One year of specialized experience must have included at least one season (3 continuous months) of wildland fire suppression work as a member of an organized fire suppression crew in forest and range fire suppression work under mountainous terrain and fuel conditions such as those found in the western United States. This work must have included training in forest or range fire suppression methods and techniques and in safety and first aid practices common to firefighting work.


Qualifying experience for the GS-5 level includes one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-4. Specialized experience is experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.


Experience requirements may be met by successful completion of a four (4) year course of study leading to a bachelors' degree or the equivalent. Education must include at least 24 semester/36 quarter hours in any combination of 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. No more than 6 semester/9 quarter hours in mathematics is creditable.


Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.


Specialized experience should be documented in the Work History section of the online application. Applicants are encouraged to provide a narrative in the Work History section that describes the duties performed relative to the specialized experience defined for this position. Specialized experience for this position is defined as one or more of the following:

-Performed a variety of wildland fire suppression and/or fuels management duties to suppress a wide range fires, such as adapting to a changing work environment, identifying factors of fire behavior and situations which warrant immediate action and operation of specialized fire suppression equipment including radios, chainsaws, portable pumps, hose lays and drip torches.

-Served on a specialty crew (hotshot, helitack, engines, etc.) and performed all aspects of wildland and prescribed fire operations including fire line construction, ignition, monitoring, holding, and mop up in the full range of difficult and complex fires under the most adverse conditions involved with climate, fuels, and terrain.


The duties of this position require incumbent to meet prescribed physical requirements as measured by performance of:
7 pull-ups
25 push-ups
45 sit-ups

1-1/2 mile run in 11 minutes or less

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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 consists of a three (3) mile hike, within forty-five (45) minutes, while carrying a forty-five (45) pound pack.

A physical examination is required prior to being hired for this position.

Vision: Distance vision of greater than 20/100 Snellen in one eye and 20/200 in the other eye is not allowed. Corrected vision greater than 20/20 in one eye and 20/30 in the other is permissible with the use of eyeglasses or contact lenses. Candidates must be able to read typewritten size characters and be able to pass the Eldridge-Green lantern test or one equivalent for color vision.
Hearing: Candidates must be able to hear the normal spoken voice at 20 feet in each ear and the whispered voice at 15 feet without the use of hearing aids.
Size: Applicants must be a minimum of 5 feet tall and a maximum of 6 feet, 5 inches tall and weigh at least 120 pounds but no more than 200.
Age: Prospective jumpers must be at least 18 years old.
Citizenship: Prospective jumpers must be United States citizens.

Note: Previous parachute training, either sport or military, is neither required nor advantageous for prospective smokejumpers.