Fire Management Officer

Luray, Virginia
Feb 04, 2023
Feb 09, 2023
Full Time

  • Direct all phases of the fire management program, with an emphasis on ecosystem restoration, and ensure the program is in compliance with environmental laws and regulations
  • Command wildfire incidents at the Type 3 level of complexity involving multiple resources from different agencies
  • Write prescribed fire burn plans and serve as burn boss for a prescribed fire
  • Develop and implement techniques to manage fire risk through risk analysis processes, mitigation measures, and after incident reviews
  • Supervise fire staff, including first level supervisors/module leaders


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national.
  • All requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
  • A one year probationary period may be required, including a one year supervisory probationary period if one was not previously served.
  • You are required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication
  • You will be required to complete the M-581 Fire Program Management course no later than one year after entrance on duty.
  • You will be required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result prior to appointment. In addition, this position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
  • Prior to appointment, you must be determined physically fit by an authorized government physician. You will also be required to undergo periodic medical examinations throughout employment. See Additional Information.
  • A valid state driver's license is required.
  • This position is designated emergency/essential. You may be required to work on-call, evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and shift work.


In order to be qualified for this position, you must meet all the requirements below.

To meet the basic requirement, you must possess:

A. A Bachelor's or higher degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position - OR -
B. Possess a combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

To meet the specialized experience requirement, you must possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service,
  • reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for ecological soundness and technical adequacy;
  • conducting field inspections before and after prescribed or wildland fires to determine if resource objectives were achieved and/or to evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken;
  • developing analyses on the ecological role of fire and its use and/or exclusion, and smoke management; and
  • either working with prescribed fire/fuels management or fire management operations
Note: Prescribed fire/fuels management includes activities such as professional forest or range inventory methods and procedures; analysis of fuel loadings and determination of appropriate fuel treatment methods and programming; land use planning and environmental coordination; evaluation of prescribed burn plans or fire management plans to ensure fire containment is possible and to identify appropriate contingencies.
Fire management operations are defined as possessing at least five of the following: mobilization and dispatch coordination; fire prevention and education; training; logistics; equipment development and deployment, fire communication systems; suppression and preparedness; aviation.

To meet the primary firefighter experience requirement, you must possess a minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience as a "primary firefighter" or equivalent experience from outside the Federal Government. Wildland firefighting experience is gained through containment, control, suppression, or use of wildland fire. This experience can be met by serving on a temporary, seasonal, or equivalent private sector fire position. Wildland fire is defined as any non- structure fire that occurs in the wildland and is categorized into two distinct types: Wildfires, which is any unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildfires; and Prescribed Fires which are planned ignitions. Prescribed fire experience must be supplemented by fire suppression experience in order to be creditable as previous wildland firefighting experience.

To meet the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications (currency not required), you must possess either:

A. Division Supervisor (DIVS) AND either Incident Commander, Type 3 (ICT3) OR Prescribed Fire Burn Boss, Type 2 (RXB2) qualifications - OR -
B. Air Support Group Supervisor (ASGS) AND Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3)

Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. To receive credit for experience, your resume MUST clearly indicate the nature of the duties and responsibilities for each position, starting and ending dates of employment (month/year), and the resume must reflect full and/or part-time or total number of hours worked (i.e., work 40+ hours a week, rather than indicating full-time). If part-time, the hours must be annotated to be able to pro-rate the amount of qualified specialized experience.

Volunteer Experience:
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.


ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Additional information

This is a secondary-administrative firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S. C. 8336 (c) (CSRS) and 5 U. S. C. 8412 (d) (FERS). Applicants may meet qualification requirements, but may not be eligible for special retirement coverage. If such an applicant is selected, they will be placed in the regular retirement system. To be eligible for Secondary retirement coverage under CSRS, an employee must transfer directly (without a break in service exceeding 3 days) from a primary position to a secondary position. To be eligible for Secondary retirement coverage under FERS, an employee must: 1) transfer directly (without a break in service exceeding 3 days) from a primary position to a secondary position, AND 2) complete 3 years of service in a primary rigorous position including any such service during which no FERS deductions were withheld, AND 3) must be continuously employed in a secondary position(s) since moving from a primary rigorous position, except for any break in employment from a secondary position that began with involuntary separation (not for cause). It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure this office has enough information to determine your special retirement status to ensure you do not lose benefits (normally through submission of your work history or other documentation that demonstrates work history of approved covered positions). You must let this office know if you are in a Primary position.

Physical Requirements: The work is normally sedentary but often requires long hours of varied shifts during fire emergencies. Occasional field assignments may include long periods of standing or walking over rough terrain. Prior to appointment, you must be determined physically fit by an authorized government physician to perform strenuous and physically demanding duties; and also pass a medical examination (which includes vision, hearing, cardiovascular, and mobility of extremities) given by an authorized government physician. You will also be required to undergo periodic medical examinations throughout employment.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP or CTAP eligible see . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

This announcement may be used to fill one or more positions.