National Park Service Supervisory Forestry Technician, GS-0462-08 in Whiskeytown, California

National Park Service
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Whiskeytown, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 10/7/2016 (19 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 11/4/2016 (9 day(s) away)

Job Overview

*Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service, as we prepare for a second century of Stewardship and Engagement. Become a part of our mission to connect with our past and create important connections to the future by building a rich and lasting legacy for the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates. *

This position is located in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, in the Division of Fire Management and supports the Wildland Fire program.

This is a Career Seasonal appointment with a Full-Time work schedule. It is expected that you will be in pay status for 50 weeks and be placed into non-pay status for one pay period (2 weeks).

This position is also being advertised under Merit Promotion Procedures via announcement number #KLBA-17-1811381-MP-cf

Who May Be Considered: This position is open to all qualified U.S. Citizens

Area Information: Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is located 10 miles west of Redding, California on State Highway 299. Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is managed by the National Park Service. Created as part of the California Central Valley Project, Whiskeytown's beautiful 3,200 acre lake contributes both drinking and irrigation water to northern California, and offers many recreational activities, including swimming from sand-covered beaches, scuba diving, kayaking, water skiing, boating and fishing. Its mountainous landscape offers opportunities for picnicking, hiking, hunting, and horseback riding. The city of Redding, population 88,700, which has a fine variety of medical facilities, schools (including two colleges), restaurants, retail outlets, and both cultural and outdoor recreational activities. The climate is Mediterranean, with moderate winters and very hot summers.


Provide first-level supervision and leadership to an organized Type III engine module. Responsible for the emergency responses of the module on and off unit. Serve as an Initial Attack Incident Commander (ICT4), an Agency Representative or Acting Fire Duty Officer.

Represent the National Park Service in the Inter-agency fire community. Ensure that assigned fire personnel/apparatus and equipment meet fire readiness on a daily basis. Develop and implement a comprehensive training program within NPS policy and standards Develop, implement and participate in a consistent arduous physical training program. Plan and direct the development, writing and execution of applicable technical reports and program plans, such as Fire Reports and Prescribe Burn and Fuels Project Plans.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: This is a physically arduous position. Duties involve field work requiring strenuous physical performance, endurance, and superior condition. Work requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying items weighing over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring agility and dexterity. Duties include demands for 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.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Long periods of standing, walking, running, hiking, and/or climbing in many cases on uneven, steep, rough, slippery, and/or rugged terrain, while wearing a backpack with up to a 50 lb. load; frequent bending, stooping, and working in cramped positions; frequent strenuous exertion during fire fighting activities; exposure to potentially dangerous situations and to unusual environmental stress where high risk factors cannot be controlled; exposure to prolonged surrounding wildland fire temperatures that may exceed 100 degrees, and even greater temperatures near the flaming area; lifting and moving heavy items.

Travel Required
  • 50% or Greater
  • Fire assignments lasting up to 21 days, trainings, meetings, site visits and mission critical work
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid if the selectee lives outside of the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulation.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements

All qualification requirements (including any applicable selective factors and Time-In-Grade restrictions) must be met by the closing date of the announcement in order to be considered.

IFPM SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTORS 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:

Engine Boss (ENG) and

Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4)

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

COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSE: This position requires that you possess and maintain a CDL Class B with Airbrake Endorsement. You must provide proof of this in your application.

MAXIMUM ENTRY AGE: Applicants must not have reached their 37th birthday by the date of appointment to this position. These positions are covered by the special retirement provisions for Federal Law Enforcement Officers and have a mandatory retirement age of 57. Selectees for these positions who are over age 37 must have been or currently be covered by the special retirement provisions and be able to complete at least 20 years of covered service by age 57. You must submit proof of your status in the Firefighter/Law Enforcement retirement system. *Please see the "Other Info" section on this announcement for more information.

NOTE: Selective factors are knowledges, skills, abilities, or special qualifications that are in addition to the minimum requirements in a qualification standard, but are determined to be essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.Applicants who do not meet the selective factors are ineligible for further consideration. You MUST provide a current copy of your Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or other agency equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the required NWCG qualifications for this IFPM position when submitting your application.

