This position is part of the Fire Management Program. As a Supervisory Range Technician (Fire) you will serves as a supervisory wildland firefighter on a handcrew/engine crew.
This announcement is being advertised concurrently under 10225918-18-RF-17-009-SD-D is open to all qualified individuals. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.
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The candidate will be supervising 3-5 firefighters both on the fireline and while doing less dangerous outside work activities. In both instances the crew supervisor`s main duty is to provide a relatively SAFE working environment and ensure that SAFETY is a prime goal of all crew members at all times.
- Directs and performs prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding, and mop-up.
- Monitors fire behavior, fire effects, and fire weather on prescribed fires and wildland fire use.
- Directs the operation of a wildland fire engine, ensuring the correct positioning, proper use and operation.
- Personally performs and directs others in starting pump engine, priming pump, adjusting engine speed and pump
valves, laying hose, and using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustment in effective use of water and additives.
- Assigns work to subordinates based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and requirements of assignments, and the capabilities of the employees.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
0455 Range Technician
Conditions of Employment
Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
Suitability for employment, as determined by Public Trust and Department of Defense background investigations.
May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
Time-in-Grade requirements apply to status candidates
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LMWFA eligibles may apply
Only experience and education obtained by will be considered.
You may qualify at the GS-07 level, if you fulfill one of the following qualification requirements:
A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 grade level in the Federal service that demonstrated your ability to perform wildland and prescribed fire preparedness and suppression. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include supervising and coordinating firefighting crews directly connected to prescribed burning and wildfire suppression field operations and fire control duties including wildland fire detection, preparedness, prevention, suppression, dispatching, prescribed burning, mechanical fuel treatments and other operations in support of a fire management program; OR
B. Have successfully completed one half year (9 semester hours, 13.5 quarter hours or the equivalent) of graduate level study at an accredited college or university in a field directly related to range technician work such as a major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject matter field directly related to this position; OR
C. Have a combination of education and experience as listed above.
The maximum entry-age for this position shall not exceed age 37, unless you have sufficient prior Federal civilian law enforcement experience. If you have eligible prior Federal service, proof of the prior covered service must be submitted with your application by the closing date of this announcement.
Selective Factors: Applicants must possess and be current with all of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position:
1. Must have a minimum of 90 days of WILD LAND firefighting experience on the fire line to be considered for this job.
2. Must have National Wildfire Coordination Group or equivalent fire qualifications: Single Resource Boss-Engine Boss (ENGB) plus Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4) or higher.
3. REQUIRED TRAINING Annual Fireline Safety Refresher (RT-130)
4. Applicants must submit documents that support and/or proof of the above requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Selective Factor Justifications
ENGB is the minimum qualification needed to supervise a wildland engine crew on an incident. Without the ENGB qualification, the engine does not meet national standards for engine staffing (Redbook).
ICT4 is the command qualification for the second lowest complexity incident. Type 4 incidents typically require up to a strike team or task force configuration of resources to control, and the engine supervisor needs to have this qualification as they are typically the initial attack responder for Type 4 incidents.
The combination of ENGB and ICT4 provides the incumbent with the knowledge of fire behavior, suppression, resources, equipment, tools, methods and techniques sufficient to safely, efficiently, and effectively direct the suppression of wildfires.
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.
The Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA),P.L. 114-47, allows certain individuals who currently or formerly were under time-limited competitive appointments at certain land management agencies to compete under merit promotion procedures:
Note: You must submit ALL SF-50s and performance information for each period of temporary/term employment that qualifies for LMWFA.
?Must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency.
?Must have served under 1 or more time limited appointments by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years; AND
?Must have performed at an acceptable level.
?Must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency,
?Must have served under 1 or more time limited appointments by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years;
?Must apply for position within 2 years after separation,
?Must have been separated for reasons other than misconduct or performance; AND
?Must have performed at an acceptable level.
