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Job Title:FORESTRY TECHNICIAN (FIRE), GS-0462-8/9

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Job Announcement Number:AB-13-14 (READVERTISEMENT)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$42,960.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, February 01, 2013 to Friday, February 22, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0462-08/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

9

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Rosebud, SD United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

BUREAU-WIDE / INDIAN PREFERENCE ELIGIBLES / CURRENT STATUS EMPLOYEES OR FORMER EMPLOYEES WITH REINSTATEMENT ELIGIBILITY / VEOA ELIGIBLES

JOB SUMMARY:

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.

FORESTRY TECHNICIAN (FIRE), GS-0462-8/9,
#4430050, (DOI120, Prescribed Fire/Fuels Technician),
Great Plains Region, Rosebud Agency,
Deputy Superintendent - Trust Services,
Branch of Fire Management,
Rosebud, South Dakota

 

GS-9:  $47,448 - $61,678  Per Annum
GS-8:  $42,960 - $55,844  Per Annum

 

NOTE: 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 Prescribed Fire and Fuels Technician – Moderate 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 http://www.ifpm.nifc.gov/.

NOTE:  APPLICANTS WHO PREVIOUSLY APPLIED UNDER THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE CONSIDERED AND NEED NOT REAPPLY UNDER THIS READVERTISEMENT.  TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL BE AUTHORIZED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL TRAVEL REGULATIONS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF REAL ESTATE EXPENSES UNDER THE CONTRACTOR-PROVIDED GUARANTEED HOME SALE CONTRACT.


INDIAN PREFERENCE: Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification of Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles that are not currently employed with the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7).


VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA)
:
Preference eligibles may apply for permanent positions (career or career-conditional appointments) under merit promotion procedures for VEOA appointments; however, veteran’s preference is not a factor in these appointments. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be a preference eligible OR veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Applicants must submit a copy of their DD-214 for verification of eligibility. For more information, click here:
http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx#veoa

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED.
  • BACKGROUND SECURITY INVESTIGATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL NEW HIRES.
  • APPOINTMENT MAY INCLUDE A REQUIREMENT FOR ONE YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD.
  • APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ONLINE OR BY FAX.
  • A VALID STATE DRIVER'S LICENSE IS REQUIRED.

DUTIES:

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NOTE:    If the position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without competition under the Merit Promotion Program at such time as performance and qualification requirements are met and classification review discloses the duties being performed properly warrant classification to the next higher grade level.


SUMMARY OF DUTIES:  The incumbent serves in a key fire management position as a Prescribed Fire and Fuels Specialist.

·   Implement and assist in the preparation of prescribed fire plans, fire effects monitoring plans, manual and mechanical hazardous fuels treatments, and smoke and wildland fire monitoring plans.

·   Supports wildland fire suppression activities.

·   Implements and administers technical aspects of the prescribed fire/fuels plan, ensuring that preparation, ignition, holding, mop-up, and rehabilitation are completed to the standards specified and in accordance with regulations, policies, and guidelines.

·   Researches the effects and behavior of prescribed fire to assist in the development of short-term fire management objectives and strategies.

·   Monitors fire behavior, evaluates fire effects, identifies potential problems and makes recommendations.

·   Reviews and comments as necessary on all sections of the Fire Management Plan pertaining to prescribed fire and fuels treatments.

·   Develops and recommends plans and schedules for the prescribed fire, wildland fire use, and fuels treatment projects.

·   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 fire suppression activities, with emphasis on those used for the particular function assigned.

·   Participates in preparedness reviews, proficiency checks and drills, safety sessions, and after action reviews.

·   Operates a variety of motor vehicles to transport equipment, supplies, crew members, etc., and uses specialized firing equipment.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for One-Grade Interval Technical or Medical Support Positions, and Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-0462: Forestry Technician Series; and the Approved IFPM/NWCG Qualifications Standards and Guide for GS-0462, Prescribed Fire and Fuels Specialist – Moderate Complexity).


