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Supervisory Forestry Technician
This position serves as first line supervisor of a crew of helitack personnel/firefighters located on a Forest unit and is responsible to function as an assistant to the supervisor of a Helitack program providing leadership and technical knowledge to employees on a daily basis.
This position is located in National Forests in Florida Wakulla Ranger District in Tallahassee Florida.
For additional information about the duties of this position please contact Steven G. Parrish at 850-926-3561 extension 6523 or email him at
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Serves as an Incident Commander (IC) managing resources that vary from single resource to multiple resource task forces or strike teams. May serve as helicopter rappel spotter responsible for the safe and efficient deployment of rappellers and cargo on incident and training missions from a variety of aircraft.
Coordinates and prioritizes attack sequence in multiple fire situations based on fire needs and principles of efficient aircraft use. Provides pilots crews and dispatchers with detailed instructions on incident objectives situations and tactics.
Serves as Helicopter Manager preparing helicopter for mission response briefs personnel performs aerial recons relays critical incident information makes tactical decisions deploys personnel coordinates with other incident resources and aviation assets.
Provides technical expertise for helicopter projects including aerial ignition spraying seeding. Determines violations of safety regulations or contractual clauses. Incumbent is responsible for the day to day operation and supervision of the module.
Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised. Serves as alternate to primary COR. Enforces helicopter contract provisions proposes contract language changes to the Helitack Manager issues work orders and notices of non-compliance to the Contractor.
Responsible for helicopter safety and compliance. Ensures subordinates are trained and qualified. Ensures all flight-following policies and procedures are adhered to. Serves as instructor for Forest and Regional courses or workshops that instruct helitack Forest and other cooperating agency personnel in helicopter operations wildland fire and related resource management. Provides input to Helitack Manager in current and out-year planning of the helitack budget.
Duties listed are at the full performance level.
### Travel Required
25% or less - 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 VRA and reinstatement eligibles Farm Service Agency permanent county employees; 30% or more disabled veterans; Individuals with Disabilities; certain Military Spouses; and those eligible for other Hiring Authorities.
Questions? This job is open to 4 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.
Must meet Maximum Entry Age (MEA) requirements.
Must meet FS-FPM qualifications.
Primary firefighter retirement covered position.
Position requires a Work Capacity Test (WCT).
Subject to a negative drug test prior to entrance on duty.
Must be 18 years of age.
May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.
Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training.
DRUG TESTING: This is a Testing Designated Position (TDP). Selectee must submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and random testing thereafter. Final appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results for illegal drug use.
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 ARDUOUS level is a "condition of employment." The Arduous fitness (Pack) test requires completing a three (3) mile hike within forty-five (45) minutes while carrying a forty-five (45) 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.
This position has been identified as High or Moderate or Low Complexity under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) or Forest Service Fire Program Management (FS-FPM) and is subject to selective placement factor requirements contained in the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard and Guide when filling this vacancy. IFPM or FS-FPM selective placement factors are made up of a primary and secondary National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) core Incident Management Qualifications and Required Training. The applicant must possess these qualifications at the applicable complexity level to be considered eligible for this position.
You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided if qualifications are based on education above the high school level. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements. 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.
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-7: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are: oversaw helicopter service contract and enforced contract provisions; conducted training in the techniques of aviation fire suppression prescribed burning and fuels reduction methods; independently performed many technical specializations such as helicopter rappelling long line felling saw repair or water handling used in fire suppression and prescribed burning; communicated critical information pertaining to incident objectives situations and tactics to pilot(s) crews and dispatchers.
GS-8: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are: planned and coordinated complex fire and aviation operations at a temporary or fixed base work location; determined helicopter load limits takeoff and landing sites and estimated time requirements; analyzed fire conditions and determined attack methods and resources required; conducted hands-on training pertaining to program and personnel needs related to fire and aviation.
SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTORS:
Primary firefighter positions include the following age requirements: Under age 37 -OR- less than age 37 after subtracting the months of Federal Service worked in a primary or secondary firefighter/law enforcement position -OR- a veteran preference eligible older than age 37 and is requesting a waiver to the maximum age requirement.
Successful completion of the Primary NWCG Core Requirement of Helicopter Manager Single Resource (HMGB) -AND- Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4).
Successful completion of the Secondary NWCG Core Requirements of Helibase Manager Type 2 Trainee (HEB2(t)).
In order to be considered for this position copies of your Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record (or equivalent training documents) which contain documented proof of the certification or attainment of the IFPM Selective Placement Factor for this position MUST be attached to your application. Red cards are not acceptable documentation. Currency Requirement: Required to maintain currency once hired into the position. Currency of NWCG qualifications is not required for selection. If not currently qualified the applicant must provide documented evidence that they have been fully qualified in the past and are able to regain currency within one year of being hired. Failure to provide this documentation will result in disqualification. Red cards are not acceptable documentation.
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 of 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 by the closing date of this announcement.
### Additional information
This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.
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.
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.
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.
E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. 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.
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
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.
See https://www.congress.gov/114/plaws/publ47/PLAW-114publ47.pdf .
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.
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.
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.
This position is not eligible for telework.
Forest Service daycare facilities are not available.
Government housing is not available.
### 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 education experience and training you described in your application package as well as the responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge skills abilities and competencies listed below:
Knowledge of air and helicopter operations.
Ability to coordinate and execute fire suppression and fire management techniques and practices.
Ability to supervise.
Knowledge of instructional techniques and training related to fire operations.
We will review your application including the online Occupational Questionnaire to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your answers will be verified against information provided in your online resume and application. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.
Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Non-Competitive candidates need to meet minimum qualification requirements 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 score can / will be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.
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;=E4F232E1-FC27-40BD-A4D9-A7E6011C9440
### 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 VRA and 30% Disabled Veterans: please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website.
If claiming eligibility under a special hiring authority not listed above please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Servicewebsite.
#### 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 Service offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at: https://www.usa.gov/benefits-for-federal-employees
FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE: This is a primary/rigorous 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. This position is subject to a Maximum Entry Age (MEA) requirement which has been set at age 37. Applicants must be 37 years of age or under prior to their appointment date for entry into this position. An applicant’s entry age may be adjusted based on credit for past primary/secondary service which is otherwise creditable for retirement. Temporary primary/rigorous service will only be credited if performed prior to January 1 1989 (temporary service performed beginning 1/1/89 or later is not creditable for retirement). Applicants who are entitled to veteran’s preference or who are eligible under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act are eligible to request a waiver to the maximum age requirement. In instances where the maximum entry-age is waived the corresponding mandatory retirement age for these individuals will also be higher because it will be reached after 20 years of coverage under special retirement provisions for the entitlement to an immediate enhanced annuity.
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
1-877-372-7248 option 2
USDA Forest Service
Do not send in mail. Refer to the How to Apply section for instructions.
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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) office at OPM
Office of Equal Opportunity
### 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/479253300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open and closing dates: 09/12/2017 to 10/26/2017
Salary: $40684 to $58570 per year
Pay scale and grade: GS 07 - 08
Work schedule: Full-Time
Appointment type: Permanent
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