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WFAP Recruitment Bulletin

U.S. FOREST SERVICE – Region 5 (California)

Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Program

(WFAP)

Application Period: December 1, 2013 through January 27, 2014

 

14(1)-WFAP-462-3/4/5DP    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/356444000   

 

The Wildland Firefighter Apprentice Program (WFAP) is an educational program designed to enhance and develop future Fire and Aviation Managers. The intent of the Program is to take an entry level firefighter and provide education, training and paid work experience over a 12 to 48 month period, depending on experience.  This is a 3,000 hour on-the-job learning program including two month-long residential firefighting academies at the Wildland Fire Training Center at McClellan (Sacramento), California.  Initial appointments are permanent seasonal: guaranteed 13 pay periods (6 months) plus 2 pay periods as needed.  Upon completion of program requirements, Apprentices are eligible for noncompetitive promotions to the GS-462-5 Forestry Technician “Firefighter Type 1” without further competition and will be reassigned to a Permanent Full Time (PFT) position on a specific Module/Crew. Some positions may require a Commercial Driver’s license.  Apprentices may be subject to random drug testing.   Pay and locality scales are available on this web site http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2013/general-schedule/  Availability of government provided housing will vary by locations.  Selectees must be able to meet the arduous fitness level and complete a Work Capacity Test consisting of a 3 mile hike within 45 minutes carrying a 45 pound pack.  Applicants must be at least 18 and under 37 years of age.  An age waiver may be granted to eligible Veterans who can meet the arduous physical standards of the position.  US Citizenship and a High School graduate or GED are required.  Selectees are required to maintain a valid State Driver’s License.  Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.   For more information on the Apprenticeship program go to www.wfap.net

 

Duties:   Serves as an apprentice firefighter on a wildland fire crew performing fire suppression and/or fuels management duties under the most adverse conditions of climate, fuels, and terrain.  Performs various aspects of wildland and prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding, and mop-up, driving engines to fire locations, frequently over unimproved roads. 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, loading helicopter personnel and cargo considering methods, weight distribution, necessity for securing, total weight, etc. and completes manifests of personnel and equipment being transported to the fire or other work site.  Performs Forestry Technician duties with a variety of hand tools such as an axe, Pulaski, shovel, McLeod and chain saws.  Wildland Firefighter Crews often travel throughout California and across the country performing fire suppression and support to other all-risk incidents.

 

Vacancy Announcement –   14(1)-WFAP-462-3/4/5DP  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/356444000    will be open December 1, 2013 through January 27, 2014 for opportunities in California (R-5).  This Demo (DP) announcement will be open to temporary government employees (summer firefighters), Veterans, members of the general public and current Federal employees.  This is the agency wide/national announcement number for the WFAP.  To apply for the WFAP GS-462-3/4/5 at California  locations you must submit the on-line application no later than January 27, 2014, to be considered for these positions.  This announcement will close at 11:59 EST – 8:59 P.M. (or 20:59 hours) Pacific Standard Time. 

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APPLICATION PROCESS:  Applicants must access the vacancy announcements through USAJobs – http://usajobs.gov/ .  Applicants must establish a profile and build or upload a resume in the USAJobs site.   For assistance in navigating USAJobs: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Main_Page   Once applicants have established a Profile and Resume, that data will be used in all future applications without the need to reenter.  Applicants are required to recertify their application every 30 days.  Applicants need to attach any required supporting documents (IQCS Master Record, DD-214 to claim Veterans Preference, Transcripts, etc.) for each job applied to – they are not automatically added to your application from your profile.  If combining education and experience, applicants must attach transcripts to receive credit.  The SF-50 form is only needed if applicant is a current Career or Career Conditional employee.  If your application documents are too large (more than 3MB) to upload into USAJobs, you can convert your documents into a Portable Document Format (PDF) file to reduce the file size.  Please read the entire Vacancy Announcement carefully.  Applicants respond to a series of questions to determine Core Eligibility, Minimum Qualification and Assessment Questions.    Responses will be evaluated by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and Human Resources to confirm supporting documentation and experience from your resume and past Supervisor’s reference checks.  Any level of Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies (KSACs) claimed in the Assessment statements must be supported and documented in your resume and attachments.

 

Veterans are encouraged to apply on the USAJobs web site under the Demo Authority (DP) where Veterans Preference is applied to eligible applicants.  Veterans MUST submit a DD-214 if you are claiming Veteran’s Preference.  Veteran applicants may qualify for funding under the GI Bill as the WFAP education/training is recognized by the Veterans Administration.

 

Specific duty locations have been consolidated under the National Forest Headquarter location.  The nature of the WFAP may require a selectee to move to different duty locations across the Forest to gain expertise and complete program requirements.

