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AMENDED - Forestry Technician (Forestry Technician...
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Department of the Interior | Whitethorn, CA
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* Duties

HelpDuties Summary


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These positions are located in Cedarville, CA; Susanville, CA; and Whitethorn, CA. Information about these locations and the surrounding areas can be found at:

Surprise Valley Chamber of Commerce (Cedarville, CA)

Lassen County Chamber of Commerce (Susanville, CA)

Whitethorn Chamber of Commerce (Whitethorn, CA)

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* Drives and operates a wildland fire engine, positioning the engine for proper use and operation.
* Personally performs and directs others in starting pump engine, priming pump, adjusting engine speed and pump valves, laying hose, and using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustment in effective use of water and additives.
* Ensures the engine is kept in full state of readiness for emergency fire dispatch.
* Makes initial evaluation of fire situations, determines rate of spread, potential hazards to property and other improvements, suppression method to use, hose lays, deployment of crew, point of initial attack, type of tools to use and application of water.
* Participates in wildland fire and safety training in the techniques, practices, and methods of fire suppression; and in the safe, efficient operation and use of tools, equipment, and vehicles used in fire suppression activities.
* Ensures own and others welfare and safety in all aspects of the assignment.
* Instructs crewmembers in specific tasks and techniques; and conducts on-the-job training.

Physical Demands: Essential functions require arduous exertion for protracted periods of time such as, but not limited to, extensive running, walking, climbing, kneeling, stooping, pulling hoses, jumping and twisting. Duties involve field work requiring above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. Work requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighing over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring at least average agility and dexterity. Duties include demands for activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods of time. Operation of some specialized fire equipment can place extended physical stress on employee during fire activities. The duties of this position require that the incumbent meet the arduous level of physical fitness as measured by the current physical fitness testing standards.

Work Environment: The work is primarily performed in forest, range and desert environments in steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely uneven, rocky, covered with vegetation, and in smoky conditions, etc. Temperatures vary from above 100 degrees F to below freezing. Risks include smoke inhalation, fire entrapment, snake or insect bites and stings, exposure to excessive machinery noise, and falling and rolling material. Employee must adjust and cope with exposure to weather elements, dust and smoke, poor sleeping and eating conditions and unpredictable sets of circumstances. Employee may be required to live in backcountry camps for extended periods of time. The hazardous nature of the work requires that personal protective equipment be worn (boots, hardhat, gloves, flame resistant clothing, etc.). Work may require travel by fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft.

These are Career Seasonal positions. You will be in a pay status for at least six months, but less than 12 months a year. When work or funds are not available, you will be placed into a non-pay status.

Travel Required

75% or less - Frequent travel will be required during times of peak fire activity.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

0462 Forestry Technician

* Requirements

HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

* U.S. Citizenship is required.
* Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections.
* You cannot hold an active real estate license, nor can you
* Have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.
* Direct Deposit Required.
* Background Investigation Required.

This position is subject to the Interagency Fire Program (IFPM) Standard and Guide selective placement factors for a Senior Wildland Firefighter (SFF). This position requires the following qualifications - currency not required:

(1) FFT1 - Firefighter Type 1

(2) S-290 - Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior


Specialized Experience Requirements:

In order to be rated as qualified for this position, 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.

Examples of Specialized Experience to qualify for the GS-06: One year of experience which included serving as a skilled firefighter on an engine module, which included duties such as driving and maneuvering a wildland fire engine, starting pump engine, priming pump, adjusting engine speed and pump valves, laying hose, using and adjusting appropriate nozzles for the dispensing of water and additives; served as a fully qualified chainsaw operator, or maintained specialized wildland fire equipment and tools.

Substitution of Education: You may use one year of directly related graduate level education that included 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 (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable. to qualify for the GS-06.

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


About Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior (DOI) is the nation's principal conservation agency. Its mission is to protect America's treasures for future generations, provide access to our nation's natural and cultural heritage, offer recreation opportunities, honor our trust responsibilities to American Indians and Alaska Natives and our responsibilities to island communities, conduct scientific research, provide wise stewardship of energy and mineral resources, foster sound use of land and water resources, and conserve and protect fish and wildlife. Its work affects the lives of millions of people; from the family taking a vacation in a national park to the children studying in Indian schools.