*PLEASE NOTE: *This vacancy is being used to fill positions for FY2019 Temporary Employment Hiring Season.
This position is temporary, has a Not-to-Exceed date and will be filled for up to 6 months or as a not to exceed (NTE) 1 year, however an extension of the appointment may be possible without further competition. The appointment may also end early due to lack of work or funds.
This position is located within a National Forest. The primary purpose of this position serves as a Fire Dispatcher located in a dispatch center. The center is responsible primarily for wildland fire preparedness and suppression support activities, but may respond to all-risk incidents as needed or directed.
The number and location of positions to be filled will be dependent upon individual until needs.
Some positions will have varying work schedules. Some positions may have irregular and protracted hours of work. Tours of duty include full-time or less than full-time and will involve working weekends or irregular work hours.
The duty station for this position will be at one of the duty locations listed in this announcement. Final determination of duty station will be made by the selecting official at the time of job offer. Salary range as shown is the locality pay area of Rest of U.S. (RUS). Pay rates vary depending on location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown. Please visit the Office of Personnel Managementâs website for additional information on pay rates.
The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.
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Serves as a dispatcher performing the full range of standardized support duties commonly found in the work area, such as receiving, filling, and tracking resource requests for fire and other emergency incidents.
Follows detailed procedures in initiating requests to higher organizational levels for additional resources as needed.
Maintains resource status and tracking systems and operates telecommunications systems.
Collects, processes, collates and submits incident information to support fire operations (e.g. fire reports, smoke permits, spot weather forecasts, prescribed fire burn requests).
Organizes and reviews completed records of all orders placed and actions taken to ensure adherence to established operating procedures.
Processes weather information (e.g., spot weather forecasts, weather station observations, current and forecasted weather, lightning detection, and fuel moisture levels).
This information is used to determine burning indices, preparedness levels and staffing levels for suppression and aviation resources.
Inputs data into a number of fire-related computer applications (e.g., incident qualification records, fire reporting systems, and automated dispatch systems) and makes the initial assessment of outputs.
Assists in providing critical logistical support information to supervisor. Records and maintains communication logs.
Coordinates and may assist with fire training and orientation. Gathers information for the development and maintenance of the dispatch mobilization guide and internal dispatch operating guides.
Shares information with cooperators and other interested entities.
Occasional travel – Position(s) may involve work away the official duty location to remote worksites within commuting distance (49 miles) and may also require overnight travel and/or camping per fire assignment.
Who May Apply
This job is open toâ¦
US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.
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Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. CItizen or U.S. National
- Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check
- Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
- Must be at least 18 years of age by Entry on Duty date
No Additional Requirements.
You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.
GS-04: (6) Six months of general experience and (6) six months of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-03.
General Experience is defined as: Performed farm/ranch labor, such as feeding/tending livestock or general maintenance of farm/ranch facilities; worked in a greenhouse, nursery or landscaping e.g., planting, moving, watering, and tending plants; animal caretaker in a laboratory, zoo or pet store; volunteer work at a park, hospital, community sports league, local fire department, etc.
Specialized Experience is defined as: Assisted in filing and retrieving documents in a dispatching office. Assisted in receiving and processing requests for equipment, personnel, and supplies in conjunction with wild land fire and emergency incidents. âOR
Successful completion of 2 years of study above high school 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-OR
A combination of education and experience listed above.
To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements on the closing date of this announcement.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
- *BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: * Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
- Bargaining Unit Status: Eligible – Coverage is dependent upon unit location.
- Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agencys definition for a quality candidate as provided in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of this announcement to be considered.
- Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
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