Forestry Technician, GS-462
This series includes positions that require a practical knowledge of the methods and techniques of forestry and other biologically based resource management fields. Forestry technicians provide practical technical support in forestry research efforts and in the scientific management, protection, and development of forest resources. Work involves controlled and wildland fire fighting techniques and practices. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:
--Forestry aid or technician work
--Engineering, range, or soil conservation technician work that involved the application of cultural, resource conservation, or land management practices on non-forest or ranch lands when combined with knowledge of forestry operations and equipment.
--Farming or ranching work that involved application of cultural and soil and water conservation practices, including safety and use of equipment, and that provided a basic understanding of land use.
--Forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work.
Education above the high school level in related course work is qualifying.
*Make Note: Some jobs perform work in the GS-401 job series and are titled as Prescribed Fire Specialist, Wildfire Suppression Specialist, etc. These positions perform fire-related work of a professional nature and require an academic background.
Firefighter positions covered by special 20 year retirement provisions do not allow applicants to have reached their 37th birthday upon appointment to these positions. Selected applicant must take and pass the National Park Service Medical Examination prior to entering on duty.