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    This position is part of the Branch of Fire Management. As a Supervisory Fire Management Specialist you will exercise initiative in providing regional leadership in the fire specialty areas of planning, coordinating, and administration of a broad and diversified Regional fire program. The work usually involves developing broad and diversified fire management programs throughout a multi-state, multi-refuge, and multi-agency setting. This includes plans and projects for regional refuges that have complex fire and aviation management programs. Extensive coordination efforts are essential to integrate planning with various agencies, both federal and state, and other government entities to arrive at cooperative and integrated programs. The incumbent assesses proposed fire plan operations characterized by numerous and various complications and conflicting viewpoints that exist on types of fire management programs. The incumbent independently evaluates objectives for fire management projects and plans, analyses and integrates the comprehensive physical, social and economic impacts and advises refuges on the most appropriate decision criteria, plans, standards, and techniques applicable to the particular refuges needs.

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    • Formulates regional policies and procedures for fire suppression and preparedness, prescribed burning operations, fuels treatment, fire evaluations, fire rehabilitation, fire prevention, and fire arson investigations. Ensures consistency of the application of national and regional policy by review of refuge fire management programs. Decisions and commitments have wide influence on Region's fire management program. Ensures that national and regional fire and aviation administration guidelines are being followed and that appropriate and correct reporting is being accomplished.
    • Keeps informed on fire danger within the Region and around the country; develops long and short term fireresource mobilization plans with interagency geographic coordination groups to ensure appropriate fire response. Coordinates implementation of Agency aviation, prescribed and wildland fire program with the interagency community. Coordinates aircraft operations and acquisitions pertaining to the use of aircraft for fire suppression, preparedness, and prescribed fire operations for the Region.
    • Serves as the Regional Fire Management Coordinator and provides a full range of supervision to the regional fire management program staff. These positions could include Regional Aviation Manager, Regional Wildland Fire Safety Specialist, Regional Wildland Fire Management Specialist, Regional Prescribed Fire Specialist, Regional Fire Ecologist, Regional Fire Management Monitoring Specialist, Geographic Area Fire Weather Meteorologist, Regional Wildland Urban Interface Coordinator, Zone Fire Management Officers, Fire Management Program Assistant.
    • Represents the Regional Director, by a written delegation of authority, to make agency decisions concerning the prioritization of wildland fires and assignment of critical fire and aviation assets when resource demand exceeds resource availability.
    • As the Region's program representative, is responsible for coordinating and conferring with other fire and aviation management agencies, regions, states, and other natural resource and emergency management agencies to ensure program continuity and coordination. Ensures that refuge and other Service lands fire and aviation management plans, agreements, and decision criteria between agencies are compatible with Department policy.
    • Serves as the Region's technical specialist on wildfire incident management, including interagency team management, fire science, safety, training, operations, fire logistics, fire business management, and fire personnel administration. Provides expertise and advice to refuges on matters concerning wildland urban interface fire issues and problems.

    Travel Required

    50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Status Candidates, VEOA Eligibles, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA), Special Appointment Authority

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
    • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
    • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
    • Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation
    • Drug testing position
    • Physical fitness testing may be required
    • Prior on-the-line wild land firefighting experience and training
    • Wearing of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform in prescribed classes
    • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
    • May be required to successfully complete a supevisory probationary period

    • Only experience and education obtained by 01/05/2018 will be considered.
    • Current federal employees must meet meet time-in-grade requirements


    There is a basic qualification requirement for the 0401 series. You must possess one of the following:
    A. Completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
    B. Have a combination of education and experience that consisted of courses equivalent to a major (24 semester hours) in fields such as those shown in response A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The quality of the combination of education and experience is sufficient to demonstrate that I possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in the appropriate field.

    In addition to the basic qualification requirement, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in the public or private sectors). Specialized experience for this grade level is defined as: 1) Participating in implementation and oversight of firefighter safety program to ensure firefighter and public safety priority are met; 2) Formulating policies and procedures for prescribed burning operations, fuels treatment, fire evaluations, rehabilitation, fire prevention, fire danger, fire behavior, and fire monitoring; 3) Coordinating with a wide variety of other fire and aviation management agencies, regions, states, and other natural resource and emergency management agencies to ensure program continuity and coordination; 4) Oversee a regional fire monitoring program and coordinates fire ecology efforts; and 5) Reviewing long-range fire management plans that include policies, objectives, priorities, and the correlation and integration of fire management into the field station's overall habitat management program.

    In addiiton to the requirements above, you must possess the following prior on-the-line wild land firefighting experience and training is required in order to carry out the duties and responsibilities of this position:
    • Met the NWCG qualifications for Task Force Leader (TFLD)
    • Met the NWCG qualifications for Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) or T2 Command and General Staff (T2 C&G) or Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2)
    • Completed the required training as presented in at least one of the following courses or agency equivalent: M-581, "Fire Program Management;" FML, "Fire Management Leadership;" or LFML, "Local Fire Management Leadership"
    • Have a minimum of 90 days of WILDLAND firefighting experience on the fireline to be considered for this job.
    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.


