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Forestry Technician (Fire)

This position is available in the following series:

Position Overview

Want a career that is engaging, challenging, and rewarding? Consider becoming a Forestry Technician (Fire). As a Forestry Technician you will be serving as a senior technician to provide leadership and oversight of wildland fire suppression, management, control work as a seasoned, experienced firefighter on an engine, helitack, prescribed fire, or wildland fire module or on a handcrew. 

This position is represented at the following bureaus

Bureau of Indian Affairs
Bureau of Land Management
National Park Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Candidate Description

The ideal candidate must have working knowledge of the basic principles involving strategies, tactics, and suppression methods used in containment and control of wildfires and wildland fires. Knowledge of basic principles or fire behavior and instruction techniques that are sufficient for wildland fire suppression and prescribed fire training. Knowledge of work procedures and practices in working with helicopters and fixed - wing aircraft.  

Work Environment

The work is primarily performed in forest, range and desert environments in steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely uneven, rocky, covered with thick tangled vegetation, smoky conditions, etc. Temperatures commonly exceed 100 degrees F and fall below freezing. Risks include smoke inhalation, fire entrapment, snake or insect bites and stings, exposure to excessive machinery noise, and falling and rolling material. 

Minimum Education Requirements

Please see the Individual Occupation Requirements and the Technical and Medical Support Positions Group Qualification Standard on the OPM websites.

Primary Core Education Requirement depending on complexity: ENGBCRWBFIRBHMGBRXB2 from National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Secondary Core Education Requirement depending on complexity: ICT4ENGBCRWBHMGBICT3TFLDHEBM from National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Career Level Requirements

Responsibilities by Level

  • Mid:

    • May serve as a Handcrew, Prescribed Fire Crew, Wildland Fire Engine or Helitack  
    • May assist higher level workers in forestry research efforts; in the marketing of forest resources; or in the scientific management, protection, and development of forest/range resources.  
    • May assist in the preparation of hazardous fuels treatment plans and burn plans based on  
    • May work with local homeowners, community stakeholders, various local, state, tribal, and federal agencies in an effort to educate and mitigate potential threats to these communities by wildland fire. 
    • May work with the fire management staff in developing and revising annual operating plans, annual budget requests, fire management planning and operating procedures pertaining to wildland fire management activities

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Strengths by Level

Mid 6-7
  • Accountability
    Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.
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    Mid 6-7
  • Oral Communication
    Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
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    Mid 6-7
  • Physical Strength and Agility
    Ability to bend, lift, climb, stand, and walk for long periods of time; ability to perform moderately heavy laboring work.
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    Mid 6-7
  • Resilience
    Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.
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    Mid 6-7
  • Stamina
    Exerts oneself physically over long periods of time without tiring (which may include performing repetitive tasks such as data entry or coding).
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    Mid 6-7
  • Teamwork
    Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.
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    Mid 6-7
  • Technical Competence
    Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.
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    Mid 6-7