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SALMON IDAHO 83467
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GS-0462-04/05 Seasonal 1039
The SALMON Heli-RAPPEL Module on the Salmon / Challis National Forest is
planning to fill multiple Helitack 1039 seasonal fire fighter positions.
The positions ARE assigned to the SALMON Rappel Module from May to
September or later of each year. This notification is being circulated to
inform prospective applicants of this opportunity and how to apply.
About the Position
Series/Grade: GS-0462-04 and GS-462-05
Duty Location: SALMON-COBALT RANGER DISTRICT, SALMON, Idaho.
Tour of Duty: 1039
Housing: There is no government quarters available.
Helitack FIREFIGHTER duties
The incumbent serves as a firefighter on a 41 person rappel crew, providing
aerial and ground support in the suppression of wildland fires. Operates
radios, telephones, and other equipment to exchange information for fire
weather and other forest suppression and/or project activities, Compiles
payment sheets for mileage, specialized fire equipment, tools and will ensure
that tools and equipment are available.
The Incumbent will perform duties in fire prevention, suppression, prescribed
burning crew duties in order to reduce fuel hazards and disease, while
protecting wildlife and Assist 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.
This position participates in wildland firefighting activities. Based on the type
of work performed, taking and passing the Work Capacity Test at the
arduous level is a “condition of employment”. The arduous fitness (Pack) Test
consists of a three (3) mile hike, within forty-five (45) minutes, while carrying a
forty-five (45) pound pack.
Vacancy announcement numbers:
This in an Open Continuous vacancy announcement
Applicants are responsible for applying for the position on the USAJOBS
website at www.USAJOBS.com. Those wishing to be considered for this position
must apply to the vacancy announcement by February 8, 2013 (Select Salmon as
the Duty Station) and attach a current IQCS Master Record to their
application if applying for the GS-4 or 5 positions.
Questions about the position Please see our website at top of Announcement.
About the forest:
The Salmon-Challis National Forest covers over 4.3 million acres in east-
central Idaho. The Forest is bordered by the Bitterroot Range of the North
Central Rockies on the east, and to the west includes over 1.3 million acres of
the Frank Church--River of No Return Wilderness. Rugged and remote, this
country offers adventure, solitude and breathtaking scenery. The Forest
also contains Mt. Borah, Idaho's tallest peak and the Wild & Scenic Salmon
River and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The area is a highly desired
destination for hunting, fishing, white-water rafting and the many other
popular recreational pursuits. The Forest features diverse, rough
topography, geologic conditions, and miles of streams with anadromous fish
spawning habitat creating a highly complex land management situation. The
Forest Supervisors Office is located in Salmon, Idaho. There are currently
six administrative units on the Forest: Salmon-Cobalt, Challis/ Yankee Fork,
Lost River, Middle Fork, North Fork and Leadore Ranger Districts. For more
information on the Forest or Districts, visit the website- www.fs.fed.us/r4/sc/
About Salmon, Idaho (www.salmonidaho.com)
The City: Salmon is the heart of the Salmon River Valley, surrounded by three
mountain ranges, situated at the junction of Idaho State Highway 28 and U.S.
Highway 93, and at the forks of the Lemhi and Salmon Rivers. The city has a
population of approximately 3,100 and is the seat of Lemhi County which has a
population of 8,000. The main industries are ranching, mining, timber and
recreation. Salmon is known as the "White Water Capital of the World" serving
as the hub of personal and outfitter, jet boat and rafting river activities. At
4,000 feet elevation, the surrounding terrain varies greatly from rolling,
arid hills to steep, forested slopes. For more information about the city and
area, visit the website -www.salmonidaho.com
Climate: Salmon enjoys a dry, warm climate during the summer and fall months
with daily highs averaging between 75 to 95 degrees, and nightly lows from 45
to 60 degrees. The climate in winter is ideal for snow sports, the lowest
temperatures averaging from 14 to 25 degrees with occasional sub-zero
Shopping and Services: Salmon is a self-contained community with a full
variety of shopping, business, medical, and professional services. In addition
to basic services, there are a variety of specialty shops and art galleries.
Salmon also has nursing and residential care facilities, hospice, Child
Development Center and a spectrum of social services. Most service clubs
and associations are represented. The public library offers computer and
other services, and there are two internet access providers.
Salmon has a Mayor, City Council, City Administrator form of government, with
elected County Commissioners, and is under the protection of the City Police,
County Sheriff's Department and local Fire Station.
Utilities that serve the city are the Idaho Power and Light Company and the
Century Telephone of Idaho Inc.
Media include an AM/FM radio station, satellite and cable TV and the weekly
Medical: The City of Salmon has a local 30-bed community hospital affiliated
with the major hospital of Missoula, Montana, and provides Life-Flight
helicopter, EMT, Search and Rescue units, physicians, dentists, optometrists,
and also specialist affiliations with the Western Montana Medical Clinic.
Schools: A good variety of pre-schools and day-care centers are available
in addition to the elementary, junior and senior high schools. The schools
offer numerous extra-curricular activities and sports, and strive for
quality education with creative, athletic, and scholastic achievements.
Transportation: Cart Bus Transportation is provided for seniors and other
citizens, in-city as well as to larger, distant communities. Taxi service is
available. The Salmon Valley Airport provides scheduled commuter flights
and charter services, is equipped with an instrument landing system and can
accommodate executive jets and other small aircraft. Major commercial
airports are located within 160 miles.
Housing: There are five motels in Salmon and various bed and breakfast
accommodations in the surrounding vicinity. Housing prices range from
approximately $50,000 to over $150,000. Monthly rental for a typical three-
bedroom home runs around $700. Several real estate offices are available,
some with national affiliations. There are also mobile home parks and two in-
Churches: Salmon has an active church community, a Christian book and gift
store, school, and fourteen churches representing a large variety of
Entertainment and Activities: A wide assortment of entertainment is provided
by various organizations throughout the year. The Salmon Arts Council
provides high-quality artistic events for the community presenting a wide
range of performers in music, theater, and dance, visual art shows and
sales, artist workshops, artist-in education residences and other programs
for the local schools. Other celebrations include Fourth of July Salmon
River Days, Lil' Britches Rodeo, Lemhi County Fair and Idaho Cowboy Poetry
Gathering. Salmon also has numerous restaurants, Movie Theater, and a
fitness center. Recreation facilities include a nine-hole golf course, tennis
courts, bowling alley, baseball diamonds and an outdoor community swimming
Recreation for Salmon and Challis Areas: The Salmon River and the Middle
Fork of the Salmon River are renowned for white-water rafting, kayaking,
floating and jet boating. Outfitter and guide services are offered and both
Salmon and Challis serve as gateways to the Frank Church-River of No
Return Wilderness, encompassing 2.4 million acres. The primitive mountain
area provides spectacular hunting (white-tailed and mule deer, elk, bighorn
sheep, mountain goats, bear, moose, and cougar). Many species of game birds
and also waterfowl can be found. Fishing (trout and steelhead) is open
virtually all year. Miles of groomed trails and routes are prepared for
cross-country skiing and snowmobiling while down-hill skiing, ice fishing and
other winter fun can be enjoyed nearby. Salmon and Challis offer hiking and
wilderness walks, camping and picnicking, rock hounding, prospecting, bird
watching, photography, hot springs, back-country air tours, guest ranches,
mining ghost towns and museums, all adding to the immense opportunity for
pleasure and adventure to be had by avid sportsmen and casual outdoor