Position: Helitack Assistant Manager
National Forests in Florida
Apalachicola National Forest, Wakulla Ranger District
The Apalachicola National Forest will be announcing a Forestry Technician (Helitack Assistant Manager) position for the Wakulla Ranger District based out of Tallahassee, Florida. This notification is being circulated to inform prospective applicants of the upcoming opportunity. If you are interested in applying for this position, submit your application on or before close of business September 15th, 2017. (Transfer of station will be offered).
This position is established on a Forest Service unit to function as an assistant to the supervisor of a Helitack program providing leadership and technical knowledge to employees on a daily basis. The primary responsibility for this position is fire suppression. The incumbent serves as first line supervisor of a crew of helitack personnel/firefighters that are established to provide fast initial attack, and large fire support. This position additionally utilizes helicopters in support of all types of incidents including emergency incidents and resource management functions.
The incumbent is highly experienced in helicopter operations, managing permanent and temporary helibases. As qualified, fills advanced Incident Command, and Operations roles within the scope of the National Incident Command System (ICS). May serve as the Contracting Officer Representative (COR) on the helicopter service contract assigned to the base.
This position is categorized as a Subordinate Helitack position that is subject to the Forest Service Fire Program Management (FS-FPM) Standard and Guide, as designated by the W.O. Fire and Aviation Management. The FS-FPM minimum qualification standards (MQS) for this position must be met prior to entrance into the position as a condition of hire. Refer to the Forest Service FS-FPM Standard Position Description Crosswalk for a full description of the MQS.
This is a covered primary/rigorous under CSRS and FERS by USDA on 8/2/2013, B9. Ninety (90) days of experience as a primary/rigorous wildland firefighter or equivalent experience outside federal employment as a basic qualification requirement for this position. This position has been approved for primary/rigorous Firefighter Retirement Coverage under CSRS and FERS by USDA on 8/2/2013, B9.
This is the career-ladder position to the GS-0462-08 position and should not be used as a stand-alone position. As a career ladder position, the incumbent will increase knowledge, skills, and abilities in the occupation; successfully complete required formal and on-the-job training; and demonstrate a progressive ability to independently accomplish assignments. The target position is Supervisory Forestry Technician (Helitack), GS-0462-08. With the support and guidance from the supervisor or a more senior program official, the following duties and responsibilities will be performed:
This is a primary firefighter position under the provisions of 5 USC 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 USC 8412(d) (FERS). Coverage under CSRS and FERS approved by USDA on 12-13-10, A1.
ABOUT THE FOREST AND DISTRICT
The Apalachicola National Forest was once two districts but is now combined into one with offices at both Crawfordville and Bristol. The District Ranger is based out of the Crawfordville office which is just south of Tallahassee. The forest, located south and east of Tallahassee, is the largest forest in Florida with 571,000 acres and was first proclaimed in 1936.
In addition to numerous recreation opportunities on our waterways and trails – including 67 linear miles of the Florida National Scenic Trail – the forest offers other attractions such as Leon Sinks, an unusual geological area of caverns and sinkholes, and the Apalachee Savannas, with its stunning displays of wildflowers in open prairies near the Apalachicola River. Six watersheds within the Apalachicola provide an abundance of fresh water streams, rivers, lakes, and natural springs covering 2,735 acres of water.
The Apalachicola National Forest is well-known for its spectacular botanical diversity, including colorful pitcher plant prairies and one of the last extensive longleaf pine and wiregrass communities still in existence. The forest is known for its excellent stewardship of red-cockaded woodpecker habitat and has a large prescribed burning program, one of the largest in the nation. Two wilderness areas will give you an idea what Florida looked like before “civilization” arrived. You might even see some cracker cows or folks grunting for worms!
The forest has a wide variety of wildlife. The Florida black bear population has a high concentration here. American alligators, white-tailed deer, wild boar, and numerous small animals including squirrels, bats, coyote, gray fox, red fox, Virginia opossum, raccoon, North American river otter, bobcat, striped skunk, southeastern pocket gopher, and nine-banded armadillo can be found as well. The sandy soil is home to the gopher tortoise.
The town of Crawfordville as well as its proximity to the capitol of Tallahassee offers full service communities. There are numerous public schools and churches in the surrounding area. Medical facilities are plentiful. The area also offers many recreation and entertainment opportunities. Housing is plentiful with both rental and purchase options available.
Northwest Florida offers abundant recreational opportunities in water sports, beach fun, camping, fishing, and hunting. The climate is sub-tropical with short mild winters and long humid summers.
For additional information about the Apalachicola National Forest please visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/apalachicola/home
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