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    Summary

    Positions at the GS-05 level have been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard. These positions have been categorized as a Senior Firefighter (SFF), and require 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 the IFPM website.

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    Responsibilities

    This is a Public Notice for positions being filled under the Direct Hiring Authority (DHA) for Wildland Fire. Under this recruitment procedure applications will be accepted for each location identified in this Public Notice.  To learn more about Direct-Hire Authority, go to: OPM.GOV Hiring Information - DHA. 

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is looking for temporary employees to work on Helitack (helicopter) Crews. For more information on Crew Types, click here.

    Wildland Firefighter (GS-04 Forestry Technician) is a skilled wildland firefighter on a helitack crew. Loads helicopters, determines weight calculations, completes crew manifest and may exit helicopter in remote areas to construct helispots, or to attack small fires, hot spots, and spot fires. May be assigned to carry out specialized assignments such as tree falling, backfire, and burnout operations; utilizes a variety of specialized tools, equipment and techniques while actively managing wildfires. May be required to operate light vehicles and 4X4's.

    Wildland Firefighter (GS-05 Forestry Technician) is a senior wildland firefighter on a helitack crew. Loads helicopter personnel and cargo considering methods, weight distribution, necessity for securing, total weights, etc. and completes manifests of personnel and equipment being transported to the fire or other work site. May exit helicopter in remote areas to construct helispots, or to attack small fires, hot spots, and spot fires. Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents. May be required to operate light vehicles and 4X4's. 

    Cut-off Date: The following locations 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:

    01/07/2020
    Arizona Strip District (St. George, UT)
    Wickenburg, AZ
    Apple Valle, CA
    Ravendale, CA
    Rifle, CO
    Boise, ID
    Twin Falls, ID
    Lewistown, MT
    Miles City, MT
    Caliente, NV
    Elko, NV
    Las Vegas, NV
    Hines, OR
    Lakeview, OR
    Vale, OR
    Moab/Monticello, UT
    West Valley City, UT
    Rawlins, WY

    For contacts and information regarding housing availability visit Fire Contacts on the DOI Fire Jobs website and select the state you are interested in.

    For more information about temporary fire positions with DOI, go to the following link: https://www.firejobs.doi.gov/

    During the application process, you may select up to SEVEN (7) locations from the list of available locations in this announcement.

    Travel Required

    76% or greater - Frequent/Extensive travel is required.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    05

  • Job family (Series)

    0462 Forestry Technician

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
    • Positions may require a valid state driver's license.
    • Some positions may require a CDL; information will be provided at job offer
    • You must be 18 years of age or older prior to appointment.
    • These positions have no promotion potential.

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/TESTING: You must pass an initial pre-employment physical examination and must be able to pass the work capacity fitness test (must carry a 45 lb pack for 3 miles within 45 minutes). Failure to meet any of the required medical qualifications will disqualify you for employment. Any condition, which would cause you to be a hazard to yourself or to others, will disqualify you for employment.

    DRUG TESTING:  Positions require a mandatory pre-employment drug test.  Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test is received.  The drug test will be provided at Government direction and expense. Once hired, employees are also subject to random drug testing during employment.  This is in accordance with Executive Order 12564 and under the Department’s Drug Free Workplace Program.

    Qualifications

    To qualify for a GS-04, you must meet at least one of the following AND the Selective Factor:
    - 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 in forest/range fire control, prevention or suppression work as a trainee wildland firefighter. 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
    - a combination of the education and experience described above.

    Selective Factor for GS-04: 
    In addition to the basic qualifications listed above, you must have the following: 90 days of wildland fire experience.  Wildland fire experience is defined as any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland. Wildland firefighting experience is gained through work on the fire line in containment, control, suppression or use of wildland fire. This experience can be met by serving in a temporary, seasonal or equivalent private sector fire position. Periods of wildland firefighting experience gained through militia and rural fire departments can also be credited.

