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USDA - FOREST SERVICE
Western Operations Center - Human Resources
P.O. Box 1270
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71902

Announcement: MIS-167-05D
Title: Fire Management Specialist
Series/Grade: GS-0401-9/11
Location: National Forest in Mississippi, Jackson, Mississippi
Number of Positions: One (1)
Salary Range: GS-09: $41,772 - $54,300
GS-11: $50,541 - $65,704
Opening date: September 28, 2005
Closing Date: October 05, 2005

The Forest Service has Legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent
(Career Conditional) and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project.
Under this project, interested individuals need not have present or previous
status as a Federal employee in order to apply.

This position is being advertised concurrently for status eligibles under the
Forest Service Merit Promotion Plan. Status eligibles who wish to be considered
for this position may apply under this announcement number MIS-167-05D and/or
under announcement number R809-167-05R.

Who Can Apply:
Applications will be accepted from any U. S. citizen 18 years or older. All male
applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the Selective
Service. Applicants filing under this announcement will be considered for this
specific vacancy at this duty location only.

Current or former Federal employees certified as surplus or displaced in the
commuting area of the vacancy and covered under the Forest Service's Career
Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition
Assistance Program (ICTAP) may be entitled to receive special priority selection.

Description Of Duties:
Serves as principal assistant to the National Forests in Mississippi Fire
Management Officer(FMO). The primary emphasis area of responsibility for this
position is to assist with developing, administering and implementing an
aggressive prescribed fire program consistent with the overall Forest Fire
management goals and objectives and to serve as a as a liaison between various
Federal and state organizations in support of the Interagency Fire Training
Center operations. This is a secondary fire fighter position under the provisions
of 5 USC 8336?. It provides coverage under those provisions to incumbents
transferring directly from a primary to a secondary position.

At the target grade, incumbent is responsible for providing professional and
technical guidance and assistance to the National Forests in Mississippi and the
Southern Region in the collection, assembly, analysis and use of data for Fire
Management Economic Analysis processes.

Provides technical support and over-site to an aggressive prescribed burning
program on the Forest. Assists Forest Fire management in identifying project
locations including the planning and implementation of a variety of fuels
treatment options with emphasis on fire restoration as an ecological based
opportunity with the Forest? fire adapted landscapes.

Evaluates data concerning fire history and the ecological role of fire in the
Forest area, fire causes, frequency, previous control problems, damages incurred
and benefits gained.

Participates in the long and short range plans for suppression, presuppression,
and prevention activities integrating them with other functions, resource plans
and objectives.

Assist the FMO in providing technical advice to various principal assistants on
the districts regarding the compatibility of proposed actions in their functional
area of expertise with the overall fire management plan.

Develops alternative fire management strategies which benefit the fire program
area while enhancing the timber management program.

Provides recommendations for coordinating fire management project objectives with
private timber lands adjacent to the Forest and with concerned State and local
agencies.

Supervises one or more subordinates. Plans, schedules, directs and reviews work
activities including resolution of complex technical problems. Insures that
established personnel functions and practices are adhered to on all project
activities supervised.

Serves as direct liaison with the Mississippi Interagency Training Center.
Provides direct oversight and coordination with scheduling, prioritizing, and
completion of fire and related training courses and educational activities at the
Center. Serves as direct contact with state and other Federal agencies for course
coordination and individual attendee participation.

Actively supports Civil rights program in the assigned unit and communicates this
support to peers. The incumbent cooperates in developing and carrying out
affirmative action efforts and those actions described in the Service-wide
Affirmative Action Plan that have a bearing on the unit.

Performs duties as acting Forest FMO during his/her absence.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:
Work Capacity Test for Wildland Firefighters:
Duties mainly involve office-type work with occasional field activity
characterized by light physical exertion requiring basic good health. Activities
may include climbing stairs, standing, operating a vehicle, and long hours of
work, as well as some bending, stooping, or light lifting. The Forest Service and
other Federal agencies have adopted the Work Capacity Test (WCT), which replaces
the Step-Test and/or 1.5 mile run as the method for assessing employee?s fitness
levels for fire qualifications. TAKING and PASSING the WCT at the LIGHT level is
a ?condition of employment? for this position. The Light fitness Walk Test
consists of a one (1) mile hike with no pack in 16 minutes. The test ensures the
ability to meet emergencies and evacuate to a safety zone You are strongly
encouraged to consult with your physician and begin training at least four (4)
weeks prior to taking the Walk Test in the boots or shoes you will be wearing for
the test. This recruitment notice constitutes the required 30 days advanced
notice for testing requirements.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must meet the GS-0401 Office of Personnel Management
Qualification Standards AND the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM)
standards before being placed in this key fire management position. --The GS-401
series is covered OPM?s Qualification Standards Operating Manual, specifically,
OPM?s Group Coverage Qualifications Standards for Professional and Scientific
Positions http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-IV/A/GS-PROF.HTM
and the individual occupations requirements for the 0401 series
http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SE...S0400/0401.HTM

Qualification Requirements:
Per OPM Qualification Standards Handbook, applicants must meet the basic
requirements for the GS-0401 series as follows:
Basic Requirements:
A. Successful completion of a full four-year course of study in an accredited
college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree with at least 24
semester/36 quarter hours in biological sciences,
Agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines
appropriate to the position being filled.

