Forestry Technicians (Fire)

  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Winnie, TX, USA
  • Jun 07, 2018
Full time Forestry Wildland and Forest Fire Control

Job Description

Summary

This position is part of the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge. As a Forestry Technician (Fire) you will be responsible for wildland fire suppression/management/control.

This announcement is being advertised concurrently under R2-18-10225162-TL-MP for current and former federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.

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Responsibilities

  • 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.
  • 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.

Physical Demands/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.

Travel Required

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

Closes 06/19/2018

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Sector

Government- Federal

Salary

$34,082 to $49,574 per year. Pay scale & grade GS 4 - 5.