Outreach – GS-0462-6/7 Supervisory Fire Engine Operator – Shawnee NF (Murphysboro, IL)


Supervisory Forestry Technician

(Supervisory Fire Engine Operator)


The Shawnee National Forest is advertising a GS-0462-6/7 Supervisory Forestry Technician (Supervisory Fire Engine Operator) position. The position is a permanent full-time appointment, and is currently located in Murphysboro, Illinois. Pending facilities analysis of Shawnee administrative sites the duty station may change to Jonesboro, IL. The purpose of this Outreach and Vacancy Notice is to inform prospective applicants of this opportunity.

Anyone interested is encouraged to complete the attached

Outreach Response Form as well as apply to the vacancy announcement.

Please reply to this outreach and complete your application in USAJOBS by January 2nd, 2015

The Position:

Wildland Fire Engine: Serves as a supervisory wildland firefighter on a wildland fire engine. Directs the operation of a wildland fire engine, ensuring the correct positioning, proper use and operation. Personally performs and directs others in starting pump engine, priming pump, adjusting engine speed and pump valves, laying hose, and using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustment in effective use of water and additives. Responsible for maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland urban interface/intermix situations. Ensures the engine is kept in a full state of readiness for emergency fire dispatch. Serves as initial attack Incident Commander.

Prescribed Fire: Serves as a supervisory wildland firefighter on a prescribed fire crew. Directs and performs prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding, and mop-up. Monitors fire behavior, fire effects, and fire weather on prescribed fires and wildland fire use. May be requested to prepare and update Prescibed Fire Burn Plans

Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents. When positioning and deploying personnel and equipment, recommends best approaches and practices to use in protection of the values at risk

Work Capacity Test (WCT) for wildland firefighters: This position participates in wildland firefighting activities. Based on the type of work performed. Taking and passing the WCT at the arduous level is a “condition of employment.” The arduous fitness (Pack) Test consist of a three (3) mile hike, within forty-five (45) minutes, while carrying a forty-five (45) pound pack.

Firefighter retirement coverage: This is a primary/rigorous firefighter position under the provision of 5 USC 8336(c) (CSRS) and 8412(d) (FERS).

Application Process:

The purpose of this Outreach Notice is to determine the potential applicant pool for this position. Assuming sufficient responses are received from this outreach notice, a referral list will be requested on or soon after January 2nd, 2015.

This position is being advertised under an Open Continuous Register (OCR). The announcement can be viewed in USAJOBS, https://www.usajobs.gov/. Follow instructions in “How to Apply.”

The announcement number is: 15-FIREOCR-462SFEOM-67G for Merit.

Applicants should select Murphysboro, IL as the duty location.

Amanda Kunzmann
Deputy District Ranger
Forest Service

Shawnee National Forest, Hidden Springs/Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District

p: 618-658-1328
c: 618-521-4528
f: 618-658-1300
602 North First Street
Vienna, IL 62995


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