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Job Title:SUPERVISORY FIRE MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST (PRESCRIBED FIRE/FUELS), GS-0401-9/11

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Job Announcement Number:CRPA 156/12 (724689)

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$47,448.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 to Tuesday, December 04, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Mescalero, NM United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

AREA-WIDE / INDIAN PREFERENCE ELIGIBLES / CURRENT STATUS EMPLOYEES OR FORMER EMPLOYEES WITH REINSTATEMENT ELIGIBILITY / VEOA ELIGIBLES

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: 724689

 

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 PRESCRIBED FIRE AND FUELS SPECIALIST (PFFS) – HIGH 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 http://www.ifpm.nifc.gov/.

SUPERVISORY FIRE MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST (PRESCRIBED FIRE/FUELS),

GS-0401-9/11, Posn. #4400314, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Southwest Region,

Mescalero Agency, Branch of Forestry, Mescalero, New Mexico

GS-9$47,448 - $61,678 Per Annum

GS-11: $57,408 - $74,628 Per Annum

 

NOTE:  TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES ARE AUTHORIZED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL TRAVEL REGULATIONS.  THE PAY FLEXIBILITIES OF THE RECRUITMENT BONUS, RELOCATION BONUS, AND STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT MAY BE AUTHORIZED BY THE MANAGER.  GOVERNMENT HOUSING IS NOT AVAILABLE. 

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 Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference.

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

  • US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED.
  • A BACKGROUND SECURITY INVESTIGATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL NEW HIRES.
  • APPOINTMENT MAY INCLUDE A REQUIREMENT FOR ONE YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD.
  • APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ONLINE OR BY FAX.
  • MUST HAVE 90 DAYS OF WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING EXPERIENCE TO QUALIFY.
  • A VALID STATE DRIVER'S LICENSE IS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION.

DUTIES:

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SUMMARY OF DUTIES:
·   The incumbent has program responsibility for prescribed fire, fuels management, smoke management, and wildland fire use.
·   Develops fuels treatment alternatives to support management decisions while adhering to applicable laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines.
·   Responsible for the smoke management program to ensure compliance with state air quality standards.
·   Develops, reviews, and monitors fuels management plans.
·   Implements and administers prescribed fire activities, wildland fire use, and fuels management activities to ensure targets are achieved, management objectives are met, and mitigation measures are adequate.
·   Monitors fire behavior, evaluates fire effects, identifies potential problems and takes appropriate action.
·   Performs physical analysis, formulated the annual fuels management budget, and maintains a system of accounts to track program expenditures.
·   Advises and counsels subordinates on employee conduct, responsibilities and administrative matters, including performance evaluation.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: Office of Personnel Management (OPM)Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions and Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-0401: General Biological Science Series; and Interagency Fire Program Management Qualifications Standards and Guide for Prescribed Fire and Fuels Specialist High Complexity.

BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT FOR GS-0401 SERIES:

A. Degree:biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. -OR-

B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in biological sciences, agriculture or natural resources management, or at least 24 semester hours in biological sciences, natural resources, wildland fire management, forestry, or agriculture equivalent to a major field of study, plus appropriate experience or additional education that is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in the biological sciences, agriculture, or natural resources.

IN ADDITION TO MEETING THE BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT FOR THE GS-0401 SERIES, APPLICANTS MUST ALSO HAVE THE FOLLOWING TO QUALIFY FOR THESE GRADE LEVELS:

 

GS-9: 1 year of creditable specialized Wildland Fire Management experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the Federal Service OR 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Master's degree or Master's equivalent graduate degree, if related.

 

GS-11: 1 year of creditable specialized Wildland Fire Management experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties related to fire program management.To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

 

For GS-09: Experience in at least two of the following three categories:

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 plan 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

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 fire plans or fire management plans to ensure fire containment is possible and identify appropriate suppression contingencies if containment is not obtained.

