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Job Title:Range Technician (Senior Wildland Firefighter- Engines)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Land Management

Job Announcement Number:NV-DEU-2013-0063

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$27,990.00 to $40,706.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, January 28, 2013 to Monday, February 25, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0455-04/05

POSITION INFORMATION:

Work Schedule is Full Time. - This is a career seasonal position (actively employed 6 - 9 months per year).

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

05

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - Elko, NV, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

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

JOB SUMMARY:

BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to join the Nevada State Fire 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. These positions are located in the Elko District.

Positions may be filled at Wells, Elko, and/or Carlin, Nevada. 

For more information about Wells, visit Wells Chamber of Commerce, or more information about Elko, visit Elko Chamber of Commerce, For more information about Carlin, visit Carlin, Nevada Official Website. Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee. These positions have been categorized as a Senior Firefighter, a key fire management position under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard; the selectee must meet the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position. Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at IFPM

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "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.
  • Direct Deposit Required.

DUTIES:

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Serves as a senior wildland firefighter on a wildland fire engine, performing wildland fire fighting work, i.e., wildland fire suppression and control activities including suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction, and prescribed burning. Drives engine to fire locations; positions engine in appropriate locations in consideration of safety of crew and equipment, and how the equipment can best be used in control and mop-up operations. Personally performs and may direct others in starting pump engine, priming pump, adjusting engine speed and pump valves, laying hose, and using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustment in effective use of water and additives. Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents. When positioning and deploying personnel and equipment, recommends best approaches and practices to use in protection of the values at risk. Participates in wildland fire and safety training in the techniques, practices, and methods of fire suppression and in the safe, efficient operation and use of tools, equipment, and vehicles used in fireline activities, with emphasis on those used in the particular function assigned. Has specialized duties such as water handling specialist, fully qualified chain saw operator or responsible for maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland urban interface/intermix situations. Responsible for operation and maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland and prescribed fire situations, and accomplishes emergency repairs to permit continued use of equipment.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Qualification Requirement Using Specialized Experience or Education: In order to be rated as qualified using specialized experience, we must be able to determine that you meet the definition(s) below - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level of the position to be filled.

To qualify for GS-04, you must have six (6) months of general work experience and six (6) months of specialized experience equivalent to GS-03;Specialized experience is further defined as experience that demonstrates knowledge of firefighting tactics, methods, and procedures including skill in the use of firefighting tools and equipment.

OR completion of two (2) years of academic study above high school that included at least 12.0 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 3 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.

To qualify at GS-05, you must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-04; Specialized experience is further defined as experience that demonstrates knowledge of firefighting tactics, methods, and procedures including skill in the use of firefighting tools and equipment, including experience related to wildland fire suppression and control.

OR completion of a full four (4) years of academic study leading to a Bachelor's degree (a) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or (b) that included at least 24.0 semester hours in any combination of courses such as those described for GS-04 (refer to Range Technician Series). No more than 6.0 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.

Education and experience may be combined to meet the specialized experience requirement. You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Selective Placement Factors: These positions require special qualifications that has been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as a screen out element. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified. You must possess a valid automobile driver's license at time of appointment and at all times during your appointment to this position. You will be required to provide proof of valid driver's license upon appointment. You may be required to obtain a commercial driver's license within 90 days of appointment.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: To meet IFPM requirements, you 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 Requirement - Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1);  2)additional required training - S-290 "Intermediate Fire Behavior".  You must provide a copy of your Incident Qualification Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or equivalent documentation for verification by the closing date.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR:This position is a Primary Firefighter position and is covered under Special Fire Retirement. In accordance with Public Law 107-27, applicants must be age 37 or under at the time of appointment, unless proof is provided of prior Federal service in another covered position, or you are a preference eligible. If you are a preference eligible, you MAY be eligible for this position after your 37th birthday.


You can review the Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions, Range Technician Series, 0455 located on the OPM website.

If you are a current career seasonal employee, your time spent in non-pay status is not creditable towards meeting the specialized experience requirement of 52 weeks or 1 year (whichever is first). Please include in your resume (on the first line of each job experience section), the dates you were placed in and out of pay status. This is a primary firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS). The position is subject to maximum entry age (MEA) requirements. The maximum entry-age for this position is 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 or your will not be eligible to receive a waiver of the maximum entry age requirement. Passage of a pre-employment physical is required. You must also pass the work capacity test for an arduous position. The physical demands of this position are rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. Work requires prolonged standings, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighing over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring at least average agility and dexterity. Duties include demands for strenuous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods of time. Operation of some specialized fire equipment can place extended physical stress on incumbent during fire activities. THIS IS A DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION. In accordance with Executive Order 12564 and under the Department's Drug Free Workplace Program applicant(s) tentatively selected for this position must submit a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and to pass the test prior to appointment. The position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use. If an employee in this position uses their Commercials Driver's License (CDL) as part of this job, then this is also a Drug and Alcohol Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991. If the person selected for the position does not currently occupy a CDL Drug and Alcohol Testing Designated Position, they must submit to and receive a negative test result prior to appointment. A positive drug or alcohol test result may be grounds for denying final placement into this position. The Act also mandates that the incumbent is subject to random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, return-to-duty, and follow-up drug and alcohol testing. You must be 18 years of age or older to be assigned to a hazardous position.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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, you 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.

KSA 1: Knowledge of fire behavior including causes of wildland fire, influence of temperature, humidity, wind, topography, slope and fuel moisture conditions, and fuels.

KSA 2: Knowledge of technical firefighting techniques, such as fire engine and pump operations, hose lays, handcrew operations and/or helicopter operations.

KSA 3: Knowledge of accepted fire safety practices and procedures.

KSA 4: Knowledge of tactical methods and techniques for use of water and additives in controlling and mopping up fires.

KSA 5: Skill in use and repair of hand tools, i.e., Pulaski, shovel, and McLeod, and power tools including chainsaw and portable pumps.


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS.

OTHER INFORMATION:

BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.May require completion of a one (1) year probationary period. This is a seasonal appointment; you will be in a pay status for at least 6 months, but less than 12 months a year. When work or funds are not available you will be placed in non-pay status. Work may require travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft. This position requires regular and recurring overtime and shift work. Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas. 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 Best or Highly Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

FACT SHEET FOR FIRE POSITIONS: Firefighter Conditions of Employment fact sheet.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 upload, 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 from the right side menu. 

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 (775) 861-6431 or email us at nvjobs@blm.gov. 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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:  - All Copies of Transcripts that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution See Foreign Education . All selections and tentative offers of selection are contingent upon submission and verification of 'official' transcripts.

- Copy of 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 this documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in you being rated as not qualified. 

- 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 more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit: Vet Guide.  - For preference as 5-point veteran (TP), 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 preference as a 10-point veteran (CP, CPS, or XP), please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.  - CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Best or Highly Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

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. 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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources
Phone: 775-861-6431
Fax: 571-258-4052
Email: nvjobs@blm.gov
Agency Information:
Bureau of Land Management
Nevada State Office
NV-953
1340 Financial Blvd
Reno, NV
89520-0006
US
Fax: 571-258-4052

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

NV-DEU-2013-0063

Control Number:

336603500