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Job Title:FIREFIGHTER (BASIC LIFE SUPPORT)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-PN-DE-GC-13-039

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$34,907.00 to $50,431.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, January 17, 2013 to Thursday, January 31, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0081-06/07

POSITION INFORMATION:

This is a FULL TIME position. - This is a PERMANENT position.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

07

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Grand Coulee, WA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All United States Citizens and Nationals. 

JOB SUMMARY:

Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. Visit: http://www.usbr.gov. View our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/video/

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-PN-VA-GC-13-038 for current federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. If you are interested in applying under both announcement numbers, you must submit application packages for each.

Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on their expertise in firefighting and an opportunity to become a leader. This position functions as a Firefighter for the Grand Coulee Fire/Physcial Security Branch in Grand Coulee, Washington with numerous opportunities to expand your firefighting skills and gain extensive leadership competencies.

The career ladder promotion potential of this position is the GS-7 level.  However, this position may be filled at a lower grade. If so, when and if it is determined that a subsequent promotion is warranted, it may be made without further competition.  Promotion up to and including the GS-7 level is neither guaranteed nor automatic. However, promotion to the GS-7 requires a valid EMT-B certification.

Location – Grand Coulee, WA

http://www.usbr.gov/pn/about/hr/area-information.html

Payment of travel and relocation expenses will be your responsibility.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a US Citizen to apply.
  • This position is subject to pre-employment and random drug testing.
  • This position is subject to pre-employment & periodic physical examination.
  • You must possess all of the certifications listed in the Qualifications &
  • Evaluations Section. You must provide copies prior to the closing date.
  • Work schedule is 72 hours a week.

DUTIES:

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The Fire/Physical Security Branch is responsible for overall execution of a program to ensure the physical protection of Bureau facilities at the Grand Coulee Dam complex. Incumbent is thoroughly experienced in the techniques used to carry out firefighting procedures, emergency medical procedures, heavy duty rescue, public relations, fire prevention activities, and pre-fire planning concepts.

At the GS-7 level, Basic life support (EMT) skills and certification are required to perform any emergency procedures that are non-invasive for personnel on project facilities. Possessing and maintaining EMT Certification is a mandatory condition of employment.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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REQUIRED CERTIFICATIONS: YOU MUST PROVIDE COPIES OF THE FOLLOWING CERTIFICATIONS BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT OR YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CONSIDERATION FOR THIS POSITION.

For the GS-6 Level:

*Current certification as National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) Firefighter Level I & II.

*Current certification for Wild Land Fire Fighter II.

*Current certification in Hazardous Materials Awareness/Operations

*Current certification as Driver Operator (Structural)

*Current certification in Confined Space and High/Low Angle Rescue

For the GS-7 Level:

All of the certifications listed above, plus:

*Current certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (Basic, Advanced or Paramedic are all qualifying).

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE:

To qualify at the GS-6 you must additionally possess at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 in federal service. Specialized experience is experience that demonstrated the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position. Such duties may include (1) controlling or extinguishing fires as a member of an organized military, industrial, volunteer, or governmental fire department or brigade; (2) rescue operations; (3) detection, reduction, or elimination of potential fire hazards; (4) operation of fire communications equipment; (5) controlling hazardous materials incidents and/or (6) developing, implementing, or providing training in fire protection and prevention.

To qualify for the GS-7 you must additionally possess at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 in federal service. Specialized experience is experience that demonstrated the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position. Such duties may include (1) controlling or extinguishing fires as a member of an organized military, industrial, volunteer, or governmental fire department or brigade; (2) rescue operations; (3) detection, reduction, or elimination of potential fire hazards; (4) operation of fire communications equipment; (5) controlling hazardous materials incidents and/or (6) developing, implementing, or providing training in fire protection and prevention.

You must also be currently certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (Basic, Advanced or Paramedic are all qualifying).


Note: The maximum entry-age for this position shall not exceed age 37, unless you have sufficient prior Federal civilian firefighter (or law enforcement, if applicable) experience or you are a preference eligible veteran.  If you are a preference eligible veteran, you may be eligible for this position after your 37th birthday.  You must supply a copy of your Defense Department Form 214 (DD-214) along with Standard Form 15 (if applicable) and any associated documentation in accordance with the instructions in this vacancy announcement.  Failure to provide this documentation with your application will result lost of eligibility to receive a waiver of the maximum entry age requirement.

You must meet all qualification requirements and any selective factors, by the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Category rating and selection procedures will be used to evaluate applications from this announcement. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified, and 3) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 45 minutes to complete.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following "Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)" through your resume and responses to the online questions.

1. Knowledge of firefighting and emergency rescue procedures.

2. Knowledge of fire prevention inspection procedures and techniques.

3. Ability to perform emergency medical assistance.

4. Knowledge of hazardous material response, control, and containment.

5. Ability to operate and maintain specialized firefighting tools, rescue equipment and personal protective equipment.

Applicant's answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education, and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants who exaggerate or falsify their experience and/or education may be removed from employment consideration.


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BENEFITS:

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Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/ .

OTHER INFORMATION:

If hired, additional fire/safety certifications will be required within 12 months of employment. Additional information to follow upon selection.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Go to: http://www.sss.gov.

The Bureau of Reclamation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Selection for positions is made solely on the basis of merit, fitness and qualifications without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factors.

If selected, you will be required to obtain successful pre-employment physical examination by licensed physician certifying to your ability to perform the duties of this position. A physical exam may not be required if a comparable agency approved examination was performed within the last 12 months. The cost of the exam will be reimbursed by the agency.

Applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment as a condition of employment. This position is also subject to random drug testing.

The referral list from this public notice may be used to fill subsequent positions (similar title, series and grade, location, and KSA requirements) within 180 days of the date the referral list was issued.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, DC time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the top of the page. This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System-HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/hireme.html . As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position. Options for submitting supporting documentation include:

-- Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process

-- E-mail to tcarlton@usbr.gov  

-- Fax directly to the HR Office at (208) 378-5023

-- Mail to the Bureau of Reclamation, ATTN: PN-1424, 1150 North Curtis Road, Suite 100, Boise, Idaho 83706-1234 - or -

-- Hand deliver to the Bureau of Reclamation, Human Resources - Room 109, 1150 North Curtis Road, Boise, Idaho.

Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting documents.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate.

MANDATORY CERTIFICATIONS:

You must provide copies of all of the mandatory certifications identified in the Qualfications and Evaluations section. Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration.

DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty:  If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. If you have a compensable service connected disability, submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and the required documentation requested by this form, in addition to the DD-214. For information on veteran's eligibility visit: http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp

CTAP/ICTAP: CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified (i.e., meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements) and score at least well qualified on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry.  For information on CTAP/ICTAP, http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

Declaration of Federal Employment, OF-306: You will be required to complete an (OF-306), http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf  prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. Failure to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on the application may be grounds for not hiring you or for dismissing you after you begin work, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, section 1001).  

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Teresa Carlton
Phone: 208-378-5155
Fax: 208-378-5023
Email: tcarlton@usbr.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
1150 N. Curtis Road, Suite 100
Attn: PN-7435
Boise, ID
83706-1234
US
Fax: 208-378-5023

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation by regularly checking their public status notifications in the USAJOBS profile.

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Job Announcement Number:

BR-PN-DE-GC-13-039

Control Number:

335884700