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Forestry Technician (Prevention Non-Supervisory)

Company: Department Of Agriculture
Location: Sonora
Posted on: June 6, 2021

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Summary

THIS IS AN OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT. This type of announcement provides the Forest Service with a readily available source of applicants when vacancies occur. Eligibility and qualifications will be verified when there is a vacancy for the location and grade for which you applied. Information on specific locations where jobs are being filled and the dates when applications are due for these locations can be found on the Forest Service website.

See ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section for details.

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Responsibilities

  • Duties listed are at full performance grade GS-09 level.
  • Provide technical expertise on fire protection and prevention/ suppression issues.
  • Supervises inspections in compliance with Federal, State and local codes and Special Use permit requirements and contract provisions relating to fire precautions.
  • Develop, implement and make presentations on the role of fire in ecosystem management educational programs on unit, both internally and externally. Develops the means to disseminate information to the public.
  • Develop and present fire prevention training for unit and forest personnel and cooperating agencies, public utilities and citizens groups.
  • Develop district or unit fire prevention plan by analysis of fire occurrence data, hazard and risk, values, suppression capabilities and potential for the loss of resources.
  • Develop a hazard reduction plan for developed sites and facilities and byways throughout the district or unit.
  • Cooperatively design and execute joint programs in fire prevention. Reviews development plans for compliance with fire safe practices.
  • Provide technical expertise on fire protection in special use permits, service contracts and timber sale contracts.
  • Advise responsible parties of hazards or other unsatisfactory conditions and of governing laws and regulations.
  • Identify, collect, preserve and/or examines evidence in the determination of the probable cause of fire. Investigates fire origin and cause.
  • Serve on arson investigation team with other agencies. Enforces rules and regulations governing the use of National Forest land.
  • Interview and obtain statements from witnesses. Appears in court as an expert witness on behalf of the U.S. Government. May serves as the unit's principal media contact for major public impact incidents.
  • Advise homeowners on fire safe practices and assists developers in their fire safe planning.
  • Coordinates with state and local government agencies on fire hazard mitigation on areas with common boundaries.
  • Prepare written reports and plans, including case reports, narratives, investigation reports, maps, site sketches etc. Documents findings, issues citations as necessary.
  • Issue welding, blasting, campfire and burning permits to public and private entities.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel overnights on fire suppression or fire related assignments for this position.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

9

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0462 Forestry Technician

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Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service or exempt.
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.
  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify.
  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training.
  • This is a Test Designated Position. You will be tested for illegal drugs prior to appointment and randomly thereafter. Appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results.
  • Must pass the Work Capacity Test for certain Interagency Fire Program Management or Fire Program Management positions.
  • Minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required.
  • Willing to live/work in remote locations (volatile/unpredictable).
  • Some Fire positions may have Conditions of Employment such as: a valid state driver's license; a commercial driver's license (CDL); pre-appointment and random drug testing; or a physical or medical examination.
  • There may be additional Conditions of Employment not listed here, however applicants will be notified of any specific requirements at the time a tentative job offer is made.

Qualifications

In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards.

Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary.

Specialized Experience Requirement:

For the GS-08: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: Providing technical expertise on fire protection and prevention/suppression issues. Making inspections of lands and buildings for compliance with Federal, State and local codes and Special Use permit requirements and contract provisions relating to fire precautions. Reviewing fire control plans and documents relating to fire prevention, detection, and hazard reduction, pre-suppression and suppression tactics and strategies. Assisting in developing, implementing and making presentations on the role of fire in ecosystems management educational programs.

OR

Two years of graduate level education or a master's degree in a position-related field of forestry or natural resources management. Education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.

OR

A combination of graduate level education that is directly related to the position and specialized experience. Education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.

For the GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-8 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: Assisting in developing and executing plans for programs in fire prevention including enforcement, education, hazard reduction, pre-suppression and suppression tactics and strategies. Assisting in recruiting, training and scheduling volunteers for a variety of fire prevention education duties. Performing Forest Protection Officer and fire investigator duties or similar work that includes identifying, collecting, preserving and examining evidence in the determination of the probable cause of fire.

OR

Two years of graduate level education or a master's degree in a position-related field of forestry or natural resources management. Education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.

OR

A combination of graduate level education that is directly related to the position and specialized experience. Education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.

Selective Placement Factors

A minimum 90 days experience performing on-the-line (Primary/Rigorous) wildland fire suppression duties as a member of an organized fire suppression crew or comparable unit that utilized knowledge of wildland fire suppression, containment or control techniques and practices under various conditions. This experience must be documented with specific dates in the online application or resume.

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.

FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE: This is a secondary position covered under the special retirement provisions of 5 USC 8336(c) for the Civil Service Retirement System and of 5 USC 8412(d) for the Federal Employees Retirement System.

WORK CAPACITY TEST (WCT) for Wildland Firefighters: This position participates in wildland firefighting activities. Based on the type of work performed, TAKING and PASSING the WCT at the LIGHT level is a condition of employment.

To receive consideration for this position, you must provide updated required documents and meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Education

See QUALIFICATIONS section for education requirements.

Keywords: Department Of Agriculture, Modesto , Forestry Technician (Prevention Non-Supervisory), Other , Sonora, California

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