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Job Title:FIRE MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST (PREVENTION & MITIGATION), GS-0401-7/9

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Job Announcement Number:CHR-13-D-003

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$38,790.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, November 29, 2012 to Thursday, December 20, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401-07/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

9

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Yates, ND United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

OPEN TO ALL QUALIFIED CANDIDATES, CIVIL SERVICE STATUS IS NOT REQUIRED

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.

FIRE MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST (PREVENTION & MITIGATION),

GS-0401-7/9, #4431037A, Great Plains Region,

Standing Rock Agency, Deputy Superintendent - Trust Services,

Branch of Fire Management,

Fort Yates, North Dakota

 

GS-9:  $47,448 - $61,678  Per Annum
GS-7:  $38,790 - $50,431  Per Annum

 

NOTE: TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL BE AUTHORIZED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL TRAVEL REGULATIONS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF REAL ESTATE EXPENSES UNDER THE CONTRACTOR-PROVIDED GUARANTEED HOME SALE CONTRACT

NOTE: Position is also being advertised under Merit Promotion Announcement Number AB-13-12.  Status Applicants who wish to be considered under both Merit Promotion and Competitive Procedures must submit two complete applications.
 

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).

 

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.
  • 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.
  • A VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE IS REQUIRED.

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.

 

SUMMARY OF DUTIES
·   Implements a wildland fire prevention & mitigation program.

·   Coordinates and disseminates information concerning wildland fire management activities.

·   Provides guidance and assistance on wildland fire prevention & mitigation programs to the field, and provides expertise and materials to all supported programs.

·   Provides and facilitates wildland fire prevention & mitigation programs and activities for the local communities, the news media and general public in the form of meetings, newsletters, events, programs, and posting in community facilities.

·   Assist with the formulation and execution of the budget.

·   Identifies and analyzes major causes of wildland fire and makes recommendations concerning the inclusion of these causes in fire management plans.

·   Implements prevention plans to reduce human and equipment caused ignitions.

·   Coordinates wildland fire restriction and closure plan development and implantation.

·   Educates the public about the ecology of wildland fire and its relationship to the mission of the organization.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions, GS-0401 and Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-0401: General Biological Science Series.

 

BASIC REQUIREMENT FOR GS-0401:

 

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.

 

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:  In addition to meeting the basic entry level qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education as follows:

 

GS-9:     1 year of creditable specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level OR 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or master’s or equivalent graduate degree.

 

GS-7:     1 year of creditable specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level OR 1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement.

 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience which has provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully function in the wildland fire management position.  Possession of the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities can be evidenced by:

 

For GS-9 Grade Level:

 

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.

·        Conducting field inspections before and/or after prescribed fires or wildland fires to determine if objectives have been met.

 

2.      Prescribed fire/fuels management – experience in activities such as:

·        Inventory methods and procedures.

·        Fuel treatment methods and programming.

·        Evaluating prescribed fire plans or fire management plans to ensure containment is possible and identify appropriate 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 communications systems

·       Suppression and preparedness

 

For GS-7 Grade Level: Specialized experience is defined as experience that demonstrated an understanding of fire behavior relative to fuels, weather, and topography and how fire effects the natural and cultural resources.  Typical assignments include:

 

  • Participating in implementing prescribed fire or fire use plans to ensure resource objectives can be met from a fire management standpoint.
  • Developing initial attack incident management strategies and tactics to meet the stated resource objectives.

 

SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT:  Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled.  S.A.A. is based on (1) Class standing-applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class, based on completed courses; or (2) Grade-Point Average-applicants must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (3) Election to membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society – membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.

 

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTORS:  In addition to the qualification requirements above, candidates must possess the following type and amount of experience determined to be essential to the position:

  • Applicants must have prior wildland firefighting experience.  A minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required to meet qualifications for this secondary (administrative) covered position.  Wildland firefighting experience is defined as on-the-line wildland firefighting experience gained through containment, control, suppression, or use of wildland fire.  Three distinct types of wildland fire have been defined and include wildfire, wildland fire use, and prescribed fire (includes only fireline experience on a prescribed fire and does not include experience in the planning stages).  This is a MANDATORY qualification prerequisite to qualify for this position.

 

NOTE:  Selective factors are knowledges, skills, abilities, or special qualifications that are in addition to the minimum requirements in a qualification standard, but are determined to be essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.   Applicants who do not meet the selective factors are ineligible for further consideration.


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.

 

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.

 

OTHER:  Incumbent is required 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.

 

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of this position are not suitable for telework under any circumstances.

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 POLICIES, TECHNIQUES AND PRACTICES OF WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING.
  • ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE INFORMATION TO A VARIETY OF PUBLIC AUDIENCES.
  • KNOWLEDGE OF COMPUTER TECHNIQUES AND WORD PROCESSING SOFTWARE.
  • KNOWLEDGE OF FEDERAL, TRIBAL, STATE AND LOCAL AGENCY ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITES IN WILDLAND FIRE PREVENTION.
  • ABILITY TO ORGANIZE, COORDINATE, AND PRESENT WILDLAND FIRE PREVENTION AND MITIGATION PROGRAMS.

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/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#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 your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at www.usajobs.gov
  • Click on Application Status
  • Click on the position title and select Apply Online to continue

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:

  • Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register
  • ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • Include the Vacancy Identification Number 797529, 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 by Thursday, December 20, 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 relevant experience and education.
  • 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.
  • 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 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).

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:

Betty A. Kauley
Phone: (405)247-1518
Email: BETTY.KAULEY@BIA.GOV
Agency Information:
BIA Center for Recruitment Anadarko
DO NOT MAIL APPLICATIONS
PLEASE FAX TO 478-757-3144
XXXXX, OK
73005

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:

CHR-13-D-003

Control Number:

332414500