Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service Lead Forestry Technician (Fire) in Suffolk, Virginia

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This position is also open to the public under announcement # R5-19-10361520-JP-DE. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.

One or more positions 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.

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The primary purpose of this rigorous position is to perform wildland fire fighting work and to lead (at least three) others on a regular and recurring basis as a part of their assignment. Types of work led may be engine crews, helitack crews, or hand crews, e.g. prescribed fire crews. These crews perform work directly related to wildland fire suppression and control activities including suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction, and prescribed burning.

Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents. When positioning and deploying personnel and equipment, recommends best approaches and practices to use in protection of the values at risk.

Responsible for operation and maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland and prescribed fire situations.

Participates in wildland 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 suppression activities.

Perform road and trail maintenance, inventory fuel beds, habitat improvement, burned area rehabilitation, and miscellaneous equipment and facilities maintenance.

Assist in the preparation of hazardous fuels treatment plans and burn plans based on predicted fire behavior and risk assessment. Drafts prescribed fire perimeter maps. Monitors smoke dispersal and fire effects.

Travel Required

50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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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. To register or verify your registration visit
  • Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation
  • This is a drug testing designated position which requires you pass the pre-employment testing, and you will be subject to random drug testing while you occupy this position
  • 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).
  • Official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform required
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • You must possess and maintain a valid State driver's license at all times during your tenure.
  • You must obtain a Class A Commercial Driver's License within 1 year of appointment
  • Status candidates must meet time in grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level)
  • The maximum entry-age for this position shall not exceed age 37, unless you are a preference eligible veteran or have sufficient prior Federal civilian law enforcement or firefighter experience to be retirement eligible by the age of 57

Only experience and education obtained by12/19/2018 will be considered.

In order to qualify for this positions you must possess both the Minimum Qualifications and Selective Factor.

Minimum Qualification (GS-06)

  1. One year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the next lower level, equivalent to grade GS-05 in the Federal service. Examples include performing on-the-line wildland fire experience in forest/range fire control, prevention or suppression work; operating and maintaining specialized wildland fire tools/equipment/vehicles and leading crewmembers. OR
  2. One full year of graduate level education directly related to the position. OR
  3. A combination of graduate education and experience as described above which together equals 100% of the requirements.

Selective Factor:

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:

  1. Single Resource Boss - Engine (ENGB); and
  2. Incident Commander Type 5; and
  3. Completion of S-211 "Portable Pumps and Water Use" Course

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

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work.


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), grade point average or class ranking, institution name, and student name. 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.

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:

Additional information

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 Supevisory Fire Engine Operator and requires selectee to meet the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position. Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at

The position is covered under the primary/rigorous category for special firefighter retirement provisions.

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.

Current appointees must:

  • submit ALL SF-50s for each period of temporary/term employment that qualifies for LMWFA.
  • submit ALL performance appraisals or other performance documents that show acceptable performance each period of termporary/ter, employment that qualified for LMWFA.
  • have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency.
  • 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
  • have performed at an acceptable level. Former appointees must meet all requirement listed above and in addition must:
  • apply for position within 2 years after separation,
  • have been separated for reasons other than misconduct or performance.

Public Land Corps (PLC) Hiring Authority: In order to be eligible for PLC non-competitive status, a former member of the PLC must: * submit certificate of eligibility for non-competitive hiring authority under the PLC act * have served as a qualified youth on an appropriate conservation project completing a minimum of 640 hours of satisfactory service that included at least 120 hours through the PLC; * apply to a vacancy announcement for which applications are being accepted from individuals with non-competitive status * meet the qualification requirement listed above * have completed their most recent Corps service, which provided him/her with a total of 640 hours, inclusive of 120 hours on a PLC project as defined in 16 USC 1723(d), within the last two (2) years. * be appointed within the two years requirement.

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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 strategies, tactics, and end suppression methods used in containment and control of wildland fires.
  2. Ability to lead fire engine and pump operations, hose lays, handcrew operations and/or helicopter operations.
  3. Skill in the use of hand tools such as Pulaskis, shovels, and McLeods; and power tools including chainsaw and portable pumps.

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 with a score of 85 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:

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance


Drug test required


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Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete application package which includes:

  1. Resume -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.
  2. Transcripts -Required for all applicants qualifying based on education
  3. IQCS Master Record -Incident Qualification and Certification System record or other equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the required NWCG qualifications for this IFPM position.
  4. Documentation of Eligibility:
  5. Status Candidates: 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 grade, salary, tenure code 1 or 2 in block 24, and position occupied code 1 (competitive service) in block 34. 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.
  6. Veterans: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 Member copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15 form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.
  7. Land Management Workforce Flexibility: You must submit ALL non-award SF-50s and performance appraisals for each period of temporary/term employment if you are requesting to be considered under Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act eligibility.
  8. Public Land Corps: You must submit a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Competitive Hiring Based on Public Land Corps Service.
  9. CTAP/ICTAP: Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation including Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, or SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action, and 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.
  10. Schedule A: Disability letter from your doctor or licensed medical professional that proves your eligibility for Schedule A.
  11. Other: If claiming a non-competitive eligibility not listed above you must submit documentation with your application by the closing date of this announcement to fully support your claim.

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.

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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How to Apply

DEADLINE DATE: A complete application package must be received by 11:59 PM (EST) on 12/19/2018 to receive consideration.

  • To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
  • Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is received. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
  • You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.
  • You will be considered for all eligibilities for which you select "yes" and submit the required documents and supporting documentation (e.g. DD 214, Schedule A letter, etc.). The supporting documentation you submit will be used to determine your eligibility. Please review the list of documentation provided in the eligibilities language to ensure you provide the appropriate information.You may choose more than one eligibilities in this section. To view the assessment questionnaire, click here:

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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:

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Agency contact information
Division of Human Resources



413 253-8461




Division of Human Resources Division of Human Resources 300 Westgate Center Drive Hadley, MA 01035 US

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This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 12/06/2018 to 12/19/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 6

Salary: $37,223 to $48,385 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time