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Supervisory Forestry Technician
This position is located in the Northern Region Region 1 Nez Perce National Forest Fire Smokejumper Base in Grangeville ID.
This position serves as the Smokejumper Training Manager for a national shared resource smokejumper program. The incumbent is responsible for all aspects of the smokejumper training program to include fire parachute safety and EEO.
Applicants must be licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a Senior Parachute Rigger under FAR part 65. Must be qualified or be able to be qualified as a FAA Master Rigger.
Applicants must have been qualified as a jumper and be able to be qualified as an active smokejumper on an organized wildland fire smokejumper crew.
Applicants must be able to serve as a Smokejumper Spotter/Mission Coordinator.
For additional information about the duties of the position please contact Chris Young at 208-983-9586 or e-mail at
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Directly supervises smokejumper squads which include Squad Leaders and Smokejumpers. The position also directly supervises an Assistant Manager position designed to assist the Smokejumper Program Manager in the overall supervision of the section and may also supervise a Spotter position.
Provides administrative and technical supervision.
Formulates and develops plans contract specifications and schedules for well-precedented fire management operations.
Plans schedules and coordinates all aspects of smokejumper training.
Participates in the development of smokejumper training policies.
Establishes group training guidelines; writes edits updates and approves relevant guidelines for internal use.
Responsible for overall training administration including delegation of training assignments prioritization procurement purchasing inventory and documentation.
Analyzes and predicts budget needs for all training operations and submits budget proposal for inclusion in the group annual work plan.
Serves as a Crew Supervisor for up to 20 firefighters while responding to complex fire assignments.
Makes on-the-ground decisions and controls the actions and decisions on fire of more than average complexity that have potential for resource damage.
Serves as smokejumper spotter/mission coordinator responsible for the safe and efficient deployment of smokejumpers via parachute on fire and training missions from a variety of aircraft approved for smokejumper use.
Duties listed are at the full-performance level.
### Travel Required
50% or less - Occasional overnight travel may be required for fire suppression or fire related assignments.
##### Supervisory status
##### Promotion Potential
### Who May Apply
#### This job is open to…
Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act CTAP/RPL/ICTAP VEOA and reinstatement eligibles Farm Service Agency permanent county employees.
Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.
#### Job family (Series)
0462 Forestry Technician
### Conditions of Employment
You must be a US Citizen or US National
Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
Minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required.
Must meet Smokejumper Medical Qualifications.
Secondary firefighter retirement covered position.
Position requires a Work Capacity Test (WCT).
Subject to a negative drug test prior to entrance on duty.
One year supervisor/manager probationary period unless previously served
Must be 18 years of age
Subject to one-year supervisory/managerial probation period (unless prior service is creditable). New USDA supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required new supervisor training program before the end of their probationary period.
May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.
Must possess and maintain a valid drivers license as a condition of employment.
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 MODERATE level is a "condition of employment." The Moderate fitness (Field) test requires completing a two (2) mile hike within thirty (30) minutes while carrying a twenty-five (25) pound pack. You are strongly encouraged to consult with your physician and begin training immediately if applying for this position. This announcement constitutes the required 30 days advanced notice for testing requirements.
MEDICAL AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Smokejumper duties present unusual hazards and require that personnel be in excellent physical condition and possess a high degree of emotional stability and mental alertness. The health of individuals must be such that they have the capacity to meet demands for performance in the position and for human reliability. Before entrance on duty and periodically during employment smokejumpers must undergo a medical exam physical conditioning and an adeptness test. Failure to meet any of the required standards will be considered disqualifying for employment or a basis of termination.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Smokejumpers must perform safely and efficiently in extreme temperatures and weather conditions often with severe smoke and dust. Terrain may be extremely steep uneven rocky and covered with thick tangled vegetation. Conditions riding in aircraft may be hot cramped and extremely turbulent which may promote airsickness. The hazardous nature of the work requires that protective clothing (jump suit helmet boots gloves fire resistant clothing etc.) be worn and protective equipment including fire shelters be carried.
You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.
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.
GS-10: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are: Assisted with program responsibilities such as: loft operations training loadmaster and/or prescribed fire. Formulated and developed plans contracted specifications training programs and schedules for well-precedence fire management operations. Directed initial and extended attack suppression actions including but not limited to determining incident needs dispatch/deployment of personnel and equipment formulation of short and long-term strategic plans and coordination with cooperators to achieve suppression objectives.
GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least to the GS-10 grade level; or three years of graduate level education or a doctorate in a position-related field of forestry or natural resources management; or combinations of graduate level education that is directly related to the position and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Examples of specialized experience are: Served as smokejumper manager with program responsibilities such as: loft operations training loadmaster and/or prescribed fire. Assessed various fire management factors such as fuels suppression capability resistance to control ignition probability predicted rate of spread and flame height and weather. Served as training coordinator for Fire and/or Aviation Management fire courses and workshops.
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.
Must have a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Senior Parachute Rigger Certificate.
Currently qualified as a smokejumper and/or have been qualified as a smokejumper in the past and able to become qualified as an active smokejumper on an organized wildland fire smokejumper crew.
Eyes: Individuals must be free from acute or chronic eye disease. Corrected distant vision must test at least 20/20 (Snellen) in one eye and at least 20/30 (Snellen) in the other. Individuals must be able to read printed material the size of typewritten characters correction permitted.
Ears: Individuals must not have acute or chronic disease of the external middle or internal ear. Using an audiometer for measurement there should be no loss of 25 or more decibels in each ear at the speech frequency range. A hearing aid is not permitted.
Nose Mouth and Throat: Individuals must be free from acute or chronic sinus disease or other nasopharyngeal conditions that interfere with distinct speech or with free breathing.
Teeth: Individuals must be free from any mouth or dental defect that interferes with proper incision and mastication of food.
Lungs: Individuals must not have any acute or chronic disease of the lungs that impairs pulmonary function.
Heart and Blood Vessels: Individuals must not have organic heart disease compensated or not; valvular diseases; coronary heart disease; cardiac enlargement; angina pectoris; cardiac arrhythmia or irregularity other than sinus arrhythmia; arteriosclerosis; blood pressure readings that consistently exceed 150 systolic or 90 diastolic. High blood pressure that is regulated without side effects to no more than the above systolic and diastolic readings may be qualifying.
Abdomen: Individuals cannot have acute or chronic disease of the abdomen; significant enlargement of the liver or spleen; or hernia that interferes with lifting stretching bending or working with tools.
Genitourinary/metabolic: Individuals cannot have acute or chronic genitourinary disease; acute or chronic prostatitis; large and/or painful varicocele or hydrocele with functional impairment; or unreconciled abnormal finding on urinalysis including drug use. Diabetes mellitus may be disqualifying if means or extent of treatment and control are incompatible with working conditions.
Spine Pelvis Sacroiliac and Lumbosacral Joints: Individuals must not have restricted mobility of the spine and pelvic joints that interfere with normal function. Individuals cannot have any significant abnormal curvature of the spine or deformity or malformation of the parts spondylolisthesis or a history of herniated nucleus pulposus with or without surgery that may be reinjured on impact landing.
Extremities: Individuals cannot have anomalies in the number form proportion and movement of the extremities that interfere with function. This includes non-united fractures; nonreducible dislocations; united fractures and reduced dislocations with incomplete restoration of function; amputation of arm hand leg or foot; loss of any skeletal portion of the thumb of either hand; loss of more than the two distal phalanges of the ring or little fingers of either hand; ankylosed joints; pes cavus weakfoot or clubfoot; flatfoot with symptoms unresponsive to orthotics; loss or deformity of great toe or any two toes on the same foot; torn cartilage or loose foreign bodies within the knee joint; instability of the knee joint; or inadequately healed surgical procedure.
Nervous System: Individuals must not have mental nervous organic or functional neuro-psychiatric disorders likely to interfere with performance; medical history or clinical diagnosis or a seizure disorder showing systems that are likely to recur or disturbance of consciousness without satisfactory explanation of the cause; paralysis or paresis; muscular atrophies or dystrophies that would interfere with proper functioning in the position.
Skin: Individuals cannot have debilitating acute or chronic skin disease or extensive scarring that interferes with function.
Other conditions: Conditions or other diseases not included herein will not exclude an individual from consideration providing the condition is satisfactorily corrected.
Height: Height without shoes must not exceed 77 inches or be less than 60 inches.
Weight: Individuals must weigh no less than 120 pounds and no more than 200 pounds without clothes.
Immunization: A tetanus immunization or tetanus booster within the last 10 years is required.
To receive consideration for this position you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Time in Grade Requirement: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements with 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.
