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Job Title:Assistant Fire Management Officer

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:YUGA776856MPCS

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

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$26.22 to $34.08 / Per Hour


Monday, October 29, 2012 to Monday, November 12, 2012




Full Time - Seasonal


1 vacancy in the following location:
Fairbanks, AK United StatesView Map


This vacancy is open to current or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility, VEOA eligibles (veterans must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed three or more years of active service or veterans who were released shortly before completing a 3-year tour are considered to be eligible) or special hiring authority. CTAP and ICTAP eligible’s in the local commuting area are also eligible.


Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations.

This position has been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard.  This position has been categorized as a Unit Fire Program Manager – Low Complexity, and requires 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 Administration building for Gates of the Arctic and Yukon-Charley Rivers is located in Interior Alaska in Fairbanks.  The population of Fairbanks is approximately 65,000.  All amenities of a small city are available including a hospital, university and schools, and international airport.  Summer temperatures usually range from mid 70s to high 80s and winter temperatures can reach below -40 degrees F.  Fairbanks offers numerous activities including outdoor activities in summer and winter such as skiing, snow machining, hiking, canoeing, and backpacking (and Fairbanks is the central point for access throughout the state), cultural activities including a museum, exhibits, musical presentations, and numerous other activities. For Photos and more information check out the Alaska website at 

This position is permanent, career seasonal and subject to medical exam, drug and physical fitness testing.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must register with the selective service.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "Required Documents" sections.


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The Assistant Fire Management officer assists the Fire Management Officer in planning, developing, implementing, coordinating, and evaluating an integrated fire management program to achieve resource management objectives. When aviation assets are utilized the AFMO may also be responsible for the aviation management program. Maintains safety first as the foundation for all aspects of fire and aviation management. In the absence of the FMO, serves as duty officer and FMO. Main areas of focus are program management, prescribed fire and fuels planning, coordination of day to day operations, formulating strategic direction to Incident Commanders and protecting agency FMO, and supervision and safety for an 11 person Fire Management program.


The position is duty stationed in Fairbanks, at the Fairbanks administrative center. The position serves three National Park Units: Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, in total approximately 24 million acres.


For more information on the duties of this position, contact James Sullivan at (907) 455-0651.



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A 4-year degree in the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to the position. The following additional subject fields have been determined to be acceptable as directly related degree programs for fire management jobs in this series: wildland fire management, forestry agronomy, biochemistry, biometrics, ecology, fishery biology, general fish and wildlife administration, horticulture, natural resources management, physiology, plant physiology, rangeland management, soil science, wildlife biology, zoology, agricultural extension, animal science, botany, entomology, genetics, microbiology, pharmacology, plant pathology, plant protection and quarantine, soil conservation, toxicology, wildlife refuge management.  In addition, natural resources related disciplines include chemistry, environmental sciences (not environmental or natural resources policy), hydrology, outdoor recreation if it has a natural resource emphasis, physics, fire management, earth sciences, geology, meteorology related weather, climate, physical geography if it has a natural resource emphasis, and watershed management. 
Combination of education and experience- at least 24 semester hours equivalent to a major field of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you also meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume.  To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled. 


Specialized experience: 1) Experience that demonstrated understanding of fire effects on cultural and natural resources. The assignments must have shown participation in activities such as: Developing fire management plans to ensure resource objectives can be met from a fire management standpoint; or conducting field inspections before and/or after prescribed fires or wildland fires to determine if defined resource objectives have been met OR 2) Prescribed fire/fuels management – experience in activities such as professional forest or range inventory methods and procedures (e.g., Brown’s planar intercept for dead and down fuels; live fuel loading assessments), or analysis of fuel loadings and determination of appropriate fuel treatment methods and programming, or evaluating prescribed fore plans for fire management plans to ensure fire containment is possible and identify appropriate suppression contingencies if containment is not obtained OR 3) Fire management operations – analyzing and applying fire management strategies, plus experience in at least for of the following activities: mobilization and dispatch coordination, fire prevention, training, logistics, equipment development and deployment, fire communications systems, suppression and preparedness or aviation.


