Forestry Technician (Training Specialist)

Washington, D.C
Jan 13, 2022
Jan 19, 2022
Full Time

  • Develops international, regional, and local fire management curriculum, courses, and training materials.
  • Develops course objectives, including instructional and performance objectives, prepares and develops course content and format.
  • Identifies and analyzes international partner organization skill or knowledge deficiencies and developmental needs in Fire and Aviation Management by on-site evaluation.
  • Coordinates international educational efforts on fire management.
  • Applies technical methods and procedures related to fire operations and to managing agency programs. Performs a wide variety of projects incorporating diverse technical knowledge.
  • Prepares announcements, specific instructional and performance objectives, selects instructors and instructional materials.
  • Determines and coordinates needs of instructors and trainees, screens trainees to meet prerequisites, selects trainees, and ensures that administrative and support requirements pertaining to course preparation are accomplished.
  • Reviews and evaluates International interagency, Regional, and National training courses, curriculum, instructional methods (on-the-job, formal, self-study) media etc., to determine whether training objectives are being met.
  • Makes on-the-job fire suppression and incident management training evaluations by serving as overhead team member on project wildfires and independently viewing fire suppression activities.
  • Develops and recommends a budget to meet program needs and manages the approved program budget.
  • Engage in meetings with senior leaders, program managers, and other program specialists to supply pertinent information regarding specialized programs.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, managers, partners, stakeholders, foreign counterparts and contractors for knowledge to be exchanged and for improvement of skills in fire management and suppression.
  • Serves as instructor for International, Interagency, Regional and Interregional Fire and/or Aviation Management courses.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Successful completion of one year probationary period, unless previously served.
  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • 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 results.
  • Minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required.
  • 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.
  • Must be proficient in Spanish and/or Portuguese both verbally and in writing.
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If selected, must submit proof of vaccination or request a religious or reasonable accommodation.


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.

To receive consideration for this position, you must provide updated required documents and meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

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.

Specialized Experience Requirement:

GS-08 : You must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: Experience developing fire management curriculum, courses, and training materials; Experience developing course objectives, including instructional and performance objectives in interagency, multicultural and/or multi-lingual environment; Identifies and procures the most current information and materials applicable to the jobs, techniques and procedures, for which program courses are intended.

GS-09 : You must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-08 in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: Providing instruction on a variety of topics in fire management in interagency, multicultural and/or multi-lingual environment; Performing various technical duties that involve a diverse range of fire management field and program operations with complicating variables by serving in a variety fire incident management assignments; Determine training needs, job task analysis, and establish performance standards.

GS-10 : You must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: Applying the technical methods, practices, and procedures of fire operations as well as management practices, agency policies and programs, to execute complete conventional projects or oversee day-to-day operations of field-based projects for fire management in interagency, multicultural and multi-lingual environment; Coordinating and assisting in the development of fire training and instructional curriculum; Assisting in completing administrative responsibilities such as training reports, student evaluations, and certification of trainee successful completion of training.

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.

Must be proficient in Spanish both verbally and in writing.

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.

TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


There is no equivalent for specialized experience.

Additional information

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Reemployment Priority List (RPL) : To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.

This is a Detail/Temporary Promotion not-to-exceed (NTE) 1 year but may be extended additional 3 years for a total of 4 years, or may end earlier due to lack of work or funds, or at the discretion of the Hiring Manager. At the end of the temporary promotion you will be returned to your former position and your salary will be adjusted to the grade level and step that you would normally have been in had you remained in your position.

The duty station for this position will be at one of the duty locations listed in this announcement. Salary range as shown is the locality pay Rest of U.S. (RUS). Pay rates vary by location. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on pay rates.

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.

This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.

Bargaining Unit Status: Eligible - Coverage is dependent upon unit location.

Forest Service daycare facilities and Government Housing are not available.