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Central Oregon Fire Management Service. Ochoco & Deschutes National Forests, & Prineville Bureau of Land Management Outreach and Vacancy Notices Forestry Technician (Helitack), GS-0462-05 Senior Firefighter 13 Pay Period Minimum Tour
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Central Oregon Fire Management Service Ochoco & Deschutes National Forests, & Prineville Bureau of Land Management Outreach and Vacancy Notices Forestry Technician (Helitack), GS-0462-05 Senior Firefighter 13 Pay Period Minimum Tour Central Oregon Fire Management Service (COFMS) is filling the following position. It is a permanentseasonal , located in Prineville, Oregon. The position is currently being advertised as part of an Open Continuous Recruitment (OCR) process. If you are interested in this position, please complete and submit the attached Outreach Response form, and complete the application process via the website links below. Deadline for the outreach is May 19th , 2014. Referral lists will be requested on May 20th, 2014. Online application process: www.usajobs.gov
ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBERS (DP-DEMO, G-Merit) OCR14-462-HLTKSRFF-5DP–or- G The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202)720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. COFMS
THE POSITION: Forestry Technician (Helitack), GS-0462-05 Senior Firefighter • Performs recurring fire suppression duties as a Senior Firefighter on a Helitack Crew. Loads 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. Inventories and inspects helicopter accessories, fire tools, and equipment. Certified in the use of long line external loads and the operation and maintenance of accessory equipment. May serve as a certified rappeller. COFMS
CENTRAL OREGON FIRE MANAGEMENT SERVICE (COFMS) The Central Oregon Fire Management Service (COFMS) area includes the Deschutes National Forest, the Ochoco National Forest, and the Prineville District BLM. These three units are managed cooperatively under combined leadership, with an Interagency Fire Management Officer, two Deputy Fire Management Officers, and other sub-staff functions working for a Board of Directors including Forest Service District Rangers and BLM Field Managers from both agencies. These units work to manage fire, fuels and aviation programs on the public lands throughout Central Oregon. Public lands in Central Oregon are widely scattered. The Prineville BLM district boundary encompasses approximately 12.7 million acres between the Columbia River to the north, south of the town of Crescent in Klamath County to the south, the Cascade crest on the west, and near the town of John Day at the eastern boundary. Within that broad area, the two forests and BLM holdings total over 4 million acres. COFMS is divided into four divisions, each managed by a Fire Management Officer. Dispatching is managed by the Central Oregon Interagency DispatchCenter which also includes functions for the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Prineville Unit. COFMS fire resources include engine crews, hand crews, water tenders, prevention units, lookouts, and an Interagency regional Rappel and local Helitack program. Region 6 Rappellers Central Oregon Rappel Crew is one of six rappel crews in the Pacific Northwest Region. The Region Six Rappellers are highly trained aerial delivered firefighters with the ability to mobilize rappellers and exclusive-use helicopters within the region and nationally to support the needs of the region for wildand fire, prescribed fire and all risk incidents. http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/aviation/helicopters COFMS
ABOUT THE PRINEVILLE AREA The City of Prineville is located 35 miles northeast of Bend and 30 miles southeast of Madras. The major highway through town is US highway 26. The population is around 10,000 in the city with approximately 17,000 living in the surrounding area. There are numerous parks in and adjacent to town; a public library; full service medical and dental facilities; shopping centers; a country club, two golf courses and numerous denominations of churches. SCHOOLS: The Crook County School System in Prineville consists of four elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. Central Oregon Community College (COCC) in Bend offers two-year programs as well as four-year degrees through Oregon State University and the University of Oregon. There are several private schools in town and there is also an active home-school program in both counties. HEALTH CARE: Prineville has one major hospital and two clinics. HOUSING: Rental apartments and houses are available. The approximate range for the monthly cost of rentals is $600-$700 for a two bedroom, one bath unit and around $750 for a three bedroom unit in either duplexes or apartments. The monthly rental cost for a three bedroom single-family house runs $800 and up. Prineville is a rapidly growing community with many new subdivisions. The average price for a home in Prineville is $175,000 and on rural property $250,000 and up depending on the availability of water. CENTRAL OREGON TRAVEL: The Central Oregon area is serviced by the Roberts Field-Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM), in Redmond, OR, approximately 16 miles from Prineville. Commercial service is provided by Horizon Air (part of the Alaska Air Group); United Express and Delta Connection (provided by SkyWest Airlines); and Allegiant Air. WEATHER: Central Oregon is “High Desert” which means the climate is semi-arid and has four distinct seasons. Summer brings warm, sunny days with temperatures in the high 80’s to 90’s. There can be a few days in August where the temperature will reach the low 100’s. Fall is pleasant and mild with average high temperatures of 75 degrees, and nighttime lows sometimes dipping into the 20’s. Winter is relatively mild with the snowfall in the neighborhood of 8-10 inches, but it usually melts quickly. Temperatures are normally in the low to mid 20’s and 30’s. January can bring a week or two of sub-zero temperatures. Spring is usually sunny, but cool. The growing season is relatively short as the elevation of Redmond is 3,077, Bend is 3,623 and Prineville is 3,033 feet. Madras, with an elevation of 2,242 feet, enjoys a longer growing season. The average yearly precipitation in Central Oregon ranges from 8.64 to 12 inches. http://www.bendchamber.org/ http://www.edforco.org- economic development http://www.ohwy.com/or/p/prinevil.htm http://madraschamber.com/ COFMS