Forestry Technician (Smokejumper) Job in Fairbanks, Alaska – Department of the Interior



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Forestry Technician (Smokejumper) – Fairbanks, Alaska
Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior
Job ID: 278811
Start Date: 06/23/2020
End Date: 06/29/2020

Qualification Summary
TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-07 is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-08 level and one year at the GS-08 is required to meet the time-in-grade- requirements for the GS-09 level. (Must submit your SF-50 that shows Time-in-Grade eligibility and reflects your title, series, and grade. No award SF-50 will be accepted). AGE REQUIREMENTS: This position is covered by the law enforcement officer retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d). Applicants for this position must not have reached their 37th birthday upon appointment to this position unless there is sufficient prior Federal service in a covered primarily law enforcement or firefighter position to permit retirement on or before the mandatory retirement age for these types of positions. MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: In order to qualify for this Forestry Technician (Smokejumper) at the GS-08 grade level, applicants must have at least one year of forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work equivalent to the GS-07 grade level. This experience should include: 1) recognizing potential hazards, implementing risk assessment process, and developing mitigations; 2) parachuting into fires and mountainous terrain and landing in timber or on open ground; 3) serving as a parachute rigger to pack, repair and maintain parachutes; and 4) maintaining parachutes and related smokejumper parachute equipment. (NOTE: Your resume must demonstrate how you meet this requirement). In order to qualify for this Forestry Technician (Smokejumper) at the GS-09 grade level, applicants must have at least one year of forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work equivalent to the GS-07 grade level. This experience should include: 1) directing fireline activities and tactics; 2) making tactical and strategic decisions on containing wildland fires; 3) overseeing paracargo rigging; and 4) evaluating different aircrafts, accessories, and equipment. (NOTE: Your resume must demonstrate how you meet this requirement). We must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement – please be sure to include this information in your 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. To be creditable, this experience must have been for 1 year and equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled. (If the position was seasonal, your resume must show periods worked. Selective Placement Factors: This position requires a special qualification that has been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as a screen out element. In addition to meeting the qualifications listed above, you must meet the Selective Placement Factor listed below. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified. Have a minimum of 90 days experience as a smokejumper performing the following duties: performing basic firefighter skills, applying Fireline tactics; and parachuting into fires and mountainous terrain landing in timber or on the open ground to fight forest fires. IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Physical Demands: The incumbent must be able to work under extreme physical exertion regularly working 16 hour shifts or longer on the fireline. Work on the fireline requires considerable strenuous physical exertion, e.g., long periods of standing; digging; bending; kneeling; running chainsaws; and hiking over rough, uneven, rocky surfaces and through wooded or brush areas. These activities can be performed day or night, when the incumbent may be required to respond immediately from a sedentary activity to an extremely arduous activity. This can include carrying a 120 pound park for up to 5 mils or more through rugged terrain. Incumbent is expected to parachute into this remote terrain under hazardous conditions. The duties of this position are so rigorous that an annual physical examination and smokejumper fitness tests are required to ensure that the employee assigned can perform the duties without physical injury to self or others. Employees must meet the arduous physical and medical standards identified in the lnteragency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviation Operations. The incumbent must be prepared, at all times, to respond to a fire situation requiring the quick
escape from a potentially fast moving fire in extreme terrain. Working Conditions: Fifty percent of the work is performed out of doors in a wide variety of weather and terrain conditions or in a crowded airplane. Meals frequently consist of cold rations and sleeping accommodations may be a sleeping bag and a piece of plastic. Forty percent of the work is done in a warehouse setting at a rapid pace to efficiently respond to the supply needs of emerging incidents. The remainder of work is accomplished in a sometimes tense and stressful office environment. Incumbent risks death or serious injury during parachute jumps, cargo dropping, or firefighting.

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