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Forestry Technician (Airtanker Base)

Company: Department Of Agriculture
Location: Fresno
Posted on: June 6, 2021

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Summary

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 applications are due for these locations can be found on theForest Service website.

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Responsibilities

  • Duties listed are at full performance grade GS-07
  • Performs various technical airtanker-related duties such as operating or overseeing the use of specialized equipment used by an airtanker base including retardant mixing and delivery systems.
  • Monitors and directs the loading of mixed retardant into airtankers.
  • Serves as the assistant Airtanker Base Manager in the absence of the Airtanker Base Manager.
  • Coordinates all movement of aircraft, vehicles, and personnel on the ramp.
  • Serves as Project Inspector for the base's aviation and retardant contracts.
  • Performs day-to-day contract inspections and enforces contractual provisions.
  • Provides documentation regarding contractor claims.
  • Uses portable radios, and nationally approved Airtanker Operations Hand Signals, to communicate with the pilots, parking tenders and loaders.
  • Diagnoses problems and makes repairs or adjustments to meters, plumbing systems, and pumps used in airbase operations.
  • Utilizes computer-based applications for program support.
  • Prepares and inputs data into computerized records relating to aircraft use and payment, scheduling, incident and accident reports. Prepares payment documents for contract aviation/retardant services.
  • Performs wildfire suppression support as directed within training and physical capabilities.
  • Duties listed are at the full performance level.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional overnight travel may be required for fire suppression or fire related assignments.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

7

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0462 Forestry Technician

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Requirements

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 previously served.
  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • 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 training.
  • 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 results.
  • Minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required.
  • Willing to live/work in remote locations (volatile/unpredictable).
  • 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 medical examination.
  • 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.

Qualifications

In order to qualify, you must meet theeligibility 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. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary.

Specialized Experience Requirement:

For the GS-6 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-5); OR one full year (18 semester/27 quarter hours) of successfully completed graduate level coursework that is directly related to the work of the position (such as forestry, range management, agriculture); 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: Assisting in providing facility maintenance, oversight and/or procedures for repairs and improvements. Assisting higher level personnel with contract preparation and/or administration. Using specialized airtanker equipment and ensuring equipment is in proper working order.

For the GS-7 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-6); OR one full year (18 semester/27 quarter hours) of successfully completed graduate level coursework that is directly related to the work of the position (such as forestry, range management, agriculture); 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: Assisting in the safe loading of fire retardant materials into airtankers. Providing facility maintenance, oversight and/or procurement for repairs and improvements. Assisting in administering aircraft and retardant contracts.

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.

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.

To receive consideration for this position, you must provide updated required documents and meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

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Keywords: Department Of Agriculture, Fresno , Forestry Technician (Airtanker Base), Other , Fresno, California

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