OR

B. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to the
requirements in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. For
Fire Program Manager positions, completed less than a full 4-year course of study
in college or university; the USDA Graduate School or equivalent; OR from other
than an accredited institute of higher learning, such as the National Wildfire
Coordinating Group, with at least 24 semester/36 quarter hours, [of which 18
semester/27 quarter hours are in upper division (junior/senior) courses], in
biological sciences, natural resources, wildland fire management, forestry, or
agriculture. In addition to the education, have experience or other education
that is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of
a full 4-year course of study in the biological sciences, agriculture, or natural
resources fields.

AND

Additional Experience and Education Requirements:

In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants
must have had either specialized experience and/or directly related education in
the amounts shown below. Education and experience may be combined to meet the
total experience requirements.

Prior primary/rigorous wildland fire line fire fighting experience is required.

For GS-09

1. The applicant must have completed two (2) years of progressively higher-level
graduate education leading to a master?s degree or master?s or equivalent
graduate degree when it provided the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and
abilities necessary to do the work of the position.

OR

2. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level. Graduate
level education may be substituted for specialized experience only when it is
directly related to the work of the position.
Specialized experience: For purposes of this vacancy announcement, specialized
experience is that experience which has provided the applicant with the
particular knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully function in
the wildland fire management position applied for. Possession of the particular
knowledge, skills, and abilities can be evidenced by experience in at least two
of the following three catagories:


1.) Experience that demonstrated understanding of fire effects on cultural and
natural resources.
The assignments must have shown participation in activities such as:

? Developing fire management plans to ensure resource objectives can be met from
a fire management standpoint; or
? Conducting field inspections before and/or after prescribed fires or wildland
fires to determine if defined resource objectives have been met.

2.) Prescribed fire/fuels management ? experience in activities such as:

? Professional forest or range inventory methods and procedures (e.g., Brown?s
planar intercept for dead and down fuels; live fuel loading assessments), or
? Analysis of fuel loadings and determination of appropriate fuel treatment
methods and programming, or
? Evaluating prescribed fire plans or fire management plans to ensure fire
containment is possible and identify appropriate suppression contingencies if
containment is not obtained.


3.) Fire management operations ? analyzing and applying fire management
strategies, plus experience in at least four of the following activities:

? Mobilization and dispatch coordination
? Fire prevention
? Training
? Logistics
? Equipment development and deployment
? Fire communications systems
? Suppression and preparedness

For GS-11

A.) The applicant must have completed three (3) years of progressively
higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent
doctoral degree when it provided the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and
abilities necessary to do the work of the position.

OR

B.) One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level. Graduate
level education may be substituted for specialized experience only when it is
directly related to the work of the position.
Specialized experience: For purposes of this vacancy announcement, specialized
experience is that experience which has provided the applicant with the
particular knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully function in
the wildland fire management position applied for. Possession of the particular
knowledge, skills, and abilities can be evidenced by:

1.) Fire Program Management?experience in activities such as:
? Reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for ecological soundness and
technical adequacy;
? Conducting field inspections before and after prescribed or wildland fires to
determine if objectives were achieved and/or evaluate the effectiveness of
actions taken;
? Developing analyses on the ecological role of fire and its use and/or
exclusion, and smoke management.

In Addition to Fire Program Management, appropriate experience MUST have included
EITHER (2) Prescribed Fire/Fuels Management or (3) Fire Management Operations as
described below:

2.) Prescribed fire/fuels management ? experience in a broad range of activities
such as:
Inventory methods and procedures;
Fuel treatment methods and programming;
Evaluating prescribed fire plans or fire management plans to ensure containment
is possible and identify contingencies if containment is not obtained

3.) Fire management operations ? analyzing and applying fire management
strategies, plus experience in at least five of the following activities:
? Mobilization and dispatch coordination
? Fire prevention and education
? Training
? Logistics
? Equipment development and deployment
? Fire communication systems
? Suppression and preparedness
?Aviation

The above specialized experiences may be evidenced by the following or similar
positions: Unit Fire Program Manager OR Wildland Fire Operations Specialist OR
Prescribed Fire and Fuels Specialist OR Prevention & Education Specialist OR
Initial Attack Lead Dispatcher/Asst. Center Manager AND Experience at the Unit
Leader Level on a Type I or II incident.

