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    This position will be filled under the Office of Personnel Management's Direct Hire Authority and is open to all United States citizens and U.S. nationals. Veteran's preference and traditional rating and ranking of applications do not apply. All qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration for this position. To learn more about Direct-Hire authority, go to: OPM.GOV Hiring Information: Direct Hire Fact Sheet

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    Program Management
    Manages a unit fuels management program. Assists the fire management officer or supervisor in the development of mid and long-term programs of work which support the units land and resource management plan alternatives. Develops and analyzes fuels treatment alternatives to support management decisions while adhering to applicable laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines.

    Evaluates individual fuels treatments as well as the effectiveness of the assigned program and makes recommendations for improvement.

    Coordinates with the next higher organizational level, other agencies, cooperators, and stakeholders to develop interagency fuels treatment strategies. Represents the organization in multi-agency fuels management activities.

    Researches literature and technology developments in the disciplines of wildfire science, fire ecology, fire effects, landscape ecology and other related disciplines to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the units fuel management program.

    Collects and analyzes information through a variety of methods, including field surveys, computer modeling, and specific literature searches.

    Researches state-of-the-art computer modeling software and scientific methods (including geographic information systems) to evaluate wildfire response, air quality, and fuel treatment planning and applications to create efficiencies in data collection, storing and analysis.

    Coordinates multidisciplinary and interagency field studies related to fuels management program issues to determine effectiveness of treatments. Coordinates and provides transfer of findings to the appropriate personnel.

    Coordinates with fire management, fuels management, and other natural resource and cultural resource managers to set program, project, treatment, monitoring priorities, goals and objectives.

    Responsible for the smoke management program and for ensuring that all fuel treatment actions are compliant with state air quality standards. Coordinates with federal, state, and local government air quality officials in their development of operational procedures and reporting requirements.

    Performs fiscal analysis, assists in formulating the annual fuels management budget, and maintains and tracks program expenditures.

    Plans, implements, and participates (as qualified) in prescribed fire activities, wildfire response, and fuels management activities to ensure management objectives are achieved, and mitigation measures are adequate. Monitors fire behavior, evaluates fire effects, identifies potential problems and takes appropriate action.

    Designs and conducts fuels management inventory analyses. Utilizes the results of the analysis to prioritize prescribed fire and fuels management projects.

    Conducts pre and post monitoring activities to track, and report fuel loading and/or vegetation change.

    Conducts implementation monitoring for prescribed fire and other fuels management activities to ensure program and project objectives are met.

    Ensures welfare and safety in all aspects of project implementation. Identifies training needs and participates in prescribed fire and fuels management, and wildfire response and safety training in the techniques, practices, and methods of fire suppression.

    Participates in fuels and fire reviews.

    May serve as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) on fuel management contracts and may be responsible for the preparation of contract specifications and performance measures.

    In addition to fuels management operations, supports wildfire response activities.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to occasionally travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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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 Moderate background investigation
    • Drug testing position
    • Medical Requirements
    • Official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform required
    • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
    • You must meet specialized experience to qualify
    • Direct Hire Authority will be used to fill this position


    This key fire management position is a categorized under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard as a Prescribed Fire & Fuels Specialist (PFFS) Moderate Complexity Level . Minimum IFPM qualification standards must be met prior to being placed into the position. Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at https://www.ifpm.nifc.gov/.

    IFPM Qualification Requirements (currency not required):
    Primary Core Requirement: Prescribed Fire Burn Boss, Type 2 (RXB2)
    Secondary Core Requirement(s):
    Engine Boss, Single Resource (ENGB)
    Crew Boss, Single Resource (CRWB)
    Helicopter Manager, Single Resource (HMGB)

    Prior experience in wild land firefighting is required in order to carry out the duties of this position. You will not be considered for this position if you do not have prior wild land firefighting experience.

    Note: The position is covered under the secondary/administrative category for special firefighter retirement provisions. You may meet qualification requirements but not be eligible for special retirement coverage. If you are not eligible for special retirement coverage, you will be placed in the regular retirement system.
    Only experience and education obtained by 05/22/2020 will be considered.

    GS-401 Series Educational Requirements (must meet A or B):
    A. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
    B. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    Minimum Qualifications for the GS-7 grade level (must meet A, B, C, or D):
    A. Possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level in Federal service. Examples of specialized experience may include: assisting with developing and revising of fire management planning documents for long range wildland fire control and prescribed burns; assisting with organizing and completion preparedness activities as it pertains to fire equipment, supplies, and fire personnel; analyze incident objectives, strategies and tactics, safety, cost effectiveness/efficiency; some experience working with various resources and agencies in order to accomplish work.
    B. Have successfully completed one full year (18 semester hours) of graduate education in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
    C. Have a combination of specialized experience and graduate education as described above that, when combined, equals 100% of the total requirement.
    D. Successful completion of a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in a field of study that demonstrates the competencies required by this position with either (1) a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale; (2) a 3.5 GPA based on a 4.0 scale for all required courses completed in a qualifying major field of study at either the time of application or during the last two years of your undergraduate curriculum; (3) class standing of upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or a major subdivision of the college; or, (4) membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society certified by the Association of College Honor Societies, excluding freshman honor societies.

