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    Summary

    The VA Black Hills Health Care System (VA BHHCS) is located in the beautiful Black Hills of Western South Dakota. South Dakota has No State Income Tax, has been named one of the Happiest and Safest States in the nation, is home to Top Ten Scenic Drives and Top Ten National Forests, features an Outdoor Life's Top City for Outdoor Enthusiasts and hosts the legendary annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

    VA BHHCS is where we live and work in rural small town settings, only minutes from Rapid City's shopping, dining, cultural, and entertainment venues. We offer rich history, including Mammoths and Prehistoric Civilizations, the 7th Cavalry, Deadwood, and Mount Rushmore. The Black Hills experiences more sunny days than Miami or Honolulu, ensuring year round outdoor recreation. Hiking, fishing, rock climbing, canoeing, water skiing, golf, snowmobiling, hunting, camping, downhill and cross country skiing, motorcycling--the opportunities are endless. The Black Hills includes stunning landscapes such as Harney Peak, Bear Butte, the Badlands and the Needles Highway. When it's time for civilization, you'll find the Black Hills hosting local and national theatre groups, movie companies, national pow wow competitions, international dance troupes, symphony orchestras, and a variety of entertainers. Sports enthusiasts will find auto races, college sports, semi-pro hockey, and some of the best in rodeo. 

    We are currently seeking a dynamic leader for our Firefighter position.    VA BHHCS is a multi-campus health care system, with approximately 1100 employees, providing primary care, acute medicine, surgery, behavioral health, nursing home and domiciliary care from medical centers located at Fort Meade and Hot Springs, South Dakota as well as a staffed Community Based Outreach Clinic in Rapid City and numerous contracted and staffed clinics in Western South Dakota, Northern Nebraska and Eastern Wyoming.

    Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document. 

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    Responsibilities

    Incumbent serves as a fully trained specialist in rescue and firefighting techniques used to protect lives and property.  Evacuates or rescues occupants, administers first aid and artificial respiration.  Operates emergency care equipment.  Responds to alarms and fights fires involving structures, equipment, facilities, fuel, hazardous materials, and wild land fires.  Uses chemicals, axes, bars, hooks, saws, breathing apparatus, and other firefighting equipment to extinguish fires and protect life and property.  Performs fire protection inspection of patient care, shop and storage areas.  Makes visual checks and mechanical tests of fire alarm and fire protection systems to ensure proper performance.  Prepares reports of unsafe conditions and conducts follow-up inspections to assure satisfactory corrections.  Operates fire alarm equipment and other fire reporting and suppression systems.  Conducts training of Medical Center personnel in fire prevention and protection procedures using lectures, drills and demonstrations.  Participates in scheduled training including educational and personal physical fitness training to maintain job proficiency.  Performs routine fire station duties and other related duties as assigned.  Periodically drives and/or operates emergency vehicles.  Serves a scheduled desk watch.  Incumbent must have and maintain a current state driver’s license.

    Location: Facilities Management Service Line, Fort Meade, SD 

    Work Schedule: May be varied to generally reflect 56 hours per week; 112 in a Pay Period.
    Position Description Title/PD#:  20092-A

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    05

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

    Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
    • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
    • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
    • Must meet age requirements.
    • Must pass pre-employment and annual physical.
    • Must maintain a valid state issued driver's license.

    Maximum Entry Age: For initial appointments, applicant cannot have reached their 37th birthday by the day of appointment. Note: Applicants who have passed the designated entry age limit noted, but who have previously served in a covered position may be eligible to re-enter the fire service provided that they: 1) meet all applicable qualifications for the position; and 2) will be able to complete a total of 20 years of covered and creditable Federal firefighter service by the time the Federal firefighter reaches the age of 57. Prior service in covered positions and creditable towards retirement may be subtracted from the applicant's age to determine if the Federal firefighter meets the maximum entry age. Note: Title 5 U.S.C. 3307 authorizes the head of any agency to establish a maximum entry age for the original appointment of individuals to the position of firefighter. Please select the appropriate response that describes your age and experience. If applicant is over the age of 37 he/she must submit SF50s as prior federal FF so a date can be constructed to ensure the age requirement is met.

    Physical Requirements: The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion such as standing for prolonged periods of time, frequent bending and stretching/reaching, and pushing fully-loaded carts which must be negotiated up inclines and over rises, or positioning them. The work requires dexterity in such tasks as inserting small rods into needle openings or precisely aligning component parts while reassembling medical equipment, Tension and stress are induced by the critical nature of producing work results critical to patient care on pre-established time frames and in emergent situations. Workdays can be lengthened without notice by emergency surgery instrumentation needs.

    Qualifications

    To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Specialized Experience:  
    Applicants must have One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-04) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to:

    • (1) controlling or extinguishing fires as a member of an organized military, industrial, volunteer or governmental fire department or brigade; 
    • (2) rescue operations; 
    • (3) detection, reduction or elimination of potential fire hazards; 
    • (4) operation of fire communications equipment;
    • (5) controlling hazardous materials incidents and/or
    • (6) developing, implementing or providing training in fire protection and prevention. 

    OR

    Appropriate firefighter training may be substituted for experience on a month-for-month basis.  Successful completion of a 4-year course of study at an accredited college or university with major study in Fire Science, Fire Training, or other related fields of study is qualifying for GS-5.

    OR

    Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-05 level. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-05. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position

    A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

    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; religions; 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.

    Education

    Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment.  You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.   If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

    Additional information

    The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

    It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

    You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position.

     

    A.            Ability to perform as a team member in all specialties of a firefighting crew.

    B.            Skill and knowledge in rescue and salvage operations.

    C.       Ability to effectively communicate orally and/or in writing under extreme pressure and trying situations with people from a variety of backgrounds.

     

    If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

    Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Other

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    Required Documents

    To apply for this position you must submit a complete application package which includes

     

    1. Occupational Questionnaire

    2. CV or Resume. This must include starting and ending dates of employment, month and year, hours worked per week, and salary information.

    3. SF-50 - Current federal employees must submit their most recent SF-50 which shows their current grade and step.

    4.  DD 214 - Veterans must include DD 214 Member 4 Copy if claiming veterans  preference.

     

    Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).  You will not be contacted for additional information.

    Veterans' Preference:
    When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.  Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

    Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:  You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options.  The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1969396.

    NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

    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.

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    Benefits

    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.

    VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.



    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.

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    How to Apply

    All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

    For a short video with explicit instructions and guidance on how to apply online, please click on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY5Z_pfFUK4&feature=youtu.be&list=UUAGtfAdoxif6an9xM6YUIAQ.
    To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, June 26, 2017 to receive consideration.

    1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

    2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.  

    NOTE:  It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

    To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    Agency contact information

    Hope Arnold

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    VHA Black Hills HCS
    113 Comanche Road
    Fort Meade, SD 57741
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    Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1969396  

    OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

    Next steps

    After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met.  During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly.  After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service.  Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview.  All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made. 

     

    You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.”  For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.”  Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • 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.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/471352300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.