Qualifications: You must meet all qualification requirements outlined within this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of this announcement, Tuesday, March 13, 2012.
Status candidates must meet time in grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).
PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work on the same basis as for paid experience. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. To receive credit for such experience you must indicate clearly the nature of the duties and responsibilities in each position help and the number of hours per week spent in such employment.
In order to qualify for this position you must meet one of the following basic requirements:
You must have successfully completed a full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelors degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or a discipline related to this position. NOTE: A copy of your transcripts MUST be submitted to document your educational accomplishments.
You must possess an appropriate combination of education and experience that included course work equivalent to a major (i.e., 24 semester hours) in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, wildland fire management, forestry, or a discipline related to this position; PLUS appropriate experience or additional education that is comparable to that normally acquired through successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major as described above. The quality of the combination must demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position. NOTE: A copy of your transcripts MUST be submitted to document your educational accomplishments.
In addition to the basic qualifications listed above you must also meet the following specialized experience to qualify for the GS-13 grade level:
You must possess at least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Qualifying specialized experience includes reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for ecological soundness and technical adequacy; conducting field inspections before and after prescribed or wildland fires to evaluate the effects of actions taken and/or determine that objectives were achieved; developing analyses of the ecological role of fire and its use/exclusion, and smoke management. In addition to the fire program management component, I also have analytical/evaluative experience in either a broad range of fuels/fire management activities (e.g., inventory methods and procedures, fuel treatment methods and programming, land use planning and environmental coordination, and evaluating prescribed burn plans or fire management plans to ensure containment is possible and identify contingencies if containment is not obtained), OR in fire management operations - analyzing and applying fire management strategies, plus experience in 5 of the following activities: mobilization and dispatch coordination, fire prevention and education, training, logistics, equipment development and deployment, fire communications systems, suppression and preparedness, and aviation.
In addition to the basic qualifications listed above you must also meet the following specialized experience to qualify for the GS-14 grade level:
You must possess at least one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is 2-grade interval equivalent analytical/evaluative work that includes all of the following fire program management elements: reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for ecological soundness and technical adequacy; conducting field inspections before and after prescribed or wildland fires to evaluate the effects of actions taken or determine that objectives were achieved; and developing analysis of the ecological role of fire and its use/exclusion, and smoke management. In addition to the fire program management component, specialized experience must also include analytical/evaluative work in either a broad range of fuels/fire management (e.g. inventory methods and procedures; fuel treatment methods and programming; land use planning and environmental coordination; evaluating prescribed burn plans or fire management plans to ensure containment is possible and identify contingencies if containment is not obtained) OR fire management operations - analyzing and applying fire management strategies, plus experience in at least five of the following activities: mobilization and dispatch coordination; fire prevention and education; training; logistics; equipment development and deployment; fire communication systems; suppression and preparedness; and aviation.
In addition to meeting the Qualification Requirements stated above, you must have a minimum of 90 days prior wildland firefighting experience AND meet all of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident-management qualifications and training requirements.
Selective factors (Screen-outs): Applicants must possess the following selective factors. Applicants who do not possess the following will not receive consideration for this position:
1. You must have a minimum of 90 days prior wildland firefighting experience.
2. You must have met the NWCG qualifications for Task Force Leader (TFLD).
3. You must have met the NWCG qualifications for Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) or Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2) or T2 Command and General Staff (T2 C and
4. Fire Program Management (M-581) or Fire Management Leadership (FML) or Local Fire Management Leadership (LFML).
Note: Currency is not required for NWCG qualifications.
ARE YOU USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial photocopy) to document your educational accomplishments. Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date will result in disqualification from further consideration. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill the position. College transcripts are still required if you currently occupy or have previously occupied the series of the position to which you are applying.
Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specialized in interpretation of foreign education credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body. For information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-vistus-forrecog.html.
You must be a United States Citizen to qualify for this position.
Status candidates must meet time in grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).
Occasional travel required to attend meetings and visit field stations.
Supervisory Probationary Period: This is a supervisory position. Employees who are initially appointed to supervisory positions must serve a one year probationary period.
PCS move authorized: Travel and Relocation expenses including reimbursable real estate expenses will be authorized in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulations including contractor-provided home sale.
This is a drug test designated position. Applicants selected for this position are required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result prior to appointment. In addition, this position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
Physical Demands: Normally the work is sedentary but often requires physical exertion while overseeing fire suppression activities including walking over rough, steep, uneven terrain in all types of weather. This incumbent is faced with emergency situations at all hours and must respond quickly. The position may require long shifts or multi-day assignments under primitive living conditions during emergencies. During the fire season, extended fire assignments away from the unit may be required under very stressful situations.
Firefighter position requirements: This position is a Secondary-Administrative Firefighter position under the Firefighter retirement system. PLEASE NOTE: Applicants may meet position qualification requirements, but not be eligible for the Firefighter retirement system. Firefighter retirement coverage in secondary positions depends upon the incumbents individual work history. A determination of eligibility for Firefighter retirement will be made at the time of selection. If the selected applicant is not eligible for Firefighter retirement, he/she will be placed in the regular retirement system.
This position has been approved for coverage under FERS and CSRS Law Enforcement special retirement coverage. This position may qualify a selectee for coverage under special retirement. All employees in approved secondary positions, and subject to the special retirement system, must pay the extra 1/2% in retirement contributions if they meet coverage requirements. To meet coverage requirements, you must be eligible for coverage in a secondary position that generally requires an employee to have been continuously covered in the special retirement system under the DOI special retirement program.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics):
- Knowledge of wildfire operations and prescribed burning strategies and tactics, including understanding of fire effects on wildlife, habitat management and restoration, and endangered species in a variety of vegetation types and climates.
- Ability to communicate effectively with other Federal, state and private groups and individuals to achieve fire management goals and objectives throughout the region, including collaborating with partners, coordinating programs, and explaining/justifying agency policies, procedures and regulations.
- Knowledge of fire program management, including administrative policies and procedures, especially regarding fire safety.
- Ability to supervise.