In addition to meeting this Selective Placement Factor requirements:

FOR GS-08: You must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level of difficulty and responsibility. Specialized experience must have included: (1) personally performing in Wildland Fire Engine Operations, and at least one of the following wildland fire-fighting functions: Initial attack and Fire-line Suppression Operations; Prescribed Fire Operations; Helitack Operations; and (2) personally leading or supervising others in any two of the following functions: initial attack and suppression hand-crew operations; prescribed fire operations; wildland fire engine crew operations; helitack fire crew operations; providing on-the-job training and conducting daily crew briefings, safety sessions, and/or other basic wildland fire training.

NOTE: Credit will be given for all qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received and whether the experience was gained as a part-time or full-time occupation. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. 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. To receive credit for such experience, your resume must indicate clearly: 1. The nature of your duties and responsibilities in each position; and 2. Complete dates of employment period (e.g. MM/YY to MM/YY, MM/YYYY to Present, etc.); and 3. The number of hours per week spent in such employment for each position.

DRUG TESTING: You will be subject to drug testing (including: PRE-EMPLOYMENT, RANDOM, AND REASONABLE SUSPICION TESTING) during course of employment.

UNIFORM: You are required to properly wear a National Park Service uniform in accordance with agency policy; an allowance will be provided to offset some of these costs.

OPERATOR IDENTIFICATION: You will be required to operate a government vehicle, therefore, must be able to acquire and hold a valid state Driver's License.

WORK SCHEDULE: This is a Permanent, Full-Time position subject to shift work, night and/or weekends, emergency call-out, considerable driving to and from all areas within the park, and may include working holidays.

FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: You are required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, (Form OGE-450).

SUPERVISORY PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You are required to complete a one-year, supervisory probationary period beginning on the effective date of this appointment, unless you have already met this requirement.

Government owned housing may be available for rent.

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid if the person selected for the position is from outside the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the Federal Travel Regulations.

Time-in-Grade Requirements: Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the Federal service. All qualifications and time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System or provide proof that they are exempt from Selective Service Law.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once your online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.

After the announcement closes and your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. Based on applicant scores, the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.


The Federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees by visiting: Employee Benefits

This position is approved for coverage as a Primary Firefighter OR Primary Law Enforcement position under the special retirement program for firefighters and law enforcement officers of 5 U.S.C.8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS) (Federal Retirement Plans). For detailed information regarding coverage, eligibility/restrictions, and requirements, please visit the U.S. Department of Interior, Firefighter and Law Enforcement Retirement Team Information on Special Retirement web-pamphlet.

Other Information

For additional information about this position please contact: Thomas Garcia, Fire Management Officer 530-242-3443

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Applicants must not have reached their 37th birthday by the date of appointment to this position. These positions are covered by the special retirement provisions for Federal Law Enforcement Officers and have a mandatory retirement age of 57. Selectees for these positions who are over age 37 must have been or currently be covered by the special retirement provisions and be able to complete at least 20 years of covered service by age 57. You must submit proof of your status in the Law Enforcement retirement system.


(1) This age restriction does not apply to those who have sufficient creditable service in a Federal civilian (not military) law enforcement position covered by 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) or 5 U.S.C. 8412 (d) to permit retirement on or before the mandatory retirement age of 57.

(2) If you are a veteran who is eligible for veterans preference ("preference eligible"), you may be eligible for a waiver of the maximum entry age for this position if you are otherwise qualified and meet medical and fitness requirements. If you are claiming veterans preference, you must submit proof of your veterans' preference. Please be advised that if you do not submit this required documentation of your service, you will not be eligible for consideration of this limited waiver of the maximum entry age.

On August 26, 2009, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued a memorandum related to hiring of preference eligible veterans applying for federal positions with maximum entry age restrictions. As directed by OPM, the Department of the Interior will conduct an analysis of all DOI positions having maximum entry age restrictions to determine whether a maximum entry age requirement is essential to the performance of the position. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference who exceed the current maximum entry age requirement, and who are otherwise qualified and meet medical and fitness requirements, will continue to be considered during this ongoing analysis. If DOI determines that the requirement is not essential to the position, the Agency will waive the maximum entry-age requirement for veterans' preference eligible applicants for that position.

Salary Range: $44,335.00 to $57,631.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0462-08/08

Supervisory Status: Yes

Control Number: 452782900

Job Announcement Number: KLBA-17-1811330-DE-cf