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Fire Management Specialist

Significant Points

The position has administrative duties in an organization having a fire fighting mission. The primary purpose of the position to provide specialized guidance and advice in development, management, and implementation of prescribed fire, hazardous fuels reduction and fire planning programs and policies. The position requires knowledge of fuels management, fire behavior, fire regimes, fuel and ecological factors that determine fire-severity, etc.

Nature of the Work

This position is established to serve as a Fuels Management Specialist at below the state office level. The incumbent provides specialized and professional guidance and advice in the development, management, and implementation of prescribed fire, hazardous fuels reduction, and fire planning programs and policies. The incumbent is also responsible for the analysis of fire effects to achieve land management resource objectives. Responsible for coordinating with State Fuels Program Manager at the state office and resource program managers within the field office to accomplish planning and National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) compliance. The fire management program is complex due to the large acreage, risk potential, types of terrain and ecosystems, effects of fuels, socio-political and multi-jurisdictional boundaries, and other multiple resource programs with conflicting goals and needs. Prior firefighting experience, as gained in a primary fire-fighter (6c) position in the Federal government or equivalent experience outside the Federal government, is a mandatory prerequisite for incumbents of this position.

Fire Management Specialist, GS-0401-07

Major Duties

Serves on state, and local teams to develop and revise manuals, handbooks, and policy related to fire management and planning, fire effects, fuels management (mechanical, chemical, rx fire, fire use), and fire rehabilitation.

Serves as consultant and authoritative expert to Field Managers and other decision makers on the use of prescribed fire as a management tool in achieving various fire management objectives.

Develops and evaluates data and methods for the documentation, analysis, and prediction of prescribed fire behavior and effects. This information is used by the Fire Management Officer in the review and evaluation of the local fire management program to assure standard methods are utilized in prescribed fire monitoring and management. Provides technical guidance on data systems designed to provide information on fire effects and behavior, ensuring that data is current, available, and accurate in the appropriate data systems.

Develops local fire management plans for contingency, prescribed burning, and smoke management; fuels management, which include fuels inventory methods and procedures, fuel treatment methods and programs, and fire management zoning/environmental coordination.

Serves locally as a prescribed fire training coordinator, determining prescribed fire training needs, formulating budgets associated with meeting these needs, and selecting personnel to instruct and attend training. Assists in the development of new fire management training courses (primarily prescribed burning and smoke management) and may be required to instruct. Is responsible for keeping fire personnel current with new technology.

Serves locally as prescribed fire qualification coordinator, including oversight of the task book and certification process, for the state, to ensure the accuracy of data entered into the Incident Qualification System, a database which tracks qualification requirements of employees and the prescribed fire qualifications in the Interior agencies.

Assists in the preparation of prescribed fire budget proposals and coordinates the prioritization of funding requests and project management for hazard fuels and prescribed burning needs.

In conjunction with Fire Management Officer, develops and negotiates cooperative fire management agreements with various local and co-located federal fire and land management agencIes.

Institutes or recommends changes in the development and trial of new methods and approaches for fire management activities. Provides scientific analysis of fire behavior, fuels, weather, and related factors involved in developing fuels reduction programs and plans.

Fire Management Officer, GS-0401-09/11

Major Duties

1. Planning, Programming and Budget

Responsible for the District's planning, programming and budgeting for the fire and aviation management programs. Executes policies and plans which meet the objectives of the fire and aviation management programs, and ensures the integration of fire management considerations into land management activities. Provides guidance and direction for the development of fire management plans and budget formulation at the District level to ensure economic feasibility and attainment of objectives. Participates in development of land use plans, EAs and EIS' s for other activities. Directs, conducts and participates in analysis, interim and follow up evaluations of projects and activities to ensure fire and land management objectives are attained, and to identify better and more efficient methods and procedures for conducting project and program activities.

Directs the development of or prepares plans and technical guides for fire and aviation management programs. Responsible for development and monitoring of the District's Annual Work Plan for fire management relative to ecosystem management, presuppression program, and aviation management. Monitors program to insure that planned workloads are completed within assigned cost targets in accordance with State and Agency Office objectives. Makes budget adjustments as appropriate. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring that fire funds are spent in accordance with Bureau policies and regulations.