Other Education Creditable Towards 24 Semester Hours Requirement
Creditable education includes education from other than an accredited institute
of higher learning that meets the requirements of the qualifications standards.
To meet the 24 semester hour requirement, the other education must be equivalent
to course work in a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in biological
sciences, natural resources, wildland fire management, forestry, or agriculture.
Therefore, most technology type coursework will not meet this requirement.

Technical Fire Management1 - Upper Division 18 semester hours
All modules must be successfully completed before the 18 semester hours are
credited.
Module I/IA Statistics/Computers & Math
Module II Economics
Module III Fuels Management
Module IV Fire Ecology and Fire Effects
Module V Fire and Land Management
Module VI Final Project Reviews
National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Courses2 - Upper Division
FIEM Fire in Ecosystem Management 1 semester hour
FML Fire Management Leadership 1 semester hour
FPM Fire Program Management 1 semester hour
LFML Local Fire Management Leadership 1 semester hour
NFMAS National Fire Management Analysis System 1 semester hour
RX-450 Smoke Management Techniques 1 semester hour
RX-540 Applied Fire Effects 1 semester hour
RX-590 Prescribed Fire Behavior Interpretation 2 semester hours
(to be combined with S-590)
S-490 Advanced Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations 1 semester hour
S-491 National Fire Danger Rating System 1 semester hour
S-492 Long Term Fire Risk Assessment 1 semester hour
S-493 Fire Area Growth Simulation 1 semester hour
S-520 Advanced Incident Management 2 semester hours
S-580 Advanced Fire Use Applications 1 semester hour
(National Parks & Wilderness Fire Mgmt)
S-590 Fire Behavior Interpretation 2 semester hours
S-620 Area Command 1 semester hour

*Note: OPM's Qualification standards may be seen at any Federal government
personnel office or accessed via the Internet at
www.opm.gov/qualifications/index.htm (see the Group Coverage Standard and
Individual Qualification Standard and Occupational Requirements in series order
(IOR). Applicants will be considered if OPM Qualification Standard requirements,
and time-in-grade requirements are met within 60 days of the closing date of the
announcement.



Method Of Evaluation: Promotion panel members, a subject matter expert, or a
human resources specialist will evaluate each candidate's qualifications
including experience, performance, awards, training, and education.

Tour Of Duty: Permanent full-time.

Work Environment:
When involved in assessment of field operations, the employee is subject to a
moderate degree of risk from falls, falling limbs or similar debris, and moving
machinery or equipment. The work requires regular and recurring risks or
discomforts involved in working outdoors with exposure to smoke, heat, adverse
weather conditions which necessitate following procedures to minimize risks.

Other Information:

If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be
hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine,
imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

Promotion Potential: If selected below the target grade, promotion to the GS-11
grade level may be without further competition upon completion of performance and
time-in-grade requirements.

Veterans Preference: Generally, preference is granted to veterans who entered the
military service prior to October 14, 1976; or served on active duty during the
period from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992, and who is otherwise
eligible; or who have served in a military action for which they received a
Campaign Badge or Expeditionary Medal. This includes the Armed Forces
Expeditionary Medal (AFEM) awarded to those who participated in Operation Joint
Endeavor or Operation Joint Guard. Also, you may be entitled to veterans
preference if you are a disabled veteran; you have received a Purple Heart; you
are the spouse or mother of a disabled veteran; or you are the widow, widower, or
mother of a deceased veteran. You will need to submit a Standard Form (SF) 15 and
proof of your claim.

FLSA: Exempt

Bargaining Unit Status: Position is included in a bargaining unit.

Availability Of Government Housing & Forest Service Affiliated Day Care
Facilities: None

How To Apply ? Submit the following information. The following must be postmarked
on or before the closing date and received within one week of the closing date.
If applying by fax application must be received in the Western Operations
Center's Human Resource Office by the close of business on the closing date.

