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Forestry Technician Prevention

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U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service

Beckwourth, CA

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These positions are temporary, have/has a Not-to-Exceed date and will be filled for up to 6 months. The appointment may also end early due to lack of work or funds.

These positions are located within a National Forest. The purpose of the position is wildland fire suppression, prevention, patrol, detection, pre-suppression and hazardous fuel reduction.

The number and location of positions to be filled will be dependent upon individual until needs.

Some positions will have varying work schedules. Some positions may have irregular and protracted hours of work. Tours of duty include full-time or less than full-time and will involve working weekends or irregular work hours.

The duty station for this position will be at one of the duty locations listed in this announcement. Final determination of duty station will be made by the selecting official at the time of job offer. Salary range as shown is the locality pay area of Rest of U.S. (RUS). Pay rates vary depending on location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on pay rates.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.

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Fire Prevention Work 100%

60 % - Performs specific tasks in a fire prevention program. Regularly patrols an assigned unit and responds to initial attack dispatches. As a skilled wildland fire firefighter, performs basic fire suppression activities, utilizing a variety of specialized tools and equipment such as a Pulaski, shovel, McLeod, ax, chainsaw, pumps and accessories to control the spread of wildfire. Applies practices and techniques to minimize resource damage while observing the rules of wildland firefighting safety including the maintenance and readiness of firefighting tools and equipment. Often, as the first responder, advises the dispatcher on the need for further suppression resources based on the fire behavior, size, and hazards. Collects and preserves evidence and information. Executes specific tasks in the investigation of human-caused fires. Participates in 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 line activities, with emphasis on those used in the particular function to which assigned. Participates in crew proficiency checks and drills. Participates in safety sessions and fire critiques. Ensures own and others' welfare and safety in all aspects of the assignments. Performs project work such as fuel inventory and hazard fuel reduction projects including prescribed burns. Monitors and controls fire line, collects data on fire weather and fire behavior.

40% - Enforces use restrictions and area closures. Advises forest users on fire danger, proper campfire techniques, and fire safety through regular contacts. Requests corrective actions, prepares written reports of observed hazardous conditions, and reports instances of non-compliance. May give informal talks on fire safety, rules, regulations, and fuels hazard reduction. May be assigned to or as a fire lookout to provide detection and reporting of wildfires. Reports smoke and fire to a dispatcher giving location, estimated size and other pertinent information. Reports weather and fire behavior information keeping the dispatcher and/or other officials informed of current conditions. May assist with inspections of sites located on land within the Forest: campgrounds, buildings, reports, or other project sites. May assist with work plans, reports, data gathering, and documentation.

May require the incumbent to obtain and maintain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) to operate motor vehicles such as a fire engine.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Position(s) may involve work away the official duty location to remote worksites within commuting distance (49 miles) and may also require overnight travel and/or camping per fire assignment.

Supervisory status


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U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
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we are a multi-faceted agency that manages and protects 154 national forests and 20 grasslands in 44 states and Puerto Rico. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. We have an elite wildland firefighting team and the world’s largest forestry research organization. Our experts provide technical and financial help to state and local government agencies, businesses, private landowners and work government-to-government with tribes to help protect and manage non-federal forest and associated range and watershed lands. We augment our work through partnerships with public and private agencies that help us plant trees, improve trails, educate the public, and improve conditions in wildland/urban interfaces and rural areas, just to name a few. Our team also promotes sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation internationally. Gifford Pinchot, first Chief of the Forest Service, summed up the mission of the Forest Service: "to provide the greatest amount of good for the greatest amount of people in the long run." Meet the Forest Service Our Organization What we believe Our numbers Our history Strategic Plan

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