This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:RANGE TECHNICIAN (FIRE), GS-0455-4/5

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Job Announcement Number:AB-13-09

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$27,990.00 to $40,706.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, November 09, 2012 to Friday, November 23, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0455-04/05

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Seasonal

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

5

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Yates, ND United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

AREA-WIDE / INDIAN PREFERENCE ELIGIBLES / 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.

FORESTRY TECHNICIAN (FIRE), GS-0455-4/5,
#4431038F, (DOI105, Senior Wildland Firefighter),
Great Plains Region, Standing Rock Agency,
Deputy Superintendent - Trust Services,
Branch of Fire Management,
Fort Yates, North Dakota

 

GS-5:  $31,315 - $40,706  Per Annum
GS-4:  $27,990 - $36,384  Per Annum

 

NOTE: This position has been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard.  This position has been categorized as a Senior Firefighter and requires selectee to meet the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position.  Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at http://www.ifpm.nifc.gov/.

NOTE: THIS POSITION IS PERMANENT FULL-TIME SEASONAL AND SUBJECT TO PLACEMENT IN NON-PAY STATUS WHEN SERVICES ARE NOT NEEDED DUE TO LACK OF WORK, FUNDS, OR UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES.  TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE AUTHORIZED.  ANY RELOCATION EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH REPORTING FOR DUTY WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SELECTED EMPLOYEE. THIS POSITION IS SUBJECT TO FAVORABLE RESULTS OF A BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION, DRUG TESTING, MEDICAL EXAMINATION, AND PHYSICAL FITNESS WORK CAPACITY TEST FOR ARDUOUS POSITIONS.

 

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).

 

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

  • US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED.
  • BACKGROUND SECURITY INVESTIGATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL NEW HIRES.
  • APPOINTMENT MAY INCLUDE A REQUIREMENT FOR ONE YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD.
  • APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ONLINE OR BY FAX.
  • A VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE IS REQUIRED.

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 incumbent serves as a Senior Wildland Firefighter with the purpose of providing wildland fire suppression, management, and control by performing as a specialized firefighter on an engine, helitack module, or hand crew with responsibility for the operation and maintenance of specialized tools or equipment:
·   As a senior wildland firefighter on a handcrew or prescribed fire crew, performs the duties of a fully qualified chain saw operator and chainsaw repair technician; and uses helicopter long lines.

·   Collects fire weather data, fuel and/or soil moisture samples, maps projects, and maintains records.

·   Performs all aspects of wildland and prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding, and mop-up. 

·   Drives engine to fire locations (frequently over unimproved roads) and positions engine in appropriate location taking into consideration the safety and efficiency of the crew and equipment to be used in the control and mop-up operations.

·   Starts pump engine, primes pump, adjusts engine speed and pump valves, laying hose, and using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustments in effective use of water and additives. 

·   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; assures that needed tools and equipment are available for firefighting tasks; and uses long line external loads and operates and maintains accessory equipment. 

·   Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents, recommending best approaches and practices for deploying personnel and equipment. 

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

·   Participates in wildland fire and safety training; and participates in crew proficiency checks and drills, safety sessions, and fire critiques. 

·   May inventory fuel beds, prepare associated reports, perform hazard fuel reduction projects, monitor burning conditions, pile vegetation debris and act in assigned positions such as ignition or holding specialist or other designated positions during actual fuel reduction efforts by prescribed fire.

·   Performs project work such as road and trail maintenance, habitat manipulation, and miscellaneous equipment and facilities maintenance.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for One-Grade Interval Technical or Medical Support Positions, and Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-0455: Range Technician Series; and the Approved IFPM/NWCG Qualifications Standards and Guide for GS-0455, Senior Wildland Firefighter).

 

GS-5:   1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 grade level OR 4 years of successfully completed education above the high school level 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 those shown below for GS-4.  No more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.

 

GS-4:   6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience OR 2 years of successfully completed education above the high school level that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of course 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 3 semester hours in mathematics is creditable OR 4 seasons of specialized experience.

 

SEASONAL EXPERIENCE:  A season of experience is considered to be a period of no less than 3 months of continuous employment on a seasonal basis.  Shorter periods may be combined to make a season, provided a total of at least 3 months’ experience is shown.  For any period where the work exceeded 3 months, the excess work is credited towards an additional season of experience.   