Education: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.


Selective Placement Factors:  This position requires a special qualification that has been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as a screen out element.  Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified.


* Wildland Firefighting Experience Requirement: This position requires previous wildland firefighting experience (at least 90 days). Wildland firefighting experience is defined as experience gained through work on the fire line in containment, control, or suppression of wildland fire. Experience may be related to Wildfires or, fire line experience on a Prescribed Fire (this does not include experience in the planning stages).


*  The applicant must have possessed all of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered elibiglbe for this position.

·   Engine Boss (ENGB) or Crew Boss (CRWB)

·   Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4) or Prescribed Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2)


Foreign Education:   Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body


Applicants must meet the experience and/or education requirements, qualifications, any selective placement factors specified in the announcement, and time-in-grade requirements by the closing date, Monday, November 12, 2012

Unless previously served, you must complete a probationary period.

You will be required to carry a firearm in performance of your duties. Per the Lautenberg Amendment to 18 U.S.C.922(g)(9), effective September 30, 1996, applicants are ineligible for this position if at ANY time they have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime of domestic violence, unless such conviction was expunged, set aside or the applicant received a pardon.

REQUIREMENTS/TESTING:  Prior to appointment, the person selected for this position must be determined physically fit by an authorized physician to perform strenuous and physically demanding duties; and also pass a medical examination (which includes vision, hearing, cardiovascular, and mobility of extremities) given by an authorized physician. Selectees must also be able to pass the work capacity fitness test (Pact 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

Work Capacity Test (Pack Test):  Annually, the duties/requirements of this position require the incumbent to meet the physical fitness test for arduous duty positions.

Medical Exam: A pre-employment medical exam in addition to recurring medical exams during employment are required for this position. Applicants must meet established medical standards for this position prior to appointment, and continue to meet them during their employment.

THIS IS A DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION under the Department's Drug Free Workplace Program.  Applicant who is tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative result prior to entering on duty. You will be subject to random drug testing.  

This is a secondary/administrative fire position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c)(CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d)(FERS).  While secondary positions are not subject to the maximum entry age policy, the selectee must have prior service in a primary position and meet the transfer requirement for movement from a primary to secondary position to be eligible for special retirement coverage.

This position requires that you operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties.  A valid State driver's license is required.

Frequent travel, up to 40% of the time is required. You will travel by fixed and rotor wing aircraft and through other means.



Your rating will be based on your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. The Assessment questions relate to the following competencies that are required to perform the work of this position.


KSA-1 Knowledge of fire management programs such as prescribed fire, fire effects monitoring, and risk mitigation.

KSA-2 Ability to adapt land use plan objectives from multiple land managers into suppression and protection strategies.

KSA-3 Knowledge of fire behavior, and fuels types to develop operational strategies to meet interagency fire management option objectives.

KSA-4 Knowledge of financial planning in order to prepare, monitor, and implement an annual work plan.

KSA-5 Ability to direct a staff in the implementation of fire and aviation plans


Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic qualifications. If you meet the qualification requirements based on your online application and are found to be among the top candidates you will be referred to the selecting official for further review. All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package.  If it is determined that your work history, competencies, and/or your supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you will not be referred to the selecting official.  Please ensure that your work history provides enough detail to support your answers to the competencies. A panel may be used to review your application.


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The salary shown includes base pay, locality pay and a cost of living allowance of 5.57% for this duty station. Pay is subject to annual review and adjustment.

Alaska currently does not have a state income tax or statewide sales tax.

Working for the National Park Service offers a comprehensive benefits package that may include, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life and health insurance, retirement benefits, and participation in the Thrift Savings Plan which includes a percentage of government matching contributions.  You may even be able to work a flexible schedule. This link provides more information on the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.


Direct Deposit:  All new employees of the National Park Service must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay prior to appointment.  This includes your salary and other federal payments.

Government housing is not available.

In the event of an accident while traveling in a government aircraft, the payable benefits of a private life insurance policy may be affected.

