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Job Title:  Fire Program Assistant
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  839050 NS

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 $40,706.00 / Per Year
Friday, February 08, 2013 to Friday, February 15, 2013
Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 hours
1 vacancy in the following location:
Los Alamos, NM United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations. For more information about the National Park Service, click National Park Service.  

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Open to all qualified persons. You do not have to be a current or former government employee to be considered for this position.


Position Information:This recruitment will be used to fill seasonal appointments.  These appointments are not to exceed 1039 hours in a twelve month period, although positions may be terminated sooner or extended depending on management needs.



  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Selective Service Registration status.


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Incumbent supports the fire program administrative  and dispatch  functions within Bandelier National Monument.  Monitors fire weather indices via a computerized weather station system. Tracks and controls the flow of correspondence.  Prepares  travel authorizations and travel vouchers. Maintains time and attendance  reports for fire management staff. Maintains fire qualifications system records. Maintains fire management correspondence files and records. Operates radio communications equipment in performing dispatch functions. Serves as backup in the absence of the Fire Program Management Assistant. Primary contacts are with coworkers and other state and federal land management agency personnel.  Will handle emergency and unusual situations that require quick response and performing multiple unrelated assignments along with competing demands within the work environment.

Physical Demands/Work Environment: Work is sedentary; standing and walking will be required for some duties. Work is performed in an office setting.


AREA INFORMATION/HOUSING: Bandelier National Monument is located 45 miles from Santa Fe, 32 miles from Espanola, and 12 miles from Los Alamos.  Elevation ranges from 5,300 to 10,199 feet with headquarters located at 6,000 feet.  Good medical facilities, schools and  shopping are available in Los Alamos.  Local cost of living is considered high.  Government housing may be available.  Please visit the web site for additional area information.


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To be eligible for this position, you must possess the basic requirements and qualifying specialized experience (and/or education) as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire and as outlined below.  You must meet the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, (OPM), Operating Manual Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.  The OPM standard is available in any Federal personnel office for review and also on the OPM web site: All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Friday, February 15, 2013.  Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.

GS-05 GRADE LEVEL: Must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 level in the federal service.

Specialized experience for this position is experience such as performing administrative functions (e.g., payroll, personnel, travel, and/or correspondence), using office procedures and equipment, organizing and analyzing numerical information, typing correspondence, memos, reports, and forms from rough drafts, and notes, answering telephone calls, filing, and meeting and dealing effectively with others. 


successful completion of four years of education above high school in any field for which high school graduation or the equivalent is the normal prerequisite. The education must have been attained in an accredited college or university. One year of full-time academic study is defined as 30 semester hours. PLEASE NOTE: If you are qualifying for the position based on your education, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts;


a combination of specialized experience and education as described above which total at least one year. For example, 6 months of specialized experience (50% of the specialized experience) and three years of education above high school (50% of the education) would qualify an applicant for this position. Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours (i.e. beyond the second year) is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. One full academic year of study beyond the second year is equivalent to 6 months of specialized experience.

To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Applicants can verify accreditation .
Transcripts do not need to be official but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify then you will need to provide official transcripts before you enter on duty.
You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited education institution in the United States when you apply. For further information click


1.You may be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year thereafter (or more frequently if management determines such need exists), you will be required to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid State issued drivers license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, canceled, or otherwise disqualified in any way to prohibit your operation of a motor vehicle. You will also submit a photocopy of your valid State issued drivers license prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year or more frequently if management determines such need exists. Lastly, you may be required to submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that discloses all valid drivers licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid State drivers license.

2. Applicants Selective Service Registration Status: If you are required to register with the Selective Service System, you are required to provide evidence of such as a condition of appointment prior to appointment, visit the Selective Service website to obtain the required documents:

3. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Under the requirements of the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), all new Federal Employees must pass a background investigation. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

4. If you are selected for Federal employment, you will be required to fill out a Declaration of Federal Employment, OF-306, prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.  Failing to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on your application may be grounds for not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.  Also, you may be punished by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, section 1001).

5. New employees of the Dept. of the Interior must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of net pay within 30 days of entrance on duty.

6. Employee will be required to wear the NPS uniform and comply with National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided to defray the cost of the uniform.


Your rating will be based on both your responses to the Job Assessment Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. The assessment questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) that are required to perform the work of this position. Only education and experience acquired by the closing filing deadline will be considered.

Please Note: All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. Upon review, if it is determined that your work history, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified or your score may be modified. Please ensure that your work history provides enough detail to support your answers to the questions in the assessment.


• Knowledge of administrative procedures, including but not limited to payroll, personnel, travel, budget, property, procurement, etc.

•Skill using desktop computer systems and associated office automation software programs.

• Knowledge of clerical procedures and ability to handle a variety of administrative support duties.

• Ability to communicate effectively/Interpersonal skills.


Please include ALL applicable work experience that relates to the position for which you are applying. You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies". 


Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:

Category Group I (Best Qualified) - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position

Category Group II (Well Qualified) - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.

