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Forest Fire Management Officer (Moderate Complexity)

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

Job Description:

  • Duties




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

See ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section for details.

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  • Duties listed are at full performance grade GS-12 level.
  • Serve as a member of the Forest Leadership Team, which is responsible for the coordination and development of overall long-range forest planning.
  • Provide technical advice, development of forest land management goals and objectives, including formulation of local policies and objectives.
  • Direct all aspects of the unit's fire, training, and aviation programs.
  • Strategize and initiate effort to assure program continuity through recruitment, employee development and retention
  • Provide technical and administrative supervision to a highly skilled fire staff consisting of several program experts and specialists.
  • Provide leadership in the fire safety program in a doctrinal principles based approach.
  • Perform program oversight by working with the districts, region and other forest program personnel and staff areas to develop integrated work plans, and monitor and review subunit programs.
  • Coordinate the involvement of fire management input into the development of land management plans and analyses. Review and evaluate fire management plans for technical soundness and adequacy in accordance with regional and national policies.
  • Direct and supervise all phases of budget management to assure balance in the organization at varying levels of funding, and initiates changes as appropriate.
  • Coordinate, prioritize and allocate funding for fire facilities, equipment, and fleet.
  • Coordinate and negotiate the development of local annual operating plans to implement cooperative fire protection agreements with other federal, tribal, state and local agencies.
  • Provide advice and counsel to the line officers on the development of strategies and appropriate course of actions for all incidents consistent with direction in the Forest Plan and agency policies.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program

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  • Requirements



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.
  • Subject to one year supervisory/managerial probationary period unless prior service is creditable. New USDA supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required training program before the end of their probationary period.
  • 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.


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-11: Applicants mush have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of Specialized experience include: Managing or assisting with a component of a wildland and/or prescribed fire management program; Assisting in developing and implementing a partial fire program budget taking into consideration changing priorities; Implementing agreements with cooperators; and Maintaining relationships with entities external to the organization regarding fire management program issues.


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. and the coursework is directly related to the work of the position (such as forestry, range management, agriculture). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.


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.) and the coursework is directly related to the work of the position (such as forestry, range management, agriculture). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.

For the GS-12: Applicants must have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: Managing a wildland and/or prescribed fire management program; Developing, coordinating and implementing a partial fire program budget; Developing and implementing agreements with cooperators; and Maintaining relationships with entities external to the organization regarding fire management program issues.

Selective Placement Factors

Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirement of Task Force Leader (TFLD)- AND- Secondary NWCG Core Requirement of Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3)- OR- Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2)- OR -Primary NWCG Core Requirement of Helibase Manager (HEBM) - AND-Secondary NWCG Core Requirement of Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3)) -AND- Successfully completed the NWCG Course # M-581 Fire Program Management.

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.

In order to be considered for this position, copies of your Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record (or equivalent training documents) which contain documented proof of the certification or attainment of the IFPM Selective Placement Factor for this position MUST be attached to your application. Red cards are not acceptable documentation. Currency Requirement: Currency of NWCG qualifications is not required for selection. If not currently qualified, the applicant must provide documented evidence that they have been fully qualified in the past. Failure to provide this documentation will result in disqualification.

This position has been identified as Moderate Complexity under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) or Forest Service Fire Program Management (FS-FPM) and is subject to selective placement factor requirements contained in the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard and Guide when filling this vacancy. IFPM or FS-FPM selective placement factors are made up of a primary and secondary National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) core Incident Management Qualifications and Required Training. The applicant must possess these qualifications at the applicable complexity level to be considered eligible for this position.

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.

WORK CAPACITY TEST (WCT) for Wildland Firefighters: This position participates in wildland firefighting activities. Based on the type of work performed, TAKING and PASSING the WCT at the ARDUOUS, MODERATE, or LIGHT level is a condition of employment.

To receive consideration for this position, you must provide updated required documents and meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


See QUALIFICATIONS section for education requirements.

Keywords: Department Of Agriculture, Lafayette , Forest Fire Management Officer (Moderate Complexity), Other , Pineville, Louisiana

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