Travel, transportation and relocation expenses are authorized as described in the Federal Travel Regulations and Departmental policy. Status applicant(s) selected: Full moving expenses are authorized. Non-status applicant(s) selected: Limited moving expenses are authorized for first duty station; e.g., movement of household goods, etc.

Return Rights (for NPS employees only)  The Return Rights policy as outlined in HR Bulletin Number 03-8 dated 10/28/03 is in effect for this position. This policy is designed to help attract a larger pool of highly qualified employees to remote areas. It applies to all current NPS career and career-conditional employees who transfer from a NPS unit (park or office) within the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia to remote sites within a Non-Foreign area.   Under this policy, employees will be given the opportunity to return to the region they were in prior to accepting the position in Alaska. To be eligible for return rights, the employee must complete a minimum tour of three calendar years at the Alaska park, and may elect a possible two year extension.

This is a permanent career-seasonal position. A permanent career-seasonal position includes all benefits of permanent employment, but does not provide for employment on a full-time year-round basis. As a condition of employment and (depending on workload needs and/or funding), the employee is guaranteed work for at least 6 months but not more than 11 ½ months each service year. When services are not required, employee will be placed in a non-work, non-pay status. A minimum of 2 weeks in non-pay and non-duty status is required each service year. While in pay and duty status, the employee will work a full-time work schedule (40 hours per week). Salary, vacation and sick leave earnings, which are normally based on year-round employment, will be prorated according to the number of weeks actually worked each year. The waiting period of within-rate increases (step increases) and career tenure may also be extended by a portion of the time spent in non-pay status.


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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 occupational questionnaire:View Assessment Questions.  Ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

If you are unable to upload your required documents, complete this cover page using the following vacancy ID 776856.  Fax your documents by the closing date to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot apply online:  


Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.   Print this 1203-FX form to provide your responses to the Occupational questionnaire and fax the completed 1203fx form along with any required documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time or 7:59 PM Alaska Time on Monday, November 12, 2012.


If you have questions about this announcement call (907) 644-3828 or email us at prior to Monday, November 12, 2012. Please include the Vacancy ID number 776856 when emailing or calling.


If you need help or have problems using the online application process, send an email to


Note:   If you receive an email stating that there was a technical problem uploading your documents, you should fax the applicable documentation to OPM at 478-757-3144.  Be sure to use the fax cover sheet that was linked in the vacancy announcement, include the appropriate Office Code (NM) and VIN (six digit code) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. For further questions regarding applying online or by fax, please contact OPM at


-Resume showing relevant experience - should include month, year and hours per week worked. (Cover letter optional)

-Online Assessment Questionnaire

-SF50, Notification of Personnel Action

- Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or other equivalent documenatation which verifies you meet the required NWCG qualifications for this IFPM position. Failure to provide this documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in you being rated as not qualified. -Veterans DD214, VA Letter, and SF-15 if claiming 10 point preference; DD214 if claiming 5 point preference.

-ICTAP/CTAP copy of your agency's notice of Reduction in Force and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.(see online questionnaire for more information)

-Military Spouse  Appointment - Proof of Eligibility: valid marriage certificate or other documentation verifying marriage.  A copy of orders assigning the service member to the post.  Disabled veteran- Individuals must submit a copy of their spouse's Department of Defense (DD) Form 214 and a copy of documentation from ether the Department of Veterans Affairs or the Department of Defense indicating the service member has a disability rating of 100% due to a service connected disability. Spouses must also submit documentation verifying marriage to the service member. Deceased veterans- proof the individual was released or discharged from active duty due to their death while on active duty; documentation that the member was killed while on active duty; documentation verifying marriage to the service member. (see online questionnaire for more information.


AK HR Assistant
Phone: (907)644-3828
Agency Information:
YUGA Fairbanks Administrative Ctr
NPS Alaska Regional Office
Anchorage, AK


Once the online questionnaire and documents are received you will receive an acknowledgement email. You will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official, and of the final outcome.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

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