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Regional Fire Training and Workforce Development Program Specialist

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Department Of Agriculture
US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required. Permanent Full-Time
A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation''s most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.
It''s an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.
This position is located on the Northern Region, Region 1, as part of the Fire, Aviation & Air Staff, Fire Suppression Training Unit in Missoula, Montana. This position is established at a Forest Service Regional Office to serve as a program specialist and technical advisor to the Regional Fire Director or Deputy Regional Fire Director for Fire and Aviation Management. The incumbent will be responsible for oversight and management of the training center. The Northern Rockies Training Center is responsible for interagency wildland fire and prescribed fire training, providing training in all incident management and response as well as leadership courses. Primarily the NRTC focuses on 300 & 400 level courses as well as some select 200 level and National level courses. The center hosts a variety of additional training courses and workshops. The Fire Training Specialist is responsible for the development, coordination and delivery of courses at the NRTC.
For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Greg Morris at or e-mail at .us.
This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 14-FIRE-019962G-MAS. Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation.
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.
US Citizenship is required. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. Minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required. Secondary firefighter retirement covered position. Must possess and maintain a Valid Driver's License. USCITIZEN SSR
This position has duties as the Workforce Development Specialist for Region 1 Forest Service employees. Works independently with Forests within the region to ensure the Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) database is current and up-to-date based upon current training records and task book completions. Uses database to determine current workforce capability and future workforce needs. This position is also the Forest Service Regional Training Officer as well as the Geographic Area Training Representative. In addition, this position supervises 4-5 interagency training specialist and staff support.
Provides program leadership and direction in fire management training for the Region. Responsible for evaluating the Region's multi resource fire management training needs and coordinates with cooperating agencies to meet these needs through the design and development of comprehensive fire management training curricula, courses, and materials.
Coordinates with other federal and state wildland fire agencies to determine trends in wildland fire and aviation management training and to seek opportunities for partnerships to make training more effective. Interact with other agency staff at the national, regional, and local levels.
Provides advice and guidance to other federal, state, and local government agencies on appropriate training programs to satisfy mutual fire and aviation management requirements.
Monitors and tracks the development of training programs to achieve workforce capability and capacity goals. Develops strategies to meet future workforce skill needs and identifies associated training objectives, course requirements, timing, etc.
Establishes program priorities and determines what program areas or major projects should be initiated, dropped, or modified.
Coordinates the development of annual program of work and budget proposals to support regional training and workforce development programs. Coordinates budget development with other staff areas and coordinates the annual reporting of the program accomplishments. Provides fire expertise in negotiating contracts for various types of services.
Performs wildfire suppression support as directed within training and physical capabilities and other duties as assigned.
REQUIREMENTS:
Must be 18 years of age.
May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.
Must possess and maintain a valid driver''s license.
You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans' preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans' preference within each category.
Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right.
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Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements and any selective placement factors described below before a certificate of candidates from this announcement is issued to the selecting official. Additional information on the qualification requirements for this position is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website: /#url=Group-Standards.
Basic Qualifications: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience directly related to this position should be documented in the online application or resume. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:
For the GS-12, in addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had one (1) year of specialized experience at least equivalent to GS-11. Examples of work experience that meet this requirement include: Assisting in directing a fire management training program including developing long and short range objectives; developing and presenting wildland firefighting training such as aviation, fire prevention, fire suppression, fuels management, and fire management courses; assisting in developing an annual program of work and budget proposals to support fire management training and workforce development programs; and/or participating in planning sessions involving course development, specifications and criteria for Fire, Fuels, and Aviation Management.
Substitution of Education for Experience: There is no substitution of education for experience for this position.
Combination of Education and Experience: There is no combination of education and experience for this position.
To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements as of the closing date of the announcement.
Selective Placement Factor: A minimum 90 days experience performing wildland fire suppression duties as a member of an organized fire suppression crew or comparable unit that utilized knowledge of wildland fire suppression, containment or control techniques and practices under various conditions. This experience must be documented with specific dates in the online application or resume.
Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.
The following instructions outline our application process.
You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact us if you are requesting this.
Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not have one) at . It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.
Step 2: Create a resume with USAJOBS or upload a resume into your USAJOBS account. Customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. Your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).
Step 3: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.
You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application" to continue.
NOTE: Verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency''s staffing system. Once in the Agency''s staffing system you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded documents must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).
You must submit a complete Application Package, prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date of this announcement. The following documents must be submitted for your application package to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.
College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or you are substituting education for specialized experience and/or if you are using education to meet the criteria for the quality category. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty.
DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) if claiming Veterans' Preference. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit a VA Letter and an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference. Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days.
Other required documents may include:
CTAP/ICTAP Required Documentation Reduction-In-Force: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from.
Worker''s Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50.
Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held. Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.
NOTE : If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency''s staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency''s staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an acknowledgement email that the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate.
We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
This is not a bargaining unit designated position.
Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency''s definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM''s Career Transition Resources website at .
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.
FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE: This is a secondary firefighter position under 5 USC 8336(c) (CSRS) and 8412(d) (FERS). At least 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required. There is no age limit for entry into secondary positions. Firefighter retirement coverage of the incumbent depends upon his or her individual work history.
Applications received become the property of the USDA Forest Service and will not be returned.
Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
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