### Additional information
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) Reemployment Priority List (RPL) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP RPL or ICTAP eligible see http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
If you are selected as a newly hired employee the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Employees: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career- conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period.
Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary or term employees of federal land management agencies opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better.
We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential you will be placed under a career development plan and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However promotion is not guaranteed.
Forest Service daycare facilities are not available.
Government housing is not available.
This position is eligible for telework on a situational/limited basis.
Subject to one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period (unless prior service is creditable). New USDA supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required new supervisory training program before the end of their probationary period.
Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service are eligible for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA). See: http://www.opm.gov/staffingportal/vetguide.asp#VeteransEmploymentAct1998
### How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience education and training you described in your application package as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge skills abilities and competencies listed below:
Ability to supervise and lead a diverse workforce.
Knowledge of smokejumper and wildland firefighting methods and techniques.
Knowledge of smokejumper planning methods and techniques.
Knowledge of instructional methods and techniques related to smokejumper training.
Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
Your application including the online Assessment Questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need to meet minimum qualifications to be referred.
Note: If after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.
Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process click the "Apply Online" button to the right.
To view the application form visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=D0B61B57-4753-494B-B4CD-A8150109F0FA
### Background checks and security clearance
##### Security clearance
## Required Documents
The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software illegible fax transmissions delays in the mail service your system failure etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name address contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule hours worked per week dates of employment; title series grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor’s phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications.
If education is required or you are using education to qualify you must submit: a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however if you are selected you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that evaluate education visit http://www.naces.org/members.htm. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
In addition to the above you must submit the documents below if you claim any of the following:
Current and former Federal employees: 1) Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing that you are/were in the competitive service highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis position title series and grade AND 2) Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record signed by a supervisor or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.
Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP RPL or ICTAP priority: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area notice of disability annuity termination) SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable) and your most recent SF-50 noting position grade level and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.
Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act Eligible Applicants: Notification of Personnel Actions (SF-50s) showing you have served in appropriate appointment(s) for a period/periods that total more than 24 months without a break in service of two or more years. You must include the initial hire actions extensions conversions and termination/separation SF-50s for each period of work; AND Performance Rating(s) or other evidence showing acceptable performance for ALL periods counted toward the more than 24 months of service. You must provide: 1) Performance Rating(s) showing an acceptable level of performance for period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility signed by your supervisor(s); or 2) If documentation of a rating does not exist for one or more periods a statement from your supervisor(s) or other individual in the chain of command indicating an acceptable level of performance for the period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility; or 3) If you do not have a Performance Rating or other performance documentation (outlined in 1 and 2 above) for any period that you are using to qualify for eligibility under the LMWFA you must provide: A stated reason as to why the appraisal/documentation is not available and a statement that your performance for all periods was at an acceptable level your most recent separation was for reasons other than misconduct or performance and you were never notified that you were not eligible for rehire based on performance. (This shall be accepted in lieu of providing copies of the performance appraisals).
Current permanent FSA County employees: most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) showing your highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis position title series and grade AND most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) per above.
VEOA: please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website.
#### 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.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Benefits for federal employees
Pay and leave
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/enrollment/new-federal-employee-enrollment/
FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE: This is a secondary firefighter position under 5 USC 8336(c) (CSRS) and 8412(d) (FERS). At least 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required. There is no age limit for entry into secondary positions. Firefighter retirement coverage of the incumbent depends upon his or her individual work history.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
## How to Apply
Please view Tips for Applicants– a guide to the Forest Service application process.
Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m. Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this.
To begin click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents.
NOTE: You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agencys staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g. all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF JPEG JPG PDF PNG RTF or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password digital signature or other encryption to open.
### Agency contact information
### HRM Contact Center
877-372-7248 option 2
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Do not mail in applications see instructions on How to Apply tab.
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### Next steps
Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account at https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Loginto check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications.
Fair and Transparent
## Fair and Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race color religion sex (including pregnancy and gender identity) national origin political affiliation sexual orientation marital status disability genetic information age membership in an employee organization retaliation parental status military service or other non-merit factor.
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees and job applicants
### Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job the work environment or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits such as details training and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.
#### Legal and regulatory guidance
Social security number request
Signature and false statements
New employee probationary period
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/484040200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open and closing dates: 11/08/2017 to 11/22/2017
Salary: $54803 to $78270 per year
Pay scale and grade: GS 10 - 11
Work schedule: Full-Time
Appointment type: Permanent
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