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Job Title:Range Technician (Fire) (Assistant Engine Module Leader)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Land Management

Job Announcement Number:WY-DEU-2013-0033

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$31,315.00 to $45,376.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, January 22, 2013 to Tuesday, February 05, 2013




Work Schedule is Full Time. - This is a permanent, career-seasonal position with 6-11 1/2 months of work per year.




few vacancies in the following location:
Buffalo, WY, USView Map


All U.S. Citizens - No previous Federal Service is required.


BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join our team. The BLM manages more land - approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website. This position is located in The High Plains District, Buffalo Field Office located in Buffalo, Wyoming. The Buffalo Field Office manages 780,291 acres of public lands and 5.5 million acres of mineral estate within Campbell, Johnson, and Sheridan counties in north-central Wyoming. These three counties are part of the Northern Great Plains and are rich in old west history. The area contains vast deposits of oil, gas, and coal, in addition to resources such as wildlife habitat and rangelands for livestock grazing. The public lands and adjacent Bighorn National Forest provide many opportunities for recreational activities.

For information on the Buffalo Field Office, please go to:


  • U.S. Citizenship is required

    Direct Deposit Required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license, nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.


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You will perform wildland firefighting work and serve as a lead to crews of at least 3 crew members performing such work. You will operate a wildland fire engine, positioning the engine for proper use and operation. You will perform and direct others in starting pump engines, adjusting pump valves, laying hose and using appropriate nozzles and adjustment in effective use of water and additives. You will be responsible for performing maintenance on specialized fire equipment. Responsibilities will also include gathering and considering information on weather data, topography, fuel types and fire behavior, making initial evaluation of fire situations, determining the rate of spread, potential hazards to property, and suppression methods to use. Physical Demands: This position has arduous duties that involve rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. You will be subject to medical screening and physical fitness testing.


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In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, the experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled. You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

To qualify for the GS-05 level, you must have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 level in the federal service OR successful completion of a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree (a)with a major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or (b)that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable OR an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education that is directly related to the work of the position. To qualify for the GS-06 level, you must have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in the federal service OR have completed 6 months of graduate level college education in a field directly related to the work of this position as stated above OR have an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education that is directly related to the work of the position. Examples of specialized experience for the GS-05 level include experience in suppression activities, backfiring and burnout operations, engine and pump operations, prescribed fire operations and mop-up and driving and operating wildland fire engines. Examples of specialized experience for the GS-06 level include suppression activities, backfiring and burnout operations, engine and pump operations, prescribed fire operations and mop-up, driving and operating wildland fire engines, leading crews performing such work and presenting wildland fire suppression and prescribed fire training material.

Selective Placement Factors: Applicants who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factors will be rated not qualified. You must possess the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training to be considered eligible;

For the GS-05 level;

1. 1 year on-the-line wildland firefighting experience.

2. Fire Fighter Type 1 (FFT1) qualifications.

For the GS-06 level;

1. 1 year on-the-line wildland firefighting experience.

2. Fire Fighter Type 1 (FFT1) qualifications.

3. Engine Operator (ENOP) qualification.

All Grades:

You must pass an initial pre-employment physical examination and must be able to pass the work capacity fitness test. Failure to meet any of the required medical qualifications will disqualify you for employment.

- These positions are subject to drug testing.

- You must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.

- Must meet minimum entry age requirements.

- May be required to obtain a Commercial Drivers' License (CDL) after hire.


Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position. * Knowledge of wildland firefighting strategies, tactics, methods, & procedures. * Ability to operate four wheel drive pickup trucks and fire engines. * Skill in the use of hand tools, i.e. Pulaski, shovel, McLeod & power tools and other specialized equipment used in wildland fire management and prescribed burns. * The ability to communicate to coordinate training sessions & present wildland fire suppression & prescribed fire training material and safety practices.

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SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, muxt certify that they have registered witht 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.

May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Highly or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position. This is Primary Rigorous Firefighter position with arduous/hazardous duties which requires that the person tentatively selected pass a physical examination before appointment. An offer of employment will be withdrawn if the person tentatively selected cannot pass the physical examination.

The maximum entry-age for this position shall not exceed age 37 unless you have sufficient prior Federal civilian firefighter 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 in loss of eligibility to receive a waiver of the maximum entry age requirement.

THIS IS A DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION. Applicant(s) tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and to pass the test prior to appointment. In addition, this position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.

This is a career-seasonal appointment; you will be in a pay status for at least 6 months, but less than 12 months a year.

You must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.

You must pass an initial pre-employment physical examination and must be able to pass the work capacity fitness test (Must carry a 45 lb pack for 3 miles within 45 minutes). Failure to meet any of the required medical qualifications will disqualify you for employment.



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To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3.  Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.
Click on the button "Apply OnLine" and login to MY USAJOBS. If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.
If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link. Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement. If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at 307-775-6122 or If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.


In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:
College Transcripts: If you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of College Transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university.  If your degree is from a Foreign Institution See Foreign Education.
Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide. For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), 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. For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation. For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide.

Incident Qualification Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or equivalent documentation must be submitted. Failure to provide this documentation will result in you being rated as not qualified for the GS-05 and GS-06 levels.

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.
You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile. Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume. The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet.
UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: Instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager.   Do not use
both options. Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.
Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.


Human Resources, WY
Phone: 307-775-6122
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 307-775-6122
Agency Information:
Bureau of Land Management
5353 Yellowstone
P.O.Box 1828
Cheyenne, WY
Fax: 571-258-4052


You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted. You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.

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