 

Apply only to locations that you would accept a job offer.

 

Selections for Apprentice positions are scheduled to be made by March 28, 2014

 

To receive additional assistance in understanding the hiring process, contact the California Region 5, Fire Recruiter, Rita Yates at Cell (707) 334-1394 , (530) 621-5288, or Email ryates@fs.fed.us

 

FOREST Consolidated Duty Locations and Local Contact Information:

 

Angeles National Forest  http://www.fs.usda.gov/angeles/     To be considered for the following Duty Locations, select ARCADIA in USAJobs:  Arcadia, Glendora,  Lancaster, San Fernando, Saugus/Acton, and Valyermo.   Contacts for specific information regarding current vacancies:  Forest Civil Rights Officer – Tana Moreland 626-574-5222. tmoreland@fs.fed.us   Fire Point of Contact Tracy McGuff, tmcguff@fs.fed.us, (818) 899-4516.

 

Cleveland National Forest  http://www.fs.usda.gov/cleveland/   To be considered for the following Duty Locations, select SAN DIEGO in USAJobs: Alpine, Corona, El Cajon, Ramona and San Diego.  Contacts for specific information regarding current vacancies:  Forest Civil Rights Officer – Nidia Contreras  909-382-2668.  ncontreras@fs.fed.us   Fire Point of Contact –Lisa Bilz 619-557-5262

 

Eldorado National Forest   http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/eldorado/    To be considered for the following Duty Locations, select PLACERVILLE in USAJobs: Georgetown, Grizzly Flats, Kyburz, Pine Grove, Pioneer, Placerville, and Pollock Pines.   Contacts for specific information regarding current vacancies:  Forest Civil Rights Officer – Thomas Nichols 530-621-5203. tnichols@fs.fed.us  Fire Point of Contact – Cara Scott  530-621-5209.

 

Inyo National Forest    http://www.fs.usda.gov/inyo/   To be considered for the following Duty Locations, select BISHOP in USAJobs: Bishop, Independence, June Lake, Lee Vining, Lone Pine, Mammoth Lakes, and Tom’s Place.  Contacts for specific information regarding current vacancies:  Forest Civil Rights Officer Chris Moore (760) 873-2477 christophermoore@fs.fed.us  Fire Point of Contact – Dan O’Keefe 760-873-2574

 

Klamath National Forest    http://fs.usda.gov/klamath  To be considered for the following Duty Locations, select YREKA in USAJobs: Callahan, Fort Jones, Happy Camp, Klamath River, Mount Hebron, Macdoel, Sawers Bar, Salmon River,  Scott Bar, Seiad Valley,  and Yreka.  Contacts for specific information regarding current vacancies:  Forest Civil Rights Officer – Antoinette Griffith 530-841-4489  acgriffith@fs.fed.us  .  Fire Point of Contact –Curtis Coots 530 841-4461.

 

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit   http://www.fs.usda.gov/ltbmu/     To be considered for the following Duty Location, select SOUTH LAKE TAHOE in USAJobs:  South Lake Tahoe.  Contacts for specific information regarding current vacancies:  Forest Civil Rights Officer – Adrian Escobedo 530-543-2758.  Aescobedo02@fs.fed.us  Fire Point of Contact – Mike Simmons 775-749-1802

 

Lassen National Forest   http://fs.usda.gov/lassen   To be considered for the following Duty Locations, select SUSANVILLE in USAJobs: Chester, Fall River Mills, Forest Ranch, Hat Creek, Manzanita Lake, Mineral, Old Station, and Susanville.  Contacts for specific information regarding current vacancies:  Forest Civil Rights Officer – Michael A Green 530-525-6603. magreen@fs.fed.us  Fire Point of Contact – Walter Malena 530-257-5575

                                        

Los Padres National Forest   http://fs.usda.gov/lpnf   To be considered for the following Duty Locations, select GOLETA in USAJobs:  Arroyo Grande, Big Sur, Carpinteria, Fillmore, Frazier Park/ Fillmore, Goleta, Greenfield, Jolon, King City, Los Olivos, New Cuyama, Ojai, Piru, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Santa Margarita, and Santa Ynez. Contacts for specific information regarding current vacancies:  Forest Civil Rights Officer Sarah Majdiak   –805-961-5748.  sarahmajdiak@fs.fed.us    Fire Point of Contact – Sheryl Woods 805–455-5917 or 805-605-4995

 

Mendocino National Forest   http://fs.usda.gov/mendocino   To be considered for the following Duty Locations, select WILLOWS in USAJobs: Covelo, Elk Creek, Paskenta,  Stonyford, Upper Lake, and Willows.  Contacts for specific information regarding current vacancies:  Forest Civil Rights Officer – Barbara Leach 530-934-1103. bleach@fs.fed.us  Fire Point of Contact – Jesse Roach 530-934-1142

