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Range Technician Fire

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Morris, MN

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This position is part of the Morris Wetland Management District. As a Range Technician (Fire) you will be responsible for carrying out prescribed fire plans, fire effects, manual and mechanical hazardous fuels treatments, and smoke and wildland fire use monitoring.
Reannouncement of vacancy R3-18-10256822-MT-DE. Previous applicants must re-apply to be considered for the position.
Responsibilities
Duties include, but are not limited to:
Assists in wildland fire prevention and preparedness.
Prepares and reviews plans and or plan components such as annual operating plans, training plans, fire suppression plans, safety plans, and individual project plans.
Plans and conducts project assessments which determine the presence or absence of hazardous wildland fuels.
Reviews project plans and makes recommendations on appropriate levels of monitoring.
Participates in drafting prescribed fire/fuels management plans following interagency template.
Creates, updates, and uses a database to model and analyze fire behavior and fire effects observation data.
Serves on prescribed fire and fuels projects in positions for which qualified. Technically administers all aspects of hte prescribed fire/fuels plan, ensuring that preparation, ignition, holding, mop-up, and rehabilitation are completed to the standards specified.
During the implementation of prescribed fire plans, fuels projects, and wildland fire use plans, monitors fire behavior, evaluates fire effects, identifies potential problems and makes recommendations.
Conducts field reconnaissance of prescribed fire/fuels treatment units, summarizes field findings, and makes recommendations on appropriate prescriptive criteria for meeting program objectives.
Identifies and provides for training needs to support prescribed fire and fuels management training.
Uses specialized equipment to support firing operations and suppression activities.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Supervisory status
No
Promotion Potential
7
Job family (Series)
0455 Range Technician
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Requirements
Requirements
Conditions of Employment
Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation
Drug testing position
Medical Requirements
Official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform required
May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
Qualifications
Only experience and education obtained by will be considered.
Minimum Qualification Requirements for the GS-6 Grade Level:
Specialized experience:
1 year specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-05) in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include work as a Senior Wildland Firefighter, or other work which include on-the-line wildland fire experience in forest/range fire control, prescribed or suppression work as a senior wildland firefighter, utilizing a variety of specialized wildland fire tools and equipment.
OR
Education:
In order to qualify based on education you must have completed 6 academic months (9 semester hours) of graduate level education leading to a master's degree in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the work of a Range Technician (Fire). You must provide college transcripts.
OR
Combination of Experience and Education:
Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and experience are qualifying. Determine the percentage of specialized experience (as described above), and determine the percentage of graduate level education (as described above) that you possess. Only graduate education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade may be combined with experience). Add the two percentages together. The total percentage must equal 100% or more in order to qualify based on a combination of experience and education.
Minimum Qualification Requirements for the GS-7 Grade Level:
Specialized experience:
1 year specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-06) in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include work as a Lead Range Technician, or other work in which your leading others in forest fire control, performing wildfire suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels and reduction and prescribed fire as a senior wildland firefighter crew member.
OR
Education:
In order to qualify based on education you must have completed 1 full academic year (18 semester hours) of graduate level education leading to a master's degree in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the work of a Range Technician (Fire). You must provide college transcripts. You must provide college transcripts.
OR
Combination of Experience and Education:
Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and experience are qualifying. Determine the percentage of specialized experience (as described above), and determine the percentage of graduate level education (as described above) that you possess. Only graduate education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade may be combined with experience). Add the two percentages together. The total percentage must equal 100% or more in order to qualify based on a combination of experience and education.
This key fire management position is categorized under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard as a Prescribed Fire and Fuels Specialist - Moderate complexity. Minimum IFPM qualification standards must be met prior to being placed into the position. Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at ****Prior experience in wild land firefighting is required in order to carry out the duties of this position. You will not be considered for this position if you do not have prior wild land firefighting experience.
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.
Promotion Potential:
This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed represent the full performance level of GS-7. At lower grade levels, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-7. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.The selectee may be promoted without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.
Education
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.
PASS/FAIL COURSES:
If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.
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
To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at ****FWS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.
We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of 08/17/2018; OR More than one position 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
Relocation expenses are authorized.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION:
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.
MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:
You must pass a pre-employment medical examination. Also, you may be subject to post-employment medical examinations to determine if you are maintaining the fitness standards for this position.
DRIVER'S LICENSE:
You must possess and maintain a valid State driver's license at all times
during your tenure.
DRUG TESTING:
All applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.
Selective Factors:
Applicants must possess all of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position:
1. Must have a minimum of 90 days of WILD LAND firefighting experience on the fire line to be considered for this job.
2. Held or Currently hold one of the following NWCG qualifications or higher: Single Resource Boss-Engine (ENGB), OR Single Resource Boss-Crew (CRWB) or or Helicopter Manager, Single Resource (HMGB).
3. Held or Currently hold the NWCG qualification Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2) or higher.
You must submit a copy of your IQCS master record or equivalent documentation.
Selectees for IFPM positions requiring currency will be required to obtain and maintain currency for the NWCG qualifications listed above.
Work often requires physical exertion overseeing fire suppression activities including walking over rough, steep, uneven terrain in all weather. The incumbent is faced with emergency situations at all hours, long shifts or multi-day assignments.
Field work performed in steep terrain uneven surfaces, rocky, or covered in thick vegetation. Temperatures are frequently extreme, both from weather and fire conditions where the presence of smoke and/or dust conditions are frequently severe.
Note:
The position is covered under the secondary/administrative category for special firefighter retirement provisions. You may meet qualification requirements but not be eligible for special retirement coverage. If you are not eligible for special retirement coverage, you will be placed in the regular retirement system.
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: ****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):
Knowledge of prescribed fire operations including burning techniques, fuels inventory, preparation of burn plans, firing procedures, holding strategies, and site rehabilitation.
Knowledge of fire weather, fire behavior, and smoke management.
Knowledge of agency and department policies, directives, guidelines and practices regarding wildland fire suppression, and prescribed fire and fuels treatment.
Skill in operating and maintaining specialized fire equipment utilized in wildland fire suppression and prescribed fire.
All qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. The category ratings for this position are:
Best Qualified
Highly Qualified
Well Qualified
Qualified
The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the rule of three but protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the basic qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).
Career Transition Assistance 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 CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP 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: ****Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Drug test required
Yes
Required Documents
Required Documents
To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
Resume or Application. 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. ****Other supporting documents:
Cover Letter, optional
Official or unofficial College Transcript(s), if the position has education requirements, or if you are using your education to qualify. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. A copy of your official transcripts will be required if you are selected. 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 programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://****Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
If applicable, documentation/proof that you are eligible Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
Incident Qualification and Certification Systems (IQCS) Master Record or other equivalent documentation that which verifies you meet the required NWCG qualifications for this IFPM position at the GS-6/7 Level. Failure to provide this documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in you being rated as not qualified.
If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 showing you were honorably discharged. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference in addition to the proof required by that form.
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.
Benefits
Benefits
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. Learn more about federal benefits.
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.

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