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Job Title:LEAD RANGE/FORESTRY TECHNICIAN (FIRE), GS-0455/0462-5/6

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Job Announcement Number:CRPA 172/12-READV

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$31,315.00 to $45,376.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, November 8, 2012 to Friday, December 28, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0462-05/06

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

6

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
San Juan Pueblo, NM United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

AREA - WIDE / INDIAN PREFERENCE / CURRENT STATUS EMPLOYEES OR FORMER EMPLOYEES WITH REINSTATEMENT ELIGIBILITY / VEOA ELIGIBLES

JOB SUMMARY:

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with the tribal nations. A challenging and dynamic place to work, it enhances the quality of life, promotes economic opportunity, and carries out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

Vacancy ID: 761636

 

LEAD RANGE/FORESTRY TECHNICIAN (FIRE), GS-0455/0462-5/6,

#4400140, SOUTHWEST REGION, NORTHERN PUEBLOS AGENCY,

DEPUTY AGENCY SUPERINTENDENT, TRUST SERVICES,

FORESTRY SECTION, SAN JUAN PUEBLO, NEW MEXICO

 

GS-05: $31,315 - $40,706 Per Annum

GS-06: $34,907 - $45,376 Per Annum

 

NOTE:  This is a permanent position subject to furlough when services is not needed due to lack of work, funds, or unforeseen circumstances.  Incumbent is subject to favorable results of a background investigation, drug testing, medical examination, and physical fitness work capacity test for arduous positions.

 

NOTE:  TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE AUTHORIZED.  ANY RELOCATION EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH REPORTING FOR DUTY WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SELECTED EMPLOYEE.  GOVERNMENT HOUSING IS NOT AVAILABLE.   

 

READVERTISEMENT:  APPLICANTS WHO PREVIOUSLY APPLIED UNDER THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE RECONSIDERED AND NEED NOT RE-APPLY UNLESS YOU WISH TO SUBMIT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR DOCUMENTATION NOT PREVIOUSLY SUBMITTED.

 

INDIAN PREFERENCE: Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification of Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles that are not currently employed with the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7). Consideration will be given to non-Indian applicants (Status or Reinstatement eligibles) in the absence of a qualified Indian Preference eligible.

 

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA): Preference eligibles may apply for permanent positions (career or career-conditional appointments) under merit promotion procedures for VEOA appointments; however, veteran’s preference is not a factor in these appointments. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be a preference eligible OR veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Applicants must submit a copy of their DD-214 for verification of eligibility. For more information, click here: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx#veoa

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is Required.
  • Selectee is subject to a background security investigation.
  • Appointment may include a requirement for one year probationary period.
  • Applications will only be accepted online or by Fax to 1-478-757-3144.

DUTIES:

NOTE: If the position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without further competition under the Merit Promotion Program at such time as performance and qualification requirements are met and classification review discloses the duties being performed properly warrant classification to the next higher grade level.

 

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

 

 

§  The primary purpose of this rigorous position is to perform wildland firefighting work and to lead others on a regular and recurring basis.

§  Performs work directly related to wildland fire suppression and control activities including suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction, and prescribed burning.

§  Responsible for operation and maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland and prescribed fire situations.

§  Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents.

§  Makes initial evaluation of fire situations, determines rate of spread, potential hazards to property and other improvements, suppression method to use, hose lays, deployment of crew, point of initial attack, type of tools to use and application of water.       

§  Participates in wildland fire and safety training in the techniques, practices, and methods of fire suppression and in the safe, efficient operation and use of tools, equipment, and vehicles used in fire suppression activities.

§  Serves as a work leader over crewmembers.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions and Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-0462: Forestry Technician Series; and Interagency Fire Program Management Qualifications Standards and Guide for Supervisory Fire Engine Operator).

 

GS-6: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level.

 

GS-5: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 grade level OR Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree (a) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Arduous:  Duties involve rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning.  Work requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carry of items weighing over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring at least average agility and dexterity.

 

Duties include demands for strenuous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods of time.  Operation of some specialized fire equipment can place extended physical stress on incumbent during fire activities.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work is primarily performed in forest and range environments in steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely uneven, rocky, covered with vegetation, and in smoky conditions, etc.  Temperatures vary from above 100 degrees F to below freezing.  Risks involved smoke inhalation, fire entrapment, snake or insect bites and stings, exposure to excessive machinery noise, and falling and rolling material.  Personnel must adjust and cope with exposure to weather elements, dust and smoke, poor sleeping and eating conditions and unpredictable sets of circumstances.  Incumbent may be required to live in backcountry camps for extended periods of time.  The hazardous nature of the work requires that personal protective equipment be worn (boots, hardhat, gloves, flame resistant clothing, etc.).  Work may require travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft.

 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the position to be filled.

 

Examples of qualifying specialized experience for a Range Technician include:

 

·         Work in the conservation, regulation, and use of public or Federally controlled lands for grazing.

·         Range research activities.

·         Work in the operation of a livestock ranch or in assisting in the management or preservation of lands comparable to the public range.

·         Range or forest fire control, prevention, or suppression work.

Examples of qualifying specialized experience for a Forestry Technician include:

·         Forestry aid or technician work. 