    PROOF OF EDUCATION: All applicants who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of official or unofficial transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s), grade point average or class ranking, institution name, and student name. If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts, or if you believe a portion of a particular course can be credited toward meeting an educational requirement, you must also provide a memorandum on letterhead from the institution's registrar, dean, or other appropriate official stating the percentage of the course that should be considered to meet the requirement and the equivalent number of units. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, if you are selected for the position, you will be required to produce the original official transcripts.

    PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.

    GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    Additional information

    Career Transition Assistance (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs (ICTAP): These programs apply to employees who have been or may be involuntarily separated (e.g. reduction in force, declining to relocate/transfer outside their local commuting area) from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal or Removal Notice; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; or Removal and most recent performance appraisal.). For more information visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/

    • To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx
    • FWS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
    • Supervisory Probationary Period: If you have not previously completed a supervisory probationary period, you will be required to serve a one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period for this position.
    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Once the announcement has closed, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you meet the basic qualifications your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience which resulted in you being listed in the highest quality category, you may lose consideration, or be assigned to a lower quality category for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

    • Knowledge of principles and practices of supervision and management to plan, organize direct, and evaluate subordinate staff and the the Region's Fire Management Programs.
    • Skill in oral and written communication to conduct daily business, justify proposals and plans, and to organize and present concepts and information.
    • Comprehensive knowledge and skills to provide technical direction, guidance, and coordination for a highly active and diversified fire management program.
    • Ability to resolve atypical, complex fire management problems that exist in rural-urban environments with continuous conflicts involving other federal government agencies, state agencies, and the private sector.
    • Expert knowledge in fire science and management concepts, i.e., fire ecology, fire behavior, hazard fuel assessment, smoke management, fire meteorology principles, federal and multiple state laws, programs and precedents in order to develop, propose, and recommend substantial field area program innovations, significant program changes, or alternate courses. Skill in developing fire management plans throughout a multi-state and multi-refuge area.
    • Knowledge of, and experience in fire suppression strategy, tactics, fire behavior, fuel models, fire weather, Incident Command System, firefighting tools and equipment to safely lead and execute a regional fire management program.

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    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YX7o1PBoFk
    2. Other supporting documents:
    • Cover Letter, optional
    • Official or unofficial College Transcript(s), if the position has education requirements, or if you are using your education to qualify. A copy of your official transcripts will be required if you are selected.
    • SF-50 (non-award), or equivalent Notification of Personnel Action if you are a current or former Federal employee. Your SF-50 (non-award) must show tenure code 1 or 2 in block 24, and position occupied code 1 (competitive service) in block 34. Note: Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility, you MUST submit a copy of your latest non-award SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action," that shows you are serving under a permanent career or career-conditional appointment (code 1 or 2 in block 24) in the Competitive Service (code 1 in block 34). The SF-50 must show the position title, series, grade, and step of your position. If you are claiming reinstatement eligibility, you must submit an SF-50 showing your separation (resignation, termination, etc.). If you have previously held a higher grade than the grade/position you currently occupy, you must submit a copy of the last non-award SF-50 you received for that position. If you have any questions regarding which SF-50's to submit, it is highly recommended that you contact the person listed on this vacancy announcement before the closing date.
    • Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
    • Proof of eligibility for Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA): 1) SF-50s of all service periods verifying 24 months of eligible service; AND 2) documentation of performance reviews for all eligible service periods, e.g. annual performance reviews, memorandums from supervisor documented an acceptable performance level, etc.
    • If applicable, documentation/proof that you are eligible Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
    • Please submit a copy of your most recent, signed and completed annual performance appraisal which includes the final rating. If it is not dated within the last 18 months or if you have not received a performance appraisal, please explain why in your application." Please include incentive awards with your application.

    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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    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.

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    How to Apply

    1. Review the Appointment Eligibility Criteria: The eligibility section of the application process is designed to allow you to choose how you wish to be considered for this vacancy announcement. You will ONLY be considered for the appointment eligibilities that you selected. You must provide proof of your eligibility as required by appointment eligibility to be considered.
    2. Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month/day/year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume.
    3. You must also complete the online application and assessment questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
    DEADLINE DATE: A complete application package must be received by 11:59 PM (EST) on 01/05/2018 to receive consideration.
    • To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
    • Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    • After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
    • You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.
    • When completing the eligibility portion of the application process, please note that only items you answer "yes" to will be used for consideration. You may choose more than one eligibility and you must submit the appropriate documentation specified in the vacancy to support your claim.
    • This eligibility section of the application process is designed to allow you to choose how you wish to be considered for this announcement. You must provide proof of your eligibility (as described below) and will only be considered for the questions that you indicated "yes".
    • Please note, your eligibility will be based solely on the selections you have indicated in this section. You must provide the supporting documentation to support your claim to be considered. You may choose more than one eligibility in this section.
    • To view the assessment questionnaire, click here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10102089
    To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.

    Agency contact information

    Richard Rosko


    Division of Human Resources
    Division of Human Resources
    Eastside Federal Complex
    Portland, OR 97232
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    Next steps

    Once you submit all the required documents and the online application in USAJOBS, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After the evaluation process is complete, you will be notified of your status and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.

    You will be notified if this job is filled or canceled. Timelines for this process vary widely.

    You may check the status of your application at any time by logging in to your USAJobs Account.

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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.

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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 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/487066200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.