 

Modoc National Forest    http://www.fs.usda.gov/modoc/  To be considered for the following Duty Locations, select ALTURAS in USAJobs: Adin, Alturas, Canby, Cedarville, and Tulelake.   Contacts for specific information regarding current vacancies:  Forest Civil Rights Officer – Vacant        – Tyler Otterson 530-640-0442

 

Plumas National Forest     http://fs.usda.gov/plumas    To be considered for the following Duty Locations, select QUINCY in USAJobs: Beckworth, Belden, Berry Creek, Blairsden, Challenge, Chilcoot, Doyle, Greenville, Oroville,  Quincy, Strawberry Valley.     Contacts for specific information regarding current vacancies:  Forest Civil Rights Officer Daidre Williams  (530) 283-7891 daidreawilliams@fs.fed.us  Fire Point of Contacts – Pete Duncan 530-283-7831 or Kris Levitoff 530-283-7845

 

San Bernardino National Forest    http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sanbernardino/  To be considered for the following Duty Locations, select SAN BERNARDINO in USAJobs: Big Bear City, Fawnskin, Idyllwild, Lytle Creek,  Mentone, Skyforest.  Contacts for specific information regarding current vacancies:  Forest Civil Rights Officer – Nidia Contreras  909-382-2668.   ncontreras@fs.fed.us    Fire Point of Contact – Eric Sweetman 909-382-2894

 

Sequoia National Forest    http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sequoia/  To be considered for the following Duty Locations, select PORTERVILLE in USAJobs: Bakersfield, Blackrock, California Hot Springs, Dunlap, Glenville, Havilah, Hume, Johnsondale, Kernville, ,  Lake Isabella,  Mirimonte,   Pinehurst, Porterville, Springville, Wofford Heights.   Contacts for specific information regarding current vacancies:  Forest Civil Rights Officer – Paulla Stephens 559-784-1500.  pstephens@fs.fed.us   Fire Point of Contact – Maribel Moreno (559) 782-3120 Ext 716

                       

Shasta-Trinity National Forest    http://fs.usda.gov/stnf  To be considered for the following Duty Locations, select REDDING in USAJobs: Big Bar, Burnt Ranch, Hayfork, Hyampom, Junction City, Lake Head, Lewiston, McCloud, Mount Shasta, Mountain Gate, Platina, Redding, Trinity Center, Weaverville.   Contacts for specific information regarding current vacancies:  Forest Civil Rights Officer – Manti Heitman 530-226-2367 mhietman@fs.fed.us.    Fire Point of Contact – John Wood 530-226-2375  

 

Sierra National Forest    http://www.fs.usda.gov/sierra/   To be considered for the following Duty Locations, select CLOVIS in USAJobs:  Big Creek, Dinky Creek, Fish Camp,  Fresno, Mariposa, North Fork, Oakhurst, Prather, Tollhouse, Trimmer, Clovis.    Contacts for specific information regarding current vacancies:  Forest Civil Rights Officer – Mary McDonough 559- 297-0706 Ext 4880. mmcdonough@fs.fed.us  Fire Point of Contacts – Theresa Rendon 559-297-0706 Ext 4905 or Pedro Martinez

 

Six Rivers National Forest   http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sixrivers/     To be considered for the following Duty Locations, select EUREKA in USAJobs: Eureka, Fortuna, Gasquet, Mad River, Oak Botton,  Orleans, Ruth, Salyer, T- Bar, Willow Creek, Zenia.  Contacts for specific information regarding current vacancies:  Forest Civil Rights Officer – Kathy Allen 707-441-3557. kmallen@fs.fed.us  Fire Point of Contact – Jesse Knox 707-441-3514,  jknox02@fs-fed.us

 

Stanislaus National Forest    http://fs.usda.gov/stanislaus   To be considered for the following Duty Locations, select SONORA in USAJobs: Groveland, Hathaway Pines, Mi-Wuk Village, Pinecrest, Sonora.   Contacts for specific information regarding current vacancies:  Forest Civil Rights Officer – Michael Perez 209-532-3671 Ext 425.  mperez02@fs.fed.us  Fire Point of Contact – Clint Gould   209-532-3671 Ext 272  cgould@fs.fed.us.

 

Tahoe National Forest   http://www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe/    To be considered for the following Duty Locations, select NEVADA CITY in USAJobs:  Camptonville, Downieville, Forest Hill, Loyalton, Nevada City, Sierraville, Soda Springs, Truckee.    Contacts for specific information regarding current vacancies:  Forest Civil Rights Officer – Mike Cruz    530-414-1644. mcruz@fs.fed.us     Fire Point of Contact – Donn Thane 530-478-6270

 

 

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