The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is looking for temporary employees to work as Fire Lookouts in St. George, UT (Arizona Strip District).Learn more about this agency
First Consideration Date: The following location will begin to consider applicants prior to the closing date of the announcement. You must apply on or before the date indicated below to receive first consideration. Thereafter, applications may be considered as needed, during the open period of the announcement:
St. George, UT (Arizona Strip District)
For contacts and information regarding housing availability visit Fire Contacts on the DOI Fire Jobs website and select Arizona.
A Fire Lookout (GS-04 Range Technician) maintains surveillance to detect and report the occurrence of fires, status for fires, suspicous smokes, smoke like dusts, or unusual volumes of legitimate smoke. Uses standard equipment to locate smokes reported by others, estimate distances, ascertain probable distances to smokes, ascertain the probable size and characteristics of fires. Reports and locates fires on maps. Records and reports daily weather observations. Maintains or directs others in maintaining records and log books.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…Applications will be accepted from all qualified U.S. Citizens.
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Conditions Of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen.
- Positions may require a valid state driver's license.
- You must be 18 years of age or older prior to appointment.
- These positions have no promotion potential.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: You may have to pass a physical exam prior to appointment.
QualificationsTo qualify for a GS-04, you must meet at least one of the following:
- 6 months of general work experience, which can be any work experience AND 6 months of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-03 level duties. Examples of specialized work experience include on-the-line wildland fire experience or work as a wildland fire lookout. OR
- 2 years of education above the high school level which included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of the following courses: forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine biology and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours of mathematics is creditable toward this requirement; OR
- an equivalent combination of the education and experience specified above.
For more information regarding basic qualifications and combining education and experience click here.
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.
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS: These positions are subject to a pre-employment background investigation. If applicable, the appointment will be subject to successful completion of the background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to satisfy the background check will result in cancellation of offer of employment or may be grounds for termination.
How You Will Be Evaluated
Your application will be evaluated by reviewing your on-line resume and your responses to the User Information, Core Questions, and Vacancy Questions, and if applicable your transcripts and other required documentation. ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS MUST BE SUPPORTED IN YOUR RESUME AND WILL BE VERIFIED. IF THEY ARE NOT SUPPORTED IN YOUR RESUME, YOU MAY BE RATED UNQUALIFIED.
To preview questions please click here.
Background checks and security clearance
You MUST fax or upload "Required Documents" PRIOR to the Early Consideration or Close Date.
**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 at the end of the application process.
College transcripts - If you are qualifying using education above high school, you MUST submit your college transcripts.
Veteran Preference Documentation - If you are claiming Veteran Preference, you MUST submit evidence of eligibility. DD-214 MUST show character of service. Failure to submit a DD-214 which shows the character of service and other appropriate supporting documentation, if applicable, will result in NOT granting preference. Note: If you are still on active duty, contact the FIRES Help Desk for acceptable alternative documentation.
- 0-point Sole Survivorship preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.
- 5-point preference - DD-214 which shows character of service or other documentation which proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
- 10-point preference - DD-214, SF-15, an official letter dated 1991 or later from the Department of Veteran's Affairs, or other appropriate source. For further information, please refer to the "Veteran Information" link at the bottom of the screen.
* You only need to fax or upload documents that apply to you. For faxing and uploading instructions please click here.
You will not be contacted for additional information. If you have questions regarding what is considered appropriate supporting documentation, contact the FIRES Help Desk.
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.
Temporary employees hired in wildland fire or wildland fire support positions are eligible for the following:
-Annual and Sick Leave
-Depending on tour of duty – Sunday, holiday, shift differential and/or hazard pay
-Paid federal holidays
-Participation in the Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) program - Employees electing to participate in the FEHB will be responsible for the employee share of the premium while on the official agency roles, which is deducted from bi-weekly earnings. After separating from federal employment, employees will be offered to continue participation in FEHB under the Temporary Continuation of Coverage (TCC) option. Employees electing to continue coverage under the TCC provision will be responsible for the full premium amount plus a 2% administration fee.
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
Applications must be received ON-LINE through USAJOBS. On-line applications must be submitted prior to 12:00AM (Midnight) Eastern Standard Time of the early consideration/closing date of the announcement.
Step 1 - Register with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov) and Create a Resume. You must use the USAJOBS resume builder; DOI FIRES does not accept uploaded resumes. When completing your resume it is important to include the following information: month/year to month/year and work schedule (hours worked per week) for each position held and for each season of experience.
Step 2 - Review the Vacancy Announcement. Review the announcement thoroughly. These sections describe who is eligible to apply, what education and/or experience is required for the position, and which documents are needed for your application package.
Step 3 - Apply Online. Click the "Apply Online" link at the side of the page. Select your USAJOBS resume to submit with your application and answer the vacancy questions.
Step 4 - Supporting Documentation. Submit required supporting documentation that applies to you; refer to the Required Documents section below.
For detailed step-by-step instructions on How to Apply click here.
If applying online poses a hardship for you, or you do not have Internet access, contact the FIRES Help Desk for an application packet PRIOR to the early consideration/close date of the announcement.
Agency contact information
FIRES Help Desk
FIRES Program Office
(call toll free number for address information)
Boise, Idaho 83705-5354
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A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:
- 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/483377700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.