National Park Service Wildland Fire Module (Forestry Technician) in FEW vacancies Tucson, Arizona

National Park Service
  • FEW vacancies - Tucson, AZ
Work Schedule is These are full-time, competitive service temporary seasonal positions; Not to Exceed 6 months. - The length and actual dates of employment may vary depending on the position.

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (130 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 2/28/2017 (4 day(s) away)

Job Overview
Summary

About the Agency

If you like remote and rugged conditions, extended travel and overnight camping, then becoming a wildland firefighter may be for you. The Saguaro National Park is looking for temporary employees to work on a Wildland Fire Module. For more information on Crew Types, click here.

First Consideration Date:The following location will begin to consider applicants prior to the closing date of the announcement. You must apply on or before the date indicated below to receive first consideration. Thereafter, applications may be considered as needed, during the open period of the announcement:

11/15/2016 Tucson, AZ (Saguaro NP)

For contacts and information regarding housing availability visit Fire Contacts on the DOI Fire Jobs website and select Arizona.

Duties

The Saguaro Wildland Fire Module (Saguaro National Park) may be looking to hire one - two individuals to assist with the 2017 wildland fire season. This position requires extensive travel throughout the season (April - September.) Employees should expect to be away from home for two - three weeks at a time, camping, cooking and working in remote locations with few amenities. Work includes but is not limited to wildfire suppression and monitoring, prescribed fire prep and implementation, and hazardous fuels assessment and reduction.

A Wildland Firefighter (GS-04 Forestry Technician) is a skilled wildland firefighter on a Wildland Fire Module. May be assigned to carry out specialized assignments such as tree falling, backfire, and burnout operations; utilizes a variety of specialized tools, equipment and techniques while actively managing wildfires. May be required to operate light vehicles and 4X4s.

A Wildland Firefighter (GS-05 Forestry Technician) is a senior wildland firefighter on a Wildland Fire Module performing all aspects of wildland and prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding and mop-up. Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents. May be required to operate light vehicles and 4X4s.

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Positions may require a valid state driver's license.
  • Some positions may require a CDL; information will be provided at job offer
  • All positions have medical qualification requirements.
  • You must be 18 years of age or older prior to appointment.
  • These positions have no promotion potential.
Qualifications

To qualify for a GS-04, you must meet at least one of the following AND the Selective Factor:

  • 6 months of general work experience, which can be any work experience AND 6 months of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-03 level duties. Examples of specialized work experience include on-the-line wildland fire experience in forest/range fire control, prevention or suppression work as a trainee wildland firefighter. OR

  • 2 years of education above the high school level which included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of the following courses: forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine biology and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours of mathematics is creditable toward this requirement. OR

  • a combination of the education and work experience described above.

*Selective Factor for GS-04:*In addition to the basic qualifications listed above, you must have the following: 90 days of wildland fire experience. Wildland fire experience is defined as any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland. Wildland firefighting experience is gained through work on the wildland fire line in containment, control, suppression or use of wildland fire. This experience can be met by serving in a temporary, seasonal or equivalent private sector fire position. Periods of wildland firefighting experience gained through militia and rural fire departments can also be credited.

To qualify for a GS-05, you must meet at least one of the following AND the Selective Factors:

  • 1 year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-04 level duties. Examples 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. OR

  • successful completion of a 4 year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with either: 1. a major study in forestry, range management or agriculture; or a subject matter field directly related to the position; OR 2. at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following courses: forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine biology and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 6 semester hours of mathematics is creditable. The level of the course work must have been equivalent to at least the junior- and senior-year levels of a baccalaureate program; OR

  • a combination of education and specialized work experience described above.

Selective Factors for GS-05: In addition to the basic qualifications listed above, you must have possessed the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualification requirement to be considered eligible.

  1. Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1).

For more information regarding basic qualifications and combining education and experience click here.

You must meet all qualification requirements by the early consideration/closing date of the announcement.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/TESTING: You must pass an initial pre-employment physical examination and must be able to pass the work capacity fitness test (Must carry a 45 lb pack for 3 miles within 45 minutes). Failure to meet any of the required medical qualifications will disqualify you for employment. Any condition, which would cause you to be a hazard to yourself or to others, will disqualify you for employment.

NPS REQUIRES MANDATORY DRUG TESTING WITH FAVORABLE RESULTS PRIOR TO REPORTING FOR WORK. The drug test will be provided at Government direction and expense. Once hired, employees are also subject to random drug testing during employment. This is in accordance with Executive Order 12564 and under the Department’s Drug Free Workplace Program.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

If you are determined to be eligible and qualified, you may be referred to the location(s) you selected in the vacancy question during the application process. You can check your application status by logging into "My Account" on USAJOBS. You will only be notified through e-mail when you are referred; no other notifications will be sent.

BENEFITS

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Temporary employees hired in wildland fire or wildland fire support positions are eligible for the following:

  • Annual and Sick Leave

  • Depending on tour of duty – Sunday, holiday, shift differential and/or hazard pay

  • Paid federal holidays

  • Participation in the Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) program - 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

SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website. BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS: These positions are subject to a pre-employment background investigation. If applicable, the appointment will be subject to successful completion of the background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to satisfy the background check will result in cancellation of offer of employment or may be grounds for termination.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.

CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

Salary Range: $13.86 to $15.51 / Per Hour

Series & Grade: GS-0462-04/05

Promotion Potential: 05

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Applications will be accepted from all qualified United States citizens.

Control Number: 453511300

Job Announcement Number: NPS-FIRE-2017-008-DE