These position serve as a principal assistant to one or more
Forest Staff Officer(s) or Forest Fire Management Officer(s)(FFMO)
in directing the complex aviation management program of the Fire &
Aviation Operations on one or more Forest Service units.
Information on specific locations where jobs are being filled
and the dates applications are due for these locations can be found
on theForest Service website.
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- Responsible for the strategic oversight and safety management
of all aviation operations on one or more National Forests.
Provides information and technical direction for all planned and
continuing Forest aviation operations.
- Must also address a variety of unusual conditions, problems, or
questions related to long-range and long-duration matters that
arise. Monitors present programs and missions to advise management
regarding needed changes.
- Conducts analysis of aircraft use to determine long term
organizational and budgetary needs in meeting the Forest's aviation
expectations. Coordinates, plans, and establishes priorities for
the Forest's aircraft use.
- Maintains close liaison with other aviation managers, Forest
Fire Management Officer(s), Deputy Forest FMO(s), Interagency
Dispatch Center Manager(s), and Dispatch Coordinators to exchange
information on current aviation operations.
- Responsible for advising line officers and resource managers on
aviation applications in their programs. Advises project planners
on utilization and suitability of aircraft needed for fire
suppression and aviation projects.
- May be delegated to serve as the Forest Fire Management Officer
in their absence. Prepares and provides the Aviation Operations and
- Prepares Forest level supplements to FSM 5700, the Regional
Aviation Management Plan and the Regional Aviation Mishap
Prevention Plan. Provides leadership in conveying and enforcing
established aviation policy, procedures, and safety standards.
- Initiates or assists in submitting aircraft incident reports.
Implements and or recommends corrective action for aircraft
mishaps. Conducts risk assessment analyses of aviation
- Develops, implements, reviews and evaluates individual aviation
project and safety plans. Sponsors, conducts or recommends aviation
training for the Forests.
- Coordinates with Regional aviation management on Forest
aviation operations, technical guidance, special projects for
aviation support personnel, and other aviation related
- Serves as the primary aviation operations advisor to the Forest
Supervisor or Incident Commander during project fires, or other
projects that may involve aircraft. May support fire operations in
various trainee and fully qualified ICS positions.
- Is expected to achieve and maintain Incident Command System
(ICS) qualifications as an aviation manager or Air Attack Group
Supervisor (ATGS) or Air Operations Branch Director (AOBD).
- May coordinate with the FAA, military route schedulers,
cooperators, dispatchers, Incident Management Teams, and project
leaders for air space coordination purposes.
- May participate in the request and maintenance of Temporary
Flight Restrictions (TFR) and NOTAM advisories from the FAA to
de-conflict airspace situations.
- Serves as subject matter expert in all phases of aviation
contracting on the Forest. Initiates procurement and oversight of
aviation contract and support services.
- May be the designated Contracting Officer's Representative
(COR) for the Forest's aviation contracts. Coordinates annual
contract inspections of aircraft and pilots with Regional aviation
- Coordinates annual contract inspections of aircraft and pilots
with Regional aviation inspectors. Recommends course of action for
contract provisions, corrects problems, and recommends change
- Has full authority to cease operations for violations of safety
regulations. May participate in a contracting task group to propose
and review aviation contract provisions.
- Provides the technical, administrative and human resource
management supervision to the Forests? Aviation Program. Supervises
the aviation modules.
- Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets and adjusts
short-term priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of
Occasional travel - Occasional overnight travel may be required
for fire suppression or fire related assignments.
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Conditions of Employment
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
- Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective
Service or exempt.
- Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background
investigation and/or fingerprint check.
- Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless
- Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to
have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial
- Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check.
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responsibilities, visit E-Verify.
- Must be 18 years of age.
- Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of
- This is a Test Designated Position. You will be tested for
illegal drugs prior to appointment and randomly thereafter.
Appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative
- Subject to one year supervisory/managerial probationary period
unless prior service is creditable. New USDA supervisors must
successfully complete all components of the required training
program before the end of their probationary period.
- Minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is
- Willing to live/work in remote locations
- There may be additional Conditions of Employment not listed
here, however applicants will be notified of any specific
requirements at the time a tentative job offer is made.
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
Specialized Experience Requirement:
For the GS-11: You must have one year specialized experience
equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level. OR 3 years of
progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D.
degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (coursework directly
related to position being filled); 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 with providing
oversight and management of aviation activities including fire
detection, suppression, use of fire retardant, aerial non-fire
projects. Conducting contract management, safety training and risk
assessment for aviation programs. Assisting with providing
technical and administrative supervision for aviation
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
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.