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Job Title:Fire Dispatcher (Range/Forestry Aid/Technician)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Land Management

Job Announcement Number:BLM-FIRE-2013-043

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$11.95 to $15.00 / Per Hour


Monday, December 03, 2012 to Friday, April 05, 2013




These are full time excepted service temporary seasonal positions; Not to Exceed 6 months. - The length and actual dates of employment may vary depending on the position.




FEW vacancies - Hines, OR, USView Map
FEW vacancies - Vale, OR, USView Map


Applications will be accepted from all qualified United States citizens.


**Amended Announcements - Addition of Hines, Oregon location**

The Bureau of Land Management is looking for temporary employees to work as a Fire Dispatcher (Range/Forestry Technicians) in Vale and Hines, Oregon.

Positions at the GS-5 level has been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard. These positions have been classified as a Initial Attack Dispatcher (IADP), and is subject to meeting the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position. Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at the IFPM website by clicking here. All locations may not be hiring for all grades; check with each location individually to find out the grades they are hiring for.

FIRST CONSIDERATION DATE: The following locations will begin to consider applicants prior to the closing date of the announcement. You must apply on or before the date indicated below to receive first consideration for the location(s) you are interested in. Thereafter, applications may be considered as needed by location; during the open period of the announcement:

01/22/2013 Vale, Oregon

01/29/2013 Hines, Oregon

For information on the Bureau of Land Management(BLM), please visit their website For contacts and information regarding housing availability visit Fire Contacts on the DOI Fire Jobs website and select Oregon.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You must be 18 years of age or older prior to appointment.
  • These positions have no promotion potential.


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A Fire Dispatcher (GS-03 Range/Forestry Aid) is a dispatcher that provides a wide range of fire dispatch support functions. Works closely with supervisor to input resource orders.

A Fire Dispatcher (GS-04 Range/Forestry Technician) provides a wide range of fire dispatch support functions; including mobilization, demobilization, logistics support. This involves the movement of aircraft, personnel and equipment in accordance with local dispatch mobilization guides and planning doocuements.

A Fire Dispatcher (GS-05 Range/Forestry Technician) receives fire reports, determines location, land status , and current fire information, and dispatches personnel, equipment, aircraft, and/or supplies according to pre-defined plans or in response to resource orders from the field. Anticipates needs based upon the status of fire suppression activities and makes recommendation regarding orders/anticipated orders. Collects, processes, collates and submits incident information to support fire operations. Organizes and reviews completed records of all orders placed. Processes and interprets weather information. Inputs data into a number of fire-related computer applications.


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To qualify for a GS-03, you must meet at least one of the following:
- 6 months of general experience, which can be any work experience; OR
- at least one year of education above the high school level, which included at least 6 semester hours in any combination of the following courses: range management; range conservation; agriculture; forestry; wildlife management; engineering; biology; mathematics; other natural or physical sciences; OR
- an equivalent combination of education and experience specified above. 

To qualify for a GS-04, you must meet at least one of the following AND the Selective Factor:
- 6 months of general work experience, which can be any work experience AND 6 months of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-3 level duties. Examples of specialized work experience include working in any type of dispatch office; performing dispatch related work. OR
- 2 years of education above the high school level which included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of the following courses: forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine biology and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours of mathematics is creditable toward this requirement; OR
- an equivalent combination of the education and experience specified above.

SELECTIVE FACTOR for GS-04: In addition to the basic qualifications listed above, you must have the following for the GS-04: 90 days of wildland fire experience. Wildland fire experience is defined as any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland. Wildland firefighting experience is gained through work on the fire line in containment, control, suppression or use of wildland fire. This experience can be met by serving in a temporary, seasonal or equivalent private sector fire position. Periods of wildland firefighting experience gained through militia and rural fire departments can also be credited. For more information regarding this go to FAQs Question #7 on the DOI FIRES website.

To qualify for a GS-05, you must meet at least one of the following AND the Selective Factor:
- 12 months of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-4 level duties. Examples of specialized work experience include working with dispatch and dispatch office functions related to wildland fire suppression activities. Work should have included experience such as determining priorities, and selecting alternative resources while performing dispatch operations duties independently. OR
-successful completion of a 4 year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with either
1. a major study in forestry, range management or agriculture; or a subject matter field directly related to the position; OR
2. at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following courses: forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine biology and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 6 semester hours of mathematics is creditable. The level of the course work must have been equivalent to at least the junior- and senior-year levels of a baccalaureate program; OR
 - a combination of education and experience that is directly related to the work of this position.

SELECTIVE FACTORS for GS-05: In addition to the basic qualifications listed above, you must have the following for the GS-05:
1. 90 days of wildland fire experience AND You must possess the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training to be considered eligible.
2. Expanded Dispatch Recorder (EDRC)

For more information regarding basic qualifications, general experience and combining education and experience click here.

