THIS IS AN OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT. This type of
announcement provides the Forest Service with a readily available
source of applicants when vacancies occur. Eligibility and
qualifications will be verified when there is a vacancy for the
location and grade for which you applied. Information on specific
locations where jobs are being filled and the dates when
applications are due for these locations can be found on the Forest
See ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section for details.
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- Duties listed are at the full performance level.
- Train and check performance of spotter trainees for spotting
missions of widely varied scope and complexity as to type of
aircraft, number of jumpers, number and character of fires, terrain
and weather conditions.
- Perform the administrative and human resource management
functions relative to the staff supervised.
- Formulate and develop plans, contract specifications, and
schedules for well-precedented fire management operations. Serves
as spotter and makes critical safety decisions on jump actions, and
fire strategies and tactics.
- Provide advice and counsel to workers related to work and
- Serve as cargo dropper in charge of aerial delivery missions in
a variety of aircraft involving both paracargo and free-fall
delivery using systems varying from standard single-chute to
roller-palletized bundles with multiple chute clusters.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel overnights on
fire suppression or fire related assignments for this position.
0462 Forestry Technician
Conditions of Employment
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
- Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective
Service or exempt.
- Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background
investigation and/or fingerprint check.
- Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless
- Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to
have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial
- Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check.
To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and
responsibilities, visit E-Verify.
- Must be 18 years of age.
- Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of
- This is a Test Designated Position. You will be tested for
illegal drugs prior to appointment and randomly thereafter.
Appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative
- Must pass the Work Capacity Test for certain Interagency Fire
Program Management or Fire Program Management positions.
- Subject to one year supervisory/managerial probationary period
unless prior service is creditable. New USDA supervisors must
successfully complete all components of the required training
program before the end of their probationary period.
- Minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is
- Willing to live/work in remote locations
- Some Fire positions may have Conditions of Employment such as:
a valid state driver's license; a commercial driver's license
(CDL); pre-appointment and random drug testing; or a physical or
- There may be additional Conditions of Employment not listed
here, however applicants will be notified of any specific
requirements at the time a tentative job offer is made.
Smokejumpers are a national resource. Jumpers travel all over
the country, including Alaska, to provide highly-trained,
experienced firefighters and leadership for quick initial attack on
wildland fires in remote areas. For more information about the
smokejumping program in the Forest service click Here.
In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and
qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of
the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for
this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General
Schedule Qualification Standards.
Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess
the experience requirements.
Specialized Experience Requirements
For the GS-08: One year of specialized experience equivalent to
the GS-7 level. Examples of specialized experience include:
Performing as an Initial Attack Commander responsible for leading a
squad of personnel in wildland suppression activities. Directing
and coordinating all types of related aircraft, fireline personnel
and equipment. Leading other crew members in all applicable
smokejumper duties including parachute rigging and repair,
paracargo rigging, aircraft loading, sewing and manufacturing,
equipment maintenance and other duties which support the
For the GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent to
the GS-8 level. Examples of specialized experience include: Serving
as spotter and making critical safety decisions on jump actions and
fire strategies and tactics. Assisting in managing Smokejumper
Safety Programs such as Smokejumper First Aid or Prescribed
Fire/Fuels Treatment and Chainsaw Safety, or Smokejumper
Spotter/Pilot Program. Serving as a cargo dropper in charge of
aerial delivery missions in a variety of aircraft involving both
paracargo and free-fall delivery using systems.
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.
See Medical Requirements for Smokejumper Positions.
During the training period, incumbents are continually evaluated
on their ability to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in
various aspects of parachute jumping and smokejumper-related tasks,
including aircraft exit procedures, parachute landing falls,
parachute maneuvering, timber let-down procedures, parachute and
cargo retrieving, tree climbing, and chainsaw and hand tool use.
Incumbents who cannot perform up to the required standards of
proficiency will be terminated from the smokejumper program.
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.
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
Currently licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
as a Senior Parachute Rigger.
Currently or have been previously qualified as a smokejumper on
an organized wildland fire smokejumper crew.
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.
FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE: This is a secondary 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.
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.
To receive consideration for this position, you must provide
updated required documents and meet all qualification requirements
by the closing date of this announcement.
See QUALIFICATIONS section for education requirements.