EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions, GS-0401 and Individual Occupation Requirements for General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences Series, 0401).
BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL GRADES:
A. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR
B. Combination of education and experience -- Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: In addition to meeting the basic entry level qualification requirements, applicants must have the following:
GS-12: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level as evidenced by the following or similar positions such as Unit Fire Program Manager -OR- Center Manager -OR- Prevention & Education Specialist -OR- Serves as a member of Type 1 or Type 2 Incident Management Team at the Command and General Staff level -OR- as an Agency Administrator.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Experience must have included all of the Fire Program Management elements as follows:
1) Reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for ecological soundness and technical adequacy; 2) Conducting field inspections before and after prescribed or wildland fires to determine if resource objectives were achieved and/or to evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken; 3) Developing analysis on the ecological role of fire and its use and/or exclusion, and smoke management.
In addition to this fire progrma management experience, 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 fuels; live fuel loading assessments); Analysis of fuel loadings and determination of appropriate fuel treatment methods and programming; Land use planning and environmental coordination; and 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, experience in analyzing and applying fire management strategies, plus experience in at least five of the following activities: Mobilization and Dispatch Coordination, Fire Prevention and Education, Training, and Logistics, Equipment Development and Deployment, Fire Communication Systems, Suppression and Preparedness, and Aviation.
SELECTIVE FACTORS: The applicant must have possessed all of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position:
1. Primary Core Qualifications: (DIVS), Division Supervisor
2. Secondary Core Qualifications: (ICT3), Incident Commander Type 3 -OR- (RXB2), Prescribed Fire Burn Boss
3. Additional Required Training: M-581, "Fire Program Management"
All candidates selected for this position, in addition to meeting minimum qualification requirements as defined by OPM, 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. The Department of the Interior defines wildland firefighting experience as: 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. 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.
SECONDARY FIREFIGHTER POSITION: This position has been approved for secondary/administrative firefighter retirement coverage under the provisions of 5 U.S.C.8226(c) and 5 U.S.C.8412(d). Firefighter retirement coverage of the incumbent depends upon his or her individual work history. Applicants may meet position qualification requirements, but not meet special retirement coverage eligibility. Applicants must have prior experience as gained by substantial service in a primary wildland firefighter position or equivalent experience outside of the Federal government. This is a selective factor for this position. Applicants must possess knowledge of the principles, methods, and techniques of wildland firefighting as demonstrated by wildland firefighting experience.
SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS: A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicants 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 drivers 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.
CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: A Baseline Medical Examination will be required for all newly hired personnel in permanent positions that require wildland fire arduous duty and who would have received a "Baseline" medical examination under the Department of 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 this level of exam through the DOI-MSP.
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:
- Skill in wildland firefighting.
- Knowledge of Natural Resource Management (e.g., Forest Range or Wildlife Management), Fire Ecology, and Fire Behavior.
- Knowledge of Wildland Fire Management such as preparedness, suppression, operations, incident management, fuels management, fire use and aviation management.
- Knowledge of the laws, regulations, and agency policies and procedures applicable to the use and protection of natural and cultural resources.
- Knowledge of budgeting, accountability, and planning.
- Knowledge of contracting and procurement procedures.
- Knowledge of supervisory policies, procedures, and methods to manage a diverse workforce.
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.