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Job Title:Forestry Technician (Fire) GS-0462-04/05

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Job Announcement Number:NRO-13-04

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$27,990.00 to $40,706.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, November 08, 2012 to Thursday, November 22, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0462-04/05

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Seasonal

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

05

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Defiance, AZ United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Region Wide - Application will be accepted from Indian Preference applicants, US Citizens, from current and former competitive service Federal employees, and people eligible under special hiring authorities. Position will be filed in accordance with the Indian Preference Policy.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with the tribal nations. A challenging and dynamic place to work, it enhances the quality of life, promotes economic opportunity, and carries out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

Vacancy ID: 784494

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 SENIOR FIREFIGHTER, 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 http://www.ifpm.nifc.gov

FORESTRY TECHNICIAN (FIRE), GS-0462-04/05
PD# 4430075, Navajo Region, Trust Services
Branch of Fire Management and Aviation, Engines Section
Fort Defiance, Arizona

SALARY RANGE:

GS-04: $27,990 - $36,384 Per Annum

GS-05: $31,315 - $40,706 Per Annum

NOTE:

  • THIS IS A PERMANENT FULL-TIME SEASONAL POSITIONS AND SUBJECT TO PLACEMENT IN NON-PAY STATUS WHEN SERVICES ARE NOT NEEDED DUE TO LACK OF WORK, FUNDS, OR UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES.
  • TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES ARE NOT AVAILABLE. ANY RELOCATION EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH REPORTING FOR DUTY IN THIS POSITION WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SELECTED EMPLOYEE.
  • GOVERNMENT HOUSING MAY BE AVAILABLE.
  • THIS POSITION IS AN ARDUOUS POSITION AND IS SUBJECT TO DRUG TESTING, MEDICAL EXAMINATION, PHYSICAL FITNESS TESTING, AND FAVORABLE RESULTS OF A COMPLETED BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION.

INDIAN PREFERENCE: Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification of Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles that are not currently employed with the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7). Consideration will be given to non-Indian applicants (Status or Reinstatement eligibles) in the absence of a qualified Indian Preference eligible.

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA): Preference eligibles may apply for permanent positions (career or career-conditional appointments) under merit promotion procedures for VEOA appointments; however, veteran’s preference is not a factor in these appointments. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be a preference eligible OR veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Applicants must submit a copy of their DD-214 for verification of eligibility. For more information, click here: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx#veoa

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is Required.
  • Selectee is subject to a background security investigation.
  • Appointment may include a requirement for one year probationary period.
  • Applications will only be accepted online or by Fax to 1-478-757-3144.
  • Testing Designated Position DOI Drug-Free Workplace Program.
  • Subject to Medical Screening and Physical Fitness Testing.

DUTIES:

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NOTE: If the position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without further competition under the Merit Promotion Program at such time as performance and qualification requirements are met and classification review discloses the duties being performed properly warrant classification to the next higher grade level.

MAJOR DUTIES:As a Senior Wildland Firefighter, you will:

  • Serve as a Senior Wildland Firefighter with the purpose of providing wildland fire suppression, management, and control by performing as a specialized firefighter on an engine, helitack module, or hand crew with responsibility for the operation and maintenance of specialized tools or equipment.
  • Performs the duties of a fully qualified chain saw operator and chainsaw repair technician.
  • Uses helicopter long lines.
  • Collects fire weather data, fuel and/or soil moisture samples, maps projects, and maintains records.
  • Performs all aspects of wildland and prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding, and mop-up.
  • Drives engine to fire locations.
  • Starts pump engine, primes pump, adjusts engine speed and pump valves, laying hose, and using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustments in effective use of water and additives.
  • Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents.
  • Recommends best approaches and practices for deploying personnel and equipment.
  • Responsible for operation and maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland and prescribed fire situations.
  • Participates in fire and safety training.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS:To be rated eligible for this position you must meet the selective factor (if any) in addition to qualifying specialized experience and/or education described in the Occupational/Assessment Questionnaire by the closing date of this announcement Thursday, November 22, 2012.  Candidates are required to meet OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions and Individual Occupational Rrequirements for the Forestry Technician Series, GS-462. It is available for review on OPM's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

For GS-5 position:1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 grade level OR successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree (a) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of course such as listed for GS-4. No more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.

