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BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as an Instructional Systems Specialist In the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG).
This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is located in Boise, Idaho. Information about the Boise area can be found at https://www.cityofboise.org/.
This announcement is being advertised concurrently under FA Merit-2014-0038, for current federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.
- Evaluate and assist with development of wildland fire training courses and related products in support of national interagency wildland fire management objectives, with the intent of improving position performance.
- Serve as an advisor and consultant to NWCG committees and subcommittees, line officers, fire managers, training administrators, and others pertinent stakeholders. Provide expertise on instructional design as it relates to position duties, the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform those duties, training and other position performance support, and the development and maintenance of a sustainable and integrated NWCG curriculum.
- Assist in identifying data elements necessary to evaluate the effectiveness of training development, delivery, and impact on job performance. Develop methods of collecting and analyzing this data, and of using the knowledge gained to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of all aspects the training system.
Occasional travel - Travel will consists of occasional field visits to incident bases and other field locations.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
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Conditions Of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship is required.
- Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections.
- You cannot hold an active real estate license, nor can you
- Have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.
- Direct Deposit Required.
- Background Investigation Required.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
QualificationsBASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Degree that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours appropriate to the work of the position to be filled. The course work must have included study in at least four of the five following areas 1) Learning theory, psychology of learning, educational psychology; 2) Instructional design practices; 3) Educational evaluation; 4) Instructional product development; 5) Computers in education and training.
You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.
In addition to meeting the basic entry requirement, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education of the position to be found qualified. In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade.
To qualify for the GS-09 grade level: One year of creditable specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 is required. Experience that equips the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is directly related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples include but are not limited to the assisting in evaluation and validation of tests, exercises, simulations and practical applications for the accomplishment of objectives; performing needs, task and audience analysis; assisting in developing and implementing procedures, formats and standards for the design and development of training curricula; evaluating newly developed instructor led, computer-based, web-based, and blended learning instructional materials, aids and devices for organization, accuracy, style, consistency, efficiency and effectiveness OR two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree OR master's OR equivalent graduate degree that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position to qualify at the GS-9 grade level OR a combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements.
To qualify for the GS-11 grade level: One year of creditable specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 is required. Experience that equips the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is directly related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples include but are not limited to the evaluation and validation of tests, exercises, simulations and practical applications for the accomplishment of objectives; performing needs, task and audience analysis; developing and implementing procedures, formats and standards for the design and development of training curricula; evaluating newly developed instructor led, computer-based, web-based, and blended learning instructional materials, aids and devices for organization, accuracy, style, consistency, efficiency and effectiveness; recommending and implementing innovative and more effective training methods when appropriate OR three years of progressively higher level graduate education OR a combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
If the position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without further competition dependent upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher-level duties.
SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.
May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.
CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.
Reemployment Priority List (RPL): The RPL is the mechanism agencies use to give reemployment consideration to their former competitive service employees separated by a RIF or who have fully recovered from a compensable injury after more than one year. If you are currently on a Reemployment Priority List, you may be given priority consideration.
The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
All applicants must be aware that Federal employees must obtain and maintain a favorable background investigation. A background investigation will be conducted by the employing office following acceptance of the position. Failure to obtain a favorable determination of the background investigation will result in the cancellation of the offer or will be grounds for termination.
How You Will Be Evaluated
Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.
- Knowledge of the principles, methods, practices, and techniques of instructional systems design (ISD) as it relates to adult education, and in the application of this knowledge in researching, developing, and promoting innovative training.
- Knowledge of learning theory and the principles, methods, practices and techniques sufficient to use a systems approach to ensure proper organization and delivery of course content and allow for the evaluation of all aspects of training programs.
- Knowledge of metrics and needs assessment sufficient to help develop and establish a comprehensive metrics program.
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Background checks and security clearance
In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:
Please note that documents selected to transfer from your USAJOBS profile are NOT automatically added to your application. You need to transfer your document(s) in the Document step during the application process.
You MUST provide a copy of your transcripts that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution see, Foreign Education. ALL SELECTIONS AND TENTATIVE OFFERS ARE CONTINGENT UPON SUBMISSION AND VERIFICATION OF “OFFICIAL” TRANSCRIPTS.
Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.
- For 0-point Sole survivorship veterans’ preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.
- For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
- For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.
Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.
You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.
Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume. The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet.
UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: Instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.
Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.
Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.
Click on the button "Apply OnLine" and login to MY USAJOBS.
If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.
If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link.
Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.
If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the Human Resources Office via email at BLM_FA_NIFC_Vacancies@blm.gov. If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e., you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.
Agency contact information
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AddressBureau of Land Management
BLM, Office of Fire & Aviation, FA-220
3833 S. Development Avenue
Boise, ID 83705
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- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/462118600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.