This position is part of the Alaska Fire Service (AFS), BLM located in Fairbanks, Alaska. AFS is responsible for providing fire suppression and related support services on Federal and Native Corporation Lands; the interagency responsibility involves 192 millions acres. For more information regarding AFS please visit our webpage. Information about locations within Alaska can be found at: State of Alaska.
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This position serves as a senior technician located on a wild land fire module or crew within the fire management organization. The incumbent serves as a Forestry Technician (Fire). The purpose of the is to provide leadership and oversight of wildland fire suppression/management/control. Provide training to subordinate crew members; make initial evaluation of fire situations, determines rate of spread, potential hazards to determine appropriate suppression method to use; and assign work to subordinates based on priorities and employee abilities.
In special fire functions, the incumbent may serve as a:
- Prescribed Fire
- Wildland Fire Module
Physical Demands: Essential functions require arduous exertion for protracted periods of time such as, but not limited to, extensive running, walking, climbing, kneeling, stooping, pulling hoses, jumping and twisting.
Duties- involve rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. Work requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighing over 50 pounds and shared lining and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring at least average agility and dexterity.
Duties include demands for activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods of time. Operation of some specialized fire equipment can place extended physical stress on employee during fire activities.
Work Environment: The work is primarily performed in forest. range and desert environments in steep terrain where surfaces maybe extremely uneven, rocky, covered with vegetation, and in smoky conditions, etc..
Temperatures vary from above 100 degrees F to below freezing. Risks include. smoke inhalation, fire entrapment, snake or insect bites and stings, exposure to excessive machinery noise, and falling and rolling material. Employee must adjust and cope with exposure to weather elements, dust and smoke, poor steeping and eating conditions and unpredictable sets of circumstances.
Employee maybe required to live in backcountry camps for extended periods of time. The hazardous nature of the work requires that personal protective equipment be worn (boots, hard hat, gloves, flame resistant clothing, etc. ) Work may require travel by fixed wing or rotor-wing aircraft.
This position has a maximum entry age requirement. The date immediately preceding the incumbent's 37th birthday is the maximum entry age for original appointment to a position as a law enforcement officer or firefighter position as defined in title 5 U.S.C. 8331(20)(21) or in 5 U.S.C. 8401(14)(17). This age restriction does not apply to those who have previously served in a Federal civilian (not military) law enforcement position or firefighter position covered by title 5 U.S.C. section 8336(c) provisions, or to veterans eligible for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA).
75% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.