GS-9:   1 year of creditable specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to the GS-8 grade level, OR Two (2) full years of graduate education in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter directly related to the position.

 

GS-8:   1 year of creditable specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE
: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the position to be filled.  Examples of specialized experience includes work that involved participating in implementing prescribed fire or fire use plans to ensure resource objectives can be met from a fire management standpoint; and developing initial attack incident management strategies and tactics to meet the stated resource objectives.  In addition, work that demonstrated understanding of fire effects on cultural and natural resources; prescribed fire/fuels management; and in fire management operations.  These examples are not all inclusive (refer to the summary of duties for specialized experience).


SELECTIVE PLACEMENT 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:

Primary Core Qualification: Prescribed Fire Burn Boss, Type 2 (RXB2).

 

    Secondary Core Qualification:  Engine Boss, (ENGB), OR Crew Boss (CRWB).

     

    Applicants must have prior wildland firefighting experience on the fireline, as gained by substantial service in a primary/rigorous firefighter position, or equivalent experience outside the Federal government.  A minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required to meet qualifications for this secondary (administrative) covered position.  Wildland firefighting experience is defined as any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland gained through work on the fire line in containment, control, suppression or use of wildland fire. Wildland fires are categorized into two distinct types: wildfires and prescribed fire (includes only fireline experience on a prescribed fire and does not include experience in the planning stages).  This is a MANDATORY qualification prerequisite to qualify for this position.

     


NOTE
: Selective factors are knowledges, skills, abilities, or special qualifications that are in addition to the minimum requirements in a qualification standard, but are determined to be essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.  Applicants who do not meet the selective factors are ineligible for further consideration.


 

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.


FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE:  This position is covered as a secondary firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c)(CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS) when it is filled by an incumbent who transfers directly from a primary or another secondary firefighting position with no break in service as a firefighter to this position.  Firefighter retirement coverage of the incumbent depends upon his or her individual work history


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.


 

OTHER:  Incumbent is required to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties, therefore, a valid driver’s license is required.  Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

 

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

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of this position are not suitable for telework under any circumstances.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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:

  • KNOWLEDGE OF THE POLICIES, TECHNIQUES AND PRACTICES OF WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING AS OBTAINED THROUGH SUBSTANTIAL SERVICE AS A PRIMARY WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER.
  • GENERAL KNOWLEDGE OF NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, FIRE ECOLOGY, AND FIRE EFFECTS.
  • ABILITY TO PLAN AND IMPLEMENT PRESCRIBED FIRES AND FUELS TREATMENTS INCLUDING THE DEVELOPMENT OF PRESCRIPTIONS.
  • KNOWLEDGE OF FIRE MONITORING DATA COLLECTION, STORAGE, RETRIEVAL AND ANALYSIS.
  • ORAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS SUFFICIENT TO PREPARE REPORTS, PRESENT TRAINING, AND COORDINATE WORK EFFORTS.

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.


BENEFITS:

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The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc



OTHER INFORMATION:

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:

 http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp


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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at www.usajobs.gov
  • Click on Application Status
  • Click on the position title and select Apply Online to continue

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:

  • Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register
  • ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • Include the Vacancy Identification Number 822085, SSN, and full name to ensure that your documents are associated with the rest of your application
  • Fax your US 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 Friday, February 22, 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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • 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.
  • Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
  • College Transcript is required for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, an official transcript may be requested at a later time.
  • Copy of current Incident Qualifications and Certification System (IQCS) Individual Master Report or agency 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 qualifid.
  • 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).


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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Betty A. Kauley
Phone: (405)247-1518
Email: BETTY.KAULEY@BIA.GOV
Agency Information:
BIA Center for Recruitment Anadarko
DO NOT MAIL APPLICATIONS
PLEASE FAX TO 478-757-3144
XXXXX, OK
73005

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

AB-13-14 (READVERTISEMENT)

Control Number:

336985000