3. Fire management operations - analyzing and applying fire management strategies, plus experience in at least four of the following activities:

· Mobilization and dispatch coordination

· Fire prevention

· Training

· Logistics

· Equipment development and deployment

· Fire communication systems

· Suppression and preparedness

 

For GS-11: Experience must have included all of the fire program management elements as described below:

· Reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for ecological soundess and technical adequacy;

·Conducting field inspections before and after prescribed or wildland fires to determine if resources objectives were acheived and/or to evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken; and

· Developing analyses on the ecological role of fire and its use and/or exclusion, and smoke management.

In addition to fire program management, appropriate experience must have included either prescribed fire/fuels management - OR - fire management operations as described below:

Prescribed fire/fuels management - experience in a broad range of activities such as:

· Professional forest or range inventory methods and procedures (e.g. Brown's planar intercept for dead and down fules; live fuel loading assessments);

· Analysis of fuel loadings and determination of appropriate fule treatment methods and programming;

· Land use planning and environmental coordination;

· Evaluation of prescribed burn plans or fire management plans to ensure fire containment is possible and identification of appropriate suppression contingencies if containment is not obtained.

Fire management operations - analyzing and applying fire management strategies, plus experience in at leat 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

· Aviation

SELECTIVE FACTORS:  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.

 

NWCG INCIDENT MANAGEMENT QUALIFICATIONS - CURRENCY REQUIRED

In addition, the applicant must have possessed the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position: 

Primary Core Requirement

Secondary Core Requirement

RXB2

ICT3 or TFLD


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.

DRIVING REQUIREMENT: 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 REQUIREMENTS: The work is normally sedentary. However, field work is evaluated as arduous and the duties include demands for strenuous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods of time.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Office conditions require long periods of sitting, working with computers and general lifting, bending and reaching. Field conditions involve the employee being exposed to noise, dust, heat, weather, aircraft turbulence and the hazards of firefighting such as heat, smoke, and fire behavior. Protective clothing and equipment is required in hazardous environments.

U.S. citizenship is required. Appointees are required to provide verification of citizenship and employment eligibility.

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:

  • Professional knowledge of Natural Resource Management, Fire Ecology, and Fire Behavior
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the Policies, Techniques, and Practices of Wildland Firefighting
  • Comprehensive knowledge of a Fuels Management Program
  • Knowledge of the Budgeting and Acquisition Process
  • Knowledge of Supervisory Policies, Procedures, and Methods in order to manage a diverse workforce
  • Skill in Oral and Written Communication
We will compare your resume and supporting documentation against your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your resume, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.


BENEFITS:

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FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE: This position is covered as a secondary firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c)(CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS) when it is filled by an incumbent who transfers directly from a primary or another secondary firefighting position with no break in service as a firefighter to this position.Firefighter retirement coverage of the incumbent depends upon his or her individual work history.

 

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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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
  • 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
  • Include the Vacancy Identification Number 724689, SSN, and full name to ensure that your documents are associated with the rest of your application
  • Fax your United States 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 by Tuesday, December 04, 2012.

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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:

Resume showing months and years of experience, salary history, hours worked per week, and supervisor phone numbers.
References - List three people who are not related to you and are not current or previous supervisors.
Form BIA-4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment, if claiming Indian preference. No other form can be accepted.
Form DD-214, if claiming veterans preference; and VA letter and Standard Form 15, if claiming 10 point preference.
•Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
College Transcript from an accredited institution is required for verification of qualifying education.
GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record (optional during the application process; however, selectees will be required to submit as part of the pre-appointment process).
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 applications 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:

Donnamarie Duerre
Phone: (505)563-5124
Email: DONNAMARIE.DUERRE@BIA.GOV
Agency Information:
BIA Center for Recruitment Albuquerque
1011 Indian School Road NW Suite 136
Albuquerque, NM
87104
USA

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:

CRPA 156/12 (724689)

Control Number:

331108400