·         Engineering, range, or soil conservation technician work that involved the application of cultural, resource conservation, or land management practices on non forest or ranch lands when combined with knowledge of forestry operations and equipment.

·         Farming or ranching work that involved application of cultural and soil and water conservation practices, including safety and use of equipment, and that provided a basic understanding of land use.

·         Forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work.

SELECTIVE FACTOR:  The applicant must have possessed all of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position:

Primary Core Requirement:  Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1)

Additional Required Training:  S-290, “Intermediate Fire Behavior”

 


 

SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS:  A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

 

OTHER:  Incumbent is required, as an incidental duty, to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties; therefore, a valid driver’s license is required. Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

 

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  A Baseline Medical Examination will be required for all newly hired personnel in permanent positions that require wildland fire arduous duty and who would have received a "Baseline" medical examination under the Department of Interior (DOI) Medical Standards Program (MSP).  As a condition of employment, incumbents must complete a "Baseline" medical examination as required by the DOI-MSP when processes are in place to support this level of exam through the DOI-MSP.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

 

§  Knowledge of strategies, tactics and suppression methods used in containment and control of wildland fires or implementation of prescribed fires sufficient to make assignments to crew members, accurately assess rapidly changing fire behavior, determine when additional forces are needed, and when engagement or disengagement is appropriate.

§  Skill in the use of hand tools.

§  As an engine crewmember, skill in driving engines and operating apparatus to include drafting, pumping water, and constructing simple and progressive hose lays under the direction of the engine boss.

§  Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing.

§  Knowledge of general range/forestry work sufficient to personally perform and lead others in the performance of project work related to fuels treatments, thinning, wildlife and watershed treatments, rehabilitation, and equipment and vehicle maintenance.

 

We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your resume, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.


BENEFITS:

The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

CTAP & ICTAP APPLICANTS: Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) participants who are well qualified may apply for this position. To be eligible for consideration under CTAP, an applicant must provide written notification that they will be losing their current federal position. To be eligible for consideration under ICTAP, an applicant must provide proof that they have lost their federal position within the last year. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For more information regarding CTAP & ICTAP, please visit http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp

 

NOTICE TO MALE APPLICANTS: Section 1622 of the Defense Authorization Act of 1986, prohibits any male born after December 31, 1959, from being appointed to a position in an executive agency if he has knowingly and willfully failed to register with the Selective Service System. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to complete a certification document to confirm their Selective Service registration status, if selected for appointment.

 



HOW TO APPLY:

To Apply Online:

  • Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register
  • Answer the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • UPLOAD all required documents and other supporting documents
  • To return to a previously saved or incomplete application go to https://applicationmanager.gov/

We strongly encourage you to apply online. However, if you cannot apply online, you may FAX your assessment questionnaire, resume and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144 by following the steps below.

 

To apply by Fax:

  • Print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX
  • Answer the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  • When faxing a completed OPM Form 1203-FX, this will serve as your fax cover and must be placed on TOP of your application and other supporting documents. No other fax page is required. Simply make sure all six pages of the completed OPM Form 1203-FX are on top of all other documents being faxed

 

Combination Online/Fax:

  • Log into or create your Application Manager account at https://applicationmanager.gov/
  • ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • Include the Vacancy Identification Number 761636, SSN, and full name to ensure that your documents are associated with the rest of your application
  • Fax your United States Government Application Cover Page, application, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144

Please note that it is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., questionnaire responses, resume, and any supporting documents) are complete and accurate.

 

All electronic submissions and/or faxes must be completed by Wednesday, November 28, 2012.

 

NOTE: Submission of a resume alone is not a complete application. This position requires the submission of additional forms as described under the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section. Failure to provide the required information and/or documentation may result in your application not being considered for employment.

 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

1. Resume- Must contain the following:

Job Announcement Number, Work experience: include Position Title; Dates - From (mm/yy) To (mm/yy); Salary; Hours per week; Current Supervisor's Name and Telephone number; and Duties

2.  Resume showing relevant experience and education

3.  References - List three people who are not related to you and are not current or previous supervisors

4. Form BIA 4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment, is required for claiming Indian Preference. No other form will be accepted.

5. Form DD-214, if claiming 5 pt. veteran's preference or Standard Form 15 with required proof of entitlement, if claiming 10 pt. veteran's preference.

6. College Transcript is required for verification/documentation of qualifying education.

7. Occupational/Assessment Questionnaire, listed in announcement.  Failure to respond to the questionnaire will result in loss of consideration.

8. Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, current or former Federal employees.

9. GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Report, available at www.gsa.gov/forms. (Optional during the application process; however, selectee will be required to submit as part of the pre-appointment process.)

10. Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or other equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the required NWCG qualifications.  Failure to provide this documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in you being rated as not qualified.

 

NOTE: Persons submitting incomplete application will be given credit only for the information they provide. The applicant is responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of their application in order to receive full credit for their Indian preference, veteran preference, experience, training, and/or education. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED FROM THIS OFFICE.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Josie Montoya
Phone: (505)563-5128
Email: JOSIE.MONTOYA@BIA.GOV
Agency Information:
BIA Center for Recruitment Albuquerque
DO NOT MAIL APPLICATIONS
PLEASE FAX TO 478-757-3144
xxxxx, NM
87104

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email notifying you that your submission was successful. After a review of your application is made, you will be notified regarding your rating and referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.

 


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