Lead Forestry Technician


Vacancy ID: 736331   Announcement Number: 736331 NS   USAJOBS Control Number: 325326500

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1. Title of Job

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350510028 Los Alamos, NM

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. From the descriptions below, select one response that best describes how your background meets the specialized experience requirements for a Forestry Technician, GS-0462-06 position. Read all responses before making your selection. MARK ONLY ONE RESPONSE. If you select more than one response, or leave this question blank you will be rated ineligible. If you do not meet these minimum qualifications, you will be considered not qualified and will not receive consideration for this position at the GS-06 level.

A. I possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position and must have included work in or directly related to forest or range fire control, prevention or suppression. For this position, examples of such work are: personally performing as a senior firefighter and leading others in one or more of the following wildland fire-fighting functions: serving as a member of a fire suppression hand-crew; a prescribed fire crew; a wildland fire engine crew; a wildland fire helitack crew; or other forestry technician or comparable position performing wildland fire related work.

B. I do not have one year of specialized experience as shown in 2A above but I have successfully completed at least 1/2 of year of graduate level education . Graduate education or an internship meets the specialized experience required ONLY in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position in a related field such as forestry or natural resources management. Half a year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1/2 year of study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 9 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1/2 a year of study requirement. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended. IN ADDITION, I possess the knowledge of the principles, methods and techniques of wildland firefighting, as demonstrated by wildland firefighting experience. IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts if you are using education to qualify.

C. I do not meet the full level of requirements as shown in either 2A or 2B above but I do have a combination of directly related specialized experience as described in 2A above and directly related education as described in 2B above which total at least half a year, (100%). For example, 6 months of specialized experience (50% of the experience) and five graduate level semester hours (50% of the education), may qualify an applicant for this position.

D. I do not have the experience or education as described in any of the above statements.


NOTE: If your firefighting experience includes both structural and wildland, is essential that your application materials clearly separate and document your wildland experience.

2. This position is covered by the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336 (c) and 5 U.S.C. 8412 (d). Applicants must not have reached their 37th birthday upon appointment to this position unless there is sufficient prior Federal service in a covered position to permit retirement on or before the mandatory retirement age for this type of position. An exception is allowed if you are a qualified veteran preference eligible. Please select A, B, C or D below which best describes how you meet this requirement.

A. I have not reached age 37.

B. I am 37 years of age or older and not currently in a special retirement position, but I would qualify as a preference eligible. Note: Provide the necessary documentation to support your veterans' preference claim (e.g., copy of DD-214, Veterans Affairs letter, SF-15, etc).

C. I am 37 years of age or older, but I have had prior Federal service in a covered primary law enforcement or firefighter position(s), which would permit retirement on or before the mandatory retirement age of 57 for this type of position. Note: Provide documentation with your application (a copy of your SF-50's) that shows beginning and ending dates of your covered Federal service and hours per week.

D. I am 37 years of age or older and do not meet any of the above requirements.

3. In addition to the basic qualifications and specialized experience described above, selectees must possess, by the closing date of this announcement, the NWCG Core Requirements determined by the NPS Wildland Fire Module Position Management Guide. Please select the response below that best describes your qualifications in this area. If you do not meet the requirements of this selective factor, you will be rated ineligible for these positions. Applicants must document how they meet this requirement by including a copy of the IQCS Master Record or equivalent in their application material.

A. I currently hold or will be able to obtain NWCG qualification as a Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) by the closing date of this announcement.

B. I do not meet the qualification requirements stated above.

4. In addition to the basic qualifications and specialized experience described above, selectees must possess by the closing date of this announcement NWCG Core Requirements. Please select the response below that best describes your qualifications in this area. If you do not meet the requirements of this selective factor, you will be rated ineligible for these positions. Applicants must document how they meet this requirement by including a copy of the IQCS Master Record or equivalent in their application material.