2. Technical Guidance and Direction

Serves as the District's senior professional fire management advisor to the District Manager and staff. Reviews, analyzes, interprets and disseminates existing and new policy originating from the Department, Bureau, and/or State Office to District fire personnel. Ensures District activities are in conformance with the latest policy directives. Where policy is lacking, develops or oversees the development of District-wide standards. Establishes fire control standards for contractors, as applicable. Works with cooperators to develop mutual procedures to ensure effective and efficient interagency operations. Recommends changes in organization, equipment, and operational techniques to best meet those needs.

Reviews District programs and procedures to evaluate their compliance with policies and regulations, and to determine their overall effectiveness in meeting objectives. Initiates changes as needed.

3. Liaison

Develops, implements and facilitates cooperative agreements and relations with private citizens and with Federal, State, county, city or local agencies. Coordinates or assists in fire emergencies.

Serves as the District Manager's authorized representative in negotiations regarding fire policy and procedures in support of interagency agreements. Monitors fire control actions of cooperators for conformance with established agreements and initiates corrective actions as needed.

4. Prescribed FirelFuels Treatment

Provides leadership and coordination of the fuels management/prescribed fire program. Responsible for the development and implementation of prescribed fire/fuels projects. Reviews project proposals to insure that Bureau and State laws, regulations, and policies are incorporated into proposed projects. Assures that all environmental and resource concerns are considered in prescribed fire operations. Acts as reviewing official and recommends approval on all prescribed fire projects.

Serves as the District's professional specialist in the areas of prescribed fire, fire behavior, fuels management, fire effects and rehabilitation practices. Stays abreast of current research in these areas and disseminates appropriate information to other District personnel. Recommends improvements, which may involve changes in current operating techniques and practices.

5. Fire Protection.

Organizes and oversees a District fire protection program that includes fire prevention, presuppression. suppression, and post suppression activities. Implements and adapts fire protection policies and procedures to meet legal, regulatory, and land use objectives. Determines whether proposed activities are economically feasible. Proposes, coordinates, and conducts training necessary to achieve fire protection program goals. Directs, conducts, and performs in fire suppression efforts, and/or ass WIles management leadership in the evaluation of the effectiveness of the suppression efforts.

6. Fire and Aviation Safety Management.

Implements and reviews the effectiveness of safety standards in District fire and aviation programs. Participates in accident investigations to determine causes and preventive measures. Develops and prepares District Safety and Accident Prevention plans for aviation activities.

7. Fire Trespass

Implements established fire trespass policies and procedures. Coordinates settlement of fire trespass cases. Works with management and the State Office to negotiate administrative and legal restitution for losses resulting from fire trespass.

8. Emergency Services.

Participates as necessary in local emergency and disaster planning with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other governmental agencies. As requested or determined by Disaster and Emergency plans and Bureau policy and direction, provides and coordinates Bureau personnel and equipment to support the accomplishment of emergency disaster services and search and rescue.

9. Aviation Management (As applicable).

Oversees implementation of aircraft operating procedures, air operations, safety and aviation training programs within the District. Provides direct oversight of contract, call-when-needed and agency owned aircraft used in the District fire and resource management programs.

10. Supervision (As applicable).

a. Work Direction. Through subordinates, plans, organizes, directs, coordinates, and controls activities pertaining to the accomplishment of assigned functional responsibilities. Such tasks include defining broad objectives and specific goals; establishing, evaluating, and adjusting long range schedules, objectives, and goals in relation to workload. personnel required, and priority; making work assignments and setting priorities: reviewing work products for adequacy and accuracy, policy and regulatory compliance and application. Maintains management-employee communications, keeping employees informed as to regulatory requirements, policy, procedures arrd the interpretation thereof. Devises and maintains record keeping systems to provide required information for production reporting, evaluation, control of costs. etc. Coordinates with other organization supervisors on work related problems, technical problems not covered by precedents or established policies. Makes organizationaL equipment, etc., changes to increase productivity.

