Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service Supervisory Forestry Technician (Fire) in Alamo, Texas

Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
2 vacancies in the following locations:
  • Alamo, TX
  • Los Fresnos, TX
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (9 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (2 day(s) away)

Job Overview

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RELOCATION EXPENSES: Relocation expenses are not authorized.

These are permanent, full-time positions. One position is located at the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, Alamo, Texas, and one position located at the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, Los Fresnos, Texas.

NOTE: This position is also being advertised under Merit Promotion Procedures and is open to status candidates. To be considered under merit promotion procedures, you must submit a separate application and supplemental documentation to vacancy announcement number R2-17-1823034-AL-MP.

All application materials and supporting documentation must be received by the closing date of this announcement (including Veterans Preference documentation).

  • Personally engages in fighting range, forest, and other wildland fires for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) as well as on fires for which cooperative agreements exit between the Service and outside entities, such as State, Federal, military, and local resource management organizations across the country.

  • Prepares fire related reports and maps. Documents fire management efforts.

  • Serves as crew chief on wildfires, determining potential for ground and air access, laying out and organizing lines of attack, accessing potential for backburning and use of fire trenches, and ensuring availability of equipment, water, and supplies needed to carry out wildfire suppression.

  • Determines when refuge wildfires require auxiliary firefighting crews and aerial support; dispatches fire crews; and provides onsite direction and support to crew members on the fire line.

  • Operates mobile firefighting equipment, e.g., tankers, backhoes, trenchers, fire boats, and engines (Driving a fire engine, tanker, or other vehicle with a gross weight of 26,000 pounds or more requires a commercial driver's license).

  • Utilizes and maintains aerial fire ignition and suppression devices and equipment such as those using potassium permanganate pellets, gasoline gel caplets, terrain torches, and slurry buckets.

  • Provides basic fire suppression and fire control courses to firefighting personnel, including personnel from cooperating Federal organizations, and/or Native American groups sponsored by the Service; develops and directs field training exercises; and works with others to present basic and advanced fire fighting training.

Travel Required
  • 25% or Greater
  • to fight fires, attend training, and attend meetings.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Moderate Level Background Investigation
  • One-year probation period
  • Medical Exam and Drug Testing Required
  • IFPM Qualifications Required

By the closing date of this announcement, you must meet the minimum qualification requirements as outlined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook and as identified in this announcement below.

Specialized Experience Requirements:

GS-6 grade level, you must meet A, B, or C below:

A. one year of specialized wildland fire experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience may include: perform fire prevention activities such as patrolling to gauge fire potential and occurrence; distribute literature explaining the fire prevention program to the public, and prepare fire reports; instruct and provide on-the-job training to personnel in the use of wildland fire control equipment, methods, and safety procedures; operate wildland fire engines weighing up to 18,000 pounds gross vehicle weight (GVW); assist in maintaining records of fire time and attendance work done by fire crews, and related activities.

B. completed at least 1 year (18 semester hours) of graduate level education directly related to this position.

C. an equivalent combination of graduate education AND qualifying experience.

GS-7 grade level, you must meet A, B, or C below:

A. one year of specialized wildland fire experience equivalent to the GS-6 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience may include: lay out and organize lines of attack for a wildland fire; locate and construct firelines; dispatch fire crews and provides onsite direction and support to crew members on the fireline; ensure availability of equipment, water, and supplies; train others in equipment safety, maintenance and use; conduct informal on-the-job fire training sessions; distribute literature and explain the fire prevention plan to the general public; use computer software for database creation, management, and manipulation (e.g., Microsoft Access, WIMS, Fire Base, etc.).

B. completed at least 1 year (18 semester hours) of graduate level education directly related to this position.

C. an equivalent combination of graduate education AND qualifying experience.

Transcripts*:* You must submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial photocopy) to support your educational claims if you are qualifying for the position based on education. Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date will result in disqualification from further consideration. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill the position. College transcripts are still required if you currently occupy or previously occupied the series for which you are applying.

Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body.

To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link: View Occupational Questionnaire


A background investigation is required for this position.

Completion of a 1-year probationary period is required if one has not yet been completed. Completion of a 1 year supervisory probationary period is required if one has not yet been completed.

The applicant must possess all of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position:


1) Incident Commander, Type 5 (ICT5)

2) Single Resource Boss (SRB) – Crew or Engine

3) S-211

Must obtain and continuously meet requirements for a National Interagency Fire Qualification System (NIFQS) rating of firefighter.

Must attain the prerequisite physical stamina and strength needed to perform rigorous duties and must demonstrate abilities at the prescribed level annually.

The Incumbent will be required to obtain and wear an official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform.

Incumbent must be able to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle. A valid state driver's license is required.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

Duties involve rigorous fieldwork 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.

The work is primarily performed in forest and range 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. Personnel must adjust and cope with exposure to weather elements, dust and smoke, poor sleeping and eating conditions and unpredictable sets of circumstances. Incumbent 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 light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of the status of your application. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

View Occupational Questionnaire


The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.

Other Information

1. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" *plus the proof required by that form. *For more information on veteransÂ’ preference see

2. If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified for the position and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For more information on CTAP/ICTAP see

3. Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

Salary Range: $36,025.00 to $52,043.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0462-06/07

Promotion Potential: 07

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453093000

Job Announcement Number: R2-17-1823025-AL-DEU