Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service Range Technician (Fire) in Wapello, Iowa
Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
1 vacancy in the following location:
- Wapello, IA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent
Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (4 day(s) ago)
** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (7 day(s) away)
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The incumbent serves as a Senior Wildland Firefighter at the Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge located in Wapello, IA. and is involved with all aspects of wildland and prescribed fire operations.
This announcement is being advertised under delegated examining procedures and is open to all U.S. citizens.
This position has been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard. This position has been categorized as a Senior Firefighter (SFF), and requires selectee to meet the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position.
This is a permanent full-time Seasonal - Career/Conditional appointment. The incumbent will be in pay status at least 13 pay periods (26 weeks) or more depending on funding and workload. Subject to placement in non-pay status when services are not needed due to lack of work, funds, or other unforeseen circumstances.
Duties may include, but are not limited to:
- Operates and repairs chain saws.
- Performs all aspects of wildland and prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding, and mop-up.
- Collects fire weather data, fuels data, fuel and/or soil moisture samples, map projects, and maintains records.
- Drives engine to locations and positions engine in appropriate locations in consideration of safety of crew and equipment.
- Performs and directs others in starting pump engine, priming pump, adjusting engine speed and pump valves, laying hose, and using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustments.
- Loads helicopter personnel and cargo and completes inventory of personnel and equipment.
- Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents.
- Responsible for operation and maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland and prescribed fire situations.
- Participates in wildand fire and safety training in the techniques, practices, and methods of fire suppression and in the safe, efficient operation and use of tools, equipment, and vehicles used in fire line activities, with emphasis on those used in the particular function assigned.
- May inventory fuel beds, prepare associated reports, perform hazard fuel reduction projects, monitor burning conditions, pile vegetation debris and act in assigned positions such as ignition or holding specialist or other designated positions.
- 25% or Greater
- Meetings, training's, prescribed fire operations and wildfire responses, etc.
- You must be a U.S. citizen to apply to this position.
- A background investigation is required.
- A valid state driver's license is required.
- Wear an official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform.
- Pre-employment drug test and medical exam required.
By the closing date of this announcement, you must meet the minimum qualification requirements as outlined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook and as identified in this announcement below.
Experience: 6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience are required.
General experience is any experience.
Specialized experience: Six months specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-03).
Examples of specialized experience include on-the-line wildland fire experience in forest/range fire control, prevention or suppression work as a trainee wildland firefighter. Wildland fire experience is defined as any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland. This experience can be met by serving in a temporary, seasonal or equivalent private sector fire position. Periods of wildland firefighting experience gain through militia and rural fire departments can also be credited.
Education: Successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 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, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours in mathematics is credit-able.
Combination of education and experience: First determine the total qualifying experience as a percentage of the 1 year of experience required for GS-4; then determine the education as a percentage of the 2 years of education that meets the requirements for GS-4. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for the GS-4.
Specialized experience: One year specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-04).
Examples of specialized experience include on-the-line wildland fire experience in forest/range fire control, prevention or suppression work as a skilled wildland firefighter. Wildland fire experience is defined as any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland. This experience can be met by serving in a temporary, seasonal or equivalent private sector fire position. Periods of wildland firefighting experience gain through militia and rural fire departments can also be credited.
*Education: *Successfully completion of a full 4--year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree (a) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or (b) 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 (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.
*Combination of experience and education: *Applicants must have an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education, as described above. To compute this, first determine your education as a percentage of the education requirement; and then determine your specialized experience as a percentage; add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100% to qualify. Note: Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is equivalent to 1 year of specialized experience.
Selective Placement Factors: In addition to the basic qualifications listed above, you must possess the below National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualification and training requirement to be considered eligible for the position at GS-4/5 grade levels:
- Fire Fighter Type 1 (FFT1); and
- Successful completion of S-290 "Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior" Note: You must submit documents that verify you meet the Selective Placement Factors.
You must submit a copy of your college transcripts to support your education claims if you are qualifying for the position based on education. Unless otherwise stated, unofficial transcripts are acceptable. If selected, you will be required to produce official transcripts.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
The work is performed in forest and desert environments in steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely uneven, rock, covered with thick tangled vegetation, smoky conditions, etc. Risks include smoke inhalation, fire entrapment, snake or insect bites, exposure to excessive machinery noise, and falling and rolling material. The hazardous nature of the work requires that personal protective equipment be worn (boots, hardhat, gloves, flame resistant clothing, etc).
This is an arduous position requiring rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. Must meet and maintain arduous physical requirements established for the position, as evidenced by passing the standardized fitness test for arduous positions approved by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group for wildland fire agencies.
Incumbent is subject to a pre-employment medical examination and must pass the work capacity test for arduous positions.
This is a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Department of Interior Drug Free Workplace Program. Pre-employment drug test required and condition of continued employment in this position, incumbent will be subject to random testing.
This position is covered as a primary firefighter under the provisions of 5 USC 8412(b) and 5 USC 8336(c). Applicants must not have reached their 37th birthday upon appointment to this position. An exception is allowed if selectee has sufficient prior Federal service in a covered law enforcement officer or firefighter position or positions to qualify for retirement on or before the mandatory retirement age for these types of positions OR a preference eligible veteran. This information must be provided in your resume, application, etc.
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.
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.
The following link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to most Federal employees: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/PayandBenefits
More than one position may be filled from applications received under this announcement in the advertised office or other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offices in the local commuting area.
If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see http://www.opm.gov/rif/employeeguides/careertransition.asp#ictap. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.
Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Under category rating, applicants who meet basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position and whose job-related competencies or knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) have been assessed are ranked by being placed in one of three predefined quality categories instead of being ranked in numeric score order. The Category Rating method does not add veteran's preference points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Preference eligibles that meet minimum qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade lever or higher.
If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.**
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
Salary Range: $28,886.00 to $42,012.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0455-04/05
Promotion Potential: 05
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: United States Citizens
Control Number: 452600500
Job Announcement Number: R3-16-1817573-DD