Forestry Aid (Fire)

  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge administrative office, Florida 29, Immokalee, FL, USA
  • Feb 11, 2018
Full time Conservation/ Natural Resources Forestry Wildland and Forest Fire Control

Job Description


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This position is part of the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. As a Forestry Aid (Fire) you will serve as a member of a fire crew to suppress the full range of wild land fires.

Applicants are ineligible for this position if ANY time they have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime of domestic violence, unless such conviction was expunged, set aside or the applicant receives a pardon.

TEMPORARY 1039: This is a full-time temporary position not-to-exceed 1 year that will total less than 1040 hours (6 months), excluding overtime in a service year. The service year is the calendar year that begins on the date of the employee's initial appointment in the agency. These appointments may be extended from year to year. Extensions of appointment without further competition may be granted based on work needs, funding, or any other condition of employment. The employee may be terminated or placed on an intermittent work schedule (no pre-scheduled tour of duty) at any time.

Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. Effective January 2015, employees on temporary appointments may be eligible for health benefits through the Federal Employees Health Benefits program and, if eligible, will receive the same government contribution as full-time permanent employees. To be eligible for consideration, temporary employees working full-time or part-time must be on appointments expected to last at least 90 days, or be on an intermittent work schedule and expected to work 130 hours per month for at least 90 days. Employees electing to participate in the FEHB will be responsible for the employee share of the premium while on the official agency roles, which is deducted from bi-weekly earnings. After separating from federal employment, employees will be offered to continue participation in FEHB under the Temporary Continuation of Coverage (TCC) option. Employees electing to continue coverage under the TCC provision will be responsible for the full premium amount plus a 2% administration fee.

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As a Forestry Aid (Fire), you will

Dig ground for fire suppression operations.
Use an axe, fire shovel, fire rake, flappers, drip torch and operate a chainsaw.
Maintain and/or repair hand tools that you used in a wild land or prescribed fire.
Instruct others in the use of wild land fire equipment, methods, and safety practices.

Physical Demands: Work often requires physical exertion while overseeing fire suppression activities including walking over rough, steep, uneven terrain in all types of weather. The incumbent is faced with emergency situations at all hours and must respond quickly. The position may require long shifts or multi-day assignments under primitive living conditions during emergencies. During fire season, extended fire assignments away from the unit may be required under very stressful situations.

Work Environment: Field work is sometimes performed in steep terrain where surfaces may be uneven, rocky, or covered with thick vegetation. Temperatures are frequently extreme, both from weather and fire conditions where the presence of smoke and/or dust conditions are frequently severe.

Travel Required

50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Closes 02/23/2018


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Job Level



Government- Federal


$26,587 to $34,561 per year. Pay scale & grade GS 3.