Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service Forestry Technician (Fire) in Rio Grande City, Texas

Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Rio Grande City, TX
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (8 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (7 day(s) away)

Job Overview

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RELOCATION EXPENSES: Relocation expenses are not authorized.

This is a permanent, full-time GS-04 or GS-05 position located at the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge with duty location in Rio Grande, 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 R2-17-1823057-AL-MP

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

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

Firefighting is extremely arduous and hazardous. The work requires strenuous physical exertion, including carrying heavy objects, walking, climbing, bending, stooping, hacking through underbrush and using heavy tools for long periods of time. Most work is performed outdoors in a forest and/or rangeland setting. Terrain ranges from flat and swampy to steep and rocky and is often covered with thick, tangled vegetation or various trees and grasses. Temperature extremes, smoke, and dust are frequently severe. The hazardous nature of the work requires the use of protective gear and clothing (boots, hard hat, nomex clothing, gloves, etc). The work is typically performed in isolated locations, which are often away from roads and water sources; camping is necessary for extended periods.

  • Actively participates in fire prevention, suppression, and prescribed burning.

  • Performs fire prevention activities such as patrolling to gauge fire potential and occurrence, distributing literature explaining the fire prevention program to the public, and preparing fire reports.

  • Instructs and provides on-the-job training to personnel in the use of wildland fire control equipment, methods, and safety procedures. Dispatches personnel, supplies and equipment as required.

  • Operates wildland fire engines weighing up to 18,000 pounds gross vehicle weight (GVW). Operates engines over 18,000 pounds GVW in the absence of regularly assigned personnel. Assists in maintaining records of fire time and attendance work done by fire crews, and related activities. Maintains a record of personal observations concerning the performance of others and problems encountered during fire control actions.

Travel Required
  • 25% or Greater
  • to fight fires, attend training, and meetings
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Non-Sensitive Low Background Investigation
  • One-year probation period
  • Medical Examination & Drug Testing Required
  • IFPM Qualifications Apply for GS-05

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. This handbook can be viewed at


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. 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.

GS-5: At least 1 year specialized experience equivalent to a GS-04 in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience may include: participate in fire prevention, suppression, and prescribed burning; prepare fire reports; instruct and provide on-the-job; dispatch personnel, supplies and equipment; operates wildland fire; maintain records of fire time and attendance work done by fire crews OR successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major degree as described in OPM's Individual occupational requirements for either the 455 or 462 series OR an equivalent combination of the specialized experience and education described above.

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.

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).

Drug Testing: Applicants selected for this position will be required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result prior to appointment. In addition, this position is a drug testing designated position subject to random drug testing for illegal drug use.

Security Clearance: A background investigation MAY be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

Firefighter position requirements: This position is approved as a primary firefighter position for coverage under the special CSRS and FERS retirement provisions of 5 USC8336(c) and 5 USC 8412 (d).

Applicants must continuously meet the requirements for a National Interagency Fire Qualification System (NIFQS) rating of Firefighter.

Medical Requirements: Applicants selected for this position must meet the Federal Interagency Wildland Firefighter Medical Qualification Standards for arduous duty wildland firefighting and will be required to pass the pre-employment medical exam.

Applicants must maintain the prerequisite physical stamina and strength needed to perform rigorous duties and must pass the Work Capacity Test at the arduous level annually.

The Incumbents 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.

NWCG Incident Management Qualifications for GS-05:

Firefighter, Type I (FFT1)


S-290 'Intermediate Fire Behavior'

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: $28,553.00 to $41,530.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0462-04/05

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453097700

Job Announcement Number: R2-17-1823054-AL-DEU