Category Group III (Qualified) - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.

VETERANS PREFERENCE: Veterans Preference applies to category rating. Within each quality category, veteran's preference eligibles are listed first, including CP, CPS, XP, and TP. In addition, veterans who have a 10% or more service-connected compensable disability (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the highest quality category. Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate alphabetically (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores.

Order of Consideration:  Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications required by the position will be considered in the following order:   (1) best qualified applicants entitled to 10-point veterans' preference who have a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more, best qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference, and then all other best qualified applicants, (2) well qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference and then all other well qualified applicants, (3) qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference and then all other qualified applicants.

Further information on Veterans Preference:  Preference will be given to eligible veterans who: Submit a DD-214 showing honorable or general discharge, that they entered the military service prior to October 14, 1976; served on active duty during the Gulf War between August 2, 1990 and January 2, 1992, regardless of where the person served; or, served in a military action for which they received a campaign badge or expeditionary medal. Medal holders and Gulf War veterans must have served continuously for at least 24 months or the full period for which called or ordered to active duty. Preference will be granted to the eligible veterans who provide a SF-15 and appropriate documentation as listed on the SF-15 who are disabled veterans, Purple Heart recipients; spouses or mothers of a 100 percent disabled veteran; or the widows, widowers, or mothers of a deceased veteran. You must submit the appropriate veterans preference documents by the closing date to be granted preference. 


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Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit:


1. CTAP/ICTAP: If you are an eligible Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. 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. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. For additional information go to

2. Relocation expenses will be paid for in accordance with current federal travel regulations if you are eligible; however, there will be no guaranteed home sale.
3. Qualifications and any other requirements must be met by the closing of this announcement.

4. Number of Vacancies: This announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies if necessary.

5. NOTE: Applicants must submit their application packages electronically or by fax. Applications/resumes and supporting documentation sent by mail (including email) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

6. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach legible a copy of your DD-214 that shows a discharge or release under honorable conditions (i.e., with an honorable or general discharge) or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. You must submit the required documentation to verify/confirm your claim, or you will NOT be given veteran's preference. Additional veteran's information is found at

7. Government housing may be available.

8. Will be required to work holidays and weekends on a varying schedule.

Applicants are advised that a variety of public facilities such as schools, public libraries, state employment offices and regional job centers provide access to computers at no charge. Help may also be available to targeted groups through a variety of public assistance agencies.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:

1. Your Resume - We encourage you to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you choose to use your own resume make sure it lists all of the required information needed.
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, February 15, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 839050. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

Note:  If you receive an email stating that there was a technical problem uploading your documents, you should fax the applicable documentation to OPM at 478-757-3144.  Be sure to use the fax cover sheet that was linked in the vacancy announcement, include the appropriate Office Code (OZ) and VIN (six digit code) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. For further questions regarding applying online or by fax, please contact OPM at


If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.3.

Note: If you are only submitting supporting documents see the Submitting Documents instruction in Step 2 below.


Step 2 

  • Resume: Job Information - Your resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process or by fax to: 1-478-757-3144. It is IMPORTANT to include all of the information in your resume or other written format that is contained in the USAJobs online resume builder; If you choose to use the USAJobs online resume builder, this information will be included when you create and submit a resume.  (Resume supports your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire)
  • Qualifications - example, typically used for licenses or other documents that attest to the qualifications of the applicant.
  • Transcripts - If you are using any part of your qualifications based on Education, you must submit a copy of your transcripts. If selected you will be asked to provide a Sealed Official Copy of your transcripts.
  • Miscellaneous - any supporting document that does not already have its own type listed, (such as documentation for eligibility under any of the special hiring authorities)
  • Veterans Preference Documentation-Legible copy of DD-214 that shows honorable discharge, VA letter dated 1991 or later, SF-15 plus proof required by that form, if applicable.
  • Responses to Assessment Questionnair

    Do Not Send Photographs.  Any resumes with these attachments cannot be forwarded to the hiring official.

    Submitting Documents.

    If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.

    Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. To fax documents, you MUST use the special cover page. Print the pre-populated cover page on the upload documents screen of Application Manager. Or, you may click this link to print a copy of the cover page. When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.

    1. Include the 8-character 839050

    2. Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
    3. You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.
    Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144.
    Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed.

    1. Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
    2. Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number.
    3. Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name.

    Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account,, from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.

    Note: If you receive an email stating that there was a technical problem uploading your documents, you should fax the applicable documentation to OPM at 478-757-3144. Be sure to use the fax cover sheet that was linked in the vacancy announcement, include the appropriate Office Code/Vacancy Identification Number: 839050, so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. For further questions regarding applying online or by fax, please contact OPM at


    Intermountain Region Santa Fe
    Phone: (505)988-6076
    Fax: (478)757-3144
    Agency Information:
    Intermountain Region Santa Fe
    Human Resources Office
    Apply Online or by FAX only
    Please call with questions
    Thank You, NM
    00000 Fax: (478)757-3144


    Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified whether you were referred to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

    Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire: If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission. View Occupational Questionnaire


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