Deschutes National Forest
Central Oregon Fire Management Service
1039 OUTREACH NOTICE
Forestry Aid (Fire), GS-0462-03
The Deschutes National Forest will soon be filling several GS-0462-03 Forestry Aid
(Fire) positions. These are 1039 seasonal positions working for Central Oregon Fire
Management Service (COFMS), an interagency fire management organization serving
the Ochoco National Forest, Crooked River National Grassland, Deschutes National
Forest and Prineville District Bureau of Land Management.
The positions are located in Bend, Oregon.
This notification is being circulated to inform prospective applicants of this current
Those interested in applying to this nationwide announcement please log on to
Announcement No. TEMP-OCR-0462-3-FIRE
• A referral list will be requested on or about February 8th, 2010. Qualified
applicants will need to have their application in by February 5th, 2010.
• Applicants need to indicate Bend, Oregon as one of their geographic locations in
order to be considered for this position.
If you have applied for positions through Avue before you will need to reapply as these
are new announcements. The vacancy announcement listing will be posted on the fsjobs
internet site. www.fs.fed.us/fsjobs. The listing will be updated as new announcements are
For more information or technical questions about the position contact:
Mel Durrant, Suppression Technician, Newberry Division, (541) 383-5668
Jeff Dillon, Suppression Technician, Cascade Division, (541) 383-5664
Forestry Aid (Fire), GS-0462-03
Introductory Statement: This is a standard wildland fire management position description intended for
use in the USDA, Forest Service. The position is located on a wildland fire crew. The purpose of the
position is wildland fire suppression/management/control as a specialized firefighter with responsibility
for the operation and maintenance of specialized tools or equipment.
Other wildand fire related duties may involve fire prevention, patrol, detection, or prescribed burning.
The incumbent may be assigned for varying periods of time into one or more types of positions within
the wildfire program where the individual's specialized skills are required.
Serves on crews performing duties in fire prevention and suppression. Performs prescribed burning
crew duties in order to reduce fuel hazards and disease, while protecting wildlife. Assists with fire
dispatch through operation of radios, telephones, and other necessary equipment to exchange
information for fire weather and other forest suppression activities.
Lays or directs hose in the use of water. Moves dirt, chops brush, and fells small trees to build fireline
using various hand tools such as axes, shovels, Pulaskis, and McLeods to control spreading wildland
fire and/or to prepare lines prior to controlled burning. Chops, carries, and piles logging slash. Searches
out and extinguishes burning materials by moving dirt, applying water by hose or backpack pump.
Patrols fireline to locate and extinguish sparks, flare-ups, and hot spots that may threaten loss of control
of the fire. Cleans, reconditions, and stores simple fire tools and equipment.
Performs basic duties in support of fire, timber, silviculture, recreation, wilderness, or research
programs, projects, or activities.
The GS-3 positions in Bend, Oregon are entry level positions that pay $11.95/hr.
MINIMUM FEDERAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
Qualifying experience for the GS-3 level includes six months general experience that demonstrates the
applicant's ability to perform the work of the position or that provided familiarity with the subject matter
or processes of the occupation.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: Experience requirements may be met by
successful completion of one (1) academic year of post high school education which included at least 6
semester/9 quarter hours in any combination of courses such as range management or conservation,
agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, mathematics, or other natural or
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Equivalent combinations of successfully
completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.
ABOUT THE AREA
The City of Bend is located in the central part of the state of Oregon. The major highways intersecting in
town are US97 and US20. The population is around 72,000. The community hosts several theaters, has
an active summer concert committee which hosts various visiting orchestras and conductors, has a
community theater, many excellent restaurants, hotels and bed-and-breakfast establishments. There are
numerous city and county parks in and adjacent to town; a public library; full service medical and dental
facilities; four large shopping malls; a country club, 20-plus public and private golf courses and numerous
denominations of churches.
SCHOOLS: The Deschutes County School System in Bend consists of 10 elementary schools, three
middle schools and three senior high schools. Central Oregon Community College offers two-year
programs as well as four year degrees through Oregon State University and the University of Oregon.
There are several private schools and there is also an active home-school program in the county.
MAJOR CITIES: Portland (largest city in the state) 160 miles northwest (four hours driving time); Eugene
128 miles west (two and one-half to three hours driving time); Salem 131 miles west (three to three and
one-half hours driving time); and Medford 212 miles southwest (five hours driving time).
HEALTH CARE: Bend has one major hospital and numerous clinics. Redmond (16 miles north) offers one
TRAVEL: The Central Oregon area is serviced by the Redmond Municipal Airport which has daily flights by
Horizon Air (Alaska Air) and United Express Airlines. Interstate 5 dissects the state through the Willamette
Valley and is approximately two and one-half to three hours driving time west of Bend. Interstate 84 runs
east-west along the northern boundary of Oregon and is approximately a five hour drive from Bend.
Highway 97 runs through Bend traveling north and south through the state.
WEATHER: Bend is in an area called the "high desert" and has four distinct seasons. Summer is relatively
mild with temperatures in the high 80's to 90's. There can be a few weeks where the temperature will reach
the low 100's. Fall will usually bring "Indian Summer" kind of weather along with thundershowers. Winter is
relatively mild with the snowfall in the neighborhood of eight to 10 inches but usually melts quickly.
Temperatures are normally in the mid to low 20's and 30's. January can bring a week or two of
temperatures in the minus figures. Spring is usually sunny but cool. The growing season is relatively short
as the elevation of Bend is 3,623 feet. The average yearly precipitation is 12 inches.
HOUSING: Rental apartments and houses are available. The approximate range for the monthly cost of
rentals in Bend is $700 - 850 for a two bedroom, one bath unit and around $1050 for a three bedroom unit
in either duplexes or apartments. The cost for a three bedroom single family house runs $1100 and up.
Bend is a rapidly growing community with many new subdivisions. The average price for a home in Bend is
$225,866. The value of rural property is determined to a large extent on the availability of water.
More detailed information about Central Oregon may be obtained from the following websites:
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