Lead Forestry Technicians (Lead Wildland Firefighter) - multiple vacancies in MT & SD

  • U.S. Bureau of Land Management
  • Miles City, MT, USA
  • Sep 12, 2018
Full time Wildland and Forest Fire Control

Job Description



BLM is seeking individuals to serve as Lead Wildland Firefighters (Assistant Engine Captains) with the BLM, Eastern Montana/Dakotas District, Division of Fire Management.  

First Consideration Date: We currently have 3 vacancies: 1 in Jordan, 1 in Ashland, and 1 in Miles City, Montana. You must apply on or before September 26, 2018, to receive consideration for these vacancies.

Thereafter, applications may be considered as needed by location during the open period of the announcement.

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At the full performance level, the incumbent is responsible for performing a variety of duties including, but not limited to, the following:

-Driving and operating a wildland fire engine and positioning the engine for proper use and operation.
-Performing and directing others in starting pump engine, priming pump, adjusting engine speed and pump valves, laying hose, and using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustment in effective use of water and additives.
-Making initial evaluation of fire situations, determining rate of spread, potential hazards to property and other improvements, suppression method to use, hose lays, deployment of crew, point of initial attack, type of tools to use, and application of water.
-Performing emergency repairs as necessary to permit continued use of equipment.
-Participating in wildland fire and safety training.
-Operating a variety of motor vehicles to transport equipment, supplies, crew members, etc.
-Providing daily leadership and training for the crewmembers, instructing crew members in specific tasks and techniques, conducting on-the-job training, distributing and controlling work assignments among employees, assuring timely accomplishment of assigned tasks, maintaining work notes and records, reports on work accomplishments, ensuring that the work is carried out safely, and reporting on performance problems and issues.
-Providing supervision of the crew in the absence of the supervisor.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: Duties involve rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance, and superior conditioning. Duties include demands for strenuous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods of time. The work is primarily performed in forest and range environments in steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely uneven, rocky, and covered with vegetation. Temperatures vary from above 100 degrees F to below freezing. Risks include smoke inhalation, fire entrapment, snake or insect bites and stings, exposure to excessive machinery noise, and falling and rolling material. Personnel must adjust and cope with exposure to weather elements, dust and smoke, poor sleeping and eating conditions, and unpredictable sets of circumstances. Incumbent may be required to live in backcountry camps for extended periods of time.

Additional Information:
-This is a LONG-TERM CAREER SEASONAL position (6 to 11 1/2 months). It is expected that the incumbent will work at least 6 months per year, but not more than 11 1/2 months. When work or funds are not available you will be placed in non-pay status.
-This position requires regular and recurring overtime and shift work.
-Must possess a valid driver's license. 
-Miles City Duty Station - May be require the ability to obtain a CDL with in 90 days.
-This position requires you to wear an officially-approved uniform while in a duty status.
-This is a primary fire position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS).  The maximum entry-age for this position shall not exceed age 37, unless you have sufficient prior Federal civilian firefighter experience or you are a preference eligible veteran.  If you are a preference eligible veteran, you may be eligible for this position after your 37th birthday.  You must supply a copy of your Defense Department Form 214 (DD-214) along with Standard Form 15 (if applicable) and any associated documentation in accordance with the instructions in this vacancy announcement.  Failure to provide this documentation with your application will result in loss of eligibility to receive a waiver of the maximum entry age requirement.
-THIS IS A DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION.  In accordance with Executive Order 12564, and under the Department’s Drug Free Workplace Program.  Applicant(s) tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and to pass the test prior to appointment.  In addition, this position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
-Position is subject to meeting pre-employment physical requirements.

Travel Required

50% or less - Frequent travel during times of peak fire activity will be required.

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