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Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Job Announcement Number:  CRPA-D1302

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$68,809.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year
Monday, December 03, 2012 to Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Whiteriver, AZ United StatesView Map


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.


NOTE:  This position is also currently being advertised under the Merit Promotion Vacancy Announcement: CRPA 26/13.  Applicants who wish to be considered under both Merit Promotion and Delegated Examining Unit procedures must submit a separate application to each job announcement.  Your application under this notice constitutes consideration only for this Delegated Examining Unit Vacancy Announcement.


Vacancy ID: 798311



Posn. #4430006, Western Region

Fort Apache Agency, Branch of Fire Management

Whiteriver, Arizona


GS-12:  $68,809 - $89,450 Per Annum


NOTE:  Travel and Relocation expenses will be authorized in accordance with appropriate Federal Travel Regulations.  Government housing may be available.


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 Unit Fire Program Manager - 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


INDIAN PREFERENCE:  Preference in filling vacancies in the Bureau of Indian Affairs is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25 USC 472). Verification Form BIA 4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian preference.




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




  • Directs all phases of the Fire Management program and responsible for planning, program direction, coordination and evaluation.
  • Ensures the Fire Management program is in compliance with environmental laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Provides leadership, coordination, and direction in the application of standards, methods, and guidelines for all Fire and Aviation Management program elements.
  • Coordinates and initiates all Fire Management activities based on firefighting and public safety, cost effectiveness, and values to be protected consisting with resource objectives as described in an approved Fire Management Plan.
  • Provides technical and administrative supervision to the unit.
  • Directs and supervises all phases of the budget formulation process.
  • Monitors the expenditure of f unds to assure fiscal integrity.
  • Plans and directs overall work to be accomplished by subordinate supervisors, sets and adjusts priorities and prepares schedules for completion of work.
  • Responsible for the on-the-job safety and health of all employees supervised.


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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 General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences Series, 0401).




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 at least the GS-11 grade level as evidenced by the following or similar positions such as Unit Fire Program Manager -OR- Wildland Fire Operations Specialist -OR- Prescribed Fire and Fuels Specialist -OR- Center Manager -OR- Prevention & Education Specialist -OR- Served 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 must have included all of the Fire Program Management elements as follows:


1)  Reviewing and evaluating fire mangement 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 program 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); Analysisof 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" 


Prior Wildland Firefighting Experience:  All candidates, 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 wildland firefighting experience.  The selective factor cannot be waived.  The Deparment 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 fireline in containment, control, suppression or use of wildland fire.  Wildland Fires are categoriezed into two distinct types:  1) Wildfires, Unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildfires; 2) Precribed Fires, Planned ignitions.  This description only includes 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 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.


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


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



Applicants will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection procedures. Under category rating, applicants who meet basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position and whose job-related competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities have been assessed are ranked in two or more predefined quality categories. The final certificate will group applicants into the top category, applying veterans’ preference as appropriate, instead of ranking the applicants in numeric score order.


If basically qualified, you will be further evaluated to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education in relation to the job related competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the position and placed in one of the following categories:


BEST QUALIFIED: Applicants that possess all of the job related competencies identified as important for successful job performance.


WELL QUALIFIED: Applicants that possess a majority, (i.e., more than half but not all) of the job related competencies needed for successful job performance.


QUALIFIED: Applicants meet the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements but do not meet the definition of Best Qualified or Well Qualified as described above.


Preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.  Veterans’ preference is absolute within each quality category. Compensable veterans (CPS and CP) will "float" to the top of the highest category regardless of their final rating, except for Professional positions at GS-9 & above where they would be placed at the top of the category determined by their final rating. Non-compensable veterans (XP and TP) will go to the top of the category provided their final rating meets the cut-off rating for that category.


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 policieis, 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.



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The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:



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


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.


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.



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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

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
  • ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • Include the Vacancy Identification Number 798311, 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 Wednesday, January 02, 2013.


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.



  • 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.
  • 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 the 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.



Deborah Y. Abeita
Phone: (505)563-5123
Agency Information:
BIA Center for Recruitment Albuquerque
1011 Indian School Road NW Suite 136
Albuquerque, NM


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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