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FORESTRY TECHNICIAN (Assistant Hotshot Crew Superintendent) - West Valley City, UT #7509074

Company: Department Of The Interior

Date: 07/08/2020

City: West Valley City, UT

Employment type: Full-time

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This position is located in West Valley City, Utah. Information about the surrounding area may be found here

We expect to fill one vacancy at this time; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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  • Serves as Assistant Superintendent of an IHC, which primarily responds to wildland fire emergencies and provides day-to-day fireline supervision.
  • May be assigned to other fireline supervisory positions for which qualified, such as Incident Commander. Burn Boss, or other operations or prescribed fire positions.
  • Determines preparedness and suppression needs, facilitates procurement, formulates and prepares project plans for the Interagency Hotshot Crew (IHC).
  • Assists with the formulation of the annual IHC budget and maintains a system of accounts to track program expenditures.
  • Manages assigned property by procuring, maintaining and inventorying tools and equipment to meet individual crew needs, to ensure assigned personnel meet fire readiness standards on a daily basis.
  • Assists with organizational training needs assessments. Applies appropriate agency incident business and resource management objectives, practices, and policies to meet objectives.
  • Provides technical and administrative supervision to the IHC.
  • Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets and adjusts priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work.
  • Develops performance standards and evaluates work performance of subordinates. Advises, counsels, and instructs employees on both work and administrative matters.
  • Hears and resolves minor complaints from employees. Refers group grievances and more serious unresolved complaints to a higher- level supervisor or manager. Takes disciplinary measures as required.
  • Prepares evaluation criteria used in determining eligible candidates for vacancies in the organization.
  • Manages the environmental and workplace hazards of the wildland fire environment and provides leadership and direction to subordinates in the recognition and mitigation of these hazards following applicable laws, polices and guidelines.

Travel Required

50% or less - Frequent travel will be required during times of peak fire activity.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0462 Forestry Technician

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Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Be sure to read the ?How to Apply? and ?Required Documents? Sections.
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license: nor can you have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Lands.
  • Direct Deposit Required.
  • Appointment will be subject to a favorably adjudicated background/suitability investigation/determination.
  • Your resume must contain enough information to show that you meet the qualification requirements as defined in the announcement. In addition, your responses to the questions must adequately reflect in your resume.
  • This position requires regular and recurring overtime and shift work.
  • You must be 18 years of age or older to be assigned to a hazardous position.
  • You must pass a pre-employment physical.
  • You must meet specified levels on annual physical fitness tests, and pass periodic medical exams for wild land fire personnel, commensurate with current incident management qualifications.
  • You must also pass the work capacity test for arduous positions.
  • An applicant appointed to this position must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license while employed in this position.
  • Applicant(s) tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and to pass the test prior to appointment. In addition, this position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
  • This position requires procurement duties. If selected for this position, you will be required to complete a Procurement Integrity Certification, OF-333 prior to appointment.


Specialized Experience Requirements:

In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement; please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.

To qualify for the GS-08 grade level, 1 year of creditable specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 is required. Examples of work experience include, but are not limited to: Training others on (federal, state, and/or local cooperators) wildland fire suppression strategies and tactics pertinent to initial attack, large fire suppression actions, and wildland urban interface/intermix situations; performing many wildland firefighting technical specializations such as tree felling, helicopter operations, fireline leadership, or initial attack incident command, which are used in fire suppression and prescribed burning; Serving as a Strike Team or Task Force Leader to specialty resources (hotshot, heavy equipment, engines, etc.) or assigned to supervise fire suppression by multiple resources under the most adverse conditions of climate, fuels, and terrain.

Substitution of Education for Experience:

For GS-08: Graduate education (36 semester hours) meets the specialized experience required only in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position. Two full years of graduate education in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, OR an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education.

Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement in accordance with 5 CFR 300.604. If you are a current Federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

This is a secondary/administrative firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS). While secondary positions are not subject to the maximum entry age policy, the selectee must have prior service in a primary position and meet the transfer requirement for movement from a primary to secondary position to be eligible for special retirement coverage. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure this office has enough information to determine your retirement status to ensure you do not lose benefits (normally through submission of your SF-50). YOU MUST LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY IN A PRIMARY POSITION.

This position has been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard. This position has been categorized as a Interagency Hotshot Crew Superintendent (IHCS) and requires selectee to meet the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position unless stated otherwise.

Selective Placement Factor(s): This position requires a special qualification that has been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as a screen out element. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified.

  1. Prior on-the-line firefighting: The Department of the Interior defines wildland firefighting experience as any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland. Wildland firefighting experience is gained through work on the fire line in containment, control, suppression or use of wildland fire. This experience can be met by serving in a temporary, seasonal, or equivalent private sector fire position for no less than 90 days. Wildland fires are categorized into two distinct types: (1) Wildfires - Unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildfires; and (2) Prescribed Fires - Planned ignitions. This description includes only fireline experience on a Prescribed Fire; it does not include experience in the planning stages. Prescribed fire experience must be supplemented by fire suppression experience in order to be creditable as previous wildland firefighting experience. This experience must be documented with specific dates in the online application or resume.

  2. You must have possessed all of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management (qualifications to be considered eligible for this position (currency not required):

A.) Strike Team Crew (STCR), OR Task Force Leader (TFLD), AND

B.) Single Resource Crew Boss (CRWB) AND Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4) or higher.

You must meet all selective placement factor requirements by the closing date of the announcement unless stated otherwise.

Physical Demands: Duties involve rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance, and superior conditioning.

Work Environment: 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.


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