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Forest Service Equipment Specialist in Missoula, Montana

Summary This position is located with USDA Forest Service National Forest Region 1 Fire and Aviation Program, located in Missoula, MT. The equipment specialist position provides expertise and accomplishes projects related to wildland firefighting and fire equipment management. For additional information about the duties and location of this position, please contact Chris Loraas at Christopher.Loraas@usda.gov . Responsibilities Duties listed are at full performance grade GS-11 level. Provides expertise and accomplishes projects related to wildland firefighting and fire aviation equipment management. Evaluates technical aspects of broad equipment maintenance and logistics support plans, and participates in modifying them. Conducts analysis of problems to identify scope, present methods and costs of operation, benefits that could be introduced as a result of adaptation or modification of existing equipment or development of new equipment. Performs all planning and creative steps of equipment design or specifications, modification or adaptation of standard guidelines, or assists in the development of fire equipment or technology. Makes use of in-depth personal knowledge of equipment characteristics and limitations relative to fire control activities to perform testing and troubleshooting assignments at locations throughout the U.S., including Alaska. Provides advisory services related to fire equipment design, production, operation, and maintenance requirements for major components of new or extensively modified equipment systems or commodity classes. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards. Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary. Specialized Experience Requirement: For the GS-9: Applicant must have one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the (GS-7) level in the Federal Service; OR A master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related; OR An appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Specialized experience is defined as assisting in field evaluations, testing, and/or data collection required for determining usability and service-wide acceptance of firefighting equipment including products for firefighter safety, water handling, aerial delivery, hand tools, personal protective equipment (PPE), or other equipment used in firefighting operations. Surveying and obtaining the technical information required to recommend design, fabrication, and evaluation parameters of wildland firefighting equipment. Assisting in the planning, execution, and monitoring of projects evaluating the effectiveness of firefighter equipment for firefighter safety, water handling, aerial delivery, hand tools, personal protective equipment (PPE), helicopter rappelling, and/or smoke jumping. Reading and interpreting specifications, standards, engineering drawings, statements of work, deviation requests, technical manuals, and other technical publications and documentation related to firefighter safety, water handling, aerial delivery, hand tools, personal protective equipment (PPE), or other equipment used in firefighting operations. For the GS-11: Applicant must have one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal Service; OR a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M.,(coursework must be directly related to the position being filled such as forestry, range management, agriculture); OR an appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester/54 quarter hours leading to a Ph.D.). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Specialized experience is defined as assisting in field evaluations and testing programs, including air drop testing, required for determining utility and profession wide acceptance of developed items including clothing, smokejumping, rappel, and personnel equipage items. Making recommendations for safe and efficient program for some phases of the smokejumper operation to include: inspection procedures, planned and implemented testing of equipment to monitor results, and recommended changes in policies or procedures based on results to higher level manager. Participating as an interdisciplinary team member to provide specific knowledge in the design, fabrication and evaluation of equipment related to wildland firefighting and helicopter rapelling and smokejumping. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTORS: A minimum 90 days experience performing on-the-line (Primary/Rigorous) wildland fire suppression duties as a member of an organized fire suppression crew or comparable unit that utilized knowledge of wildland fire suppression, containment or control techniques and practices under various conditions. This experience must be documented with specific dates in the online application or resume. FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE: This is a secondary position covered under the special retirement provisions of 5 USC 8336(c) for the Civil Service Retirement System and of 5 USC 8412(d) for the Federal Employees Retirement System. To receive consideration for this position, you must provide updated required documents and meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Education See QUALIFICATIONS section for education requirements. Additional Information Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. Availability of government housing, federal day care facilities, and telework may be available. Positions filled from this announcement may be a bargaining or a non-bargaining unit position represented by either NFFE, AFGE or NAGE. Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized. Final determination to pay an incentive will be made by the hiring official at time of job offer. The Forest Service may use certain incentives and hiring flexibilities, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract highly qualified candidates. Additional information is available at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/pay-and-leave-flexibilities-for-recruitment-and-retention/ 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 SM.FS.asc_tos@usda.gov PROMOTION POTENTIAL: If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied or guaranteed.

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