DRUG TESTING: BLM POSITIONS ARE SUBJECT TO RANDOM DRUG TESTING. If selected for a random drug test, it must be completed prior to beginning work. The drug test will be provided at Government direction and expense. Once hired, employees are also subject to random drug testing during employment.


Your application will be evaluated by reviewing your on-line resume and your responses to the User Information, Core Questions, and Vacancy Questions, and if applicable your transcripts. ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS MUST BE SUPPORTED IN YOUR RESUME AND WILL BE VERIFIED. IF THEY ARE NOT SUPPORTED IN YOUR RESUME, YOU MAY BE RATED UNQUALIFIED.
To preview questions please click here.


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Temporary employees hired in wildland fire or wildland fire support positions are eligible for the following:
•  Annual and Sick Leave
•  Depending on tour of duty – Sunday, holiday, shift differential and/ or hazard pay
•  Paid federal holidays
•  Participation in the Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) program - Employees electing to participate in the FEHB will be responsible for the employee share of the premium while on the official agency roles.  After separating from federal employment, employees will be offered to continue participation in FEHB under the Temporary Continuation of Coverage (TCC) option. Employees electing to continue coverage under the TCC provision will be responsible for the full premium amount plus a 2% administration fee.


SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS: These positions are subject to a pre-employment background investigation. If applicable, the appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of the background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to satisfy the background check will result in cancellation of offer of employment or may be grounds for termination. For further information on Privacy Act, please refer to the "Legal and Regulatory Guidance" link at the bottom of the screen.


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On-line applications must be submitted prior to 12:00AM (Midnight) Eastern Standard Time of the closing date/early consideration date of the announcement. 

Step 1 - Register with USAJOBS ( and Create a Resume. You must use the USAJOBS resume builder, DOI FIRES does not accept uploaded resumes.
Step 2 - Review the Vacancy Announcement Review the announcement thoroughly. These sections describe who is eligible to apply, what education and/or experience is required for the position, and which documents are needed for your application package. We suggest you preview the vacancy questions, located under the Qualifications and Evaluations tab. You may need to update your USAJOBS resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions.
Step 3 - Apply Online Click the "Apply Online" link at the side of the page. Select your USAJOBS resume to submit with your application and answer the vacancy questions.
Step 4 - Supporting Documentation To submit required supporting documentation that applies to you, refer to the 'Required Documents' section below. For further instructions on how to apply Click here for updating application instructions. Failure to provide the required information may negatively affect your qualification determinations. If applying online poses a hardship for you, or you do not have Internet access, contact the FIRES help desk 1-888-364-6432 for an application packet PRIOR to the closing date of the announcement.


You MUST fax or upload Required Documents prior to the early consideration or close date.

College transcripts - If you are qualifying using education above high school, you MUST submit your college transcripts.

Veteran Preference Documentation -If you are claiming Veteran Preference, you MUST submit evidence of eligibility. DD-214 MUST show character of service. Failure to submit a DD-214 which shows the character of service and other appropriate supporting documentation, if applicable, will result in NOT granting preference. If you are still on active duty, contact the FIRES Help Desk at the number listed in this announcement for acceptable alternative documentation.
- 5-point preference - DD-214 which shows character of service, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof of entitlement.
- 10-point preference - DD-214, SF-15, an official letter dated 1991 or later from the Department of Veteran's Affairs, or other appropriate source. For further information on Veterans Preference, please refer to the "Veteran Information" link at the bottom of the screen.

Incident Qualification Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or equivalent documentation -If you are applying for the GS-5 and/or GS-6, you must submit your IQCS Master Record or other equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the IFPM minimum qualification standards as stated in the qualification section of this announcement. Failure to provide this documentation will result in you being rated as not qualified for the GS-5 and/or GS-6 position.
* You only need to fax or upload documents that apply to you.
* For instructions please click here. Failure to submit required documents, if applicable, may result in you not being considered, or not receiving the appropriate preference. You will not be contacted for additional information. If you have questions regarding what is considered appropriate supporting documentation, refer to the contact information provided in this announcement.


FIRES Help Desk
Phone: 888-364-6432
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
INTERIOR, Bureau of Land Management
FIRES Program Office
(call toll free number for address information)
Boise, ID
Fax: 000-000-0000


If you are determined to be eligible and qualified; you may be referred to the locations you selected during the application process. You can check your application status by logging into My Account, and selecting "Application Status", then select the "More Information" link in the Application Status column to view detailed information regarding your application status. You will only be notified through e-mail when you are referred; no other notifications will be sent.

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