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Grade: 04

1 I qualify for the GS-4 because: Answer to this question is required
  • I have 6 months of general AND 6 months of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-3 level in the Federal service. I have read the vacancy announcement for examples of general and specialized experience.
  • I have completed 2 yrs of study above high school, 60 sem/90 qtr hours which included 12 sem/18 qtr hours in courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. I will provide a copy of my college transcript as directed in the vacancy announcement.
  • I have an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education as described in the vacancy announcement to qualify for this position. I will provide a copy of my college transcript as directed in the vacancy announcement.
  • I do not meet any of the above responses.
2 I have a minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience. Wildland firefighting experience is defined as on-the-line wildland firefighting experience gained through containment, control, suppression, or use of wildland fire. Wildland fire is defined as any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland. The two types of wildland fire are wildfire and prescribed fire. This has been documented in my work history/experience blocks on my resume. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 I understand I must have a valid state driver's license. If selected, failure to possess or obtain a valid state driver's license prior to entering on duty may result in my offer of employment being withdrawn. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4 Indicate your level of experience, education or training as it relates to your knowledge of strategies, tactics and suppression methods used in containment and control of wildfires. Answer to this question is required
  • I am considered an expert in performing these tasks; or I have supervised performance of these tasks or am normally an individual who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing these tasks because of my experience.
  • I have performed these tasks as a regular part of a job. I have performed them independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed these tasks on the job. My work on these tasks was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  • I have had education or training in how to perform this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task.
5 I have wildland firefighting experience in the following areas: Answer to this question is required
  • Performing work as an Initial Attack firefighter in grass/shrub fuel models.
  • Performing work as an Initial Attack firefighter in timber/slash fuel models.
  • Performing Minimal Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) on a wildland fire incident.
  • Performing work as an Initial Attack firefighter in more than one geographic area of the United States.
  • Performing work as an Initial Attack firefighter in many different geographic areas and fuel types around the United States.
  • None of the above.
6 Indicate your level of experience, education or training as it relates to operations and maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland and prescribed fire situations. Answer to this question is required
  • I am considered an expert in operations and maintenance of specialized wildland fire equipment.
  • I have performed operations and maintenance of specialized wildland fire equipment as a regular part of a job and independently without supervision.
  • I have performed operations and maintenance of specialized wildland fire equipment on the job. I was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  • I have had education or training in operations and maintenance of specialized wildland fire equipment, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have not had education, training, or experience in operations and maintenance of specialized wildland fire equipment.
7 I have performed the following wildland fire fighting tasks. Answer to this question is required
  • Fire ignition
  • Fire suppression
  • Monitoring
  • Holding
  • Mop-up
  • Operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle
  • Collect fire weather observations
  • None of the above
8 Please select all of the Wildland Fire crews you have worked on. Answer to this question is required
  • Dispatch
  • Engine Crew
  • Fire Effects Monitoring
  • Hand Crew
  • Helitack
  • Hotshot Crew
  • Lookout
  • Smokejumper
  • Wildland Fire Module
  • None of the above

