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Job Title:FIRE MANAGEMENT OFFICER, GS-0401-9/11

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Job Announcement Number:PRO-13-02

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$47,448.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, February 06, 2013 to Wednesday, February 27, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Porterville, CA 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.

FIRE MANAGEMENT OFFICER, GS-0401-9/11

#4400037, Pacific Region, Office of the Deputy Director-

Trust Services, Division of Natural Resources,

Forestry & Fire, Porterville, California

 

 

GS-09: $47,448 - $61,678 Per Annum
GS-11: $57,408 - $74,628 Per Annum

 

NOTE: TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES AUTHORIZED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL TRAVEL REGULATIONS.  THE GUARANTEED HOME SALE CONTRACT IS NOT INCLUDED.

 

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.

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 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.


NOTE:
This is a supervisory position.  Under provision of the Civil Service Reform Act, first-time supervisors are required to serve a trial period before their appointment becomes final.  Those who do not satisfactorily complete the trial period will be returned to positions of no lower grade and pay then those they occupied before assuming their supervisory assignment.

 

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

Incumbent directs all phases of the fire management program with a moderate complexity level and is responsible for its planning, program direction, coordination and evaluation.

 

Analyzes current fire management plans and initiates changes within guidelines or makes recommendations to meet changing conditions within the limits of current or anticipated funding.

 

Ensures the fire management program is in compliance with environmental laws, regulations and policies.

 

Coordinates program activities with federal, state, tribal, and local government entities/agencies. 


Directs and supervises the budget formulation process to assure balance in the fire organization at varying levels of funding, and initiates changes as appropriate.  Monitors the expenditure of funds to assure fiscal integrity and correct application of financial standards.

 

Serves on various interagency committees, teams and work groups dealing with specific local, geographic, or national fire management issues. 

 

Provides technical and administrative supervision, plans and directs work to be accomplished, sets and adjusts priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work.

 

Manages the environmental and workplace hazards of the wildland fire environment and provides leadership and direction to subordinates in the recognition and mitigation of these hazards following applicable laws, policies, and guidelines. 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions, Approved Interagency Fire Program Management Qualifications Standards and Guide for Unit Fire Program Manager, GS-0401 (Moderate Complexity), Supplemental Qualification Standard for Fire Management Specialist, GS-0401, and Individual Occupational Requirements for General Biological Science Series, GS-0401).


BASIC REQUIREMENT FOR GS-0401
:

A. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR

B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in biological sciences, agriculture or natural resources management, or at least 24 semester hours in biological sciences, natural resources, wildland fire management, forestry, or agriculture equivalent to a major field of study, plus appropriate experience or additional education that is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in the biological sciences, agriculture, or natural resources.


ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
: In addition to meeting the basic entry level qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education as follows:

GS-09:   1 year of creditable specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level that includes experience in at least two of the following three categories: EXPERIENCE THAT DEMONSTRATED UNDERSTANDING OF FIRE EFFECTS ON CULTURAL AND NATURAL RESOURCES. The assignments must have shown participation in activities such as: Developing fire management plans to ensure resource objectives can be met from a fire management standpoint; or Conducting field inspections before and/or after prescribed fires or wildland fires to determine if defined resource objectives have been met. PRESCRIBED FIRE/FUELS MANAGEMENT - experience in activities such as: Professional forest or range inventory methods and procedures (e.g., Brown's planar intercept for dead and down fuels; live fuel loading assessments), or Analysis of fuel loadings and determination of appropriate fuel treatment methods and programming, or Evaluating prescribed fire plans or fire management plans to ensure fire containment is possible and identify appropriate suppression contingencies if containment is not obtained. FIRE MANAGEMENT OPERATIONS - ANALYZING AND APPLYING FIRE MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES, plus experience in at least four of the following activities: Mobilization and dispatch coordination, Fire prevention, Training, Logistics, Equipment development and deployment, Fire communications systems, Suppression and preparedness OR 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or master’s or equivalent graduate degree. 

GS-11: 1 year of creditable specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-11 AND ABOVE:
Experience must have included all of the fire program management elements as described below:

  • Reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for ecological soundness and technical adequacy.
  • Conducting field inspections before and after prescribed or wildland fires to determine if objectives were achieved and/or evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken.
  • Developing analyses on the ecological role of fire and its use and/or exclusion, and smoke management.

In addition to fire program management, appropriate experience must have included either prescribed fire/fuels management - OR - fire management operations as described below:

Prescribed fire/fuels management – experience in a broad range of activities such as:

  • Inventory methods and procedures
  • Fuel treatment methods and programming
  • Land use planning and environmental coordination
  • Evaluating prescribed burn plans or fire management plans to ensure containment is possible and identify contingencies if containment is not obtained.

Fire management operations - analyzing and applying fire management strategies, plus experience in at least five of the following activities:

· Mobilization and dispatch coordination

· Fire prevention and education

· Training

· Logistics

  • Equipment development and deployment
  • Fire communication systems
  • Suppression and preparedness
  • Aviation


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 requirement: Applicant must be currently or previously qualified as a Task Force Leader (TFLD).
  • Secondary core requirement: Applicant must be currently or previously qualified as an Incident Commander, Type 3 (ICT3), OR Prescribed Fire Burn Boss, Type 2 (RXB2).
  • Required training: Applicant must have completed training course of M-581, “Fire Program Management”.
  • 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 on-the-line wildland firefighting experience gained through containment, control, suppression, or use of wildland fire. Three distinct types of wildland fire have been defined and include wildfire, wildland fire use, 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©(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 suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

 

 

 

 

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:

  • PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE OF NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (e.g. FOREST, RANGE OR WILDLAND MANAGEMENT).

  • KNOWLEDGE OF THE POLICIES, TECHNIQUES AND PRACTICES OF WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING.
     
  • COMPREHENSIVE KNOWLEDGE OF THE WILDLAND FIRE MANAGEMENT INCLUDING PREPAREDNESS, SUPPRESION OPERATIONS, INCIDENT MANAGEMENT, FUELS MANAGEMENT, FIRE USE, AND AVIATION MANAGEMENT.
     
  • KNOWLEDGE OF THE BUDGETING PROCESS AND ACQUISITION PROCESS.
     
  • KNOWLEDGE OF SUPERVISORY POLICIES, PROCEDURES, AND METHODS IN ORDER TO MANAGE A DIVERSE WORKFORCE.

  • SKILL IN ORAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATION SUFFICIENT TO PREPARE REPORTS, PRESENT TRAINING, COORDINATE WORK EFFORTS, AND INTERACT POSITIVELY WITH COMMITTEES, WORK GROUPS, AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC.
     

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 838982, 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 Wednesday, February 27, 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.
  • 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:

Melanie Kolzen
Phone: (405)247-1541
Email: MELANIE.KOLZEN@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:

PRO-13-02

Control Number:

337325400