Forestry Aids (Fire Suppression)- Virginia

  • U.S. Forest Service
  • George Washington And Jefferson National Forest, Valleypointe Parkway, Roanoke, VA, USA
  • Aug 07, 2018
Temporary Conservation/ Natural Resources Forestry Wildland and Forest Fire Control

Job Description

Many vacancies in the following locations:

Summary

PLEASE NOTE: This vacancy is being used to fill positions for FY2019 (1 Oct 2018 and later) 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 the position is wildland fire suppression/management/control, as a firefighter on an engine, hotshot, helitack or hand crew. Other wildland fire related duties might involve fire prevention, patrol, detection, or prescribed burning.  

The number and location of positions to be filled will be dependent upon individual until needs. 

By Selecting the “Location Negotiable after Selection” option when selecting your referred duty locations, implies your willingness to accept positions in any duty location or surround area on the announcement that you may not have listed as a preferred location. Selecting this duty location is encouraged as it increases our chances of receiving an offer. 

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 Management’s 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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Responsibilities

Performs assignments to develop knowledge of fuels management and fire suppression techniques and practices such as fireline construction, use of pumps and engines, hose lays, foam and retardant, working around aircraft, safety rules, and fire and fuels terminology.

Searches out and extinguishes burning materials by moving dirt, applying water by hose or backpack pump, etc.

Moves dirt, chops brush, or fells small trees to build fireline using various hand tools such as axe, shovel, Pulaski, McLeod and power saws to control spreading wildland fire and to prepare lines prior to prescribed burning. Chops, carries and piles logging slash.

Patrols the fireline to locate and extinguish sparks, flareups, and hot spot fires that may threaten developed firelines.

Cleans, reconditions and stores fire tools and equipment.

May be assigned to other resource management activities such as recreation, timber, or reforestation when not performing fire suppression or fuels management duties.

ALSO SEE GS-4 Forestry Technician (Fire Suppression) job announcement

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Sector

Government- Federal

Salary

$12.74 per hour Pay scale & grade GS 03 Work schedule Fu