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Job Title:  Forestry Technician (Interagency Dispatcher)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Job Announcement Number:  BIA Merit-2013-0002

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 $61,678.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 to Thursday, February 14, 2013
Work Schedule is Full-Time. - This is a permanent position.
1 vacancy in the following location:
Hot Springs, AR, USView Map



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.

** This is a readvertisement of announcement BIA Merit-2013-0001. ** Candidates who applied under the previous announcement MUST reapply to receive consideration.

Supervisor:   Jonathan Lee, (405) 323-3105

Moving expenses are authorized.  NOTE: Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulations and Departmental policy.  The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will not be offered.  You will not receive a guaranteed offer for the sale of your home.

This position is currently located in the Hot Springs Coordination Center, USDA-Forest Service, Ouachita National Forest in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  Information about the Hot Springs area can be found at

Additionally, this position may be relocated within the next 1 to 2 years to Oklahoma City, OK or Shawnee, OK.  The incumbent will be subject to reassignment. The final location is currently pending.  

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). Consideration will be given to non-Indian applicants (Status or Reinstatement eligibles) in the absence of a qualified Indian Preference eligible. Applicants not entitled to Indian Preference must be Federal civilian employees with competitive status or former Federal civilian employees with reinstatement eligibility and must submit latest Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50B, as proof.




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As a dispatcher you will:

  • Assist with the development, implementation, and maintenance of plans for the dispatching of personnel, equipment, and supplies to fires occurring locally, regionally, or nationally. 
  • Collect data and analyze current and anticipated situation and conditions.  Maintain availability status of BIA and Tribal resources. 
  • Operate computerized dispatch and related fire systems programs. 
  • Provide flight following service for point-to-point and tactical aircraft as requested. 
  • Share the “on-call” on an equal basis throughout the year with other dispatchers. 
  • Write narratives for the daily Situation Report.  Analyze Incident Status Summaries. 
  • Interpret fire weather narrative forecasts and indices to monitor daily fire conditions and long-term fire weather severity. 
  • Assist with writing procedures and guidelines. 
  • Serve as training course coordinator.  Develop lesson plans for training courses. 
  • Participate on special task forces and work groups as subject matter expert. 
  • May receive requests for personnel, aircraft, equipment and supplies for non-fire emergencies and/or disasters (tornadoes, storms, floods). 


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EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions, and Individual Occupational Requirements for Forestry Technician Series, GS-0462).

Specialized Experience Requirements:  

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, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.

To qualify for the GS-05 grade level, 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-04 is required.  Examples of work experience include, but are not limited to: experience in firefighting techniques and practices, equipment and resources used in wildland fire suppression, including support needs, communications, and safety precautions; performing as a crewmember on a variety of initial attack or extended attack wildland fires.

To qualify for the GS-07 grade level, 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-05 is required.  Examples of work experience include, but are not limited to: experience using firefighting techniques and practices; equipment and resources used in wildland fire suppression, including support needs, communications, and safety precautions sufficient to (1) perform logistics coordination functions with minimal supervision (2) follow alternative dispatch procedures to supplement preplanned mobilization guides; assisting in the mobilization of fire suppression resources to meet local, geographic and national fire suppression and other emergency needs.

To qualify for the GS-09 grade level, 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-07 is required.  Examples of work experience include, but are not limited to: experience using firefighting techniques and practices; equipment and resources used in wildland fire suppression, including support needs, communications, and safety precautions sufficient to (1) perform logistics coordination functions for a variety of agencies with varying internal procedures, (2) devise alternative dispatch procedures to supplement preplanned guides which meet the needs of the fire suppression/prescribed fire organization fire occurrence periods ; assisting in the mobilization of fire suppression resources to meet local, geographic and national fire suppression and other emergency needs.

Substitution of Education for Experience:

GS-05:  Successful completion of a 4 year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with either a major study in forestry, range management or agriculture; or a subject matter field DIRECTLY related to the position; OR at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following courses: forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine biology and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 6 semester hours of mathematics is creditable. The level of the course work must have been equivalent to at least the junior- and senior-year levels of a baccalaureate program; OR a combination of education and experience that is directly related to the work of this position.

