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Forest Service Supervisory Forestry Technician (Airbase Manager) in La Grande, Oregon

Summary

This position is located on USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region, Region 6 SO-Fire, Fuels, Aviation $ Fleet unit. Serves as Rappel Base Manager responsible for development, management, organization, implementation, and administration of all rappel program activities within Fire and Aviation Management (FAM). For additional information about the duties and location of this position, please contact Nathan Goodrich at nathan.goodrich@usda.gov.

Responsibilities

Duties listed are at full performance grade GS-11 level.

Plans work schedules and develops action plans to meet Forest, Regional, and National program requirements, and determines resources needed to implement plans and monitor accomplishments.

Serves as an instructor on Regional and National training cadres as an expert in rappelling, wild land firefighting and aviation management operations. Responsible for developing and implementing an annual program of work for the Rappel Program.

Performs as helicopter specialist on Forest and Region providing technical expertise for helicopter projects. Evaluation of new aviation accessories and equipment and makes written recommendations.

The manager is responsible for the oversight of the National policies and procedures and that they are adhered to in the training and qualifications of all people involved in the rappel program.

Performs day-to-day contract administration for contracts, preparation and of the budget for operation of the rappel unit. Responsible for financial management to operate within the approved budget and in accordance with the annual program of work.

Provides administrative supervision to subordinate supervisors and staff. Plans work to be accomplished, set and adjusts short-term priorities, and prepares schedule for completion of work.

Provides leadership in the fire safety program in a doctrinal principles based approach.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

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 Requirements: For the GS-10 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least to the GS-9 grade level; OR a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related; OR an appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.). Examples of specialized experience are: Assisting in implementing helicopter service contracts and enforcing contract provisions. Assisting in aviation program and plan implementation and development. Directing initial and extended attack suppression actions such as determining incident needs, and dispatch/deployment of personnel and equipment. For the GS-11 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least to the GS-9 grade level; OR a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related; OR an appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.). Examples of specialized experience are: Assisting in developing helicopter service contracts and enforcing contract provisions. Assisting in directing and coordinating aviation and helicopter rappel operations in support of fire suppression activities. Assessing various fire management factors such as aviation, fuels, suppression capability, resistance to control, ignition probability, predicted rate of spread, and flame height and weather. 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. 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. Must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license. 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.

Additional Information

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. Availability of government housing, federal day care facilities, and telework may be available. The duty station for this position will be at one of the duty locations listed in this announcement. Salary range as shown is the locality pay Rest of U.S. (RUS). Pay rates vary by location. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on pay rates. Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized. Final determination to pay an incentive will be made by the hiring official at time of job offer. Subject to one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period (unless prior service is creditable). New USDA supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required new supervisory training program before the end of their probationary period. New USDA supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required new supervisory training program within a year of the effective date of the position.

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