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Forest Service Forest Fire Training Center Manager in Tucson, Arizona


This position is located in the Southwestern Region, Region 3 on the Coronado National Forest Tucson, AZ. This position is to serve as a program specialist and technical advisor to the Forest Fire Management Organization. The position serves as the Forest Training Center Manager and Forest Fire Training Officer. For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact John Manthei or email:


All duties listed are at the full performance level of GS-11.

Provide program leadership and direction in fire management training for the Forest.

Evaluate the Forest's multi resource fire management training needs and coordinates with cooperating agencies to meet these needs through the design and development of comprehensive fire management training curricula, courses, and materials.

Monitor fire management training programs to ensure current training development and technical accuracy.

Evaluate effectiveness of technology transfer and adjusts training material/content to incorporate state of the art technology into the needs and objectives of all fire related activities.

Plan the work to be accomplished by the unit, assigns work to employees, and establishes production or quality standards for the unit's work.

Establish and communicate guidelines and performance requirements to employees; conducts formal performance reviews; and identifies and provides for the developmental and training needs of employees.

Coordinate budget development and advanced acquisition plan with other staff areas on the Forest.

Request additional funds if shortfalls are anticipated.

Monitor the expenditure of funds to assure fiscal integrity and correct application of financial standards.

Participate with program specialists in the development and integration of the overall program of work and in the formulation of policies and guidelines.

Develop long and short range objectives, establishment of priorities for training staff, development of plans and programs, budgeting of allotments and the integration of fire management and other staff activities.

Performs wildfire suppression support as directed within training and physical and other duties as assigned.


Conditions of Employment


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 Federal Wage System Qualifications Standards. Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Specialized Experience Requirement: For the GS-09: You must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as assisting in providing fire related training; served as a subject matter expert during training course development; assisting in coordinating and scheduling of training courses; and/or monitoring a fire program budget. For the GS-11: You must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as assisting in the preparation and development of training course content and format; developing and presenting wildland firefighting courses such as aviation, fire prevention, fire suppression, fuels management, and fire related aviation operations; monitoring training programs for workforce capability and capacity goals and identifying training objectives and course requirements; and/or assisting with coordinating work and preparing budget proposals to support training and workforce development programs. 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. 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. 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.


Additional Information

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. There is not available government housing or federal day care facilities. Telework may be available on a ADHOC/Situational basis. USDA supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required new supervisory training program within a year of the effective date of the position.