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Forest Service Geographic Area Coordination Center Dispatch Coordinator in Missoula, Montana

Summary This position located in the Northern Region 1, USDA Forest Service unit. The position serves as operations coordinator, and supports the coordination, logistical support, and dispatch of emergency resources across the nation, which includes all lands administered by various federal and state agencies. For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Kathy Pipkin at kathy.pipkin@usda.gov . Responsibilities Duties listed are at full performance grade GS-11 level. Coordinate emergency resources, and assist with the overall execution of activities of the Operations Section of the Geographic Area Coordination Center. Provides operational oversight, guidance, and limited supervision for up to ten support/ supervisory dispatchers and other support personnel. Participate in allocating resources and prioritizing incidents during periods of fire and non-fire activity and prescribed/planned fires. Coordinate the mobilization, reassignment, and demobilization of resources; ensure appropriate safety measures are taken. Coordinate with federal and state agencies for ordering resources through the national dispatch system to support national emergencies. 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 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade 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. Examples of Specialized Experience are: Participated in allocating resources and prioritizing incidents during periods of fire and non-fire activity and prescribed/planned fires (intra- and inter-geographic). Assisting in providing guidance and determining conformance with established policies, programs and procedures with special emphasis on logistics support and dispatch coordination (e.g., fire plans, preparedness and readiness of fire equipment and personnel, aviation operations, etc.). Providing information regarding the status and danger posed by wildland fires, air quality, and transportation disruptions to local governments and media outlets. For the GS-11 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least to the GS-9 grade 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., if related; 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 hours leading to a Ph.D.). Examples of Specialized Experience are: Assisting in the coordinating of the mobilization, reassignment, and demobilization of resources for fire and non-fire incidents. Assisting in developing operating manuals, handbooks, and guides, standard operating procedures, and training in the safe and effective mobilization of resources. Assisting in gathering predictive services information and analysis, current activity, national activity, and situational awareness to plan, coordinate, and direct center services. 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. 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. 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 QUALIFICATION 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. Forest Service daycare facilities may be available. Government housing is not available. Telework is available on a situational/limited basis. 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. Positions filled from this announcement may be a bargaining or a non-bargaining unit position represented by either NFFE, AFGE or NAGE.

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