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USDA Forest Service

Forestry Technician (hotshot/handcrew), GS-0462-04

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USFS - Nationwide
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Location Notes:
Multiple FS locations
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Who May Apply:
US Citizens
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Work Schedule:
Full Time

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  • Positions may be filled as a temporary appointment up to 6 months or as a not to exceed (NTE) 1 year which can be extended 1 additional year.

    Hourly wage as shown is for Albuquerque, NM (RUS). Specific wage rate will vary by location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown on the vacancy announcement.


  • Serves on crews performing duties in fire suppression. Performs prescribed burning crew duties in order to reduce fuel hazards and disease, while protecting wildlife. May 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.

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