Grade: 05

1 I qualify for the GS-5 because: Answer to this question is required
  • I have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to GS-4 in the Federal service. I have read the vacancy announcement for examples of specialized experience to qualify for this position.
  • I have completed a 4 year course of study leading to a bachelor`s degree with a major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a field directly-related to this position; OR that included at least 24 semester hours in courses such as range management or conservation, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, mathematics, or other natural or physical sciences. I will provide a copy of my college transcript as directed in the vacancy announcement.
  • I have an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education as described in the vacancy announcement to qualify for this position. I will provide a copy of my college transcript as directed in the vacancy announcement.
  • I do not meet any of the above responses.
2 I have held or currently hold the NWCG qualification Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1), or higher. I will provide a copy of my IQCS master record or equivalent documentation as instructed in the vacancy announcement. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 I have completed the NWCG course S-290 "Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior" course. I will provide a copy of my IQCS master record or equivalent documentation as instructed in the vacancy announcement. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4 I understand I must have a valid state driver's license. If selected, failure to possess or obtain a valid state driver's license prior to entering on duty may result in my offer of employment being withdrawn. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
5 Indicate your level of experience, education or training as it relates to your knowledge of strategies, tactics and suppression methods used in containment and control of wildfires. Answer to this question is required
  • I am considered an expert in performing these tasks; or I have supervised performance of these tasks or am normally an individual who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing these tasks because of my experience.
  • I have performed these tasks as a regular part of a job. I have performed them independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed these tasks on the job. My work on these tasks was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  • I have had education or training in how to perform this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task.
6 I have wildland firefighting experience in the following areas: Answer to this question is required
  • Performing work as an Initial Attack firefighter in grass/shrub fuel models.
  • Performing work as an Initial Attack firefighter in timber/slash fuel models.
  • Performing Minimal Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) on a wildland fire incident.
  • Performing work as an Initial Attack firefighter in more than one geographic area of the United States.
  • Performing work as an Initial Attack firefighter in many different geographic areas and fuel types around the United States.
  • None of the above.
7 Identify the work you have been responsible for in fighting wildland fires: Answer to this question is required
  • Evaluate rapidly changing fire circumstances.
  • Determine when/if additional forces may be needed.
  • Determine when circumstances warrant withdrawal of crew to a safe location.
  • Perform fire line activities such as holding/patrol/mop-up operations.
  • Perform hazardous tree removal.
  • Instruct and direct a crew in fire-fighting operations.
  • Distribute and control work assignments.
  • Monitor work in progress.
  • Observe, correct and evaluate crew skills.
  • Serve as a crew boss.
  • Serve as an Engine Module Supervisor.
  • Explain fire behavior characteristics, safety regulations and work procedures.
  • Communicate needs to higher-level personnel.
  • Report on emergency conditions at field locations.
  • Recommend alternative strategies for fire-fighting taking into consideration the impact of social, economic, biological, and other factors.
  • Consider the effects of humidity, temperature, wind, topography, slope, fuels and fuel moisture in order to attack the fire, build fire line and manage wildland fire.
  • None of the above.
8 Indicate your level of experience, education or training as it relates to operations and maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland and prescribed fire situations. Answer to this question is required
  • I am considered an expert in operations and maintenance of specialized wildland fire equipment.
  • I have performed operations and maintenance of specialized wildland fire equipment as a regular part of a job and independently without supervision.
  • I have performed operations and maintenance of specialized wildland fire equipment on the job. I was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  • I have had education or training in operations and maintenance of specialized wildland fire equipment, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have not had education, training, or experience in operations and maintenance of specialized wildland fire equipment.
9 I have performed the following wildland fire fighting tasks. Answer to this question is required
  • Fire ignition
  • Fire suppression
  • Monitoring
  • Holding
  • Mop-up
  • Operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle
  • Collect fire weather observations
  • None of the above
10 Please select all of the Wildland Fire crews you have worked on. Answer to this question is required
  • Dispatch
  • Engine Crew
  • Fire Effects Monitoring
  • Hand Crew
  • Helitack
  • Hotshot Crew
  • Lookout
  • Smokejumper
  • Wildland Fire Module
  • None of the above

Grade: All Grades

1 What is the earliest date you are available to begin work? Answer to this question is required
2 Enter the date you anticipate you would be available to work through. Answer to this question is required
3 In the space provided, list a ten digit phone number which you can be reached at on a regular basis. This number should be one you regularly use or check voice mail at least every 2 days. Maximum length of 50 characters. Answer to this question is required
4 In the space provided, list an email address which you check at least every 3 days. This information may be used by selecting officials to contact you. If you do not regularly check your email at least every 3 days, enter NA. Maximum length of 50 characters. Answer to this question is required
5 I understand that I must fax or upload required documentation as instructed in the vacancy announcement. Failure to submit required documentation, if applicable, will result in NOT granting preference or may negatively affect my qualification determination for this announcement. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
6 My resume contains the beginning and ending dates (month/year to month/year) and grade level (if federal service) for each season of experience and/or service period in a pay status. I understand failure to adequately include this information may affect my qualification determination for this announcement. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
7 From the following list, select the main way you found out about this position. Answer to this question is required
  • Newspaper/Magazine
  • Radio Station
  • TV Ad
  • Poster/Flyer
  • Job Service (State Employment Agency)
  • Internet (through search engine)
  • USAJOBS
  • Agency website
  • Fire Jobs Website (www.firejobs.doi.gov)
  • Agency Human Resource Office
  • Agency Employee (ie; current/former supervisor, friend, relative)
  • Fire Recruiter
  • Friend or Relative not working for the agency
  • Job Fair
  • High School (teacher, counselor, job fair, etc.)
  • College or University (professor, counselor, career center, etc.)
  • Rehire Eligible Employee/Agency Notification
  • None of the above
8 What was your experience applying for this position online? Answer to this question is required
  • Easy
  • Moderately Easy
  • Moderately Difficult
  • Difficult
  • I`ll never do this again
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