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).
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 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 drivers 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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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.