 

GENERAL EXPERIENCE:  (1) Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.  Specialized experience may be substituted for general experience. 

 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience which has provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully function in the wildland fire management position.  Example of qualifying specialized experience 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.

 

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTORS:  These are MANDATORY qualification prerequisites to qualify for this position.  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 Qualification: Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) or higher.
  • Required Training:  S-290, “Intermediate Fire Behavior” Training.
  • Prior Wildland Firefighting Experience:  Applicants must have prior firefighting experience as gained by substantial service in a primary firefighter (wildland fire) position or equivalent experience outside the Federal government.  Wildland firefighting experience is defined as on-the-line wildland firefighting experience gained through containment, control, suppression, or use of wildland fire.  Wildland fire is defined as any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland.  The three distinct types of wildland fire are wildfire, wildland fire use, and prescribed fire (includes only fireline experience on a prescribed fire and does not include experience in the planning stages).

 

NOTE: Selective factors are knowledges, skills, abilities, or special qualifications that are in addition to the minimum requirements in a qualification standard, but are determined to be essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.  Applicants who do not meet the selective factors are ineligible for further consideration.

 

FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE AND MAXIMUM ENTRY AGE LIMIT:  This position is covered as a primary firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of U.S.C. 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS) subject to maximum entry age and mandatory retirement at age 57, or anytime after 57, upon reaching 20 years of covered service.   Applicants for this position must not have reached their 37th birthday upon appointment to this position.  An exception is allowed if there is prior federal service in a covered firefighter position.


 

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.

 

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  This is a permanent (full-time) seasonal position.  Incumbent will be full-time and subject to an established tour of duty of 40 hours per week when actually employed.  Services will not be required at certain times due to lack of work, lack of funds, weather conditions, ceiling limitations, or other circumstances and incumbent will be placed in a non-work, non-pay status.  As designated during the year, furlough period will be a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of twelve (12) weeks.

 

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.

 

OTHER:  Incumbent will be required 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. 

 

May require the incumbent to obtain and maintain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) to operate motor vehicles.

 

This is a Testing Designated Positions (TDP) under the Department of Interior Drug Free Workplace Program.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  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 carrying of items weighting 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.

 

Incumbent is subject to medical examination and must pass the work capacity test for arduous positions.

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 WILDLAND FIRE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES, STRATEGIES, AND TACTICS USED ON PLANNED AND UNPLANNED IGNITIONS.
  • SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE AND CERTIFICATIONS RELATED TO CHAIN SAW USE, WATER HANDING, HELICOPTER OPERATIONS, AND WILDLAND-URBAN INTERFACE TACTICS AND STRATEGIES.
  • 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.
  • KNOWLEDGE OF NATIONAL WILDFIRE COORDINATING GROUP (NWCG) STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES RELATED TO QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING.
  • SKILL IN ORAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATION SUFFICIENT TO EFFECTIVELY INTERACT WITH PEOPLE AT ALL LEVELS, INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL, INCLUDING THE PUBLIC.

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 your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at www.usajobs.gov
  • Click on Application Status
  • Click on the position title and select Apply Online to continue

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:

  • Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register
  • ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • Include the Vacancy Identification Number 783320, SSN, and full name to ensure that your documents are associated with the rest of your application
  • Fax your US 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 Friday, November 23, 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:

  • Resume showing relevant experience and education.
  • References - List three people who are not related to you and are not current or previous supervisors.
  • Form BIA-4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment, if claiming Indian preference. No other form will be accepted.
  • Form DD-214, if claiming veterans preference; and VA letter and Standard Form 15, if claiming 10 point preference.
  • Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
  • College Transcript is required for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, an official transcript may be requested at a later time.
  • GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record (optional during the application process; however, selectees will be required to submit as part of the pre-appointment process).


*  Copy of current Incident Qualifications and Certification System (IQCS) Individual Master Report or agency equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the required NWCG qualifications for this IFPM position.  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 applications 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:

Betty A. Kauley
Phone: (405)247-1518
Email: BETTY.KAULEY@BIA.GOV
Agency Information:
BIA Center for Recruitment Anadarko
DO NOT MAIL APPLICATIONS
PLEASE FAX TO 478-757-3144
XXXXX, OK
73005

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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