    To qualify for a GS-05, you must meet at least one of the following AND the Selective Factors:
    - 1 year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-04 level duties. Examples include on-the-line wildland fire experience in forest/range fire control, prevention or suppression work as a skilled wildland firefighter, utilizing a variety of specialized wildland fire tools and equipment. OR
    - successful completion of a 4 year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with either: 1. a major study in forestry, range management or agriculture; or a subject matter field directly related to the position; OR 2. at least 24 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 6 semester hours of mathematics is creditable. The level of the course work must have been equivalent to at least the junior- or senior-year levels of a baccalaureate program; OR
    - a combination of education and specialized work experience described above.

    Selective Factors for GS-05:  In addition to the basic qualifications listed above, you must have possessed the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualification and training requirement to be considered eligible.

    1.  Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1); And
    2.  Successful completion of S-290 "Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior"

    For more information regarding basic qualifications and combining education and experience click here.

    You must meet all qualification requirements by the cut-off/closing date of the announcement.

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    Additional information

    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.

    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 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.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review will be made to ensure basic qualification requirements are met. 

    Because this vacancy will be filled through OPM's Direct Hire Authority, Veterans' Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply to positions filled under this announcement. All qualified candidates will be referred for consideration; the hiring office may conduct interviews at their discretion. 

    The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) required to do the work of this position and must be supported in your resume.

    GS-04
    1.  Knowledge of standard fire program requirements, tactics and suppression methods in containment and control of wildland fires. 
    2.  Knowledge of operations and maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland and prescribed fire situations. 
    3.  Knowledge of fire behavior including causes of wildland fire, influence of wind, slope and moisture. 

    GS-05
    1.  Knowledge of strategies, tactics and suppression methods used in containment and control of wildland fires. 
    2.  Knowledge of operations and maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland and prescribed fire situations. 
    3.  Knowledge of fire behavior including causes of wildland fire, influence of temperature, humidity, wind, topography, slope and fuels


    To preview questions please click here.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Yes

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    Required Documents

    You MUST fax or upload "Required Documents" PRIOR to the Cut-off Date 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 the 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 a legible copy of your college transcripts.

    Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) - If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP you MUST submit 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.

    Incident Qualification Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or equivalent documentation - If you are applying for the GS-05, you must submit your IQCS Master Record or other equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the required NWCG qualification and training for this IFPM position.  Failure to provide this documentation will result in you being rated as not qualified for the GS-05 position.

    * 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.

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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.

    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.

    http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/Guide-Me/New-Prospective-Employees/

    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

    Applications must be received ON-LINE through USAJOBS. On-line applications must be submitted prior to 12:00AM (Midnight) Eastern Standard Time of the cut-off/closing date of the announcement.

    Step 1 – Register with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov) and Create a Resume.  You must build a resume with the USAJOBS Resume Builder or have an Uploaded Resume on your profile BEFORE applying.  Your Resume MUST include the following information:

    • From and To dates (month/year to month/year) for each season and position held. (Ex: 05/2018 - 11/2018)
    • Work schedule (number of hours worked per week) for all seasons and positions held.  One year of experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hour per week (full-time). Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for a position listed that does not indicate hours per week.
    • Grade level for each season and positions that were in the federal service.
    • Duties for each of the seasons and positions held.

    Step 2 – Review the Vacancy Announcement.  Review the announcement thoroughly.  The 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.  Click the “APPLY” link on the right side of the vacancy announcement.  This will direct you to the login page for USAJOBS.  Select your USAJOBS resume to submit with your application and proceed through the application process answering all questions.

    Step 4 - Supporting Documentation.  If applicable, attach all required documents (refer to the “Required Documents” section of this vacancy announcement).

    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 cut-off/closing date of the announcement.

    Agency contact information

    FIRES Help Desk

    Phone

    888-364-6432

    Fax

    000-000-0000

    Email

    blm_fa_fires@blm.gov

    Address

    INTERIOR, Bureau of Land Management
    DOI FIRES Program Office
    (call toll free number for address information)
    Boise, Idaho 83705-5354
    United States
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    Learn more about what it's like to work at Bureau of Land Management, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.

    https://www.blm.gov/programs/fire-and-aviation/

    Next steps

    If you are determined to be eligible and qualified, you may be referred to the location(s) you selected in the vacancy question during the application process. You can check your application status by logging into "My Account" on USAJOBS. You will only be notified through e-mail when you are referred; no other notifications will be sent.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

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/551977800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.