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About the position… Senior Firefighter
Title/Pay Plan/Series/Grade: Lead Forestry Technician (Hotshot/Handcrew),
This is a standard wildland fire management position description intended for use in the USDA Forest Service. The position is located on a wildland fire crew. The primary purpose of this position is to perform wildland firefighting work and to lead crews performing such work. These may be hand crews (e.g. non-IHC handcrews), and/or prescribed fire crews. These crews perform work directly related to wildland fire suppression and control activities including suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction, and prescribed burning.
This is an arduous position.
This position is categorized as a Senior Firefighter (SFF) position in the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard and Guide as designated by the W.O. Fire and Aviation Management. The IFPM selective placement factors (SPF) for this position must be attained by October 1, 2010, and thereafter must be met prior to entrance into the position as a condition of hire. Refer to the Forest Service FS-FPM Standard Position Description Crosswalk for a full description.
Ninety (90) days of experience as a primary/rigorous firefighter or equivalent experience outside federal employment is a basic qualification for this position.
This position matches PD# AFM06A, which was approved by USDA on 06-28-05, A1, for CSRS and FERS primary firefighter coverage under the provisions of 5 U.S.C 8336 (c) and U.S.C 8412 (d).
Leads crews and performs duties in the following functional areas:
- Handcrew. Serves as a lead wildland firefighter on a handcrew. During initial attack fire suppression activities, locates fireline, directs and participates in fireline construction, backfiring and burnout operations, engine and pump operations, tree falling and holding/patrol/mop up operations. Constructs handlines in various vegetative types. Uses a variety of specialized tools, equipment and techniques to actively suppress fires. Performs the duties of a fully qualified chainsaw operator. Performs chainsaw maintenance and makes minor repairs. Certified in the use of helicopter long lines.
- Prescribed Fire. Serves as a lead wildland firefighter on a prescribed fire crew. Performs prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding, and mop up. Monitors fire behavior, fire effects, and fire weather on prescribed fires and wildland fire use. Performs the duties of a fully qualified chainsaw operator, chainsaw maintenance, and minor repair. May use specialized firing equipment (e.g. fusees, drip torches, flares, and terra torch).
Duties Common to All Functional Areas
Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents. When positioning and deploying personnel and equipment, recommends best approaches and practices to use in protection of the values at risk
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.
Responsible for operation and maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland and prescribed fire situations. Accomplishes emergency repairs as necessary to permit continued use of equipment. In those instances when the apparatus cannot be used effectively in suppressing the fire, the incumbent takes appropriate control action in attacking the fire.
Provides training in wildland fire and safety 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, with emphasis on those used for the particular function assigned. Participates in crew proficiency checks and drills, safety sessions, and fire critiques. Ensures own and other's welfare and safety in all aspects of the assignment.
Operates a variety of motor vehicles to transport equipment, supplies, crew members, etc.
Performs basic first aid.
Leader Duties – 30% of the time
While performing all of the above duties, provides daily leadership and training for the crewmembers. Serves as a working leader over 3 or more crewmembers, at least one of which is a GS-05. May also lead additional technicians and detailers. Instructs crew members in specific tasks and techniques; conducts on-the-job training; distributes and controls work assignments among employees, assures timely accomplishment of assigned tasks; maintains work notes and records; reports on work accomplishments, ensures that the work is carried out safely; reports on performance problems and issues. Responsible for supervision of the crew in the absence of the supervisor.
NOTE: Maintenance and use duties not to exceed 10%
May perform hazardous fuel reduction projects, which entail thinning, cutting and piling vegetation through use of mechanical means, e.g., chainsaw, etc.
May perform project work such as road and trail maintenance, inventory fuel beds, habitat improvement, burned area rehabilitation, and miscellaneous equipment and facilities maintenance.
May assist higher level workers in forestry/range research efforts; in the marketing of forest/range resources; or in the scientific management, protection, and development of forest/range resources.
May assist in the preparation of hazardous fuels treatment plans and burn plans based on predicted fire behavior and risk assessment. Drafts prescribed fire perimeter maps. Monitors smoke dispersal and fire effects.
Collects fire data such as fuel loading, tree stand density, fuel moisture, maps projects, weather, and maintains records.
May work with local homeowners, community stakeholders, various local, state, and federal agencies in an effort to educate and mitigate potential threats to these communities by wildland fire.
Wolf Creek Hotshots are located out of Roseburg Oregon and there is no government housing available. Recently the crew was able to move into a new facility which is being modified to fit the crew’s needs. Wolf Creek IHC district office is located in Glide OR. which is 20 minutes to the east up highway 138.
How to apply
Create a profile on usajobs.gov and upload your resume. Utilize the correct announcement number for your experience. Make sure you select Roseburg, Oregon as your duty station when applying.