For GS-4 position: 6 months of general experience AND 6 months of creditable specialized wildland fire management experience OR successful completion of 2 years of study, which included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:

  • Forestry aid or technician work
  • Engineering, range, or soil conservation technician work that involved the application of cultural, resource conservation, or land management practices on nonforest or ranch lands when combined with knowledge of forestry operations and equipment.
  • Farming or ranching work that involved application of cultural and soil and water conservation practices, including safety and use of equipment, and that provided a basic understanding of land use.
  • Forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work.

GENERAL EXPERIENCE: (1) Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.

SEASONAL EXPERIENCE: A season of experience is considered to be a period of no less than 3 months of continuous employment on a seasonal basis.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTORS:In addition to the qualification requirements above, candidates must possess the following certification and training in order to be considered eligible for this position. In order to receive credit, candidates must provide documentation verifying that they meet the required National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) qualifications for this IFPM position by the closing date of this announcement.

  • Primary core qualification: Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1)
  • Additional required training: S-290, "Intermediate Fire Behavior"

Selectees for IFPM positions requiring currency will be required to obtain and maintain currency for the NWCG qualifications listed above.

SELECTIVE FACTOR: All candidates selected for this position must also meet or exceed a selective factor which requires a minimum of 90-days of wildland firefighting experience. The selective factor cannot be waived. Wildland fires are categorized into two distinct types: 1) Wildfires, Unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildfires. 2) Prescribed Fires, Planned ignitions. This description includes only fireline experience on a Prescribed Fire; it does not include experience in the planning stages. Prescribed fire experience must be supplemented by fire suppression experience in order to be creditable as previous wildland firefighting experience.

FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE AND MAXIMUM ENTRY AGE LIMIT: This position is covered as a primary firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of U.S.C. 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS) subject to maximum entry age and mandatory retirement at age 57, or anytime after 57, upon reaching 20 years of covered service. Applicants for this position must not have reached their 37th birthday upon appointment to this position. An exception is allowed if there is prior federal service in a covered firefighter position.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: This is a permanent (full-time) seasonal position. Incumbent will be full-time and subject to an established tour of duty of 40 hours per week when actually employed. Services will not be required at certain times due to lack of work, lack of funds, weather conditions, ceiling limitations, or other circumstances and incumbent will be placed in a non-work, non-pay status.


SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS: A background security investigation will 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.

OTHER: Incumbent is required, as an incidental duty, to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties, therefore, a valid driver’s license is required. Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Duties involve rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. Work requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighting over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring at least average agility and dexterity.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is primarily performed in forest and desert environments in steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely uneven, rocky, covered with thick tangled vegetation, smoky conditions, etc. 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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Knowledge of wildland fire management practices, strategies, and tactics used on planned and unplanned ignitions.
  • Specialized knowledge and certifications related to chain saw use, water handing, helicopter operations, and wildland-urban interface tactics and strategies.
  • Knowledge of general range/forestry work sufficient to personally perform and lead others in the performance of project work related to fuels treatments, thinning, wildlife and watershed treatments, rehabilitation, and equipment and vehicle maintenance.
  • Knowledge of National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) standards and procedures related to qualifications and training.
  • Skill in oral and written communication sufficient to effectively interact with people at all levels, internal and external, including the public.

We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.


BENEFITS:

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The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp#icc



OTHER INFORMATION:

CTAP & ICTAP APPLICANTS: Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) participants who are well qualified may apply for this position. To be eligible for consideration under CTAP, an applicant must provide written notification that they will be losing their current federal position. To be eligible for consideration under ICTAP, an applicant must provide proof that they have lost their federal position within the last year. 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. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For more information regarding CTAP & ICTAP, please visit http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp

NOTICE TO MALE APPLICANTS: Section 1622 of the Defense Authorization Act of 1986, prohibits any male born after December 31, 1959, from being appointed to a position in an executive agency if he has knowingly and willfully failed to register with the Selective Service System. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to complete a certification document to confirm their Selective Service registration status, if selected for appointment.



