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The Vacancy Identification Number is: 761636
LEAD RANGE/FORESTRY TECHNICIAN (FIRE), GS-0455/0462-5/6
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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 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
3. Are you submitting a DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, to verify Veterans Preference?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.
The incumbent must possess a valid state Driver’s License.
5. Do you possess a valid Drivers License?A. Yes, I certify that I possess a valid Drivers License.
Applicants must have possessed the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training to be considered eligible for this position. Provide a copy of your IQCS master record when submitting your application for verification in order to receive consideration.
6. I have held or currently hold the NWCG qualification Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) or higher. I will provide a copy of my IQCS master record or equivalent documentation as instructed in the vacancy announcement.A. Yes
7. I have completed the NWCG course S-290 "Intermediate Fire Behavior". 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-5 Lead Range/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-4 grade level in the Federal service. Examples include 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; 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-6 Lead Range/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-5 grade level in the Federal service. Examples include 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; 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 experience, education, or training in performing this task.
10. Served as a crew boss responsible for the leadership of crew personnel on planned or unplanned ignitions, or fuels treatment projects.
11. Served as an engine boss responsible for the leadership of engine personnel on planned or unplanned ignitions.
12. Served as a helicopter manager responsible for the leadership of helitack personnel on planned or unplanned ignitions.
13. Served as a fuels treatment crew leader responsible for hazardous fuels reduction, thinning, or prescribed burning operations.
14. Conducts the initial size-up of unplanned ignitions and files reports with dispatch and the hosting unit.
15. Considers the effects of humidity, temperature, wind, topography, slope, fuels, and fuel moisture on planned or unplanned ignitions.
16. 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.
17. Recommends best approaches and practices to use in protection of the values at risk when positioning and deploying personnel and equipment.
18. Prescribes and manages aircraft and support personnel to meet fire management objectives.
19. Performed wildland fire duties using axes, shovels, Pulaskis, McLeods, and power tools such as chainsaws.
20. Constructed fireline using a variety of tools.
21. Maintains firefighting tools and equipment.
22. Performed work, such as road and trail maintenance and habitat manipulation.
23. Operate four wheel drive pickup trucks.
24. Operate a fire engine.
25. Operate the pump on a fire engine and making hose lays.
26. Operate pickup trucks or fire engines in rough and unlevel terrain in adverse weather conditions.
27. Explains fire behavior characteristics, safety procedures, and work procedures to followers, peers, and leaders.
28. Communicates tactical and logistical needs to higher level management.
29. Conducts briefings and after action reviews.
30. 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.
31. Uses programmable radios.
32. Conducts tree or brush thinning based on specifications provided by natural resource specialists.
33. Installs erosion control structures within burned areas.
34. Conducts measurements and surveys to inventory a variety of natural resources including trees, shrubs, grasses, soils, or historic or prehistoric artifacts.
35. Maintains vehicle and equipment and provides for the completion of maintenance records.
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.
36. 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.
NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume, veterans or Indian preference documentation, assessment questions and answers, and SF 50s) is received and is accurate.