PROOF OF EDUCATION: All applicants who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of official or unofficial transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s) and grade point average or class ranking. If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts, or if you believe a portion of a particular course can be credited toward meeting an educational requirement, you must also provide a memorandum on letterhead from the institution`s registrar, dean, or other appropriate official stating the percentage of the course that should be considered to meet the requirement and the equivalent number of units. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, if you are selected for the position, you will be required to produce the original official transcripts.
PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.
GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school`s definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx
FWS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of 06/21/2018; OR 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.
Relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.
Supervisory Probationary Period: If you have not previously completed a supervisory probationary period, you will be required to serve a one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period for this position.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION: All applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment
MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: You must pass a pre-employment medical examination. Also, you may be subject to post-employment medical examinations to determine if you are maintaining the fitness standards for this position.
DRIVER`S LICENSE: You must possess and maintain a valid State driver`s license at all times during your tenure.
OFFICIAL UNIFORM: The incumbent may be required to obtain and properly wear the official Fish and Wildlife Service uniform.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Once the announcement has closed, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you meet the basic qualifications your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience which resulted in you being listed in the highest quality category, you may lose consideration, or be assigned to a lower quality category for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
1. Knowledge of supervisory policies, procedures and methods in order to manage a diverse workforce.
2. Knowledge of strategies, tactics, and suppression methods used in containment and control of wildfires and wildland fires in order to relay assignments to crew members, accurately evaluate rapidly changing fire circumstances, determine when/if additional forces may be needed, or determine when circumstances warrant withdrawal of crew to a safe location.
3. Specific technical :firefighting knowledge such as, but not limited to, fire engine and pump operations, hose lays, handcrew operations and/or helicopter operations to enable the incumbent to function in assigned capacities and to instruct or supervise others in those duties if necessary.
If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans` preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 showing you were honorably discharged. If you are claiming 10-point veterans` preference, you must attach an SF-15," Application for 10-Point Veterans` Preference" in addition to the proof required by that form.
Career Transition Assistance Program Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) : These programs apply to employees who have been or may be involuntarily separated (e.g. reduction in force, declining to relocate/transfer outside their local commuting area) from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet ICTAP or CTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position by placement into the Well Qualified category or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP or CTAP eligibility (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal or Removal Notice; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; or Removal and most recent performance appraisal.). For more information visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/
Background checks and security clearance
Q - Nonsensitive
To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YX7o1PBoFk
Other supporting documents:
Cover Letter, optional
Official or unofficial College Transcript(s), if the position has education requirements, or if you are using your education to qualify. A copy of your official transcripts will be required if you are selected.
SF-50 (non-award), or equivalent Notification of Personnel Action if you are a current or former Federal employee. Your SF-50 (non-award) must show tenure code 1 or 2 in block 24, and position occupied code 1 (competitive service) in block 34. Note: Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility, you MUST submit a copy of your latest non-award SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action," that shows you are serving under a permanent career or career-conditional appointment (code 1 or 2 in block 24) in the Competitive Service (code 1 in block 34). The SF-50 must show the position title, series, grade, and step of your position. If you are claiming reinstatement eligibility, you must submit an SF-50 showing your separation (resignation, termination, etc.). If you have previously held a higher grade than the grade/position you currently occupy, you must submit a copy of the last non-award SF-50 you received for that position. If you have any questions regarding which SF-50`s to submit, it is highly recommended that you contact the person listed on this vacancy announcement before the closing date.
Note: You must submit ALL SF-50s and performance information for each period of temporary/term employment if you are requesting to be considered Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act eligibility. For Public Land Corp eligibility, a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Compliance Hiring Based for Public Land Corps Service is required for verification of eligibility.
Veterans` Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
If applicable, documentation/proof that you are eligible Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
Please submit a copy of your most recent, signed and completed annual performance appraisal which includes the final rating. If it is not dated within the last 18 months or if you have not received a performance appraisal, please explain why in your application." Please include incentive awards with your application.
Incident Qualification Card (Red Card) or equivalent.
Incident Qualifications and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or equivalent.
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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