Fixed Wing Operations Specialist

Help Duties Summary
This position serves as an expert in fixed wing operations and is responsible for regional direction and oversight of all fixed wing operations, including direct and indirect fire suppression, transportation of personnel and cargo including hazardous materials into remote areas, fixed wing crew training, facilities adequacy, and equipment suitability. Provides direction and oversight to fixed wing operations supporting all Regional activity including forest health, resource management, law enforcement, and research.
This position is in Region 5, Deputy Regional Forester, SPF, FA, R,E,T, Fire and Avation Management, Regional Aviation Group.
The Duty station for this position will be at one of the duty locations listed in this announcement. McClellan, CA, Riverside, CA, or Redding, CA. Please identify in your application which location(s) you are interested in being considered for. Only one position will be filled from this announcement.
Final determination of duty station will be made by the selecting official at the time of job offer. Salary range as shown is the locality pay area of Rest of U.S. (RUS). Pay rates vary depending on location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on pay rates. https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2018/general-schedule/
For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Yolanda Saldana at 916-640-1038 or email at ysaldana@fs.fed.us
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Develops and recommends fixed wing operational policies and directives.
Assists with the development and maintenance of interagency projects, such as the Forest Service Manual (FSM) 5700, FS Handbook 5709, Interagency Single Engine Operations Guide (SEOG), National Airtanker Studies, Aerial Supervision Guide, Interagency Airtanker Base Guide, Interagency Standards for Fire and Aviation Operations, Smokejumper Operations Guide, Smokejumper Pilot Operations Guide and Interagency Risk Management Workbook.
Plans and supervises fixed wing operations, evaluates ground facilities, and develops and conducts training. Conducts field training of aircraft use in fire suppression and resource management.
May assist with certification of Regional Air Tanker Base Managers, Air Tanker Base reviews and air strip inspections. The incumbents will serve as the Regional/National Air Tactical Group Supervisor (ATGS) Program Specialist.
May assist with certification of Regional Air Tanker Base Managers, Air Tanker Base reviews and air strip inspections.
Assists in the development of fire and aviation management plans, policies, or programs. Develops new or revised policies, technical guides, and standards for use in field offices (e.g. develops new procedures or techniques for application to particular management problems within the state/forest).
Evaluates fire and aviation programs for compliance with program goals and objectives. Evaluates effectiveness of programs through quality assurance reviews of fixed wing operations. Develops evaluation techniques and initiates mitigations and corrective actions. Determines the type, amount, and level of information required for the development and analysis of risk management alternatives and decision making.
Performs wildfire suppression support as directed within training and physical capabilities and other duties as assigned.
Duties listed are at the full performance level.
Travel Required
50% or less - Overnight travel will be required for fire suppression or fire related assignments, meetings, training, and aviation quality assurance audits.
Supervisory status
Promotion Potential
Who May Apply This job is open to?
Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP, VEOA, eligibles; Farm Service Agency permanent county employees.
Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.
Job family (Series)
2101 Transportation Specialist
Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
You must be a US Citizen or US National
Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
Position requires a Work Capacity Test (WCT).
Secondary firefighter retirement covered position.
Subject to negative drug test prior to entry on duty.
Minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required.
Must possess and maintain a Valid Driver's License.
Must be 18 years of age
May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.
Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training.
Selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to payments for moving expenses - 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act, Public Law 115-97. Questions should be directed to the Travel Help Desk, 877-372-7248, Option 1, or email asc_tos@fs.fed.us.
DRUG TESTING: This is a Testing Designated Position (TDP). Selectee must submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and random testing thereafter. Final appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results for illegal drug use.
Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license as a condition of employment.
WORK CAPACITY TEST (WCT) for certain Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) or Fire Program Management (FS-FPM) positions: This position participates in wildland firefighting activities. Based on the type of work performed, TAKING and PASSING the WCT at the ARDUOUS, MODERATE, or LIGHT level is a condition of employment. The arduous, moderate, or light WCT is dependent on the incumbent's NWCG (National Wildfire Coordinating Group) incident management qualifications required for their IFPM or FS-FPM position. This announcement constitutes the required 30 days advanced notice for testing requirements.
You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.
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.
GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least to the GS-9 grade level; or three years of graduate level education or a doctorate in a position-related field of forestry or natural resources management or combinations of graduate level education that is directly related to the position and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Examples of specialized experience are: assisting in providing advice and assistance in all aspects of a fixed wing operations to a variety of inter-agency partners and Cooperators, developing new procedures or techniques for application to particular fire and aviation management problems, and conducting field training of aircraft use in fire suppression and resource management.
GS-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are: planning and supervising fixed wing operations, evaluated ground facilities, and developed and conducted training, assisting in developing new or revised fire and aviation management plans, policies, technical guides, and standards, and serving as an Air Tactical Group Supervisor (ATGS) Program Specialist or Air Tanker Base Manager.
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 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 or have aerial wildland fire suppression experience in fire retardant drops or air attacks (ATGS).
Must be qualified as an Air Tactical Group Supervisor (ATGS).
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.
To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

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