A. I currently hold or will be able to obtain NWCG qualification as a Fire Effects Monitor (FEMO) or equivalent by the closing date of this announcement.

B. I do not meet the qualification requirements stated above.

5. In addition to the basic qualifications and specialized experience described above, selectees must possess by the closing date of this announcement NWCG Core Requirements. Please select the response below that best describes your qualifications in this area. If you do not meet the requirements of this selective factor, you will be rated ineligible for these positions. Applicants must document how they meet this requirement by including a copy of the IQCS Master Record or equivalent in their application material.

A. I currently hold or will be able to obtain NWCG qualification as a Helicopter Crewmember (HECM) or equivalent by the closing date of this announcement.

B. I do not meet the qualification requirements stated above.

6. In addition to the basic qualifications and specialized experience described above, selectees must possess by the closing date of this announcement NWCG Core Requirements. Please select the response below that best describes your qualifications in this area. If you do not meet the requirements of this selective factor, you will be rated ineligible for these positions. Applicants must document how they meet this requirement by including a copy of the IQCS Master Record or equivalent in their application material.

A. I currently hold or will be able to obtain NWCG qualification as an Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5) or equivalent by the closing date of this announcement.

B. I do not meet the qualification requirements stated above.


Knowledge of and experience with wildland fire module operations.

For each of the task statements below, please select from A through E to indicate the skill level that you possess for each task listed. The task statements were developed based on the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies needed to perform the work of this position.

Be sure to describe your experience that supports your responses to the task statements below, in your resume or application materials. It is important that your application package submitted, including a resume or application form, clearly shows how you possess the experience and skills levels you claim in this questionnaire. Each of your responses must be clearly supported by your education, training, and/or specific work experience you describe in your application packet submitted for this position (application form or resume, transcripts, list and description of training completed and/or other items you submit). If not, your score will be lowered or you will be found not qualified. The information you provide will be verified. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.

A- I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C- Have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from senior employee.
E- I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others (or am consulted by others) on how to do it.

7. Perform fire management work in a remote back-country setting while working out of a spike camp.

8. Serve as crew boss (CRWB).

9. Serve as a Firing Boss (FIRB).

10. Lead or direct low complexity prescribed fire operations.

11. Assess the threat of wildfire to structures and communities.

12. Serve as a Wildland Fire Module (formerly Fire Use Module) crewmember.

13. Coordinate back-country logistics for module operations in a remote setting.

14. Manage a module-level medical response/extraction program (including planning, training, and procurement recommendations).

15. Demonstrate and articulate an advanced understanding of wildland fire policy.

16. Create fire perimeter and fire progression maps.

17. Serve as a member of a type-1 wildland fire suppression resource (Interagency Hotshot Crewmember or smokejumper).

18. Give presentations to agency administrators.

19. Participate in a team environment on incidents of type 3 (or higher) complexity.

20. Utilize smartphones and/or tablets to collect and/or organize data and documents.

21. Ability to plan, communicate, and manage a fire budget.

22. Ability to make recommendations (including pricing and justification) for procurement.

23. Manage an inventory of fire supplies and equipment using computer-based programs such as Microsoft Excel and Access.

Skill in prescribed burns and wildland fire suppression operations.

24. Perform duties as a fire fighter in initial attack on uncontrolled fire incidents.

25. Work as a fire fighter in extended wildland fire suppression situations.

26. Perform fire mop-up.

27. Direct and/or lead initial attack incidents.

28. Lead others in extended fire suppression situations.

29. Lead single resources such as engines, crews, dozers, or helitack during incidents.

30. Work wildland fire suppression or control operations in a variety of terrain and fuels conditions.

31. Direct and/or lead prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring and mop-up.

32. Lead a firing team.

33. Participate in prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring and mop-up.

34. Use, maintain and repair all common firefighting hand-tools to include: Pulaskis, shovels, McLeods, axes, etc.

35. Direct others in the use and maintenance of all basic fire suppression hand-tools.

36. Use chainsaws and perform basic maintenance (cleaning; oiling; tightening, sharpening, and replacing chains).

37. Perform advanced chainsaw maintenance and troubleshooting.

38. Use water in fire suppression/control operations to include using backpack-pumps, portable pumps, and hose-lays.

Knowledge of fire behavior, fire weather, and fuels management principles, including mechanical fuel reduction techniques.