b. Administration. Responsible for the administration of a variety of management programs such as safety, upward mobility, cost reductions, sick leave and overtime usage, EEO, suggestions, etc. Establishes goals for subordinates that will accomplish management objectives. Establishes record keeping systems and monitors accomplishments against objectives. Initiates corrective action. Implements and adapts policies, regulations, procedures, etc., to accomplish organizational objectives. Advises immediate supervisor of program accomplishment, issues, and impact of changes.

c. Personnel Management. Performs personnel management tasks such as making selections/recommendations for subordinate positions; participating in position and pay management programs; establishing performance standards and evaluating performance; maintaining discipline; hearing and resolving complaints and grievances; consulting with specialists on training needs, and deciding on training issues; taking disciplinary actions; approving sick and annual leave; and approving personnel actions initiated by subordinates. Develops internal programs, plans and procedures to ensure subordinates adhere to personnel management requirements.

Fire Management Specialist, GS-0401-11/12

Major Duties

Serves on agency, bureau, state, and local teams to develop and revise manuals, handbooks, and policy related to fire management and planning, fire effects, fuels management (mechanical, chemical, rx fire, fire use), and fire rehabilitation.

Serves as consultant and authoritative expert to the State Director and Field Managers, as requested, on the use of prescribed fire as a management tool in achieving various fire management objectives found in the management units.

Develops and evaluates data and methods for the documentation, analysis, and prediction of prescribed fire behavior and effects. This information is used by the Fire Management Officers in the review and evaluation of the State's fire management program, and by the field for the establishment of standard methods of prescribed fire monitoring and management. Provides technical guidance on data systems designed to provide information on fire effects and behavior, ensuring that data is current, available, and accurate in the appropriate data systems.

Directs the development and establishment of fuels management standards and technical guides for:

  • Fire program management such as contingency plans, prescribed burning plans and smoke management;
  • Fuels management, including fuels inventory methods and procedures, fuel treatment methods and programs, fire management zoning/environmental coordination.
  • Serves as prescribed fire training coordinator, including the establishment of statewide prescribed fire training needs, the formulation of budgets associated with meeting these needs and the selection of agency personnel to instruct and to attend training. Develops and teaches new fire management training courses (primarily prescribed burning and smoke management) to keep fire personnel current with new technology.

    Serves as prescribed fire qualification coordinator, including oversight of the task book and certification process, for the state, to ensure the accuracy of data entered into the Incident Qualification System, a database which tracks qualification requirements of employees and the prescribed fire qualifications in the Interior agencies.

    Assists field offices in the preparation of prescribed fire budget proposals and coordinates the prioritization of funding requests and project management statewide for hazard fuels and prescribed burning needs.

    In conjunction with Fire Management Officers, develops and negotiates cooperative fire management agreements within the state with various state, local, regional, and federal fire and land management agencies.

    Conducts program reviews in the field offices in order to evaluate compliance with policies, objectives, and standards, overall effectiveness of operations and to provide technical assistance and recommend changes in operating procedures to improve efficiency or solve specific local problems.

    Institutes or recommends changes in the development and trial of new methods and approaches for fire management activities. Provides scientific analysis of fire behavior, fuels, weather, and related factors involved in developing fuels reduction programs and plans.

    Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement

    Basic Requirements:

    1. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

      OR

    2. Combination of education and experience -- Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    FOR DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR POSITIONS WITH PILOT DUTIES

    Applicants must:

    • Possess a current FAA Commercial Airman Certificate with ratings appropriate for the duties performed;
    • Possess an instrument rating;
    • Have completed a minimum of 500 hours of flight time as Pilot-in-Command and 25 hours of flight time as Pilot-in-Command at night; and
    • Possess a current Class II Medical Certificate.
    Sources of Additional Information

    Information on obtaining Fire Management Specialist positions with the Federal Government is available from the Office of Personnel Management through USAJOBS, the Federal Government's official employment information system. This resource for locating and applying for job opportunities can be accessed through the Internet at http://www.usajobs.gov or through an interactive voice response telephone system at (703) 724–1850 or  (703) 724–1850  or TDD (978) 461–8404 and   (978) 461–8404. These numbers are not toll free, and charges may result. For advice on how to find and apply for Federal jobs, download the Insider's Guide to the Federal Hiring Process” online here.

    Sources:

    • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition; and
    • Office of Personnel Management, Position Classification Standards.

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