GS-07:  one full year (18 semester hours) of graduate education which is DIRECTLY related to work of the position OR an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education.

GS-09:  two full years (36 semester hours) of graduate education or a master’s degree which is DIRECTLY related to work of the position OR an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education.

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.  Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement.

Selective Placement Factor(s): This position requires a special qualification 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.

Prior on-the-line firefighting: The Department of the Interior defines wildland firefighting experience as any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland. Wildland firefighting experience is gained through work on the fire line in containment, control, suppression or use of wildland fire. This experience can be met by serving in a temporary, seasonal, or equivalent private sector fire position for no less than 90 days.  Wildland fires are categorized into two distinct types: (1) Wildfires – Unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildfires; and (2) Prescribed Fires – Planned ignitions.  This description includes only fireline experience on a Prescribed Fire; it does not include experience in the planning stages.  Prescribed fire experience must be supplemented by fire suppression experience in order to be creditable as previous wildland firefighting experience.


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.  Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. 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.

  1. Knowledge of laws, regulations, policies, standards and procedures applicable to dispatch and use of wildland firefighting resources.
  2. Knowledge of agency resources, ground/air transport facilities mobilization planning.
  3. Skill in diplomatically meeting, cooperating and dealing effectively with peers under stressful conditions.
  4. Knowledge of fire related systems.
  5. Skill in written and verbal communications using appropriate fire related terminology.

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.

To preview questions please click here.


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The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package.  To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS.


This position is a full-time permanent position.  Upon completing any required trial/probationary period, the position will be permanent.

NOTE: If the position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without further 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.

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 earn a minimum score of 85 on the rating criteria for this position.

Occasional travel is required.

Incumbent must meet specified levels on annual physical fitness tests, and pass periodic medical exams for wildland fire personnel, commensurate with the Red Card qualifications of the incumbent.

This position requires regular and recurring overtime and shift work.

This is a secondary/administrative firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS).  While secondary positions are not subject to the maximum entry age policy, the selectee must have prior service in a primary position and meet the transfer requirement for movement from a primary to secondary position to be eligible for special retirement coverage.

Applicants desiring secondary special retirement coverage must transfer directly, without a break in service exceeding 3 days, from a primary covered position to a secondary covered position or from one secondary covered position to another. 

Under FERS regulations an applicant must have a minimum of 36 months (not required to be continuous) service in covered primary positions prior to transferring to a secondary covered position.  For transferring purposes - this service may include non-deduction (temporary) service in covered primary positions. 

All applicants must be aware that Federal employees must obtain and maintain a favorable background investigation.  A background investigation will be conducted by the employing office following acceptance of the position.  Failure to obtain a favorable determination of the background investigation will result in the cancellation of the offer or will be grounds for termination.

Incumbent is required, as an incidental duty, 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.

NOTICE TO ALL 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. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.


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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 Human Resources Office at (208) 387-5523 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:

BIA Form 4432 - Verification of Indian Preference (if claiming preference) NOTE: This is the only form accepted for verification.

Copy of most recent (non award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or equivalent document that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 1).

Copy of transcripts that include hours and grades is required for verification of qualifying education.

Veterans’ Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) of 1998 allows preference eligibles or veterans to compete for vacancies under merit promotion procedures. VEOA eligibles that separate with 30 or less days prior to completion of the three-years of continuous active duty service requirement are eligible to receive consideration. You must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 to verify eligibility. Veterans will be rated and ranked with other merit promotion eligibles. Those who are among the best qualified may be selected by the appointing official, but veteran’s preference is NOT a selecting factor.

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.)

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.

If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other noncompetitive special appointing authorities, you MUST submit proof of this eligibility.

You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile. 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.

1. 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.

2. UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.

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.


Human Resources
Phone: 208-387-5523
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Bureau of Indian Affairs
NIFC, Fire and Aviation
Human Resources (FA-220)
3833 South Development Avenue
Boise, ID
Fax: 571-258-4052


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.

You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.

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