HOW TO APPLY:

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PLEASE NOTE:  THIS OFFICE DOES NOT ACCEPT APPLICATIONS BY ELECTRONIC MAIL (E-MAIL), REGULAR MAIL, OR IN PERSON. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THE PROCEDURES FOR APPLYING MAY RESULT IN LOSS OF CONSIDERATION FOR THE POSITION. IT IS THE APPLICANT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO VERIFY THAT INFORMATION ENTERED, UPLOADED, OR FAXED (I.E., RESUME, VETERAN'S OR INDIAN PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION, ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS, AND SF 50'S) IS RECEIVED AND IS ACCURATE.

To Apply Online:

  • Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register
  • Answer the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • UPLOAD all required documents and other supporting documents
  • To return to a previously saved or incomplete application go to https://applicationmanager.gov/.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. However, if you cannot apply online, you may FAX your assessment questionnaire, resume and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144 by following the steps below.

To Apply by Fax:

  • Print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf
  • Answer the assessment questionnaire  View Occupational Questionnaire       
  • When faxing a completed OPM Form 1203-FX, this will serve as your fax cover and must be placed on TOP of your application and other supporting documents. No other fax page is required. Simply make sure all six pages of the completed OPM Form 1203-FX are on top of all other documents being faxed

Combination Online/Fax:

  • Log into or create your Application Manager account at https://applicationmanager.gov/
  • ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • Print the  US Government Application Cover Page Include the Vacancy Identification Number 784494, SSN, and full name to ensure that your documents are associated with the rest of your application
  • Fax your US Government Application Cover Page, application, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144

Please note that it is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., questionnaire responses, resume, and any supporting documents) are complete and accurate.

All electronic submissions and/or faxes must be completed and received by 11:59 PM EST; Thursday, November 22, 2012.

NOTE: Submission of a resume alone is not a complete application. This position requires the submission of additional forms as described under the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section. Failure to provide the required information and/or documentation may result in your application not being considered for employment.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following forms must be submitted in order to have a complete application:

  1. Resume- Must contain the following:
    - Job Announcement Number
    - Work experience, include the following:
    • Position TItle;
    • Dates - from (mm/yy) to (mm/yy);
    • Salary;
    • Hours per Week;
    • Current Supervisor's Name, Address, and Telephone number,
    - Education
    - References - List Three people who are not related to you and are not current or previous supervisors.
  2. Form BIA 4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment, is required for claiming Indian Preference. No other form will be accepted.  This form may be obtained at your Tribal Enrollment/Census Office.
  3. Form DD-214, if claiming 5 pt. veteran's preference or Standard Form 15 with required proof of entitlement, if claiming 10 pt. veteran's preference.
  4. College Transcript is required for verification/documentation of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, an offiical transcript may be requested at a later time.
  5. Occupational/Assessment Questionnaire, listed in announcement.  Failure to respond to the questionnaire will result in loss of consideration.
  6. Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, current or former Federal employees.
  7. GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Report, available at www.gsa.gov/forms. (Optional during the application process; however, selectee will be required to submit as part of the pre-appointment process.)
  8. Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or other equivalent documentation 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.

    NOTE: Persons submitting incomplete application will be given credit only for the information they provide. The applicant is responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of their application in order to receive full credit for their Indian preference, veteran preference, experience, training, and/or education. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED FROM THIS OFFICE.

          AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

          Navajo Region HR Office
          Phone: (505)863-8211
          Fax: (478)757-3144
          Email: NRHUMANRESOURCES@BIA.GOV
          Agency Information:
          BIA Center for Recruitment Navajo
          DO NOT MAIL APPLICATIONS
          PLEASE FAX TO 478-757-3144
          XXXXX, NM
          87301 Fax: (478)757-3144

          WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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


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          Job Announcement Number:

          NRO-13-04

          Control Number:

          331021000