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Forestry Technician (Prevention)

Company: Department Of Agriculture
Location: Flagstaff
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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  • Provides technical expertise on fire protection and prevention issues. Analyzes, coordinates, organizes and develops comprehensive Wildfire Prevention Analysis Plans.
  • Determines probable cause of fires and collects and preserves evidence. Plans, organizes, supervises, schedules and directs group fire prevention/education contacts with internal and external entities.
  • Provides continuing fire prevention information and education training to internal/external customers. Conducts field trips with the media or other interested personnel relating to fire education activities.
  • Recommends or prepares public service announcements. Coordinates and conducts thorough and detailed interior and exterior fire prevention inspections.
  • Issues on the spot Notices of Violations, and designates corrective action. Recommends issuing burning or campfire permits with regards to fire danger levels.
  • Conducts field trips with the media or other interested personnel relating to fire education activities
  • Establishes and maintains external contacts for the purpose of promoting the fire prevention program, explaining applicable rules, regulations and securing cooperation in support of fire prevention education programs and policies.
  • Performs initial attack on fires and serves as an incident commander for initial action. Performs suppression operations on fire management unit. Assists in writing and implementing prescribed burn plans.
  • Prepares reports and obtains information for possible use in apprehension and conviction of trespassers, arsonists, or other violators.
  • Prepares reports and obtains information for possible use in apprehension and conviction of trespassers, arsonists, or other violators.
  • Maintains records and reports including individual fire reports, fire resource orders, and incident action records.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

0462 Forestry Technician

  • 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.
  • Minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required.
  • Willing to live/work in remote locations (volatile/unpredictable).
  • 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.

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.

Specialized Experience Requirement:

For the GS-06 level one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-5); 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); OR combinations of graduate level education that is directly related to the position and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.

Examples of specialized experience are: Performing suppression operations and instructing others during initial attack or assisting with prescribed burns. Giving formal talks and informally providing information on fire prevention laws, rules, and regulations. Issuing various permits and ensuring users were in compliance with rules and regulations.

Selective Placement FactorsA 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, to include, specific duties and specific dates must be documented in your work history/resume.

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

FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE: This is a secondary firefighter position under 5 USC 8336(c) (CSRS) and 8412(d) (FERS). At least 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required. There is no age limit for entry into secondary positions. Firefighter retirement coverage of the incumbent depends upon his or her individual work history.


See QUALIFICATIONS section for education requirements.

Keywords: Department Of Agriculture, Flagstaff , Forestry Technician (Prevention), Other , Flagstaff, Arizona

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