Fire Management Specialist (Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center (LLC) Manager)

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Department of the Interior

Job Summary

This position is with the National Park Service, organizationally located in the Washington Support Office (WASO), Fire Management Program Center (FPMC), Division of Fire and Aviation, Branch of Wildland Fire. This position may be filled in Boise, ID or in Tucson, AZ. Information about the Boise area can be found at Information about the Tucson area can be found at

Major Duties

The primary purpose of this position is to provide senior level professional wildland fire management expertise to, and management of, the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center (LLC) program functions. This entails providing strategic and operational direction, fire management advice, and leadership for the LLC as well as developing, requesting, and managing the LLC budget. All activities are conducted in an interagency environment. The incumbent provides direction and maintains effective processes for gathering, verifying, and analyzing observations and information from a variety of sources to produce accurate knowledge products containing lessons learned and effective practices. The LLC Manager provides technical oversight to interagency employees and the full range of supervisory responsibilities to other NPS staff at the LLC. The incumbent oversees the management of contracts in cooperation with federal land management agency contracting officers. The LLC Center Manager participates in workshops, seminars, conferences, fire meetings, and other venues to transfer applicable lessons and effective practices. The incumbent may participate in wildland fire and all hazard response activities based on qualifications and availability.



A. Degree:Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, or related discipline appropriate to the position being filled.-OR-B. Combination of education and experience:courses equivalent to a major in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, or at least 24 semester hours in biological sciences, natural resources, wildland fire management, forestry, or agriculture equivalent to a major field of study,plusappropriate experience or additional education that is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in the biological sciences, agriculture, or natural resources.You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.

In addition to meeting the basic entry requirement, applicants must have specialized experience to be found qualified. In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade.


To qualify for the GS-13 grade level, 1 year of creditable specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 is required. Examples of work experience include, but are not limited to: Providing professional wildland fire management expertise and advice to agency administrators, coordinating groups or other decision making entities; leading a wildland fire management program or similar operation; serving as a team member or team leader in wildland fire program reviews, accident investigations (lessons learned or Facilitated Learning Analysis teams acceptable); presenting information to diverse groups of stakeholders; analyzing data and/or information and drawing conclusions to make programmatic decisions; developing or implementing a budget or working within budget constraints; working in an interagency environment.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR(S):This position requires a special qualification that has been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as a screen out element. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified.

Selective Placement Factor (SPF)#1: (Prior WLFF) Prior on-the-line firefighting:The Department of the Interior defines wildland firefighting experience as any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland. Wildland firefighting experience is gained through work on the fire line in containment, control, suppression or use of wildland fire. This experience can be met by serving in a temporary, seasonal, or equivalent private sector fire position for no less than 90 days. Wildland fires are categorized into two distinct types: (1) Wildfires – Unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildfires; and (2) Prescribed Fires – Planned ignitions. This description includes only fireline experience on a Prescribed Fire; it does not include experience in the planning stages. Prescribed fire experience must be supplemented by fire suppression experience in order to be creditable as previous wildland firefighting experience.This experience must be documented with specific dates in the online application or resume.

There is no substitution of education for specialize experience at the GS-12 and above grade levels.

Pay Range

$88,704.00 - $116,319.00

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End Date: 

Monday, January 6, 2020