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 when
applications are due for these locations can be found on the Forest
See ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section for details.
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- Serves as a highly trained and skilled team leader of a
parachuting fire suppression squad, which jumps over forest and
mountainous terrain landing in timber, open, or on rough
- Performs as an Initial Attack Commander responsible for leading
a squad of three to seven personnel in wildland suppression
- Leads other crew members in all applicable smokejumper duties
including parachute rigging and repair, paracargo rigging, aircraft
loading, sewing and manufacturing, equipment maintenance and other
duties which support the smokejumper program.
- Leads a crew of up to ten personnel on prescribed fire
implementation projects. Uses prescribed fire tools and equipment
including terra, propane and drip torch, all terrain vehicle and
- May be assigned to other resource management activities such as
timber, trails, cone harvesting, recreation, or forest management
projects when not performing wildland fire management duties.
- Leads a crew of up to ten personnel on prescribed fire
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel overnights on
fire suppression or fire related assignments for this position.
0462 Forestry Technician
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
- Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to
have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial
- 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
- 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
- Must pass the Work Capacity Test for certain Interagency Fire
Program Management or Fire Program Management positions.
- Willing to live/work in remote locations
- 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.
- Must meet job-related medical, fitness, and/or physical
standards as determined by an examination or test.
- Under age 37; less than age 37 after subtracting the months of
Permanent Federal Service in a primary or secondary firefighter/law
enforcement position or a veteran preference eligible, older than
age 37and is requesting a waiver to the requirement.
Smokejumpers are a national resource. Jumpers travel all over
the country, including Alaska, to provide highly-trained,
experienced firefighters and leadership for quick initial attack on
wildland fires in remote areas. For more information about the
smokejumping program in the Forest service click Here.
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
Specialized Experience Requirements
For the GS-07 level you must have one year specialized
experience equivalent to the GS-06 grade level. Specialized
experience is defined as one or more of the following:
Independently performed many technical specializations such as
parachute rigging and repair, parachute maneuvering and tree
climbing, in support of fire management activities. Independently
practiced methods and procedures associated with wildfire
suppression to resolve a full range of irregular or problem
situations when suppressing wildland fires. Experience serving as a
member of a smokejumper crew that parachutes into rugged terrain
for fire management purposes. OR 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). The education must have
been obtained in an accredited college or university. OR a
combination of successful completion of graduate level education
Smokejumper duties present unusual hazards and require that
personnel be in excellent physical condition and possess a high
degree of emotional stability and mental alertness. The health of
individuals must be such that they have the capacity to meet
demands for performance in the position and for human reliability.
Before entrance on duty, and periodically during employment,
smokejumpers must undergo a medical exam, physical conditioning,
and an adeptness test. Failure to meet any of the required
standards will be considered disqualifying for employment or a
basis of termination.
See Medical Requirements for Smokejumper Positions
During the training period, incumbents are continually evaluated
on their ability to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in
various aspects of parachute jumping and smokejumper-related tasks,
including aircraft exit procedures, parachute landing falls,
parachute maneuvering, timber let-down procedures, parachute and
cargo retrieving, tree climbing, and chainsaw and hand tool use.
Incumbents who cannot perform up to the required standards of
proficiency will be terminated from the smokejumper program.
Smokejumpers must perform safely and efficiently in extreme
temperatures and weather conditions, often with severe smoke and
dust. Terrain may be extremely steep, uneven, rocky, and covered
with thick tangled vegetation. Conditions riding in aircraft may be
hot, cramped, and extremely turbulent, which may promote
airsickness. The hazardous nature of the work requires that
protective clothing (jump suit, helmet, boots, gloves, fire
resistant clothing, etc.) be worn and protective equipment,
including fire shelters, be carried.
Selective Placement Factors:
Ability to obtain and maintain a Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) Senior Parachute Rigger Certificate.Currently or have been
previously qualified as a smokejumper on an organized wildland fire
Primary firefighter positions include the following age
requirements: Under age 37 -OR- less than age 37 after subtracting
the months of Permanent Federal Service worked in a primary or
secondary firefighter/law enforcement position -OR- a veteran
preference eligible, older than age 37 and is requesting a waiver
to the maximum age requirement.
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 primary/rigorous
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 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.