1. Submit one of the following: OF-612, Optional Application for Federal
Employment; a detailed resume which contains the basic information requested on
the OF-612; or any other written format. OF-612 may be obtained from the OPM web
site at www.opm.gov/forms/html/numeric.htm. Please ensure that the announcement
number and the grade level for which application is being made appear on the
document submitted. *** Regardless of the form you provide, make sure you show
enough detail in your job description blocks to be properly evaluated. Also, if
current and/or prior positions you have held contain a variety of duties,
indicate percentage of time performing those duties that are intended to meet the
specialized experience requirements for this position. If no percentages are
shown, we will be unable to make a proper determination regarding your
specialized experience, which could result in your not being considered for the
position.***

If you submit a resume or any other form of written correspondence, it must
contain the following information:
-Job Information: Announcement number, title and grade(s) of the job for
which you are applying;
-Personal Information: Full name, mailing address, day and evening phone
numbers with area code, Social Security number, country of citizenship, and the
following if applicable: veteran's preference, proof of federal employment
reinstatement eligibility, and highest federal civilian grade and series held and
for what timeframes.
-Education: High School (name, city, state, and zip code), date of diploma
or GED, colleges and universities you attended (name, city, state, and zip code),
majors, type and year of degrees received. Show total semester hours or quarter
hours earned.
-Work Experience: Give the following information for paid and volunteer
work experience related to the job for which you are applying: job title (include
series and grade if federal job), duties
and responsibilities, employer's name and address, supervisor's name and phone
number, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours per week, and salary.
Do not send job descriptions. Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor.
-Other Qualifications: List job-related training courses (title & year)
and job-related skills such as other languages, computer/software/hardware,
tools, machinery, and typing speed; current job related certificates and licenses
and job related honors, and special accomplishments such as publications,
memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public
speaking, and performance awards. (Required)

2. Submit a copy of your current or most recent performance rating, and a
separate list showing your last three supervisors and contact numbers, as well as
three references and contact numbers. (Required)

3.SF-50 (or form used in lieu of SF-50), Notification of Personnel Action,
indicating proof of permanent or conditional tenure in the competitive service.
(Required ? for current or former government employee who are reinstatement
eligible and ICTAP AND CTAP applicants outside the Forest Service)

4. Legible copy of your college transcript verifying you meet the basic
requirements of this position. (Required)

5. Copy of your DD-214 if applying as a VRA or 30% disabled Veteran candidate or
as preference eligible or veteran who was separated from the Armed Forces under
honorable conditions. Indicate in a cover memo if you are applying as a VRA; or
30% disabled Veteran; or as a preference eligible or veteran who was separated
from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions. Veteran's status will only be
granted if required forms are attached to your application. (Required if applying
under the Veteran?s Readjustment Authority; or as a 30% disabled vet; or applying
under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998).

6. Proof of eligibility as a displaced or surplus employee if seeking special
selection consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan or
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). Such proof is RIF notice,
or certificate of expected separation, or other certification identifying surplus
status, and a copy of current or most recent performance rating. (Required - For
CTAP or ICTAP candidates only).

If required documents requested in the vacancy announcement are not received
within required time frame, the application will not be considered.

Please place the announcement number on whichever document is submitted. Indicate
your current Lotus Notes address on your application if you are a USDA, Forest
Service employee.

An incomplete application package may result in applicant not being considered
for the position. Electronic systems and use of internal mail systems are
permitted in response to vacancy announcement; however, the Forest Service shall
not pay for certified mail, express mail, or postage on any applications. The
agency shall not accept applications received in franked or metered government
envelopes. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure the timely
receipt of the application regardless of submission method used. The Forest
Service assumes no responsibility for late delivery of applications.

Note: Please do not submit your application packet in a notebook, binder, or
other cumbersome covering. Do not submit copies of position descriptions, letters
of commendation/appreciation, or publications unless specifically requested in
the announcement. References to these items may be made on the biographical
sketch or in response to evaluation criteria.

Submit Application To:

Regular mail thru the U.S. Post Office:

USDA, Forest Service
Western Operations Center ? HR
Attn: Yvonne Steward (MIS-167-05D)
P.O. Box 1270
Hot Springs, AR 71902

Hand delivering your application or using express mail services:
USDA Forest Service
Federal Building, Second Floor, Room 208
Attn: Yvonne Steward (MIS-167-05D)
100 Reserve Street
Hot Springs, AR 71901

Electronic submissions:

Candidates with Lotus Notes in the Forest Service may submit their applications
by FAX or send to Lotus Notes address: ysteward@fs.fed.us

Candidates outside the Forest Service may submit their application by FAX.

TDD: 501/321-5307 phone: (501) 321-5302 FAX: (501)-321-5234

Final selections are generally made 6-8 weeks after the closing date of the
announcement. Only the selected applicant will be notified. Additional
information may be obtained by contacting the personnel office at (501)-321-5386.
Collect calls will not be accepted.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: The USDA Forest Service provides reasonable
accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable
accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact
the point of contact listed on the vacancy announcement. The decision on granting
reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in
all of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin,
age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status,
parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political
beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived
from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all
programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for
communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.)
should contact USDA's Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a
complaint of discrimination, write USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400
Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272
(voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER AND
EMPLOYER.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office Of Civil
Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW,
Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202)-720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an
equal opportunity provider and employer.