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Engineering Equipment Operator (Fire)

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This position serves as an operator of heavy equipment on Initial attack, fire, and fuels management activities located on a forest unit and is also responsible for operating this equipment in support of other natural resource projects.
This announcement will be used to collect applications for two hiring events.
The first application deadline will be 11:59PM EST August 30, 2018.
The second application deadline will be 11:59PM EST October 15, 2018.
Information on specific locations where jobs are being filled and the dates applications are due for these locations can be found on the Forest Service website.
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. Pay rates vary depending on location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown. Please visit the Appropriated Fund Wage Schedules webpage for additional information on pay rates.
This position is being concurrently announced under USDA Demonstration Project procedures (open to US Citizens) under announcement number 19-FIREHIRE-EQOPTR-8DP . Current or former Federal employees and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to this Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement.Learn more about this agency
Responsibilities
The primary purpose of this position is the operation of a variety of heavy equipment for fire suppression activities. Incumbent must have an understanding of fire behavior, fuels, weather and topography to safely and effectively perform initial attack on wildland fires. Suppression activities may be under immediate supervision, however, incumbent may be required to conduct suppression activities independently.
Operates one or more types of heavy equipment to push, pull, pile, or load materials such as sand, gravel, and earth. Clears brush, tree stumps, and rocks while constructing fire lines for suppression and prescribed fire activities. Adjusts the attachments for proper level, angle, or depth, according to the work to be done and the type of equipment used.
Work is generally done on flat or rolling terrain with simple terrain problems.
May serve in positions as qualified on wildland and prescribed fire. May perform a full range of duties for fire, roads, timber, silviculture, recreation, wilderness, or research activities.
Is required to have a good degree of mechanical ability and skill to perform preventive maintenance and minor repair of equipment.
Transports heavy equipment to job site. Completes all agency required administrative duties. May provide direction and instruction to personnel assigned to assist.
Performs wildlife suppression support as directed within training and physical and other duties as assigned.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - Occasional overnight travel may be required for fire suppression or fire related assignments.
Supervisory status
No
Promotion Potential
08
Who May ApplyThis job is open to?
Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP, VEOA/VRA and reinstatement eligibles; Farm Service Agency permanent county employees; 30% or more disabled veterans; Individuals with Disabilities; former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers; Public Land Corp eligibles; Resource Assistants; and eligibles for other Hiring Authorities.
Questions? This job is open to 6 groups.
Job family (Series)
5716 Engineering Equipment Operating
Requirements
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
You must be a US Citizen or US National.
Must be 18 years of age.
Successful completion of a one-year probationary or trial period.
Willing to live/work in remote locations (volatile/unpredictable).
Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training.
Must possess and maintain a Valid Driver's License.
Primary firefighter positions include the following age requirements: Under age 37 -OR- less than age 37 after subtracting the months of Federal Service worked in a primary or secondary firefighter/law enforcement position -OR- a veteran preference eligible, older than age 37 and is requesting a waiver to the maximum age requirement -OR- eligible under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, older than 37, and requesting a waiver to the maximum age requirement.
WORK CAPACITY TEST (WCT) for Wildland Firefighters: This position participates in wildland firefighting activities. Based on the type of work performed, TAKING and PASSING the WCT at the MODERATE level is a "condition of employment." The Moderate fitness (Field) test requires completing a two (2) mile hike within thirty (30) minutes, while carrying a twenty-five (25) pound pack. You are strongly encouraged to consult with your physician and begin training immediately if applying for this position. This announcement constitutes the required 30 days advanced notice for testing requirements.
Must be able to obtain a commercial driver's license (CDL) within 90 days of appointment date as a condition of employment.
This position requires the selectee to possess a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) and therefore, is a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Department of Transportation (DOT)/Forest Service Alcohol and Controlled Substance Testing Program. Applicant tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use unless they currently occupy a TDP under the DOT/Forest Service Alcohol and Controlled Substances Testing Program. Final appointment is conditional on a negative drug test. This announcement constitutes 30 days advance notice.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
Selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to payments for moving expenses - 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act, Public Law 115-97. Questions should be directed to the Travel Help Desk, 877-372-7248, Option 1, or email asc_tos@fs.fed.us.
Qualifications
Applicants are required to meet the following job elements (Skills, knowledge, ability, and personal characteristics considered necessary for success on the job).
To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Education
There is no substitution of education for specialized experience.



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