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Forestry Technician (DISPATCH)

Company: Department Of Agriculture
Location: Draper
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

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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 dates when applications are due for these locations can be found on the Forest Service website.

See ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section for details.

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Responsibilities

  • Duties listed are at full performance grade GS-07 level.
  • Operate and/or directs the operation of various dispatch telecommunication systems. Anticipate fire suppression needs and determines resource allocation.
  • Coordinate aviation dispatch operations (e.g., aircraft capabilities and limitations, flight planning, aviation safety).
  • Review internal operating procedures and systems, makes recommendations for improvement, and updates/develops operating plans and mobilization guides.
  • Organize and reviews completed records of all orders placed and actions taken to ensure adherence to established operating procedures.
  • Perform, and direct others, in inputting data into a number of fire-related computer applications (e.g., incident qualification records, fire reporting systems, and automated dispatch systems) and makes assessment of outputs.
  • Plan and provide critical logistical support information to the supervisor for successful implementation of fire management program activities.
  • Develop and implement fire program management project work plans. Provide information and consult with cooperators and other interested entities.
  • Coordinate and may assist with fire training and orientation. Provide assistance on problems encountered by lower level dispatch personnel.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel overnights on fire suppression or fire related assignments for this position.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

None

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0462 Forestry Technician

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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
  • Must pass the Work Capacity Test for certain Interagency Fire Program Management or Fire Program Management positions.
  • 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 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. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary.

Specialized Experience Requirement:

For the GS-4: 6 months of general experience. Examples include: Performed farm/ranch labor, such as feeding/tending livestock or general maintenance of farm/ranch facilities; worked in a greenhouse, nursery or landscaping e.g., planting, moving, watering, and tending plants; animal caretaker in a laboratory, zoo or pet store; volunteer work at a park, hospital, community sports league, local fire department, etc. AND Have at least 6 months of specialized experience. Examples of specialized experience include: Assisted in filing and retrieving documents in a dispatching office. Assisted in receiving and processing requests for equipment, personnel, and supplies in conjunction with wildland fire and emergency incidents.

For the GS-5: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 level. Examples of specialized experience include: Filing and retrieving documents in a dispatching office. Assisting in preparing various maps, plans, guides, analyses, and special reports for dispatch use. Receiving and processing requests for equipment, personnel, and supplies in conjunction with wildland fire and emergency incidents.

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A bachelor's degree or 4 years of successfully completed education above high school (120 semester/180 quarter hours) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources, outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science (no more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable);

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A combination of successfully completed post-high school education (in excess of the first 60 semester/90 quarter hours) and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.

For the GS-6: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level. Examples of specialized experience include: Serving as a dispatcher, receiving, filling, and tracking resource requests for fire and other emergency incidents. Arranging for ground and air transportation of personnel, supplies, and equipment in support of emergency and project activities. Collecting, processing and disseminating weather and smoke management information into computer programs or databases.

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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);

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A combination 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.

For the GS-7: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 level. Examples of specialized experience include: Determining the appropriate personnel and resource composition to respond to wildland fires or emergencies, as the situation demands. Reassigning resources to address changing needs, such as in cases of multiple wildland or prescribed fires. Coordinating aviation dispatch operations (e.g., aircraft capabilities and limitations, flight planning, aviation safety). Operating and/or directing the operation of various dispatch telecommunication systems.

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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);

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A combination 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.

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.

Education

See QUALIFICATIONS section for education requirements.

Keywords: Department Of Agriculture, Draper , Forestry Technician (DISPATCH), Other , Draper, Utah

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