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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 and operates this equipment in support of other natural resource projects, is located on a forest unit and is responsible for the operation of a variety of heavy equipment for fire suppression activities. The incumbent must have an understanding of fire behavior, fuels, weather and topography to safely and effectively perform initial attack on wildland fires. Work is generally performed in steep, hilly, rocky, and other types of adverse terrain.
This announcement will be used to collect applications for two hiring events.
The first application deadline will be 11:59PM EST August 30, 2018. This deadline is for the following locations:
Region (R5) - (California) Region (R8) - (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma and Virginia).
The second application deadline is for all locations and 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-10DP. 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
Operates engineering equipment, such as graders, tractors with bulldozer or angledozer blades, front-end loaders, backhoes, trench diggers, and large industrial tractors, on all types of terrains, close to buildings, trees, dropoffs, rocks, or other obstructions and obstacles. Excavates, backfills, grades, or levels earth to rough specifications on all types of terrain. Moves earth on mountains and steep slopes, graded curves and shoulders, rocky or soft ground, hilly forests, and other similar rough features to grade the earth to the general contour desired on trails, roads, canals, tunnels, or construction sites. Performs rough grading as well as fine surfacing on flat or rolling terrain.
Operates a variety of heavy equipment for fire suppression activities. Has an understanding of fire behavior, fuels, weather and topography to safely and effectively perform initial attack on wildland fires. Work is generally performed in steep, hilly, rocky, and other types of adverse terrain. Suppression activities may be under immediate supervision, however, incumbent may be required to conduct suppression activities independently.
Adjusts equipment attachments for proper positioning and working order, making adjustments without stopping the power unit or the equipment. Steers and operates by using clutches, levers, brakes, and valves according to the slope or tilt.
Transports heavy equipment to job site.
Performs wildfire suppression support as directed within training and physical capabilities 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
10
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.
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.
Successful completion of a one year probationary or trial period.
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.
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 experience.



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