39. Evaluate fire weather, fire behavior, fuel models, and terrain during attack/control situations.

40. Make and record fire weather observations and collect weather data for prescribed fire planning or monitoring activities.

41. Use Fire Family + to generate and analyze data.

42. Assist with fuel treatment planning and preparation.

43. Complete an approved mechanical fuels treatment plan.

44. Complete an approved prescribed fire plan.

45. Monitor fire behavior, fire effects, and fire weather.

46. Produce monitoring reports based on accumulated weather and fire behavior data.

47. Perform fuels inventories.

48. Participate in hazardous fuels reduction projects.

49. Lead and conduct fuels reduction projects such as thinning trees, brush, or otherwise removing hazardous fuels.

50. Collect information on fuel loadings, moisture data, and fuel model assessments.

51. Collect fire behavior data related to spread rate, flame length, and other fire prescription elements.

Ability to serve as a work leader for a fire crew.

52. Direct the work of others (including assigning work, interpreting instructions, demonstrating work methods, and reviewing work done).

53. Work as a leader of a group of employees, volunteers and/or others. Promote effective working relationships among co-workers. (Be sure to specifically describe this experience in your resume).

54. Teach/demonstrate safety procedures in fire management, and ensure that safety practices and considerations are paramount in completing all tasks. (Be sure to specifically describe this experience in your resume).

55. Provide training and direction to others in fire-line operations.

56. Lead others in using water in fire suppression/control operations to include use and maintenance of backpacks, portable pumps, foam units, drafting operations, hose-lays, etc.

57. Direct line construction operations by locating fireline and evaluating the quality of the line constructed.

58. Provide training in proper use and safety of firing equipment.

59. Serve as a unit instructor for NWCG training courses.

60. Serve as a lead instructor for NWCG training courses.

61. Provide on-the-job training and assistance to others.

Ability to communicate effectively/Interpersonal skills.

62. Conduct oral briefings in wildland fire situations.

63. Prepare and present information to groups in field settings.

64. Deliver incident briefings/fire information to groups of incident personnel and/or the general public.

65. Use active listening skills, recognize potential miscommunications and resolve issues.

66. Demonstrate understanding, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern in relating to people from varied backgrounds and situations.

67. Work effectively as part of a team and/or getting along with co-workers.

68. Program hand-held and mobile radios.

69. Use specialized fire information computer software (BEHAVE, FSPro, WFDSS, etc) for fire data management and manipulation. (Be sure this knowledge and experience is documented in your resume).

70. Use word processing software to prepare narrative written documents, such as correspondence, reports, written handouts, or other informational materials, etc.

71. Compose documents or correspondence to provide information of some complexity in such areas as resource information, area regulations, or fire information.

72. Prepare necessary paperwork (e.g., operations reports, documentation, and forms).

73. As previously explained, your ratings in this Occupational Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position/agency.
Please take this opportunity to review your ratings to ensure their accuracy. By agreeing to the statement below, you are confirming that you: 1) understand this warning, 2) have reviewed your responses to this questionnaire for accuracy, and 3) verify that your responses accurately describe your current level of experience and capability.
Failure to agree to this statement will disqualify you from further consideration for the position.

A. Yes, I verify that all of my responses to this questionnaire are true and accurate. I accept that if my supporting documentation and/or later steps in the selection process do not support one or more of my responses to the questionnaire that my application may be rated lower and/or I may be removed from consideration.
B. No, I do not accept this agreement and/or I no longer wish to be considered for this position.