permanent employees. To be eligible for consideration, temporary employees working full-time or part-time must be on appointments expected to last at least 90 days, or be on an intermittent work schedule and expected to work 130 hours per month for at least 90 days. 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.

Other Information
  • If you are eligible for a special appointment authority such as those for the severely disabled and certain veterans and you meet the qualification requirements for this position you may be able to receive additional consideration for this position under a non-competitive hiring authority. Please contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 5, Human Resources Office in Hadley, MA ( For more information regarding eligibility for special appointment authorities please visit,,
  • Inter agency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible please visit, Employees must be rated well qualified (score of 85 or above) to exercise selection priority for this vacancy. A copy of the agency notice, most recent performance rating, and most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location must be submitted with other required documents.

Salary Range: $16.90 to $16.90 / Per Hour

Series & Grade: GS-0462-05/05

Promotion Potential: 05

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452718100

Job Announcement Number: R5-17-1818844-SC (D)