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The Vacancy Identification Number is: 752139
Supervisory Forestry Technician (Fire), GS-462-06/07
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Enter the lowest grade level (06-07) you will accept.
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WARNING STATEMENT: Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and demonstrated capability. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification based on the résumé, and other relevant documents you submit, as well as through verification of references as appropriate. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your stated level of experience and demonstrated capability. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position following acceptance.
1. Are you submitting Form BIA-4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment, to claim Indian Preference?A. Yes.
2. Are you submitting a DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, to verify Veterans Preference?A. Yes.
3. Are you submitting your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, to verify you are a current status employee or a former employee with Reinstatement eligibility?A. Yes.
4. This position requires previous wildland firefighting experience which provided knowledge of the techniques, policies, and practices of wildland fire management. Do you have wildland firefighting experience as described above?A. Yes, I have prior wildland firefighting experience.
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5. Do you possess a valid Drivers License?A. Yes, I certify that I possess a valid Drivers License.
MAXIMUM ENTRY AGE (MEA) RESTRICTION
6. This position is a primary firefighter position and covered under the special retirement provisions for firefighters subject to maximum entry age and mandatory retirement. In accordance with Public Law 107-27, applicants must meet age and/or service requirements. The maximum entry age is the date immediately preceding your 37th birthday. Please mark only one response below.A. I have not reached this date OR I have reached this date AND I have previously served in a Federal civilian position covered by special fire-fighter retirement provisions, including early or mandatory retirement.
This position requires the following by the Closing Date of this announcement: Engine Boss (ENGB) and Incident Commander, Type 4 (ICT4). Please indicate which of the following qualifications or training certificates you possess. Provide a copy of your IQCS master record when submitting your application.
7. I have held or currently hold the NWCG qualification Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4) or higher AND Single Resource Boss-Engine (ENGB) or higher. I will provide a copy of my IQCS master record or equivalent documentation as instructed in the vacancy announcement.A. YES
Respond to the following question. Choose the response that best represents your highest level of experience, education, and training. Mark only one response. Please note that your answer will be verified against the information you provided by your references.
8. Carefully read the following descriptions of experience and education. Select the one that best describes your qualifications for GS-6 Supervisory Forestry Technician (Fire). Make sure your resume supports your response that you select.A. I have at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service in forestry aid or technician work; engineering, range, or soil conservation technician work that involved the application of cultural, resource conservation, or land management practices on non-forest or ranch lands when combined with knowledge of forestry operations and equipment; farming or ranching work that involved application of cultural and soil and water conservation practices, including safety and use of equipment, and that provided a basic understanding of land use; or forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work.
9. Carefully read the following descriptions of experience and education. Select the one that best describes your qualifications for GS-7 Supervisory Forestry Technician (Fire). Make sure your resume supports your response that you select. If qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college or university transcript(s).A. I have at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 grade level in the Federal service in forestry aid or technician work; engineering, range, or soil conservation technician work that involved the application of cultural, resource conservation, or land management practices on non-forest or ranch lands when combined with knowledge of forestry operations and equipment; farming or ranching work that involved application of cultural and soil and water conservation practices, including safety and use of equipment, and that provided a basic understanding of land use; or forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work.
For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list that best describes your experience and/or training. Please select only one letter for each statement.A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
10. Serves as a crew boss, engine boss, helitack manager, or fuels management technician in performing wildland fire suppression, control, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction and prescribed burning.
11. Conducts the initial size-up of unplanned ignitions and files reports with dispatch and the hosting unit.
12. Considers the effects of humidity, temperature, wind, topography, slope, fuels, and fuel moisture on planned or unplanned ignitions.
13. Determines suppression (or ignition) methods, point of initial attack, types of tools to use and application of water given fire rate of spread and potential hazards.
14. Recommends best approaches and practices to use in protection of the values at risk when positioning and deploying personnel and equipment.
15. Recommends alternative strategies for planned and unplanned ignitions taking into consideration the impact of social, economic, biological, and other factors.
16. Prescribes and manages aircraft and support personnel to meet fire management objectives.
17. Serves as a crew boss or leader.
18. Supervises firefighters on handcrews, prescribed fire crews, or wildland fire engine crews.
19. Instructs and directs a crew in firefighting operations.
20. Distributes, controls, and monitors work assignments.
21. Demonstrates command presence and other fireline leadership principles.
22. Develops performance standards, individual development plans, and evaluates work of employees.
23. Explains fire behavior characteristics, safety regulations and work procedures to followers, peers, and leaders.
24. Communicates tactical and logistical needs to higher level management.
25. Conducts briefings and after action reviews.
26. Advises, counsels, or instructs employees on performance and administrative matters.
27. Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets and adjusts short-term priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work.
28. Works with tribal, community, state and federal partners to educate the public on potential threats by wildland fires and the need to mitigate these through management.
VERIFICATION STATEMENT: 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 during the probation period. 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.
29. Failure to agree to the statement below 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 further consideration.