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Job Title:Supervisory Fire Management Specialist (Regional Fire Management Coordinator)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R5-12-553934-ED

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$90,180.00 to $138,533.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 to Tuesday, March 13, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401-13/14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Hadley, MA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

JOB SUMMARY:

Supervisory Fire Management Specialist (Regional Fire Management Coordinator), GS-0401-13/14

Working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is more than a career.  It is a commitment shared by more than 9,000 men and women representing a diverse range of professions, backgrounds, and specialties who are dedicated to conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats. From the Arctic Ocean to the South Pacific, the Atlantic to the Carribbean, Service personnel are working hard to ensure future generations will be able to enjoy nature's beauty and bounty.

You too can make a difference in our world. The work of the US Fish and Wildlife Service is meaningful and varied. Want to know more about what it is like to work for us? Click here to watch a short podcast called Meet Your New Boss!

This is a full-time PERMANENT position with duty at the Northeast Regional Office, National Wildlife Refuge System, in Hadley, MA.

Who may be considered?  This is a Government-wide recruitment, open to all current career or career-conditional federal employees, former federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, and persons eligible under Federal Special Hire Authorities. Veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 or more years of continuous active service may apply under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA). Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) eligibles within the local commuting area of this vacancy may receive priority consideration. 

Federal employees must submit a copy of their last Notification of Personnel Action (SF50) noting their position title, series, grade and tenure group to verify eligibility as a current, permanent Federal employee.

 

PCS: Travel, transportation and relocation expenses are authorized.  Travel and Relocation expenses including reimbursable real estate expenses will be authorized in accordance with the Federal Travel regulations & Departmental Policy including contractor-provided home sale.  Full moving expenses are authorized for status candidates.

 

**A COPY OF YOUR COLLEGE TRANSCRIPT(S) IS REQUIRED AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION IN ORDER TO VERIFY THAT YOU MEET THE BASIC QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE POSITION. THIS REQUIREMENT APPLIES TO ALL APPLICANTS, EVEN IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY IN OR HAVE PREVIOUSLY HELD THE SAME SERIES AND/OR GRADE WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.**

 

Filing Instructions/Deadline: Completed applications must be received by Tuesday, March 13, 2012.  There are 2 steps that must be completed.  Please read the entire announcement for specific instructions on how to apply.

 

One or more positions may be filled from this vacancy.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Valid driver's license required

DUTIES:

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As Regional Fire Management Coordinator, your duties will include, but are not limited to the following:  Oversee and manage multiple and complex wildland fire programs over a large geographical area; integrate fire management into other Service programs to accomplish natural resource management goals and objectives; implement and oversee the Region's firefighter safety program; formulate regional policies and procedures for fire suppression and preparedness, prescribed burning operations, fuels treatments, fire evaluations, fire rehabilitation, fire prevention, and fire arson investigations; develop long and short-term fire resource mobilization plans with interagency geographic groups; supervise regional fire management program staff.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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.

  

Basic Qualifications:

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.

OR

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.

 

Specialized Experience:

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.

Requirements:

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.

 

SECONDARY COVERAGE/RETIREMENT:
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.


BENEFITS:

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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: http://www.usajobs.gov/whyworkforamerica.asp



OTHER INFORMATION:

1.  If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans’ preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

2.  Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see www.sss.gov ).

3.  Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

4. If you are eligible for a special appointment authority, such as those authorized for the severely disabled and certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans, and you meet the qualification requirements for this position, you may be able to receive additional consideration for this position under a non-competitive hiring authority. Please contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 5, Human Resources Office in Hadley, MA.   (http://www.fws.gov/northeast/ma/ro.html)

For information regarding eligibility for special appointment authorities, refer to the following OPM website: http://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp .

5. Federal government employees, must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" showing your status as a FWS employee, or you will not be considered for this position.  

6. Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see www.sss.gov). 

7. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions at OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications

8.  All new employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay prior to appointment.

9.  Employees who are expected to travel on official business are required to apply for a Government travel charge card within 30 days of their appointment. 

10.  A background security investigation may be required for all new hires.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination. 



HOW TO APPLY:

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

1.      Your Resume

2.      A complete Assessment Questionnaire

3.      Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below) 

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, March 13, 2012.

 

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

 

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link: https://applicationmanager.gov/.

 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, you must complete the cover page using the following link, http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdfusing the following Vacancy ID for this job is 553934.  Fax the cover page and your documents to 1-478-757-3144. 

 

If you cannot apply online:

1.   Click on the following like to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and

2.   Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/opm1203fx.pdf and

3.   Fax the completed 1203FX form along with the required and any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

For this job announcement, the following documents are required:

 

  • Resume
  • Transcripts, if qualifying based on education
  • Qualifications Questionnaire
  • Veterans documentation, if applicable
  • SF-50, Notice of Personnel Action, if applicable

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Elena Dupuis
Phone: (413)253-8267
Email: ELENA_DUPUIS@FWS.GOV
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Massachusetts
300 Westgate Center Drive
Hadley, MA
01035

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.  

 

REMINDERS: Your computer system's access is your responsibility to maintain; undeliverable e-mails can cause loss of further consideration for this vacancy and/or the inability to convey information to you regarding it.  Be sure to include on any correspondence your full given name and this job's vacancy identifier (553934).  Please inform us of any changes to your personal contact information.  If at any time you decide you no longer wish to be considered for this position, please notify us to withdraw your name.  If you cannot be contact, or do not respond to requested information, it may be ground for not selecting you.


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Job Announcement Number:

R5-12-553934-ED

Control Number:

308703000