    Minimum Qualifications for the GS-9 grade level (must meet A, B, or C):
    A. Possess 1 year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience may include: developing and revising fire management planning documents for long range wildland fire control and prescribed burns; organization and completion of preparedness activities as it pertains to fire equipment, supplies, and fire personnel; analyze incident objectives, strategies and tactics, safety, cost effectiveness/efficiency; experience working with various resources and agencies in order to accomplish work.
    B. 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education, in a discipline directly related to the position, leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent
    C. Have an equivalent amount of such experience and graduate education. (To compute, first, determine your experience as a percentage of the experience required in A; then determine your graduate education as a percentage of the education required in B. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100%).

    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.

    Promotion Potential: This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed represent the full performance level of GS-09. At lower grade levels, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-09. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds. The selectee may be promoted without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.


    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

    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 only during an emergency or natural disaster.

    More than one position may be filled from this announcement.

    A PCS Move is authorized for Funk, NE and Coleharbor or Moffit, ND as follows: travel and relocation expenses including reimbursable real estate expenses will be authorized in accordance with the Federal travel regulations excluding contractor-provided home sale. All moving expenses are taxable.
    A PCS move is not authorized for Chubbuck, ID or Corvallis, OR

    Corvallis, OR has a higher GS Pay Locality - Portland-Vancouver-Salem, OR-WA (POR) located here.

    For the North Dakota position: 1 vacancy will be filled in either Audubon National Wildlife Refuge, Coleharbor, North Dakota or Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Moffit, North Dakota. Location to be determined upon selection.

    TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION: All applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.
    MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: You must pass a pre-employment medical examination. Also, you may be subject to post-employment medical examinations to determine if you are maintaining the fitness standards for this position.
    DRIVER'S LICENSE: You must possess and maintain a valid State driver's license at all times during your tenure.

    Physical Demands/ Work Environment:
    The work is normally sedentary. However, field work is requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighing over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring at least average agility and dexterity. Work is performed both in-doors (office) and out-of-doors (field work). Office conditions require long periods of sitting, working with computers and general lifting, and bending and reaching. Field conditions are performed in various conditions and often involve steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely uneven, rocky, covered with vegetation, and in smoky conditions.
    Temperatures vary from above 100 degrees F to below freezing. Risks include smoke inhalation, fire entrapment, snake or insect bites and stings, exposure to excessive machinery noise, and falling and rolling material. Personnel must and cope with exposure to adverse weather elements, dust and smoke, poor sleeping and eating conditions and unpredictable sets of circumstances. The employee may be required to live in backcountry camps for extended periods of time. The hazardous nature of the work requires that personal protective equipment be worn (boots, hardhat, gloves, flame resistant clothing, etc.). Work may require travel by light fixed- wing or rotor-wing aircraft.

    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

    All applicants who submit a complete and legible application by the closing date of this vacancy announcement {or cut-off} will have their qualifications reviewed to determine if they possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform the work of this position.

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

    • Knowledge of natural resource management, fire ecology, fire behavior, and fire management theories, concepts, principles, and standards in a wildfire response environment sufficient to maintain and enhance an established fuels management program.
    • Skill in oral communication sufficient to prepare reports, present training, and coordinate work efforts.
    • Skill in written communication sufficient to prepare reports, present training, and coordinate work efforts.
    • Knowledge of wildfire response safety policies, practices and procedures.
    All applications that are verified to meet the basic qualifications will be referred to the selecting official.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process


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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
    • Incident Qualification and Certification System Responder Master Record/Incident Qualification Card (Required)
    • Official or unofficial College Transcript(s) (Required), this position has education requirements, Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. A copy of your official transcripts will be required if you are selected. 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 programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
    • 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.)

    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 05/22/2020 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 received. 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.
    • You will be considered for all eligibilities for which you select "yes" and submit the required documents and supporting documentation (e.g. DD 214, Schedule A letter, etc.). The supporting documentation you submit will be used to determine your eligibility. Please review the list of documentation provided in the eligibilities language to ensure you provide the appropriate information.
    • Please note, your eligibility will be based solely on the selections you have indicated "yes" in this section. You must provide the supporting documentation to support your claim to be considered. You may choose more than one eligibilities in this section.
    • To view the assessment questionnaire, click here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10813948
    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/.

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (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. If you are a CTAP or ICTAP eligible, you will be considered well qualified if you: (1) meet the minimum qualification requirements listed in the vacancy announcement; (2) possess the knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or competencies that exceed the minimum qualification requirements enabling you to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry as determined by at least one subject matter expert; 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: OPM Career Transition

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    Division of Human Resources
    134 Union Blvd Lakewood CO
    Lakewood, CO 80228
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