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Job Title:Supervisory Forestry Technician (Fire), GS-462-06/07

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Job Announcement Number:CRPA 11/13 (752139)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$35,702.00 to $51,580.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, November 19, 2012 to Monday, December 10, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0462-06/07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

07

DUTY LOCATIONS:

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

WHO MAY APPLY:

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: BUREAU-WIDE / INDIAN PREFERENCE ELIGIBLES / CURRENT STATUS OR FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES WITH REINSTATEMENT ELIGIBILITY

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: 752139

 

SUPERVISORY FORESTRY TECHNICIAN (FIRE), GS-0462-06/07

(SUPERVISORY WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER), POSN #4430256,

WESTERN REGION, FORT APACHE AGENCY,

DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT, FIRE MANAGEMENT - ENGINES,

WHITERIVER, ARIZONA

 

GS-06:  $34,907 - $45,376 Per Annum

GS-07:  $38,790 - $50,431 Per Annum

 

NOTE:  THIS IS A PERMANENT FULL-TIME SEASONAL POSITION SUBJECT TO PLACEMENT IN NON-PAY STATUS WHEN SERVICES ARE NOT NEEDED DUE TO LACK OF WORK, FUNDS, OR UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES. RELOCATION EXPENSES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED FOR PAYMENT.  ANY RELOCATION EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH REPORTING FOR DUTY WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SELECTED EMPLOYEE.  

 

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 unless there is prior service in an approved covered position to permit retirement on/before the mandatory retirement age of 57.   

 

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.  Indian preference eligibles that are not currently employed in 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.  Applicants not entitled to Indian Preference must be Federal civilian employees with competitive status or former Federal civilian employees with reinstatement eligibility and must submit latest Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50B, as proof.

 

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, veterans 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, visit: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED
  • BACKGROUND SECURITY INVESTIGATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL HIRES
  • APPOINTMENT MAY INCLUDE A REQUIREMENT FOR ONE YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD
  • APPLICATIONS ARE ONLY ACCEPTED ONLINE OR BY FAX
  • DRUG-TESTING IS REQUIRED UNDER THE DOI DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE PROGRAM
  • TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED FOR THIS POSITION.

DUTIES:

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• Supervises crews and performs duties in handcrew, prescribed fire, and wildland fire engine operations.
• Gathers and considers information from various sources when responding to wildland fire incidents using best approaches and practices when deploying personnel and equipment to protect values at risk.
• Makes initial evaluation of fire situations, determines rate of spread, potential hazards to property and other improvements, suppression method to use, hose lays, deployment of crew, point of initial attack, type of tools to use and application of water.
• Responsible for operation and maintenance of equipment used to respond to wildland and prescribed fire situations.
• Implements and participates in training programs to comply with policy and regulations to ensure own and other’s welfare and safety in all aspects of the assignment.
• Provides leadership, allocates resources, and implements activities to accomplish multi-cultural organization direction and Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights requirements, goals, policies, and objectives.

 

NOTE:  If the position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without 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.

 

NOTE:  This is a supervisory position.  Under provision of the Civil Service Reform Act, first-time supervisors are required to serve a trial period before their appointment becomes final.  Those who do not satisfactorily complete the trial period will be returned to positions of no lower grade and pay then those they occupied before assuming their supervisory assignment.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:  (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions, and Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-0462: Forestry Technician Series). 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  Specialized experience is that experience which has provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully function in the wildland fire management position applied for. 

GS-6:  1 year of creditable specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level.

Examples of qualifying experience include: engineering, range, or soil conservation technician work that involved the application of cultural, resource conservation, or land management practices on non-forest or ranch lands when combined with knowledge of forestry operation 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; or forest or range fire control, prevention or suppression work.

GS-7:  1 year of creditable specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 grade level OR One (1) full year of graduate level education in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter directly related to the position. 
Examples of qualifying experience include: engineering, range, or soil conservation technician work that involved the application of cultural, resource conservation, or land management practices on non-forest or ranch lands when combined with knowledge of forestry operation 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; or forest or range fire control, prevention or suppression work.

SELECTIVE FACTORS:  The applicant must possess all of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position:
    1.Single Resource Boss-Engine (ENGB) or higher 
    2.Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4) or higher

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

Applicants must have prior wildland firefighting experience on the fireline, as gained by substantial service in a primary/rigorous firefighter position, or equivalent experience outside the Federal government.  A minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required to meet qualifications for this secondary (supervisory) covered position.  Wildland firefighting experience is defined as any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland gained through work on the fireline in containment, control, suppression or use of wildland fire.  Wildland fires are categorized in two distinct types:  wildfires and prescribed fires.  This includes only fireline experience on a prescribed fire and does not include experience in the planning stages.  This is a MANDATORY prerequisite to qualify for this position.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: A Baseline medical exam will be required for newly hired personnel in permanent positions that require arduous duty and who would have received a "Baseline" medical examination under the Department of the Interior (DOI) Medical Standards Program (MSP).  As a condition of employment, incumbents must complete a "Baseline" medical examination as required by the DOI-MSP when processes are in place to support the level of exam through the DOI-MSP.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Arduous: Duties involve rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning.  Duties include demands for strenuous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and extended periods of time.  Operation of some specialized fire equipment can place extended physical stress on incumbent during fire activities.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work is primarily performed in forest and range environments.  Risks include smoke inhalation, fire entrapment, snake or insect bites and stings, exposure to excessive machinery noise, and falling or rolling material.  Personnel must adjust and cope with exposure to adverse weather elements, dust and smoke, poor sleeping and eating conditions and unpredictable sets of circumstances.

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.

This is a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Department of Interior Drug Free Workplace Program.

 

 

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 job elements:

•Knowledge of strategies, tactics and suprression methods used in control of wildland fires or implementation of prescribed fires

•Knowledge of supervisory policies, procedures and methods

•Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing

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 resume, 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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To Apply Online:

  • Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to log into or create your USAJOBS account
  • 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 cover page is required. Simply make sure that 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 8-character Vacancy Identification Number 752139, 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., assessment questions and answers, resume, and any supporting documents) are complete and accurate.

 

All electronic submissions and/or faxes must be completed by Monday, December 10, 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:

  • Resume showing month and year of relevant experience, hours worked per week, Supervisor contact information, and duties performed.
  • 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 will be accepted.
  • Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action if claiming Status Preference.
  • Form DD-214, if claiming veterans preference; and VA letter and Standard Form 15, if claiming 10 point preference.
  • College Transcript is required for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, an official transcript may be requested at a later time.
  • 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 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. 

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 11/13 (752139)

Control Number:

331591300