Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service Forestry Aid/Technician (Fire) in Austwell, Texas

Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
2 vacancies in the following locations:
  • Austwell, TX
  • Los Fresnos, TX
Work Schedule is Full Time - Temporary NTE 1040 hrs.

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (13 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 10/26/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

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These are full-time, temporary appointments not to exceed 1 year with the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Austwell, Texas, and the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge in Los Fresnos, Texas. These are temporary appointments not to exceed 1040 hours in a service year. Incumbents may be rehired in subsequent years as long as 1040 hours has not been exceeded in the previous year.

The selected applicants will be hired at the GS-03 or GS-04 grade level. There is no promotion potential for temporary positions.

RELOCATION EXPENSES: Relocation expenses are not authorized.

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



  • Serve as a skilled member of a fire or engine crew with responsibility for using a variety of specialized tools, equipment, and techniques in controlling and suppressing fires.

  • Operate a engine for short periods of time.

  • Scout fires and develops data on hazardous areas.

  • Maintain firefighting tools and equipment.

  • Receive and record reports of fires and executes initial attack plans.

  • Assist in dispatching personnel and equipment.

  • Participate in the fire pre-suppression program assisting in recruiting, training, and organizing firefighting crews.

Travel Required
  • 25% or Greater
  • to fight fires, attend training, and attend meetings.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Non-Sensitive Background Investigation Required
  • Medical Examination Required
  • Drug Testing 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.


GS-3: 6 months general experience OR completion of 1 year above high school with courses related to the occupation.

GS-4: 6 months general experience and 6 months specialized experience OR completion of 2 years above high school with courses related to the occupation.


Education and Training:

GS-3: Successful completion of 1 year of study that included at least 6 semester hours in a combination of courses such as range management or conservation, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, mathematics, or other natural or physical sciences.

GS-4: Successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.

**Specialized Experience (for positions at GS-4 and above): In addition to the experience requirements described in the group coverage standard, seasonal experience may also be creditable. A season of experience is considered to be a period of no less than 3 months of continuous employment on a seasonal basis. Shorter periods may be combined to make a season, provided a total of at least 3 months' experience is shown. For any period where the work exceeded 3 months, the excess work is credited towards an additional season of experience. Four seasons of experience are qualifying for GS-4.

Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Forestry aid or technician work. Engineering, range, or soil conservation technician work that involved the application of cultural, resource conservation, or land management practices on nonforest or ranch lands when combined with knowledge of forestry operations and equipment. Farming or ranching work that involved application of cultural and soil and water conservation practices, including safety and use of equipment, and that provided a basic understanding of land use. Forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work.

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 non-sensitive low background investigation is required for this position.

  • THIS IS A DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION. Applicant(s) tentatively selected for this position will be required prior to appointment to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use. As a condition of continued employment in this position, incumbent will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use.

  • A level of physical fitness is required to allow the employee to work under periods of stress and physical exertion such as walking in rough terrain during field inspections and on fire assignments. Fire assignments require a physical fitness level meeting the requirements of 310-1, Wildland Fire Qualification Subsystem Guide.

  • The person selected for this position will be required to submit the Federal Interagency Medical History, Examination, and Clearance Form for Wildland Firefighters (Arduous Duty), if the form is not already on file.

  • 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.

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: $25,731.00 to $37,551.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0462-03/04

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453088100

Job Announcement Number: R2-17-1822979-AL-DEU